Skin Care Tips for Men
Okay, men, (or ladies buying skincare products hoping their man will use them…) it’s time to get real about your skin.
First of all, we’re jealous. Did you know that men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s and they have a higher collagen density? AKA this helps men age like a fine wine and we’re over here after menopause slathering on every skin-saving elixir that exists! However, we have to give credit to the ladies because they are much more skin savvy and we’re hoping that the gentlemen will take some of their advice.
So while you might naturally have an edge against aging, your skincare routines aren’t quite up to where they could be.
Cleanse & Moisturize
You need a routine. And splashing your face with water and using the same bar soap for your body and face just doesn’t cut it. Men tend to be oiler than women because of more testosterone and larger pores which leads to more sebum secretion. They tend to have more acne-prone skin than women.
Try a simple routine of a clarifying cleanser and a light, oil-free moisturizer to follow. Look for cleansers with a low percentage of salicylic acid or willow bark extract to reduce oil and shine. It goes without saying that there are men that will have combination, dry, or sensitive skin and there are plenty of cleansing and moisturizing options for them as well.
Yes, you have thicker skin, but your thick skin is still no match for the sun! SPF is a must, for everyone, all the time. It’s easy to grab a day time lotion with SPF 15 to protect your skin from damage. And it’s not just for cosmetic reasons, but health reasons as well. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the US. some states are much more prone to it than others. And men are more likely to get melanoma than women. Use. The. SPF.
The upside of shaving is that you exfoliate your face every time you do it. The downside of shaving is that you exfoliate your face every time you do it and that can cause a lot of irritation for some men. That itchy, tight feeling is when the recently shaved hair begins to sprout and they grow inward and cause the hair follicle to become inflamed. Razor burn, bumps, and redness are common for men that shave but a few tweaks can save you the trouble.
Shaving a soften beard results in less irritation, so the best time to shave is after showering as your beard and face will have some moisture in them. You can additionally try conditioning your beard while in the shower for supreme softness.
Using a lubricant while shaving is a must! It provides a protective barrier between your skin and the razor and some are formulated to help cut back on razor burn. Look for shaving creams and gels that soothe and calm, while getting a clean, close shave.
Also, you could try a single blade razor, like a safety razor, especially if you have more sensitive skin, as more blades are liable to cause more irritation. Shave with the grain, using short, light strokes and make sure to only pass over the area once. Too much pressure can cause the blade to dig into the skin.
All in all, a few short steps added to your morning and night routine will have a significant impact on the overall appearance and health of your skin.