Every man needs a great skincare routine to look and feel his best. While skincare can sometimes be neglected, it should be considered as important as hair grooming and dental care. Like a cool hairstyle, well-groomed beard and bright smile, glowing skin can be one of your best assets. So even if you have a busy life, your men’s face care routine should be a priority in your life.
So, where to start? When shopping for your skin care needs, you might be overwhelmed by the array of products available. Some of these products might not have even existed the last time you exfoliated your face. It's true the skincare market for men is getting more sophisticated as more guys realize their skin is important and needs to be looked after. But don't worry because there's no need to be in the bathroom for hours each morning.
If skincare is new to you or your skincare routine is outdated, we have outlined the main steps of a great skincare routine for men.
What is your skin type?
To create the best skincare routine for your individual needs, you need to know if your skin type is dry, normal, oily or combination. All of these skin types might also be sensitive. This describes your natural skin type, and it may change due to many factors, including age, environment, diet, and stress. Every skin type can be prone to skin issues, including irritation, acne and aging. For this reason, it's important to assess your skincare routine from time to time to make sure it's still right for you.
Step One - Cleanser
Every morning and evening, you should start by cleansing your face. Cleanser removes toxins, oils, bacteria, dirt and any substances on your face like sunblock or makeup. It also preps your skin to absorb the products coming up in the following steps of your skincare routine.
Cleansing your mug is one of the simplest steps. Just wash your face with warm water and put a small amount of product on your hand. Rub your hands together, then gently apply the lathered product onto your face. In circular motions, spend about 30 seconds massaging the product into your skin before washing it off with warm water. Finally, Pat your face dry with a soft towel. You are already looking good and feeling fresh!
Cleansers come in forms including cream, foam, gel and liquid. Try out different ones to find your preference.
Step Two - Toner
This next step is important and don't skip it, even though it sounds like something you would do in the gym rather than the bathroom. You can use a cotton ball or put the product in your hands and apply it evenly over your face, not forgetting your forehead and neck. Toner can help acne and ingrown hairs as well as prevent them from returning.
Step Three - Serum
Many guys skip the serum or think it's not necessary. Really it's just as important as the other steps. Serums are concentrated formulas that are powerful and achieve impressive results. You only need a little product which is why the bottle is usually so small. Some serums are designed for use all over your face, while others target problem areas. If you get serious about serums, you might like to use an all-around serum in the morning and a specialized serum in the evening. For example, retinol serums help banish fine lines and wrinkles, hyaluronic acid serums can help dryness and salicylic acid serums fight acne. They can also lessen the chance of scarring. Brightening serums can boost dull skin and are usually rich in vitamin C. There is a whole world of serums to discover. Don't underestimate how much these products can enhance your skincare routine.
Step Four - Eye Cream
Those beautiful eyes that are the windows to your soul are surrounded by skin that is very fragile and thin. This soft skin needs special care and eye creams are designed to do just that. As well as keeping the skin around your eyes soft and supple, eye creams also help with dark circles and puffiness. You just need a little product on your clean finger, then apply it by dabbing it softly under and around the eye area. Be careful not to get any product in your eyes. If you do, wash it out with cold water. When it comes to your men’s face care routine, eye cream is a must.
Step Five - Moisturizer
In the morning, you can use a light moisturizer with sunblock to protect your face from the sun's harmful rays. A night cream before bed will be heavier, so your skin can absorb the goodness as you sleep.
Don't make the mistake of thinking you don't need moisturizer if you have oily skin. It's still very important for every skin type. Just make sure you buy a moisturizer that suits your skin type. Most skincare brands have matching products which work well together. Always keep a supply of your skincare products in the bathroom cabinet. There is nothing worse than running out of something which might take days to replace. If you suddenly remove an important step in your skincare routine, your skin can react, especially if you stop cleansing, toning or moisturizing. Invest in the best quality skin care products you can afford. Read the labels to know what ingredients are used and learn what works best for your skin. Everyone has different skin, so what might work wonders for your best friend might not be good for you. Sometimes it takes some experimentation to discover the best skin care product for your face and body.
So there you have your skincare routine, which you can start today. This is a basic skincare routine that is ideal for most men. You can add more steps with more products if you get more serious about looking after your skin. It will become second nature once you follow this routine for a while. You will automatically do it like washing your face and cleaning your teeth.