Guys, do you think your skin needs as much attention as the skin of a woman?
The bar of soap you use in the shower will not help you to stay handsome forever. It encourages acne and does nothing to prevent signs of aging.
The good news is that creating a skincare routine is not that hard as you may think.
And when you have one, women actually notice.
Here are 3 easy dermatologist-approved skincare steps to keep your wrinkle-free and acne-free.
Step One - Use a Proper Cleanser
When and how should I wash my face?
Do it twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. This will unclog the pores. Wash your face with slightly warm water. Apply your facial cleanser. And rinse off.
What product should I use to wash my face?
According to Dr. Thomas Rohrer of Chestnut Hill, Mass., a regular bar of soap is too “harsh” for your skin and will strip off “too much oil”. This breaks down your skin’s natural barrier, leaving your face vulnerable to breakouts.
So, investing in a well-formulated facial cleanser will keep you acne-free.
Step Two - Exfoliate Your Face
Why do I need to use exfoliators?
Exfoliating removes dead skin and buildup from your pores. It also lifts facial hair and keeps ingrown hair from occurring while you shave.
“If you’re exfoliating regularly, your skin will look better,” says dermatologist Kenneth Howe, M.D., “but you’ll also get better penetration of whatever [skincare treatments] you’re applying.”
When should I use an exfoliant? And how often?
You can use a facial peel (glycolic or lactic acid) at night for proper exfoliation. Put on a cotton round and wipe the face for a minute. Rinse off and follow with a moisturizer.
Do it 2-3 times a week. If you use them more often, it can dry out your skin.
Step Three - Moisturize and Protect Your Face
Why do I need a moisturizer?
According to Dr. R. Anolik of New York, “Skin moisturizing is important even if you do NOT have naturally dry skin, especially in the cold winter months. To maintain the skin barrier, we need to use a moisturizer.”
It also makes your skin look visibly firm and has an anti-aging effect. So, guys with oily skin, do not skip the hydration step, please.
What moisturizer to choose? And how to use it?
Stick to water-based oil-free moisturizers. These are best for men’s skin. And great to use as an aftershave.
Moisturize your face in the morning and the evening.
How can I protect my skin from the sun?
Studies show that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. The most effective way to protect your skin from it is by using SPF.
It is also the #1 way to prevent premature aging. Use a broad-spectrum mineral SPF of at least 30. Apply every morning.
Starting a skincare routine is super simple. It will make a huge difference to the way you look and feel. And you will like your younger, healthier-looking complexion.