The times when skincare and skincare routines were only for women are long gone. And taking care of your skin is just a normal part of everyday routine. Either you’re an outdoorsy guy or you’re the casual, more indoorsy type, either with a full beard or clean-shave – no matter your style or lifestyle, taking care of your skin is essential. And yes, we know, most of us don’t have a lot of time in our hands to take hours pampering our skin. So, we have outlined 5 easy skincare tips just for you.
First things first, you have to identify and understand your skin type:
So, when you have identified your skin type, let’s jump into the 5 skincare tips for every man to follow to make your skin clean and healthy and protect and rejuvenate it too.
1. Wash your face daily, especially after exercise
Wash your face with lukewarm — not hot — water. Do not use regular bar soap. It will make your skin dry and even can cause breakouts. For better effect and cleaner skin, try a facewash. For example, Regene Supreme’s cleansing foam. It will help with deep cleansing and improving microcirculation, leaving your skin glowy and feeling fresh.
2. Watch your shaving routine
Shaving can be harmful to your face. So, doing it right can save you some unpleasant moments. First of all, start with washing your face. It’s best to use foaming shaving cream for an easier and cleaner shave. Let it sit for a minute or two. If you have sensitive or dry skin, look for a shaving cream that says “sensitive skin” on the label. Remember to shave in the direction that your hair grows. It will help you prevent razor bumps and burns. And it’s crucial to rinse after each swipe. In addition, make sure you change your blade or throw away disposable razors after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation and protect your skin from bacteria. After shaving, rinse your face with cold water to reduce inflammation.
3. Aftershave is unnecessary
Aftershave is left-over from times when straight razors were the only choice available. They left tiny scratches and nicks on the skin. So, then alcohol-based aftershave was necessary. But now, aftershave has outlived its usefulness. Alcohol-based products dry out the skin leaving it irritated. Of course, if you still want to use something after shaving, look out for aftershaves available without an alcohol base that can moisturize your skin. Another alternative is to simply use moisturizer after a shave.
4. Moisturize daily
After shaving or any other day, moisturizer should be part of your everyday skincare routine. Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin and it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. It’s important to apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after showering or shaving while the skin is still damp, it will help with the best results. There are many moisturizers out there, so look out for those who are made for your skin type.
5. Wear sunscreen daily
Yes, even on cloudy days, you should wear sunscreen. Harmful sun rays age your skin, leaving it wrinkly, with age spots and even skin cancer. Before going outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, neck, and lips. For best protection, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
What else to consider?
At a glance, there are a ton of products on the market, and figuring out which ones to try can be overwhelming, we know. But remember, there are 3 goals you should cover when choosing your products – cleanse, moisturize and protect.
Also, there is some kind of products you should avoid, like:
- Avoid fragrances – leave the ‘smelling good’ task to your perfume or deodorant. Fragrances that are added to skin care products can cause contact allergies and leave red, itchy, or scaly rashes on your face, head, and neck.
- Avoid alcohol-based aftershaves and products in general – There’s nothing quite like that burn right after a good shave, and while that might feel refreshing at first, it’s actually harmful to your skin. Alcohol-based products are meant to act as an antiseptic and help prevent infection, it’s not for everyday use, because it dries and irritates your skin.
- Avoid complex products – if you are new to skincare, it’s better to choose simpler products. It will help you avoid ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or breakouts.
Taking care of your skin should be a usual thing, not a luxury. Just choose a few good products, stick to your daily routine and you will be good to go. Even tho choosing the right product that suits your skin is vital, it can be a journey. So, keep in mind to try one new product at a time. And remember, it’s never too early (or too late) to start caring about your skin.