Let’s be honest – are you men really taking care of your skin? If the answer is yes, you’re golden. If not, it’s time to change that asap and commit to a solid regime right away.
Focus on self love with our step by step skin care routine for men.
Cleanse twice daily
When you wash your face, you remove the dirt, grime, and excess oil that has settled inside your pores and atop your skin. This will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and will minimize shine.
Start by wetting your face slightly. You don’t have to soak it, just make sure it’s wet enough to get your skin moist. Rub the facial cleanser into your hands until it develops a lather. This is really important because it’s the lather that activates the cleanser and makes it “grip” your skin.
Once you’ve built up a lather, you can then gently massage it into your skin, focusing on the forehead and skin below your eyes. Then rinse it off softly, patting your face with a dry towel.
Tip: Do it when you wake up—to clean the grime you accumulated while you slept (since your pillowcase is a hotbed of bacteria). And then once again before bed, to flush away the day’s buildup.
Exfoliate twice weekly
After you cleanse, you should scrub away any dead skin cells that would clog pores and otherwise lead to breakouts. Dedicate a few extra minutes twice or thrice a week to exfoliate, i.e, slough away the dead skin build-up on the face and extract any extra accumulated dirt from the pores.
This step is especially helpful for those with oily skin types. You can use gentle scrubs (with micro beads) that are non-abrasive, or even chemical peels for this, depending on the need.
Tip: 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.
Moisturize twice daily
Once you’ve cleansed and buffed the skin, it’s time to hydrate and protect your face. It delivers soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin, while also creating a barrier atop the skin so as to shield you from complexion-compromising toxins (eg. 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 even substitute a night cream for the bedtime, for a denser, ore protective and corrective barrier on the skin.
Tip: When you’re picking a face cream, look out for the words ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label – it means the formula won’t clog your pores, and in turn, won’t lead to breakouts. Dry to normal skin types can look for oil-based creams, while those with oily skin can turn to water- or gel-based formulas.
Always use SPF
Saving your skin against harsh UV rays and pollution is more important now than ever. It doesn’t matter if you’re indoors or out – a good sunblock is an absolute must. It’ll save you from sun spots and pigmentation, early signs of ageing like wrinkles, and even shield you from more serious concerns like skin cancer.
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 is a safe bet.
Tip: Ideally, you should choose a moisturiser that is lightweight, and then layer your sunscreen on top of it. If this feels too heavy, wear a hydrating SPF in the day, and switch to moisturising only at night.
The last product before you head out of the door is lip balm. No, lip balm is not just for women. And yes, there are kinds that don’t leave you looking like you’re wearing lipstick. All you have to do is apply small amounts to your lips in the morning either with your finger or directly via the balm.
The lip balm will keep your lips supple and moisturized, as well as protect it from the elements. Just like the eye balm, you can take the lip balm on-the-go and use it whenever, and wherever you need it.
Tip: Most commercial lip balms will actually dry out your lips, so make sure you get a dedicated balm like the one from Dr. Barbara Sturm we used above.