Ultimate Skin Care Routine For Men
October 25, 2020 | By Justin
For many men, after puberty, skincare becomes an afterthought. Maintaining clear and youthful skin; however, can pay dividends, especially as a man ages. Ladies love it, it improves self-esteem, and can help in your career. The following routine will help you to keep clear, healthy, and youthful skin for longer.
Wash Your Face
This probably seems obvious, but there are some important considerations. First, you should wash your face in the morning and before bed. We are constantly accumulating dirt, oil, and grime -- even while we sleep. Cleaning it off helps keep your pores clear.
Next, you should tune your face wash to your skin type. If you have oily skin or get frequent pimples, you should consider a face wash with salicylic acid like 100° Celsius Men’s Products Face Wash Acne-Prone. However, if you have dry skin or suffer from eczema, you should use something gentle, but won't clog your pores like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.
An important note about choosing a face wash, be careful about over-exfoliating. Exfoliating is an important part of your skincare routine. However, over-exfoliating is real. You should only exfoliate ~3 times per week and you may get exfoliation as part of a face mask or other treatment below.
Finally, be sure to dry your face with a clean towel. Do not use a towel that you have been using to dry your hands or an after-shower towel that has been hanging for days! You are just putting bacteria back in your pores.
I hate shaving. I would rather get the extra ten minutes of sleep. But, shaving is great for your skincare routine. It exfoliates away dead skin cells along with grime deep in your pores. Frequent shaving also prevents in-grown hairs from forming.
Before shaving, be sure to wash your hands and face, so you don't add any bacteria or oil back to your skin. Washing your face with warm to hot water will also help to open your pores.
After shaving, use a fragrance-free aftershave or toner. Once your face is completely dry, apply an aftershave balm, such as Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin Post Shave Balm.
Moisturizers are x-games mode for skincare. Picking the right moisturizers, though, can be tricky, as there are many different applications. Below is a quick synopsis of what is available, in the order that they should be applied.
Do you need a toner? Probably not, but, if you suffer from acne a toner can help prevent pore blockage when you apply other moisturizers or sunscreen. A guide to toners.
Another very optional product. However, if you are getting a late start to skincare, a serum can make some impact on slowing down signs of aging. A guide to serums.
Very underrated and highly recommended. Bad eating habits, sleeping habits, or too much sun can take a toll on our eyes. A good eye cream can help you kiss puffy, baggy, and wrinkly eyes goodbye. Recommended to apply both mornings and before bed. A guide to eye creams.
Repair cream is your bread and butter moisturizer product. You should at least apply a repair cream in the morning and at night. Repair creams hydrate your skin and provide some topical vitamins that can promote collagen production. A guide to repair creams.
Almost all of us are guilty of underwhelming use of sunscreen. However, sunscreen is the number one recommendation by dermatologists for healthy skin. Each morning After your moisturizers, apply sunscreen for faces, like Neutrogena Sport Face Sunscreen.
An important note, sunscreen does not last all day. If you are out in the sun all day, remember to reapply every 90 minutes or so. Also, do not ignore the rest of your body.
Face masks can be overwhelming for many men. There are a lot of options. They are the quintessential day spa treatment which can create apprehension for tough guys. They are not a quick treatment. I get it. But, if you are ready, face masks are next level and can be super relaxing or fun to do with your spouse/partner.
I love a good Korean sheet mask. Sheet masks are thin, paper sheets that are drenched in an essence. You apply the mask to your face and chill for 15-20 minutes while the essence does its work. Depending on the essence, the sheet mask can help with hydration, blending age spots, decreasing wrinkles, or other needs. Check out our guide to sheet masks. I try to do at least 1 each week.
If you tend to get blackheads or clogged pores, clay masks are here to rescue you. These masks come in a jar and you apply thickly to your face and let it harden, then wipe off with a clean, wet towel. The mask draws out the gunk in your pores when you wipe it off! Even if you don't have problems with clogged pores, you should still do a clay mask like Dead Sea Mud Mask for Face & Body , as it helps to exfoliate away dead skin cells. These are a once or twice per week treatment.
Light therapy masks
Light therapy masks are one of the secrets of professional beautiful people. They use various spectra of light, especially infrared, to undo aging at the cellular level. Do they work? According to dermatologists, yes, but only if you commit to consistent usage. If you want to advance to the final level of skincare, check out our guide to light therapy masks
Our bodies are mostly water, so we need to constantly replenish it. If you don't stay hydrated, it is harder for your skin to repair itself and it looks like crap. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should drink 15.5 cups of water per day Mayo Clinic. Make sure you drink up.
Just like hydration, sleep is crucial for allowing the skin to repair itself. Limit screen time before bed, limit alcohol, meditate, or try some of these practices to improve sleep Ways to improve your sleep quality.
The most important tip is to stick with your routine! Do not bite off more than you can chew and give up. Start by adding elements from the above that you can stick to and stick to them. If you see good results, add another element. If you want daily reminders, sign up for our skincare newsletter, and we will send you morning and evening reminders, as well as the latest skincare products!