Gentlemen, it’s 2023, and the days of “splash some water, rub some soap, and you’re good to go” are long gone. If the word ‘toner’ still makes you think of your printer, it’s high time you familiarise yourself with the dos and don’ts of men’s skincare. Gone are the days when moisturisers and serums were stashed in the ‘For Her’ aisle. Today, skincare is for everyone, and it’s about time we clear the air (and your pores) about what men should—and shouldn’t—do in their daily skincare regimen.
- Cleanse Regularly but Wisely
Washing your face is skincare 101, but doing it correctly is a whole other ballgame. Opt for a gentle cleanser that removes dirt and oil without stripping your skin of its essential oils. It’s not just about how strong the cleanser is; it’s about how well it matches your skin type.
- Exfoliate, but Not Too Much
An exfoliant is your best friend to get rid of dead skin cells and uncover a fresh layer of skin. But be warned—over-exfoliation can make your face a battlefield of dryness and irritation. Stick to once or twice a week, and choose products with natural exfoliating agents like walnut shells or sugar crystals.
- Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
Even if you have oily skin, don’t skip the moisturiser. A light, oil-free formula can keep your skin balanced. Consider a richer cream with ingredients like hyaluronic acid for dry or ageing skin to lock in moisture.
- Don’t Forget the SPF
Yes, even on cloudy days and even when you’re indoors. UV rays are notorious for their skin-damaging prowess. A daily moisturiser with SPF 30 or higher is a no-brainer for everyday protection.
- Be Consistent
You can’t hit the gym once and expect a six-pack. Similarly, using a face mask once a month isn’t going to resolve long-term issues. Consistency is key. Stick to a routine for at least a month to start seeing noticeable changes.
- Don’t Overlook Your Neck and Hands
Most men rigorously apply skincare products to their faces but neglect the neck and hands, which are tell-tale areas that can reveal age. Extend your routine beyond your jawline, gentlemen.
- Don’t Use Body Soap on Your Face
Seriously, stop. The skin on your face is different from the rest of your body. Body soap is often too harsh and can strip your face of essential oils, leaving it dry and irritated.
- Don’t Pop That Zit
Yes, it’s tempting, but unless you want a permanent scar, step away from the mirror. Popping a pimple pushes bacteria further into the skin, leading to more redness and swelling.
- Don’t Forget the Eye Cream
You may think it’s unnecessary, but the skin around your eyes is thinner and more sensitive, requiring special care. An eye cream can help reduce puffiness and dark circles, making you look more awake and youthful.
- Don’t Underestimate a Good Night’s Sleep
No amount of expensive serums will replace the benefits of good old-fashioned rest. Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep for the best natural skin rejuvenation.
The Final Touch: Grooming
Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s not forget facial hair. If you sport a beard or a moustache, invest in a good trimmer and use beard oils to keep the hair soft and manageable. If you’re a clean-shaven guy, always use a fresh blade and quality shaving cream to reduce skin irritation.
Whoever said skincare is just for women never felt the soothing embrace of a nourishing aftershave balm or the refreshing tingle of a minty face wash. So go ahead, walk down that skincare aisle with confidence, pick up that charcoal face mask, and let’s make ‘self-care’ your new mantra. After all, your skin is the largest organ you’ve got—treat it with the respect it deserves.