If you’re a man who wants your skin to look as young as you feel, dashing out the door with just a splash of water on your face in the morning doesn’t cut it. Guys, it’s time to step up your men’s skin care game! Don’t worry. We’re not talking about jam-packing your medicine cabinet full of fancy creams with frou-frou French names you can’t pronounce. We’re recommending that you focus on four simple and effective tips that will keep your skin strong and healthy and looking youthful and attractive.
Men’s skin care routine simple tips will ensure that your skin stays resilient, smooth, and youthful
#1 – Wash your face daily and exfoliate weekly
No, the shampoo that runs down your face when you’re washing your hair does NOT count. Also, the harsh bar soap you’re using on the rest of your body is not ok for your face; in fact, it may dry out your skin and make it irritated. Look instead for a foaming face wash that is pH-balanced, so it doesn’t strip your skin of vital moisture but is active enough to remove tough grime and dirt. Healthy skin always starts with a clean foundation.
A great one to try: PCA Skin Facial Wash®
Men tend to have thicker, oilier skin than women. As a result, dead skin cells can build up faster on the surface as their skin leading to breakouts and dullness. Even though men may be doing a form of exfoliation (removing dead skin cells) by shaving their face daily, using a gentle exfoliating scrub a few times a week can help keep skin smooth and fresh. Also, men will enjoy a closer shave and less chance of ingrown hairs if their skin is exfoliated regularly.
A great one to try: PCA Skin Gentle Exfoliant
#2 – Invest in a great razor and change it frequently
In this age of customization, it’s easier than ever to find a quality razor that matches your skin and facial hair type. Some blades are designed for especially coarse hair, and some are even infused with strips of skincare that soothes sensitive skin. A razor should be looked at as an investment in your skin and blades should be changed out every 4 to 6 uses to ensure a close and clean shave. Avoid razors that have more than three blades as these are more apt to shave hair too far below the surface and can result in ingrown hairs and irritation.
For an extra close shave, try using a fragrance-free moisturizing shave gel or a shaving oil immediately after your shower. Your facial hair will be much softer after your shower and make it easier for your razor blade to cut through hair without irritation.
#3 – Man up and moisturize
Has your skin ever felt like sandpaper after you’ve shaved? If so, there is a good chance your skin is dehydrated or lacking water moisture. Dehydrated skin is different than dry skin, which is lacking oil. A light, oil-free moisturizer can balance your skin, control oil, and even strengthen your skin with added antioxidants and peptides. Most moisturizers nowadays are multitaskers that offer several benefits in one application such as hydration, exfoliation, and even sun protection.
A great one to try – PCA Skin ReBalance
#4 – Don’t be stingy with SPF
If you think applying an SPF is only necessary when you don’t want to get a sunburn after a day out on the lake think again. The sun is responsible for over 80% of visible aging on our skin. So, if you are a guy who is concerned about your skin looking youthful and attractive, you need to protect your skin from UVA/UVB damage daily. If you’re worried about having too many steps to perform each day, don’t fret; there are many SPF’s nowadays that are also light moisturizers and antioxidants all blended into ONE product. That means you can step out of the shower, shave, apply one of these products, and you’re out the door!
A great one to try – PCA Skin Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30
As you can see, a men’s skin care routine can be as simple as 1-2-3. Wash, exfoliate, and hydrate with a product that contains SPF. Following these simple tips will ensure that your skin stays resilient, smooth, and youthful as long as you care for it!
Are you interested in learning more about the best men’s skin care routine? Schedule a complimentary consultation with Katie McClellan PA-C in St Louis Park, MN to discuss your ideal skincare product and other treatments like Botox® and Kybella™ that are great for men!