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A Simple Men’s Guide to Skincare

Looking good involves more than going to the gym and dressing well. In order to look your best, you’ll need to take care of your face. If you have a beard, take care of it. Do the right thing with your hair, and last but not least, take care of your skin. Skin care isn’t just for women. If you want better looking skin, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t, you’ll need to have a proper skin care routine. We consulted with beauty and skincare experts on the best way men can take care of their skin. Here’s what you should be doing.

Men’s Skincare Routine

Skincare for men involves four main steps, plus some options depending on your particular issues which we’ll cover in later publications. They are:

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturize
  • Apply SPF

Let’s break them down one by one.

1. Facial Cleansing for Men

When it comes to the sensitive skin on the face, a bar soap doesn’t cut it. High pH levels of the typical bar soap can counteract the natural acidity of the skins surface, leading to overgrowth of certain bacteria[1]. Modern facial Cleansers combine cleansing ingredients with toner to help clean the skin on the face while maintaining pH balances. They are also less likely to clog pores than regular soap.

How often should you cleanse? It depends, but our resident beauty expert says: “Cleanse at least at night, but consider twice a day if you have oily skin” And while toners are making a comeback in the beauty scene, stick to using 2-in-1 cleansers to save yourself the time and energy. If you shave regularly, usually, you should want to cleanse before you shave.

Our favorite cleansers include The Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Face Wash and the Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser.

2. Exfoliating Face Scrubs are for Men Too

Exfoliate might sound girly, but it’s actually really important for mens skin health as well. Exfoliation is the process of removing the top layer of dead skin from your face. This dead skin contributes to dryness which doesn’t make for great looking skin. Furthermore, exfoliation helps open the pores–clogged pores contribute to acne, and helps other skin care products penetrate deeper into the dermis.

The two main types of exfoliants are physical and chemical, though it’s common for good face scrubs to have both: particles that help physically rub off dead skin cells, and other ingredients that reach deeper layers of skin.

We recommend exfoliating two times a week, and even more frequently if you have very dry skin. As a man, you probably shave or groom your facial hair– in that case, you’ll typically want to exfoliate pre-shave. This will help remove dead skin leading to a closer shave or a healthier looking beard.

Our favorite face scrubs (exfoliants) are Brickell’s Men’s Renewing Face Scrub for general purpose use, and the M3 Naturals Activated Charcoal Scrub if you struggle with acne.

3. Moisturizer For Men

Moisturizing is crucial for men to avoid dry skin. Men put their facial skin through the ringer with regular shaves or facial hair. Keeping your face skin moist is paramount to ensure your skin is both healthy and good looking.

Use a face lotion / moisturizer without SPF before you go to bed every night. If you have especially dry skin, you should use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning as well. This way you can kill two birds with one stone and not have to apply a layer of SPF as well.

Face lotion (or moisturizer) for men should be applied at the end of your skincare routine: after you shave, unlike the other steps which should typically be done pre-shave.

Our favorite moisturizers and face lotions to use in the morning (which include SPF) are Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer and Neutrogena Triple Protect Men’s Daily Face Lotion.

For a night-time moisturizer that does not include SPF (experts we spoke to do not recommend going to bed with an face lotion that includes SPF), we like Brickell Men’s Daily Essential Face Moisturizer for Men and Lather & Wood’s Men’s Moisturizer for the Man’s Man.

4. Apply SPF

While a reasonable dose of sunlight is important for your body to be able to produce Vitamin D, too much sun can damage your skin, not to mention increase your risk of various skin cancers. Always apply SPF if you intend to be outdoors even for just a little bit. If you use a moisturizer in the morning, use one with SPF, such as the ones we suggested. However, if you don’t, we still recommend using sunscreen on your face before leaving the house. 

If you have sensitive skin, use Jack Black Oil-Free Sun Guard, but if you’re very active, you’ll want a sweat proof option like Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen.

While it seems like a lot, taking care of your skin is easy once you turn it into a routine. The benefits are worth it: having good healthy skin will not only make you more attractive, it may also help prevent annoying skin problems like acne. Stay tuned for more articles about how to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

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