Most men wouldn’t be caught dead standing around discussing their skincare needs and routines. But they have skin, and that skin needs to be cared for, so someone had better be talking about it!
We’re talking basic care here. There’s no need for any major muss or fuss. Trips to the salon aren’t necessary, and neither are chemical peels or weekly masque treatments. (But, hey, if you want to indulge, who are we to judge?)
Basic skin care is important, even for those of manly-man persuasion, and we’re here to talk about it out loud. In addition, men suffer the same skincare woes and troubles as womenfolk. Things like acne, sensitive skin, and razor burn can all be tackled with a little bit of TLC.
Know Your Manly Skin
You may not really care what your skin type is, but trust us- you should. This step doesn’t require you to be a rocket scientist and will make the rest of the process go smoothly and successfully. It just requires a little tiny bit of sleuthing.
If you have:
- Normal Skin it stays pretty clear and is not sensitive
- Dry Skin it is flaky, itchy, or rough
- Oily Skin it produces excess oil so it is shiny and greasy
- Combination Skin it is dry in some areas and oily in others
- Sensitive Skin it has a tendency to break out, react to products, or sting or burn
Knowing your skin type will allow you to make good choices when it comes to what products you should or shouldn’t use, or how to help yourself if you run into a bit of skin trouble in the future. If you’ve been having trouble with your skin, try reading the product labels and ingredients. If you have acne-prone skin, you should look for “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” products because they won’t clog your pores. If your skin is on the sensitive side, use mild “fragrance-free” products to avoid possible irritants.
Basic Skin Care For Men
Your skin needs proper care, but that care doesn’t have to be difficult or horribly time consuming. Just follow these few simple steps twice a day; morning and before bed.
- Cleanse. Skip your same-old average bar soap here. While some bar soaps are good for your skin, many are full of skin-stripping ingredients that can dry you out. Opt for a cleanser designed for your face. Other types of cleansers typically contain chemicals that are too harsh for your face. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Moisturize. If the thought of telling anyone that you “moisturize” seems too girly, just call it “thirst-quenching your skin.” Moisturizing has a bunch of benefits including helping to keep your skin from drying out (even oily skin can get too dry) and will go far towards preventing signs of aging like wrinkles down the line. It also keeps your face looking generally good and touchable.
- Treat. If you’re suffering from acne, apply a medicated product. If you are worried about combating signs of aging, anti-aging cream can help to smooth out forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet around your eyes and tighten your skin. An eye cream can also help to reduce bags and puffiness. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look on the top of your game!
- Sunscreen. The sun is the number one offender when it comes to creating wrinkles, age spots, and other age-related damage. On top of that, everyone is prone to the dreaded skin cancer. Don’t let yourself become another one of those statistics. Slathering on a bit of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before you go outdoors only takes a minute. Don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. If you’re going to be sweating or swimming, reapply it immediately afterwards!
Shaving Tips For Your Skin
While you may have been shaving for years or decades by now, have you been doing so with your skin’s best interests in mind? Pay attention to your shaving technique. If you’re experiencing razor bumps, razor burns, or ingrown hairs, switch from a multi-blade razor to a single- or double-blade instead. Don’t pull your skin taut while you shave. It may just be that the multi-blade razors are working too well or shaving too closely for your skin.
Wet your skin and hair first to soften it. Apply a moisturizing shaving cream and allow it a chance to actually condition the skin before you begin. Shave with the direction of hair growth and rinse after each swipe of the razor. Change your blade after every five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.
Skin Care Extras For Men
You can also pay a little bit of extra attention to these tips to ensure your skin will be sexy, smooth, and healthy for a long time to come.
- Drink plenty of water every day and avoid too much caffeine and alcohol
- Avoid too much sugar
- Watch out for too much time in the sun
- Get plenty of sleep every night
- Load up on antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies
- Keep your stress level low
- Stay away from cigarettes