If you want clean, clear, and smooth skin, you just need to add a skincare routine into your day. Follow the ultimate men’s skincare guide to get the skin you want.
In the past, skincare was considered a part of the feminine sphere, and only the most ‘metrosexual’ guys would spend time and money for their skin. Times have certainly changed! Today, men are just as concerned as women about the look, feel, and overall health of their skin – the men’s skincare market is estimated to be worth $29.14 Billion by 2024!
That said, there’s a lot to be said for keeping things nice and simple. Many men don’t have a lot of experience with skincare, and so they don’t really know where to start. That’s why we have compiled the ultimate men’s skincare guide for clear and smooth skin.
Let’s start simple – start drinking water!
If you are generally a well-hydrated guy, you can skip this hint, but for the rest of you – listen up! Water is a simple place to start, but too many men spend the workday drinking coffee and don’t end up drinking enough water. A dry skin gets flaky throughout the day, and is very prone to early ageing and wrinkles. The easiest way to hydrate your skin is from the inside out, so start drinking at least a few big glasses of water each day – you’ll see a difference almost immediately.
Cleanse your skin morning and night
It’s amazing how many men wash their face with bar soap in the shower, and then wonder why their skin feels tight and dry, and why they look red and aged. If you want your skin to look its best, you need to invest in a dedicated facial cleanser. There are plenty of options available at low prices, so don’t feel like you have to break the bank.
You might want to buy something that is loaded with ‘manly’ ingredients like charcoal and spearmint, but the truth is that, when it comes to cleansers, the gentler the better. Choose something nice and simple – it doesn’t need to have a lot of ingredients to be effective.
While you might have been conditioned to fear oils (after all, they’ll make you oily, right? Wrong.), oil-based cleansers are actually a great choice. They work by binding to the impurities and bacteria on your skin and gently removing them, all without stripping the ‘good oils’ on your skin.
Remove with warm (not hot) water and a soft, clean washcloth, and then gently pat dry with a clean towel.
Tone your skin
You might think of toning as an ‘optional’ step, but you will be amazed at the results when you do it consistently. Toning refreshes and brightens your skin, and gives it the extra ‘oomph’ that it needs. A simple acid toner that includes BHA, Glycolic Acid, or Lactic Acid will exfoliate your skin, and help your moisturizer sink in evenly, and for maximum benefit.
Some men choose to tone in the morning and evening, while some only do so in the morning. This is the best time to shave, as your pores are nice and open, and your dead skin has been removed by the acid toning.
Moisturize your skin morning and night
We don’t like to say that any one step is more important than any other, but if you cleanse and tone without moisturizing, you are really dropping the ball. Your skin is now free of impurities, freshly exfoliated, and primed to receive moisture down to its lowest layers. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your facial skin when it is still damp after your shave. If you have dry sensitive skin, sometimes moisturizing alone isn’t enough. You can invest in warm mist humidifying machines to add moisture to the air inside your room. This will not only leave your skin feeling hydrated but also positively impact your body’s overall hydration.
Never forget to apply sunblock to your face
We cannot stress this enough – you must wear sunblock each and every day. While you should always apply sunblock to all of the skin exposed to the sun, your face is even more sensitive and prone to burning and sun damage. Even in the darkest, coldest day of winter, you need to apply an adequate layer of sunblock to your face.
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, you can choose a moisturizer that already includes sunblock so that you are ready for the day ahead.
A men’s skincare routine is worth 5 minutes of your time
Once you establish your skincare routine, it will take you just a few minutes each morning and evening to add this into your day. Smooth, clean, and clear skin is within your grasp – just follow these steps, and you will get there in no time.
About the author:
Vigilance Chari is freelance writer and marketing strategist with an experience of more than 15 years in the digital marketing space. She loves writing about a wide range of topics. When not writing, she spends her time as an enthusiastic professional party planner and part-time painter.
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