Having a packed schedule is no excuse for having less than satisfactory skin. After all, a men’s skin care regimen should take little time yet deliver amazing results.
It is a general misconception that men do not prioritise skincare. We do care about our skin, but are woefully misinformed about how to go about it. Turns out that skincare for men is actually not that tough to comprehend, especially once you get the hang of the basics.
It is imperative to understand that there are two primary factors that will determine how your skin looks: i. product-based skincare routine, and ii. diet and lifestyle. Here are the key steps to making the most of your skincare efforts:
- A simple routine is the best routine. Wash and moisturise every day, and avoid layering the skin with too many products.
- Don’t forget to scrub and exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. Exfoliating too often is bad and may result in skin irritations.
- Apply moisturiser while the skin is still damp. This will help lock in the moisture. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, use water-based moisturisers.
- Reduce sun exposure and always use a good sunscreen when needed.
- The best time to fight wrinkles is before you even get them. Starting early (late 20s) with retinol creams is a great way to delay signs of ageing later on.
Diet & Lifestyle
- Your diet is very important and has a big influence on your skin’s health. Eats lots of fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, keep the caffeine and alcohol intake in check.
- Do not cut back on sleeping hours. A couple of nights of poor sleep can result in those hideous bags under the eyes. Just imagine what poor sleeping habits can do long-term!
- Exercise. Yes, your skin benefits from exercise just as much as your muscles and joints.
- Quit smoking. At this point, we all know how bad smoking is, but turns out that quitting gives ‘saving your skin’ a whole new meaning.
Know Your Skin Type
Buying the right products for your skin means first understanding your skin type. And skin type for guys does vary all over the spectrum.
Normal: Your skin stays oil-free most of the day. There is no dryness and the skin does not irritate easily. Acne is rarely an issue.
Oily: There are oily patches and your skin has a natural shine. Acne and build-up are frequent.
Dry: Your skin feels tight and dry. Gets very flaky during the winter months.
Combination: You have an oily T-zone, with dry or normal skin on the rest of the face.
Sensitive: A number of factors (environmental, chemical, etc) can cause mild to severe skin irritation.
Ageing: Wrinkles and spots are easily visible on your skin.
Do’s and Dont’s We Swear By
DO: Splash warm water on face before cleansing. It opens up the pores and lets dirt out.
DON’T: Do not wash your face using bar soaps. They generally contain a lot of chemicals that are bad for facial skin.
DO: Use only a dollop of facewash as it is usually enough. Same for moisturiser as well. Anything more than that is a waste.
DON’T: Always pat your face dry. Do not rub it harshly with a towel.
DO: Lather for at least 30 seconds by rubbing gently in a circular motion.
DON’T: Avoid using toners. Your skin will readjust its pH naturally, as long as you are using the right products for your skin type.
DO: Finish by rinsing with cold water. This will close the pores and prevent dirt from entering.
DON’T: Don’t wash your face more than twice a day. And avoid scrubbing/exfoliating more than twice a week.
DO: Use hand cream diligently—it is far more essential than you’d think.
DON’T: Stay away from fairness creams, unless you want increased light sensitivity or even skin cancer.
- The best time to scrub or exfoliate is right before you shave—it is a good idea to get rid of dirt and build-up before using a blade. Also, scrubbing discourages bumps and ingrown hairs.
- Use a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel to pat your face dry. A t-shirt is just as absorbent, but is gentler on the skin. Works for drying your hair as well.
- Trust the eye cream! As far as long-term skin care is concerned, eye cream is your secret weapon to fighting early signs of ageing. Everyday use will also help prevent under-eye dark circles.
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