It’s true that some men are truly engaged in and excited about skincare routines for healthier, younger-looking skin. But most of the male population skips skincare altogether. They might use a simple bar of soap to cleanse their entire bodies, and lotion is only something they use when harsh winter weather causes the skin to crack and bleed.
If that applies to you, you should know the perils of ignoring your skin. Before long, you’ll be covered in wrinkly, loose skin. You’re more likely to experience acne, ingrown hairs, razor burn, and chapped skin. In some cases, neglecting your skin could lead to cancer.
The solution is to create a skincare routine that works for you. Don’t worry: Your skincare routine likely won’t be nearly as complex as that of the women in your life. It’s simply a matter of swapping out that bar of soap for a quality product and adding a few short, but impactful steps to your daily routine.
Wash Your Face with Facial Cleanser
Once you know the joys of cleaning your face with a gentle formula designed for your face, you’ll never go back! The dermis of your face is much more sensitive and prone to hormonal outbreaks than the rest of your body. You’re more likely to experience oiliness, dryness, clogged pores, and ingrown hairs in your beard region.
Identify the biggest problem with the skin on your face, and choose a cleanser designed to fight that issue. If you’re prone to acne, use an acne-specific cleanser and toner to reduce oil and sebum production. Dryness calls for a good, moisturizing cleanser. You get the idea.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this. An average-priced product from the drug store will do the trick as long as you’re cleansing morning and night. It’ll be a matter of days or even hours before you see the difference.
Use a Quality Shaving Product
Men tend to experience unique skin problems where they grow facial hair. Specifically, you might have razor burn, ingrown hairs, or razor rash. There are a lot of reasons this could be happening, such as a dull razor or shaving against the grain.
But when it comes to skincare, you can make a huge difference by using the right products while shaving. A high-quality bar of shaving soap, a creamy lather shaving cream, or a shave butter can make a world of difference!
Moisturize Morning and Night
You might not like the feel of moisturizer on your skin, but the strange feeling disappears quickly, leaving your skin feeling healthier and less likely to cause problems.
There are moisturizer formulas that are lighter and less goopy than some of the traditional creams. Look for words like “lotion” or “gel” instead of cream, which will go on smoother and feel more like a cleanser than an oily moisturizer. Apply morning and night for best results.
Exfoliating your skin is a great way to keep it healthy, glowing, and oil-free. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores to create a more healthful appearance to your skin. Plus, your skin will feel great! You can do this weekly or every other week.
It’s good to exfoliate your face as well, but be wary. If you shave multiple times per week, exfoliating is a tricky business. Your skin will be sensitive after shaving, and rubbing tiny beads into your pores will feel like a cheese grater on your cheeks.
So, only exfoliate on days when you don’t shave. Ideally, you’ll go a few days without shaving before exfoliating, like on weekends.
Always Wear Sunscreen
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States with more than 9,500 Americans diagnosed yearly. It’s the most preventable skin cancer as well, since all you have to do is wear sunscreen every time you go outside to prevent most skin cancers.
Apply a high-SPF sunscreen to exposed skin every time you’ll be in direct sunlight. If you don’t like the greasy feel of sunscreen, choose a sporty or “dry” formula.
These skincare tips aren’t much, but they can transform the health and vitality of your skin. When applied diligently, they’ll chase away common skin problems and signs of aging.