In general, men spend a lot less time and money on looking after their skin than women do.
Fellas, it is time to listen up; It is just as important for men to use good quality products and to follow a daily skin care routine.
When it comes to skin care, men like to keep it simple. However, men are now becoming more conscious of their appearance and want healthier, younger-looking skin, so guys it really is time to step up your skin care game.
Best Skin Care for Men:
To help men develop a suitable skin care routine, we will guide you through the steps you need to take and advise you how to get the best skin care for men, and maintaining healthy skin. At first, this may feel like it is going to take forever when incorporated into your daily routine, but after a few days and a little practice it will add very little time to your mornings and evenings, but the results will be more than worth the extra effort.
Although there are differences between men and women’s skin – for example, men’s skin is thicker than women’s.
Men also have a higher concentration of collagen in their body; a lack of collagen is a sign of aging, as women have lower collagen levels than men, women’s skin appearance is 15 years older than a man of the same age – even so, the essential elements to using an effective skin care plan remain the same.
Know Your Skin Type:
Firstly, it’s crucial that everyone and these include men, determines and understand their skin type fully. Once you have managed to figure out what skin type you have, then the rest of the process will be a little easier for you to find the products that suit your skin type best.
SENSITIVE SKIN – This means your skin may be irritated or red. Sensitive skin can sting or burn after products with specific ingredients are used, and you may feel that your skin feels worse instead of better after using skin care products.
NORMAL SKIN – The least problematic and you usually won’t have too many issues with products, the pores appear small, and your skin is clear and has a healthy glow to it, and not sensitive to products.
DRY SKIN – If you have dry skin it can feel itchy, flaky and has a rough, irregular texture to it, and it may feel tight. Dry skin can also look red, mainly if you use products that have ingredients that dehydrate skin and irritate it. Your pores are generally small, and you wouldn’t typically have problems with spots or blackheads.
OILY SKIN – Your skin will always appear shiny and greasy, you may have problems with blackheads and white pimples, and generally have spots and enlarged blocked pores. Your skin feels oily and looks greasy during the day, even if you are not sweating.
COMBINATION SKIN – This is the most common skin type. Your skin may have both oily and dry areas. The area that is known as the ‘T’ zone, this is across the forehead, down along the nose and the chin can be very oily. Your cheeks generally feel normal or may be slightly or very dry. The skin around your eyes is usually more dehydrated than the rest of your face.
Read product labels and ingredients!
When buying cosmetics, it is worth looking at the product labels and ingredients, this will help you to decide if there are any ingredients that are going to cause your skin to react when you apply them.
The skin care products you choose for your daily skincare routine will depend on your skin type. So, If you have Acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say ‘oil-free’ or ‘non-comedogenic,’ as these won’t clog your pores.
If you have overly sensitive skin, use mild ‘fragrance-free’ and ‘alcohol’ free products, also avoid if they have Citrus in them, if you put anything on your face containing these ingredients they will leave your skin feeling irritated and dry.
Unfortunately, it is a fact when buying cosmetics you cannot always expect to find a suitable product for your skin straight away, what may sound perfect on the packaging, once applied may feel unsuitable on your skin. You will have to expect a little ‘trial and error’ until you find the most suitable cream or lotion for your skin type.
Wash Your Face:
Wash your face with a good cleanser.
So this is a no-brainer, but it seems that some guys are doing it all wrong or more realistically, just not doing it at all! Men will all to often take super hot showers and use harsh soaps or face scrubs, doing this will make your skin dry and irritated, and when your skin is dry it will appear wrinkly and much older, not what you’re looking for, right guys?
It is essential to use a gentle cleanser for daily use, one that will cleanse the skin, removing dirt and pollution that can accumulate throughout your busy working day, and will hydrate while it cleanses. Remember to wash your face both morning and evening, and after exercise.
Shaving and Razors:
Most men shave on average five times a week.
When you are buying a razor cartidge that has up to five blades – the obvious thought is, if the razor has more blades the better my shave will be. That may be so, but something you should consider with these types of blade heads is that if they shave too close, you are more likely to get razor burn and ingrown hairs, this is due to the extra blades pulling the hairs below the skin a little too deep.
