An Easy-To-Follow Men’s Skincare Routine
Most men weren’t taught how to properly care for their skin. There’s a misconception that skincare is vain or feminine, but the truth is taking care of your skin is just as important as diet and exercise to living a healthy life. After all, it’s your largest organ and the condition of your skin is written all over your face.
The good news is you’re never too old or too young to start a daily men’s skincare routine. Even if you have no idea how to care for your skin, we can help you get started with a regimen that’s easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of time. Six easy steps are all you need for great looking skin!
But first, let’s start by talking about different skin types and what your skin really needs!
Know Your Skin Type
Not all skin is created equal & you should cater the products you use to address your specific skincare needs. Using the wrong products can leave your skin looking dull, aged and unhealthy.
Most skincare companies break down their product lines into three skin types: Normal or Combination, Dry, and Oily or Blemish-Prone.
If you’re not sure which one you are, here’s a quick breakdown:
Normal or Combination: Normal skin is balanced – not too oily and not too dry – with standard size pores. Normal skin will have minimal breakouts and will tend to be less sensitive. If you have an oily t-zone, that doesn’t mean you should classify your skin as oily. It’s still considered normal, so make sure you’re choosing products for normal or combination skin.
Dry: Dry skin is flaky, rough, or tight with smaller pores. It’s less elastic and tends to show lines and wrinkles more readily. When irritated, dry, sensitive skin can become itchy, inflamed and scaly.
Oily or Blemish-Prone: Oily skin produces more oil than it needs, particularly on the cheeks, nose and forehead, and appears shiny. People with oily skin have larger pores and tend to be more susceptible to breakouts.
If you have a skin type that’s sensitive or problematic, it can be frustrating and difficult. We all want immediate results, but even the best skincare treatments can take six to eight weeks to work and it’s important to remain consistent with whatever treatment you choose. Be patient and give the product time to work before trying another option.
Start & End Your Day with Cleansing
Any successful daily skincare routine begins with thoroughly cleansing your face to remove sweat, dirt, oil & toxins that have built up on your skin throughout the day. An effective cleanser prepares the skin for serums and treatments.
Always start your routine by washing your hands so you don’t transfer oil, dirt or bacteria to your face.
Wet your face with warm water, lather on your cleanser and rub in a circular motion.
PRO TIP: Never wash your face with bar or hand soap. The skin on your face is delicate and bar soap contains harsh cleaning agents that are abrasive and can wreak havoc on your facial skin.
Rinse with warm (not hot!) water. While hot water feels great, it can dry out your skin, strip its natural oils and make your skin more sensitive. So, opt for lukewarm water instead!
Exfoliate Before Shaving
Before you reach for the razor, you’ll want to exfoliate. Not only does exfoliation keep skin clear and help reduce breakouts, but it also prepares your skin by removing dead skin and lifting the hair for a closer shave.
Apply a small amount of exfoliant to clean, damp skin using a circular motion.
Gently scrub with a washcloth for one or two minutes. Washcloths are easier to keep clean, unlike facial sponges, which are susceptible to bacteria and other germs.
Rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water.
PRO TIP: Exfoliate 2-3 times a week to discourage ingrown hairs and bumps, but don’t overdo it because the skin can become dry and irritated.
Now, you’re ready to shave!
Get a Close, Clean Shave
Make sure your facial hair is completely wet. Facial hair is easier to cut after it’s absorbed water because it becomes soft and pliable.
Use a moisturizing shaving cream that contains lubricants, which allow the razor to glide over your skin smoothly. Apply the shaving cream in a circular motion to help lift the hair away from the face.
Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every swipe to keep the blade clean and functioning properly.
Shave in the direction of your hair growth.
PRO TIP: Change your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.
Once you’ve finished shaving, rinse your skin with warm water and pat your face dry with a clean towel that you only use for your face.
Apply Your Serum of Choice
The next step in your men’s skincare regimen is to apply a treatment serum. Serums are generally water-based products full of actives ingredients that address specific skin care concerns, like breakouts or anti-aging.
PRO TIP: If you’re new to using skincare and start using a serum with active ingredients, it may take some time for your skin to adjust. For the best results, we recommend that you alternate certain treatments as you introduce them into your daily skincare program. However, if irritation occurs, decrease how often you use the product or discontinue use until the skin is balanced.
Pump a small amount of serum in the palm of your hand. With your fingertips, apply the serum to your face and neck with a sweeping motion, concentrating on your areas of concern.
If you have sensitive skin, wait 10-20 minutes after shaving to allow pores to normalize before serum application.
Diminish Puffiness & Dark Circles with Eye Cream
Many men overlook the idea of using eye cream. The skin around your eyes is naturally thin and delicate, so it’s one of the first areas of your face to show the signs of aging.
Eye cream protects the sensitive skin around your eyes and helps decrease puffiness, darkness and dryness. It will also help diminish fine lines by hydrating and plumping the skin.
PRO TIP: When layering product (serums, moisturizers, etc.), make sure you let each one absorb into the skin before applying the next one. Otherwise, the products may pill, ball up or flake off.
Put a small amount of eye cream into the palm of your hand. With your ring finger, gently pat it around the bone area of your eye. Gently blend it in using a small circular motion to help improve circulation and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Allow the eye cream to absorb fully before applying a moisturizer.
Keep Skin Hydrated with Moisturizer
Complete your regimen with a moisturizer to hydrate and protect the skin, even if you have oily skin. Plump, moisturized skin keeps dirt and excess oils out, meaning fewer breakouts.
Dot moisturizer lightly all over the face using your fingertips. Press the fingers of both hands into the center of the forehead and work the cream slowly outwards using circular motions. Then work the cream around the jaw line, chin & mouth.
Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
The best way to fight premature aging is to minimize the harmful effects of UV radiation from the sun!
Use a broad-spectrum SPF daily and apply it 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently during the day.
PRO TIP: Check your skin regularly. New spots or moles that itch, bleed or change color are often early warning signs of skin cancer. If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to get them checked.
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