A lot of skincare ads and tips tend to always target women. However, having a skincare routine is just as important for men. An effective skincare routine for men can help them overcome most of the common skincare issues that they experience on their faces such as acne, wrinkles, and even sun damage.
In this blog we have put together the basic routines that men can follow as they develop or start on their skincare journey:
1. Cleanse twice daily
When you wash your face, you remove the dirt, grime, and excess oil that has settled inside your pores and on top of your skin. This will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and will minimize shine.
It’s also imperative to cleanse before using any other products, otherwise you’ll limit the effectiveness of a moisturizer, exfoliator, or mask. Think of it this way: You need a clean canvas before you start putting anything on it, and cleansers clean the canvas.
Do it when you wake up to clean the grime you accumulated while you slept. And then once again before bed, to flush away the day’s build-up.
2. Exfoliate twice weekly
After you cleanse, you should scrub away any dead skin cells that would clog pores and otherwise lead to breakouts. This exfoliation also allows the healthier skin cells to live on the surface of the skin, giving you a “brighter” complexion while also minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. You should only exfoliate not more than twice a week, to avoid too much abrasion of your skin. (Plus, your dead surface cells don’t pile up that fast.)
Pick a gentle scrub—some also double as cleansers—to put into rotation every few days, and you’re a few weeks away from a smoother complexion with fewer blemishes.
3. Moisturize twice a day
Once you’ve cleansed and exfoliated the skin, it’s time to hydrate and protect your face. Thus, the final product in the standard “three-step regimen” is moisturizer. It delivers soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin, while also creating a barrier to the skin so as to shield you from complexion-compromising toxins (e.g. smoke or smog).
Apply it in the morning to recover from lost moisture during sleep, as well as before bed to maximize the potency of the skin-strengthening nutrients while your body’s cells regenerate. You can substitute a night cream for the bedtime, for a denser, protective and corrective barrier on the skin.
4. Additional tip: Always use SPF
Ultraviolet rays from the sun mutate the cells in your skin and this happens on cloudy and cold days too. These UV rays lead to sun spots, wrinkles, sun burns, dry patches, moles, and even skin cancer. It’s important to shield your skin from these rays with SPF, whether it’s packed inside your daily moisturizer or added as an additional layer atop the hydrator.
If you’re only outside during the commute or a quick lunch, then a lightweight SPF should suffice, but if you hit the beach or are outside in direct light for extended periods of time (an hour or more), then you should consider something higher, SPF 30 and above is a safe bet.
With these four simple steps, you can be on your way to a healthy skin. Most importantly, ensure you are eating healthy, and drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water.
Remember you can stock up on your beauty essentials from the following stores at The Junction Mall: Goodlife, Healthy U, Carrefour, Seacret, and Yves Rocher
Wishing you a successful skin care journey.