Buy the blade head with one or two blades, and the shave you get is more than sufficient, and you are less likely to get that nasty looking rash on your neck. By choosing a razor that fits your skin and how sensitive it is, your face will thank you!
Your facial hair will be softer directly after showering or washing your face than at other times, and this will give you a much smoother shave and less skin irritation. It is advised not to use water that is very hot, as this can lead to facial redness and inflammation.
Using a mild moisturizing gel or foam is key to providing a barrier of protection while shaving, so don’t scrimp with it, put plenty on for that smooth shave you are seeking! Always shave with a clean, sharp razor blade. If you continue to use a blade more than five times, you can expect to have irritated skin and ‘razor burn’ which can be very painful and look nasty on your skin!
Don’t be in a rush when you shave, give it a little extra time and you will see the benefits afterward. Shave in short strokes, do not stretch your skin taut while shaving, follow the direction of the hair growth, remember to rinse your razor blade regularly during shaving to stop the blades getting clogged up, and thus giving the less than perfect shave that you are seeking.
After your shave, rinse with cool fresh water to soothe your skin, this will also help to prevent ingrown hairs.
Rinsing your face with cold water causes the blood vessels on the skin to contract, this helps to reduce swelling and any bleeding you may have from the small skin tears.
You should ‘pat’ dry your face with a clean towel, do not rub dry as your skin will be quite sensitive at this point.
So, after your shave those hair follicles are open – you should now apply a product that both hydrates and soothes the skin and helps to prevent irritation and red blotches, this will also help to calm the skin post-shave.
There are four main types of Aftershave:
Lotion – These tend to have a bit of an extra kick them. The scent can be strong enough to take the place of a cologne. Lotions/Creams work as a skin toner and help tighten up the pores when applied after shaving. These also work well for people who have oily skin.
Gels – There isn’t much difference between gels and creams, but gels do wonders for cooling down your skin and reduce the potential ‘burning’ feeling that shaving can cause. Skin absorbs the gel rather quickly, the downside to the skin absorbing gel so rapidly is your skin has less moisture in it and may have a tight, dry feeling after being applied.
Splash – Often alcohol-based, this type of aftershave can act as an antiseptic and works well for those who are prone to cuts and nicks when shaving, but it does tighten and dry out the skin.
Balm – A hydrating lotion with a mild scent that fades quickly after applying to your face. Most balms do not have any alcohol in the ingredients so are suitable for those with sensitive skin, and are great at reducing the effects of razor burn.
The routine, once I have finished shaving, is to apply ‘Soothe and Smooth by Paula’s Choice’ all over my face using a cotton pad. Once the ‘Soothe and Smooth’ is completely absorbed, I apply a generous amount of ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra’ all over the shaved area of my face. My face feels moisturized, calmed and soothed afterward, and this has also helped tremendously with post-shave irritation and redness. I do feel that ‘Paula’s Choice Soothe and Smooth’ is the foundation of my post shave routine and an excellent compliment with ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra,’ I highly recommended both products.
One of these options will be suitable for you depending on your skin type. For those who have sensitive skin, look for aftershaves that are free of parabens, and don’t contain any alcohol, fragrances or irritants like menthol and lemon oil, which could potentially cause breakouts and redness.
Face Moisturizer with SPF:
Men pay very little attention to moisturizing their facial skin, in fact, of all the things that men view as a ‘girly’ thing, it is probably moisturizing that comes out on top!
However, what turns the girls on more than anything is when faces touch, and it doesn’t feel like sandpaper rubbing against their face but nice, smooth soft skin, take note guys!
So, moisturizing your face morning and evening will help you achieve that soft, kissable skin.
Moisturizer works by retaining water in your skin, which can help reduce fine lines and give your skin a brighter, younger appearance. For the best results, you should apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering or shaving.
When you apply your Daily Face Moisturiser in the morning, it must have SPF – Sun Protection Factor in it, preferably with SPF30+ (never leave home without applying sunscreen) this will give you both a daily sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. With SPF you will get UVA and UVB, and a good quality product will provide protection plus the added bonus of antioxidants to help shield skin from premature aging due to the sun.
