Skin Care

Skincare Basics Every Man Should Know

Lately, has your reflection in the mirror made you do a double-take? Those long hours at work and the countless other responsibilities weighing down on your shoulders are preventing you from taking care of yourself. Does it look like time and the outdoors are making you look older than you really are? If so, you’re definitely not the only guy out there who thinks so. The majority of men are so caught up in their day-to-day routine that they forget about taking care of their skin. And for those who want to start a skin care regimen, they just don’t know where to begin.

The good news is, here at MenScience, we want to help you devise a great skin care routine. Keep reading to get the best results, even if you’re not an expert at skin care.

Why Should You Care?

Truthfully, most guys find choosing a skincare regime difficult because they have no clue about how to care for their skin. The rituals may seem complicated like alchemy. You’re armed with your trusty soap and water, a dependable shampoo and perfect shaving cream. But when you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re potentially damaging your skin and making things worse. Ignorance is certainly not bliss in this situation.

What Do You Need To Do?

If you’re already shaving, here’s what you should do to get started: use face wash and moisturizer. If you’re using a simple soap to wash your face, unfortunately, you’re doing the equivalent of nothing at all. A regular bar of soap leaves skin thirsty and taut. Try using a cleanser that strikes a balance between being gentle on the skin and tough on oil and dirt. Fragrance-free and gel-based face washes that can be used by all skin types are often best suited for daily use to cut through overactive oil produced by your skin.

Even if you use the mildest facial cleanser with moisturizing ingredients, it’s may leave your skin dry. Simple face washing or showering with hot water means open pores and loss of moisture. All men, including those with oily skin, need to maintain their skin’s moisture. Look for a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, a dermatological-grade “hypermoisturizer”.  Also, check if it contains Glycolic Acid, which gently sheds upper layers of the skin and encourages the production of new skin cells.

The Extras

Men’s skin is thick and has larger pores that invite debris to clog them up. It is good for you to exfoliate your skin with a scrub two or three times a week. A scrub will help dislodge any dirt deep inside your pores. With bumps and blackheads out of the way, you’ll have a cleaner appearance and a smoother complexion. As an added bonus, exfoliating skin is great prep for a close shave – avoiding ingrown hair and burns.

While aging is natural, you shouldn’t subject your skin to looking old while you’re in your prime. Fight the process effectively by investing in the right products with active ingredients. You can also find a good eye-cream which would either minimize your current wrinkles or fight new ones from appearing.

While it may seem hard to reverse the signs of aging, it isn’t impossible. Making changes to your skincare routine and lifestyle can achieve quick and visible results. Do not forget to include a healthy diet, water and plenty of sleep in your daily routine. Remember, if you take good care of your skin, your skin will be good to you. If you arm yourself with the right products and skin care regimen, you’ll be on your way to more vibrant skin and looking younger.