Skincare is something that men have been practising for ages. They have been washing their skin with scented soaps since the dawn of time, and are using things like shaving creams and aftershave on a daily basis. And if you’re like all the men I’ve dated, you probably apply 5 times more sunscreen than I do. So, to say that men aren’t concerned about the state of their skin would be a lie.
But the truth is that most of the products you’re currently using simply do not suit you enough. Soaps can be too drying, and most shaving creams can clog up your pores. So, with that being said, if you want to keep your skin looking clean and fresh and prevent premature damage, you need to give your standard skincare routine an update.
First of all, it’s important to understand your skin a little better. Testosterone is known to increase the thickness and roughness of the skin making it more prone to large pores. Additionally, men’s skin is naturally oilier than women’s which means it can trap more dirt. Then, there’s also facial hair which can make matters worse by blocking up the pores. So, in other words, men need to properly clean and moisturise their skin to prevent clogged pores, breakouts and blemishes.
The good news is that you don’t need to use a lot of products, as a simple routine consisting of cleaning, shaving and moisturising can do wonders for your skin. A gentle, non-foaming cleanser should be the first step. Regardless if you have dry or oily skin, make sure to stick to mens natural skincare products as synthetic foaming cleansers can irritate the skin and completely dry it out, which increases the chance of wrinkles appearing. If you have oily skin, it’s recommended to use a cleanser twice a day, whereas if you have dry skin, give it a gentle rub only in the evening.
The next step in the routine is a great shaving gel. Once again, stay away from shaving creams containing popular synthetic ingredients, such as SLS or SLES, which can be very drying and irritating. Instead, try using mens natural skincare formulas based on ingredients known to hydrate and lubricate the skin for a comfortable shave, such as aloe vera, sesame oil, coconut oil, chamomile, baobab and others.
And finally, don’t forget to apply a good moisturiser that will lock in the moisture within the skin, providing a protective barrier as you go about your business. To soften the thick, rough skin, try to look for lotions that include softening ingredients such as Vitamin E, coconut or sesame oil. Even if you have oily skin, it’s important to use a moisturiser in order to balance its oil production level. A tea tree based moisturiser will hydrate the skin and help prevent excess sebum production.