If your idea of skincare is just to lather a facewash in the morning, here’s news for you. Men need a skincare routine too! And it’s a lot more than washing the grit off your face. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just a few simple guaranteed methods for plump healthy skin. Here’s some skincare 101 for you.
1. Wash Your Face Twice A Day
Experts recommend men need to cleanse their face twice a day. Why? Because men’s skin is oilier, thicker, and more prone to breakouts, thanks to their larger oil glands and high levels of testosterone. Start your morning with a cleanse and another one before you hit the bed. Never use soap on your face. It’s harsh and can strip away natural oils from your skin. Swap soap with a mild fash wash. Remember, a dime-sized dollop is all your skin needs. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
2. Moisturize Daily
Know the secret to youthful skin? It’s well-moisturized skin! Regular moisturization helps to heal your skin and prevents it from being dull. Gently massage a good moisturizer on your face and body as soon as you get out of the shower. Look out for a moisturizing lotion that’s oil-free and non-comedogenic (a product that doesn’t block pores). Try to pick lotions that contain vitamin E or essential oils for extra hydration.1
3. Exfoliate Twice A Week
Exfoliation needs to part of your skincare routine. This step is vital to get rid of dead skin cells. Otherwise, you risk clogging up pores which could lead to breakouts. Exfoliating weekly also reduces the growth of ingrown hair, prepping your skin before a shave. Pick a gentle exfoliator with some grit in it, like sea salts. The best time to do it is during your shower. Scrub your face in a circular motion on your face and be careful not to go too hard. Don’t forget to moisturize after you’re done with the shower. Do not exfoliate more than twice a week or you risk irritating and drying out the skin.
4. Buy Quality Razors
For some men, 4 or 5 blades is the way to go. But if you’re experiencing frequent razor burns or ingrown hair, switch to a single or double blade razor. Always shave in the direction of hair growth and not against it! Never shave on dry skin. Also, if you want to use an aftershave, go ahead, but it’s okay to skip it if you have sensitive skin. A light moisturizer will do. If the razor turns rusty or you are done with 7—8 shaves, it’s time to let go, and just bin it.
5. Take Care Of Your Lips Too
When was the last time you paid attention to your lips? If you can’t remember, it’s time you do something about it! Your lips and the area around it are one of the first parts of your face that age becomes visible. Apply a lip balm that’s got an SPF 30 to protect it from harsh sun rays. Also, make sure to pick a balm that’s got hydrating ingredients like shea butter or beeswax. These work to keep your lips soft and chap-free!
6. Read Product Labels
Labels are everything, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Choose products that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” and pick things that specifically mention “fragrance-free.” Anything scented on your face can irritate your skin. Watch out for alcohol or dyes in the ingredient list as well.
7. Never Skip Out On Sunscreen
Repeat this again: Never skip out on sunscreen, even if you are running low on time. Most skin-related issues are because of sun damage and the easiest way to prevent these issues is to apply a generous layer of sunscreen. It could fasten skin aging and cause hyperpigmentation and dark spots.2 Always wear SPF 30 to protect your skin.
|↑1||Keen, Mohammad Abid, and Iffat Hassan. “Vitamin E in dermatology.” Indian dermatology online journal 7, no. 4 (2016): 311.|
|↑2||Maymone, Mayra BC, Hind H. Neamah, Stephen A. Wirya, Nicole M. Patzelt, Pedro Q. Zancanaro, and Neelam A. Vashi. “Sun-protective behaviors in patients with cutaneous hyperpigmentation: A cross-sectional study.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 76, no. 5 (2017): 841-846.|