Men who don’t use sunscreen not only increase the risk of getting sun damage, your face will develop a red, almost ‘angry’ appearance, skin irritation, additional blood vessels may appear, all of this could increase the risk of skin cancer. We all want to stay forever young, or as close to it as possible, so apply sunscreen every single day.
With the advance in cosmetic products, you will hardly feel that you have anything on your skin when moisturizer is applied, and it won’t be visible, so don’t worry about your ‘manly’ appearance. Look for something that is a lightweight moisturizer as this is ideal for daily use, and it will visibly improve the appearance of your skin and provides lasting hydration, you can also look for a moisturizer that won’t make your skin appear too oily.
As you will be looking for Fragrance-free products not to irritate your skin, there is no feminine smell to worry about, so applying moisturizer won’t be considered ‘girly.’
After you evening shower and shave the last step of your daily skin care routine is to apply a ‘night moisturizer.’ The moisturizer you apply is different from the one you use in the morning as it doesn’t have the SPF in it.
Again you are looking for a fragrant free and non-greasy cream that provides fast, lasting hydration for your skin, it calms sensitive skin and helps reduce redness and irritation.
The benefits of a night moisturizer are that it will help to repair and replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier that is needed after all the exertions of a busy day; it should be applied to a clean face and neck about 20 minutes before going to bed to allow it to be absorbed.
Guys, another thing to do after your evening shower is to check your skin regularly. You need to be aware of any new spots or moles that start to itch, bleed or change color, as these are often early warning signs of skin cancer. Do not ignore early warning signs, If you notice anything suspicious, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, when caught in the early stages, skin cancer is highly treatable.
Exfoliating: – Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face
Exfoliate is a word that many guys would not have heard of, and it is entirely possible it is something they have never carried out as part of their skincare routine.
Exfoliating is an important way to keep your skin smooth and radiant. It’s like giving your face or body a helping hand to clear away its dead skin, and this makes way for younger cells to come through and give the skin surface a fresh, radiant appearance.
Exfoliating isn’t something that needs to be done daily, for most people 2 or 3 times a week is sufficient.
If at all possible try to Exfoliate in the morning: Your skin renews itself overnight, so exfoliate your skin in the morning to clear away any dead skin.
There are two ways to Exfoliate your face, one is to use a ‘chemical’ exfoliator, and the other is to use a ‘Scrub’ exfoliator.
A good example of a Chemical Exfoliator –
This is a lightweight leave-on exfoliant, you use it post-shaving. Formulated with 2% BHA (salicylic acid), it is suitable for all skin types, and it quickly calms redness, helps to unclog pores and reduces raised bumps and ingrown hairs. It also removes dead skin cells, and this gives the skin a smoother and younger appearance. It is applied using a cotton pad and left to dry. Leave to dry before you apply your night moisturizer.
Take care when exfoliating your face, mainly so if you decide to use a ‘scrub’ type exfoliator, this differs from the ‘leave on’ chemical exfoliators. With the ‘Scrub’ type, you apply the lotion onto a wet face and ‘work’ it into the face in a circular motion. Make sure you don’t scrub your face too often, and when you do, only ‘scrub’ your face very lightly. Rubbing too hard on your face and too frequently will cause more harm than good to your skin. The exfoliating beads in your product are sufficient enough to get the job done without needing to get too vigorous! Pat dry your face and apply your night moisturizer.
So guys remember, be gentle and use a light touch to massage any skin products into your facial skin.
Maintaining Healthy Skin:
So, I hope we have guided you towards the Best Skin Care for Men.
The critical thing to remember is that it’s all about consistency. Every man’s skin will deteriorate with age, but you can help to slow down the process provided you get into a skincare routine.
If you start while you are in your mid twenties, and have a good skincare routine in place, you will notice the benefits later in life, and your skin will look much younger.
Regardless of your age, there isn’t a better time to start looking after your skin than right now.
So, there you have it guys, this is your essential guide to maintaining healthy skin. Follow this routine each day, and you and your partner will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s appearance.
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