Skincare routine for men (Part 3)

Skincare routine for men (Part 3)

Who says skincare is not for guys? As a matter of fact, skincare is extremely  important to guys, sometimes even more so than females. This is because men sweat more often, or simply have an oiler skin than females. 

 

Guy’s misconception

A lot of guys think skin care is only necessary when they have a specific issue—acne, redness, wrinkles, or other typical skin care concerns. While certain men’s skin care products can help with isolated issues, a daily skin care routine will prevent them in the first place.

Your skin is your largest organ; like any other part of your body, it needs daily preventative measures to keep it healthy. This is no different than weight lifting, cardio, and eating right to keep your body in shape.

A daily skin care routine will benefit you now by keeping skin firm, clear, and bright. Things just get better years from now, when everyone else is starting to wrinkle and you’re not.

 

Skin type

Most guys don’t know their skin type. Frankly, many guys don’t even realize skin has “types”. Learning your skin type is the first step in taking care of your skin (and is pretty easy too).

  • Normal: Your skin stays oil free most of the day and doesn’t get irritated or dry easily. Acne is rarely an issue.
  • Oily Skin: Your skin has oily patches and a natural shine to it. You often get acne or build up.
  • Dry/Sensitive Skin: Your skin gets easily irritated all over and frequently feels tight or dry.
  • Combination: Imagine your face has a “T” on it. The horizontal bar goes across your forehead – the vertical bar runs down to the tip of your nose. This is called the T zone. Guys who have combination skin have an oily T zone but dry/sensitive skin on the rest of their face (primarily the cheeks).
  • Aging Skin: Your skin looks weathered, is wrinkled, and has age spots. You have spent many years not taking care of your skin.

Once you know your skin type, things get a lot easier. Use men’s skin care products that match your skin type as you follow the skin care routine detailed below. Most product packaging indicates the skin type it’s been made for.

 

Step 1: Cleanse

Every morning, wash your face with a men’s facial cleanser that is made for your skin type. Cleansing first thing in the morning refreshes you by removing dull skin and impurities.

At night, before you go to bed, wash your face to prevent oil and other pore-clogging bacteria from sitting on your face all night.

 

What is the proper way to wash my face?

Wash your face in the shower or splash warm water over your face before washing. This opens up the pores and helps remove any deep-down impurities.

As you apply the face wash, gently rub in circles. Don’t rub vigorously – facial skin is very sensitive.

When you’re done, rinse with cool water to close the pores and then pat dry. Never rub your face dry – stretching the skin can introduce premature wrinkles.

After washing, your face should feel clean, but not too clean or tight. Tightness is a sign of excessively dry skin – which can cause irritation, acne, premature wrinkles, and excess oil production.

Do not wash your face more than twice a day, especially if you have oily skin as over-washing sets your sebum glands (the skin’s oil glands) go into overdrive, creating excess oil.

 

Step 2: Exfoliating

Scrubbing (exfoliating) your face should be done 1 to 3 times a week after cleansing your face, depending on your skin type. Guys with oily-type skin should exfoliate more often, while men with sensitive/dry skin should do it less often.

A men’s face scrub is an extremely versatile product – not only is it important to a skin care regimen, but it’s the secret weapon you’ve been missing in your shave routine too.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and other build up on your skin. That helps new, healthier skin cells reveal themselves, improving your complexion.

Guys with oily skin probably don’t need to be told this, but the less build-up on your skin, the fewer clogged pores and breakouts you’ll have.

Before a shave, scrub the shave area. This discourages ingrown hairs and bumps. Not enough men take the time to prepare their skin before shaving.

You want your facial hair to be protruding as high above the skin as possible, allowing for a cleaner cut and preventing it from growing back into the skin. A men’s face scrub will do this.

 

How do I use a face scrub?

Using a face scrub is a lot like using a face wash. Wet your face beforehand with warm water and use a small amount of scrub, gently rubbing in circles around your entire face (or shave area).

Focus on areas where dead skin and build up primarily occur – the nose, forehead, and neck. When done, rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.

Never use a scrub more than three times a week and only once a day. Guys have a tendency to go overboard with face scrub because it “feels like something is happening” when using it.

Take it easy – overusing a scrub can cause dryness, irritation, and excess oil production.

 

Step 4: Moisturiser

Moisturise your skin both morning and night. 

Hydrating the face, or moisturizing, is nothing more than applying a men’s face moisturizer to your skin.

Moisturizing offers a plethora of benefits: it makes the skin firmer, prevents water loss, and has an anti-aging effect.

Moisturizing delivers hydration and essential nutrients to skin cells so they can continue to look full, delivering a youthful, healthy face.

 

How should I use a face moisturiser?

After washing or scrubbing your face and thoroughly patting dry, apply a men’s face moisturizer over your entire face. Take special care to hydrate around the forehead and eyes.

You only need a little bit of product and there’s no need to vigorously rub it in. If you have dry skin, you may need to reapply a small amount again in the afternoon. Guys with oily skin – don’t skip the hydration step.

 

Step 5: Sunscreen

It doesn’t hurt to apply sunscreen both morning and night… but especially in the morning.

What’s the easiest way to have great looking skin your entire life? Prevention. Unfortunately, most guys think of their skin last when it comes to overall physical health.

Preventing skin issues starts with protecting yourself from the sun and fighting off the aging process.

 

How do I prevent skin aging?

Use sunscreen: If you will be in the sun for longer than 30 minutes, use sunscreen on all exposed parts of your skin. Nothing will age and damage your skin faster than the sun. Make sure to use sunscreen that has at least SPF 15.

Apply Eye Cream: Like to stay up late? Often have dark circles or bags under your eyes? Men’s eye cream is your secret weapon for looking good.

Bags and dark circles accumulate around the eyes when you don’t get enough sleep.

Normally, blood and other fluids move into your head as you sleep. If you don’t give them time to do that, those fluids push up against the skin hence resulting in puffiness and dark circles.

Eye cream ingredients stimulate the area around the eyes, reducing puffiness and fluid build-up. The best eye creams for men contain caffeine; it’s an incredible stimulant that drains blood back into the body.

Just these simple and essential 5 steps for men and you are good to go. Remember, consistency is key. 

 

Adapted from: https://effortlessgent.com/mens-skin-care-routine/

https://dailyvanity.sg/mensgrooming/guide-basic-mens-skincare-grooming-routine/

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