For centuries, men from all over the world have kept their skin rough and rugged for a variety of reasons. They may think that skin care products are mostly geared toward women so men shouldn’t use them, they may not know how to properly take care of their skin, or they want to keep up with a masculine, rough appearance that they believe many are attracted to. Rugged, craggy skin may appeal to some people, but others think it’s more of a turn-off and would prefer a man who takes care of his skin. Because many men may not know proper skin care tips, we’re here to break it down. Here are some easy tips to pick up that can help you or a man in your life.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Applying a moisturizer to your face and other parts of the skin may not sound like the most masculine task, but it will save your skin in the long run. Moisturizers work to trap water in your skin and leave it hydrated, which can prevent wrinkles and fine lines, prevent dry, cracked skin, and leave your skin looking healthy. Cracked skin, especially during colder months of the year, can be painful, and sometimes those dry patches will become even more irritated as time goes on, so it’s best to treat the problem sooner rather than later. After bathing, pat your skin dry with a towel and apply the moisturizer, as it will allow your skin to absorb the product along with any excess water. Using a quality moisturizer for a few weeks will create a noticeable difference in the appearance and feel of your skin, and you may find you look a bit younger.
Drink Plenty of Water
While a moisturizer can work wonders on your skin, it works even better if you drink plenty of water every day. When you do not drink enough water, your skin can become dry and flaky, which can lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is suggested that adults drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day to stay hydrated and flush out toxins, all while keeping track of caffeine and alcohol intake. Water helps both your body and skin stay hydrated and healthy, alcoholic beverages and coffee can leave you dehydrated, which shows on your skin.
Use Sunscreen Daily
Even if you aren’t spending a day at the beach or lounging by the pool, protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays should be a daily task. Sun exposure can lead to burns, wrinkles, sun spots, other signs of aging, and it can increase your risk of skin cancer. While being out in the sun can benefit your mood, even if it’s only for a few minutes, make sure your skin is well protected. It only takes 15 minutes for the sun to do some serious damage to your skin. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body, preferably with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher. You may also want to wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long pants, and long sleeved tops to give yourself an extra layer of protection.
Cleanse Your Skin Every Day
If you’re thinking “a little dirt never hurt anyone,” you may be right, but your skin will not appreciate any excess dirt or bacteria that isn’t removed daily. You should wash your face at least once or twice a day, depending on your skin – once in the morning after your wake up, and once before going to bed. Cleansing your face with a good face wash, gentle motions, and lukewarm water can save your skin from breakouts, dry patches, and more. When cleansing your body, make sure you use a body wash with gentle motions, especially after sweating or exercising. You may also want to consider exfoliating to rid your skin of dry patches and dead skin cells, but be sure to do so only once or twice a week to avoid irritating you skin.
Having healthy skin doesn’t have to be for women only. For some, dry, craggy skin may be the only way, but others argue that it’s much sexier to find someone who takes proper care of their skin and their body. Those who use sunscreen and moisturizer, wash their face, and drink plenty of water each day have healthy, youthful looking skin that can add confidence. If you are thinking of beginning a skin care regimen, or are looking for ways to improve your skin, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. They can point you to their recommended products, provide additional tips, and examine your skin for any issues.