Building a skin care routine takes only a few simple steps, and you’d be surprised by how much of a difference you’ll see – and feel – after just a few weeks of following them. When shopping for products to include in a skin routine for men, be sure to first learn what type of skin you have: oily, dry, or combination. There are products available for all types. It can get overwhelming but don’t be afraid to ask for help from your dermatologist. When shopping, ignore the pretty packaging and focus on the ingredients list and experiment; consider purchasing products from stores that allow returns, or start with a sample or subscription box. Below are the basics for building your skin care routine.
Oils and sweat build up during the day, so it is best to wash those off at the end of the day or after a workout. Shaving can dry skin out, so to strike the right balance, consider a hydrating facial cleanser that also contains witch hazel to gently control oil. Read the ingredients list and avoid products with isopropyl alcohol or sodium chloride, which can be too drying. Some experts say it is not necessary to clean your face in the morning, so a light scrub with your washcloth should do the trick. If you need to cleanse in the morning for that fresh, ready – for – the day feeling, go for it. Cleansing every night prepares your skin for the healing that occurs overnight as you sleep.
Nighttime moisturizers are specially formulated to be super hydrating and regenerating. Look for a product that contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid to help repair your skin overnight. Apply it after your shower or bath when your skin is damp. Our faces are exposed to air pollution and free radicals every day that can cause long-term damage to our skin. Cleanse away the remains of the day and assist the natural process of healing by applying a moisturizer.
Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach! Dermatologists recommend using a daily sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. A lightweight daily facial lotion or gel with sunscreen needs to be part of a skin care routine for men. Alternatively, look for a hydrating sunscreen like our Suntegrity Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer SPF30. Finding a moisturizer you can tolerate is easy (there are more lightweight formulas available these days) and wearing one will, at the very least, keep your skin from feeling dry, and at the most, help it maintain moisture that will keep it looking good for years to come. Be sure to reapply sunscreen every 3 – 4 hours if you will be outdoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an extended period of time. This is especially critical if it is windy , which can leave your skin prone to sunburn. Shaving with a sunburn can be painful!