Men are not always experts when it comes to skincare. Many believe it is more of a female-based concerned. The truth is, skincare is just as important for men as it is for women. While women tend to have a passion for their skincare routine, (it can very therapeutic, am I right?) understandably, men like to keep things simple.
Why is a skincare routine important for men?
Male or female, your skin is noticeable, likely being one of the very first things noticed by others. Not taking proper care of your skin can lead to acne, wrinkles, and premature aging. Men tend to have more elastin and collagen than women naturally do and their skin is up to 25% thicker! Guys also have larger pores that can get clogged quite easily. As men age, their testosterone levels drop and their skin becomes drier, thus making a consistent skincare routine even more important.
A simple skincare routine for men
A basic skincare routine for men is typically quite simple, usually only requiring 4 steps.
Cleaning twice daily: Once in the morning and right before bed. Your skin accumulates dirt, dust, and dead skin cells that can cause a whole host of issues if not cleaned regularly.
Exfoliation then serum: An exfoliating face and body wash can help remove gunk and all of those dead skin cells. However, shaving is exfoliating in and of itself. When you finish shaving, rinse with cool water to help close the pores and follow up with a serum formulated specifically for men such as No7 Mens Protect Perfect Serum.
Moisturizer with SPF: Using a moisturizer is imperative, as it helps resist the skin drying that aging causes in men. Men should also be using one with an SPF. This is particularly important for those over 50 years of age as they are at the highest risk of developing melanoma.
- SPF: Stop skipping your SPF! Consistently using a broad-spectrum sunscreen will prevent an array of skin problems including skin cancers. Make this a priority by investing in a natural sunscreen that you can reapply the recommended every two hours and your skin will thank you. A zinc oxide sunscreen spray makes it easy to apply on the go!
In men, the eyes are usually the first to show the signs of aging (bags, wrinkles, etc.). Using an eye cream made for men can help combat these issues.
Be sure to use the correct products for your skin type. Many men have more oily skin than their female counterparts thanks to high androgen hormone levels. When the skin starts to dry out as you get older, you will need to appropriately switch your skincare products.
Everyone should visit a dermatologist annually for a skin examination. If you notice any changes such as new moles, a change in shape, color, or size of an existing mole, or have any concerns, you should make an appointment.
See? It does not have to be overly complicated. Consistency is key in keeping your manly skin youthful, vibrant, and healthy. Taking good care of your skin should be a priority. After all, you are stuck with it for life. Learn to love the skin you’re in, and it will love you back.