You don’t like to admit it, but lately, you’ve noticed a few new fine lines on your face.
Perhaps you’re dealing with a stubborn case of acne that just won’t go away on its own.
Maybe you’re tired of dry, flaky skin that makes you feel insecure and uncomfortable.
Whether you’re concerned about aging, have acne and an uneven skin tone, or are bothered by dry skin, now is the time to update your men’s skincare routine – or put one together in the first place.
We promise it’s not nearly as complicated (or expensive) as you might think. Read on to learn everything you need to know about starting the right men’s skincare regimen.
Get the Right Face Wash
It’s no secret that men are famous for taking as many grooming shortcuts as they can. 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners? Body wash that doubles as a face wash? Shaving their faces with an old, dull razor in every different direction?
As long as it gets the job done in less than five minutes, you’re game.
But this really isn’t the way to go.
In this article from Siorai, Dr. Bill Andrews says that those with acne-prone skin can benefit greatly from using a toner after they cleanse their skin at night. Toners ensure that any dirt, make up, or other matter is cleaned out of your pores.
This means investing in a facial cleanser that’s packed with ingredients that will target your specific skin issue.
If you’re concerned about aging, look for products that contain retinol and vitamin C. If you’re struggling with teenage or even adult acne, buy cleansers with tea tree oil, salicylic acid, sulfur, or benzoyl peroxide.
If you’re dealing with dry skin, look for a face wash containing glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or ceramides.
Now is also the time to invest in a high-quality electric razor. It will still get the job done quickly, but won’t leave you with redness, knicks, and uneven shadow later n the day.
Second only to facewash, moisturizers are an incredibly important aspect of your men’s skincare routine.
Moisturizer isn’t something that only men who have dry skin should use. Rather, it should be an integral part of everyone’s day and night face routine.
Moisturizers create an extra layer of protection on the dermis – or the outermost layer of your skin. In addition to helping to keep out dust, dirt, and other pollutants, this extra layer also works to fight against aging.
You should also take care to moisturize after shaving because your pores are especially open at this time.
So, what should you look for in a moisturizer?
If you have dry skin, go with an oil-based moisturizer to keep things especially supple. (Oil-based options are also a wise move in the winter months.)
For those with oily/acne-prone skin, look for a mattifying or oil-free moisturizer – lighter serums will be a better choice for you than creams.
If you have normal or combination skin, the world is your oyster. You may want to buy both an oil-free and an oil-based moisturizer so that you can switch up your routine depending on how things look and feel.
We suggest that everyone look for paraben and alcohol-free moisturizers to avoid skin irritation.
Take Sun Protection Seriously
Here’s the thing.
You can invest hundreds of dollars in expensive creams, face washes, and even treatments (we’ll talk more about that below).
But if you don’t take sun protection seriously, none of it will pay off – and you’ll even age prematurely.
Make sure that you wear a non-comedogenic sunscreen every day, even if it’s rainy or overcast outside. If you’re heading to the beach, grab a hat and look for a shady spot.
If you’re going to a tanning booth, now is the time to stop.
UV rays actually weaken your skin’s elasticity and destroy free radicals. This makes it much easier for your skin to sag, wrinkle, and show other signs of aging. Plus, you’re opening yourself up to a much more serious risk than just a few crow’s feet – skin cancer.
Do yourself a favor, and stay out of the sun as much as you can.
Invest in Yourself
Your girlfriend or mother probably heads to the dermatologist, the facialist, or even just the makeup counter much more often than you do.
But when you’re ready to get serious about men’s facial care, consider investing in some higher-end treatments a few times a year to slough off dead skin, deal with redness, and keep your face looking younger and firmer.
There are all kinds of facial treatments for men out there, and they feel as fabulous as the results they produce.
If you’re dealing with acne, look for a facial with extractions. Consider a chemical peel or an oxygen facial if you’re ready to turn back the hands of time.
If you need an injection of moisture, you can even do a quick face mask at home.
Update Your Men’s Skincare Routine with These Tips
Adopting a new men’s skincare routine won’t just help you to look younger and hotter – it’ll also make you feel much more confident about your appearance.
When you start taking better care of yourself, you’ll be much more likely to chase after those opportunities that you know you deserve. These can include things like a promotion, a date with that amazing girl, or volunteering to give that presentation in class.
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