Even though men’s facial skin is generally thicker than women’s, men still need to take care of their skin. They’re also presented with the additional challenge of shaving and the effects that daily act has on their skin.
Following a few simple skincare tips for men can help keep your skin clean and pimple-free, reduce irritation, razor bumps and help you look younger. So without much ado, let’s have a look at some tips for skincare for men.
- Choose a good facial cleanser.
This seems so simple, but men have a habit of taking steamy hot showers along with harsh soaps or facial scrubs. All this is a recipe for dry skin, and skin that appears wrinkly and older. A gentle cleanser is important to remove dirt and oil from the skin.
- Don’t buy .99 razors.
When you’re shaving five times a week (or more) you need to choose a razor that’s actually going to be nice to your skin, and not just something out of the bargain bin. Be aware of how sensitive your skin is and how rough your beard is and choose an appropriate razor. Also, razors with a lot of blades may not be the best choice since they may increase incidents of razor burn or ingrown hairs.
- Use a moisturizing shaving gel.
Slathering on a moisturizing shaving gel before you shave will help protect your skin from the friction of shaving and to get the perfect shave.
- Shave in the shower.
The best time to shave is in the shower or immediately following. This is because the shower softens facial hair and your razor won’t have to work so hard and harm your skin.
- Choose the right soap or cleanser.
Bar soaps can dry skin out more than liquid cleansers. Dry skin is itchy or feels tight after washing. This is a sign that you might want to switch to a liquid cleanser. If you prefer a bar soap, choose one that has an emollient like glycerin, and include vitamin E, aloe, or jojoba oil.
- Cleaning acne-prone skin.
If you have acne-prone skin, or have very oily skin, look for soaps or liquid cleansers with salicylic acid, glycol acid, or benzoyl peroxide. These are exfoliating agents. This means they remove the top, thin layers of dead skin and deep clean the pores beneath.
- Choose the right Moisturizer.
Even if you use a moisturizing soap, the best way to make sure your skin gets the nutrients it needs is to apply a moisturizer after washing. If you have dry skin, you’ll want a thick cream. Normal skin needs a light, not-as-oily lotion. If you have oily skin, look for a water-based skin toner or gel. Acne prone skin will need a moisturizer with glycol acid or salicylic acid which will keep pores from clogging.
- Apply moisturizer at the right time.
The best time to apply moisturizer is while skin is still slightly damp from your shower or washing. This will help seal in moisture.
Even though guys have a reputation for having a tough exterior, and it may seem “girly” to cleanse and moisturize, more and more men are deciding to take care of their skin. More and more products are being targeted to men to help address some of the challenges to having healthy looking, younger looking skin. Good skin care is not just for women.