If cleansers, eye-creams, moisturizers and body scrubs mean nothing to you, then you might want to check out our skin care routine for men.
When we think about staying healthy, we often leave aside one of the most important aspects of them all: skin care. Our skin is actually the largest organ in the human body, but for some reason most men don’t have a regular routine to take care of it.
While it used to be mostly a women’s field, for the last couple of years the skin care industry has expanded to men as well. In fact, today there are brands specifically focused on the male audience only. Why? Because our skin is very important for our bodies and its caring goes beyond aesthetics.
For instance, our skin protects us from outside elements (including microbes), it helps us regulate our body temperature, and it enables us to feel touch, heat and cold. These are our tips on how to take care of it.
Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize
The first step in a daily skin care routine for men is cleansing. You want to start by splashing warm water on your face and then applying a small amount of a face wash product in circular motion. To wash it off, use cold water and pat dry your face. You can repeat this process once in the morning and once at night.
On one hand, cold water promotes blood circulation and it helps close open pores, which will prevent dirt and oil from entering the skin barrier. On the other hand, rubbing your face dry is not helpful either because it can excessively stretch your face’s skin. That is to say, it will cause premature wrinkling.
Foaming cleansers can be great for oily skin and men with acne, but they are not so good if you have dry skin. As well, some men are used to doing this process using regular soap, but it is actually not beneficial for the face’s skin because they can contain very harmful chemicals.
The second step in your skincare routine is to exfoliate to get rid of dead cells that might be blocking your pores. If that happens, you might experience pimples and blackheads, which is why you need to repeat this process on a regular basis.
However, exfoliating should only be done once or twice a week the most, as it can lead to dry skin. To do so, you can use a men’s face scrub. Nonetheless, if you have sensitive skin or a specific skin condition, it is best that you opt for a chemical exfoliation.
Men with oily skin tend to wash their faces several times throughout the day, but that is actually creating more sebum. In this case, a professional will be able to provide the best solution for each case.
Finally, you need to moisturize. This might be the most important step of all three, as it helps slow the aging process, avoid wrinkles, and keep oil and dirt away from your pores.
You need to keep your skin hydrated, but to do so you don’t need to apply large quantities of the product. A small amount will do the trick as long as you repeat the step throughout the day: once in the morning, once before bed, and if possible reapply moisturizer during the day as well.
All these steps can be applied to your entire body, not just the face. However, as the face is regularly the most exposed part of our skin, you need to provide extra caring to this particular area.
While we all love warm, shiny days, the sun can be very harsh on our skin too. Sunburns and tans can cause multiple diseases, and they also promote the aging and wrinkling of our skin.
There is nothing wrong with getting old, but there’s a difference between aging because of time and aging due to the sun exposure.
Therefore, UVA protection is a step not open for debate. If you are going outside, you need to put it on 一especially on your face一, whether it is winter or summer, if it is sunny or rainy. The minimum protection you should apply is +30 SPF.
Keep a healthy diet
Taking care of our skin is both an internal and external job. That means it is not enough to apply all amounts of products, if in the end you don’t keep a healthy diet. In fact, what you eat can have a huge impact on the way your skin looks.
Here are our tips on how to achieve a healthy diet. And don’t forget to drink lots of water during the day.
Visit a professional
Once a year, you need to make time to go to the dermatologist to have an annual check up. Our skin puts up with a lot, from sunburns to bruises, and therefore it is important that we have a professional check it from time to time to see if everything is looking good.
Even if you don’t experience any skin condition, like rosacea or juvenile acne, a doctor’s appointment should be on your list. Moreover, most people don’t know about this, but we all need to have our moles checked once a year to prevent any possible cancer symptoms.
Create your own routine
Once you have mastered these basic steps of the skin care routine for men, you can start building your own. That is, you can start creating a more personal and custom routine that better adapts to you.
For example, if you have puffiness or dry circles, you can add an eye-cream to your routine. As well, if you find that chemical products are not so good for your type of skin, you can switch to natural based products. Make it your own!
In addition, what’s great about this day and age is that today we can find specific products for each condition or situation, which makes it much easier when taking care of our skin.
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