Skincare Tips for Men
It’s clear that the pursuit of healthy, glowing skin and anti-aging treatments is no longer limited to women. Many men are taking an active interest in their skin, going beyond the quick shave and pat of cologne. Today, men are seeking facials, spa treatments and professional skincare services in increasing numbers. But skincare products and treatments are not all created equal and men need different services and products than women.
Catering to Men
It’s no surprise that a man’s skin is different from a woman’s (learn more about Men’s Skin.) While there are similarities, there are also some key differences. For example, men have thicker skin than women, they have larger pores, they produce more oil (sebum), and their skin can be more sensitive than women’s skin.
With that said, it stands to reason that a skincare regimen for men should be geared to their their unique challenges and their goals (are you trying to achieve clear skin, or begin an anti-aging regimen?). Regardless of the end-game, or the skin type and condition, there are three fundamentals all men should follow:
Cleaning – This is the most important step in any skincare regimen, yet most men simply reach for the bar of soap in the shower. This can lead to a whole host of problems, the least of which is overly dry skin. However, failing to wash the face thoroughly to remove excess oil and dirt, can clog pores and will lead to breakouts.
The solution is simple. Select a basic gel cleanser – one that is strong enough to remove excess oils and grime, but gentle enough to leave the skin soft and conditioned after washing (a tight skin after cleansing is a sign that your cleanser is too harsh and could be stripping away essential oils). Try products created just for men, like those from MenScience – a quality line of skincare products for men at a reasonable price. Their Daily Face Wash is all you need for proper, thorough cleansing.
Exfoliating – Proper exfoliation is a key step in maintaining healthy skin. It removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. This stimulates cellular turnover which initiates the regeneration process (keeping your skin looking younger, longer).
Over doing it though can damage the skin or lead to increased oil production. The goal of exfoliation is to ‘deep cleanse’ the pores and stimulate cell turnover. The key to proper exfoliation is moderation – do it just two or three time a week. A quality exfoliating scrub like this Microfine Face Scrub will have AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids to dissolve dead skin cells) and granules to help buff the skin and eliminate the dullness that results from normal pore clogging and dirt build-up.
Regular exfoliation will soften the hair follicles for a closer, less-irritating shave and allows the skin to better absorb moisturizers.
Protecting – Protecting the skin after cleansing is an important step in maintaining healthy skin. This could mean applying a moisturizer after shaving to nourish and condition the skin. It also means applying a sunscreen anytime you go outside. Harmful UV rays cause the most damage to the skin. Sun damage leads to enlarged pores, dark spots, wrinkles, premature aging, skin cancer and everything in between.
Many anti-aging creams and serums are designed to multi-task – so just one product should do the trick. Try something like MenScience® Anti-aging Formula, designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, protect from visible signs of aging and revitalize skin tone and texture.
If you have other issues like acne, or struggle with Rosacea or some other challenging skin condition, there are dozens of products created just for men that can address your needs. The key is to develop a daily skincare routine with healing, nourishing and conditioning ingredients designed to protect the skin and keep it healthy.