Gone are the days when men’s skincare was limited to soap and aftershave. Skincare has become extremely important in today’s lifestyle. A skincare routine is an essential part of self-care and love. Unsweetened Beauty has put together a well-constructed guide to assist you in developing a daily skincare routine to protect your skin from acne, blemishes, breakouts, and sun damage.
We have divided the guide into two parts. Part 1 is the basics everyone should follow, and part 2 is a little advanced. If you want to go the extra mile for your skin, you can not miss out on part 2.
Part 1: Get your basics right!
Wash your face!
We’re conditioned to expect dry, squeaky-clean skin when we think of clean skin, but that’s a sign that you’ve over-cleansed, which is a bad thing. It means your skin’s protective barrier has been compromised, and you’ve removed the good oils that keep it moisturized.
Instead, use a facial cleanser made specifically for your skin type. If you have dry skin, look for a cleaner containing moisturizing ingredients. If you have oily skin, look for a gel cleanser containing oil-controlling ingredients such as salicylic acid.
Moisturize your skin!
We hear men say they don’t wear moisturizer because they don’t like how it feels on their skin. That makes sense. Who wants to feel like they’ve had glop all over their face all day? However, finding a moisturizer that suits you and wearing one will, at the very least, keep your skin from feeling dry. And it helps to maintain moisture.
SPF is non-negotiable.
The final and most crucial step is to wear sunscreen every day, regardless of your skin tone. Seriously. UV rays from the sun, which we all face every day, cause skin cancer and aging of the skin. The most effective anti-aging product we have is daily sunscreen. However, most men do not wear it for the same reason that they do not wear moisturizer.
Instead of a moisturizer with SPF trace, look for a sunscreen with skin-hydrating ingredients. That way, you can layer it over your moisturizer (a little extra hydration never hurt anyone).
Part 2: Let’s go the extra mile.
Exfoliation is important because it removes dead skin cells from the surface of our skin. Otherwise, it can clog pores, prevent moisturizers from absorbing in the skin, and make the skin look dull. Men exfoliate every time they shave. That means that you exfoliate daily without even realizing it. If you’re going to exfoliate (which you should do once a week), avoid using the scrub, which
can be too harsh. Instead, look for an exfoliator that contains alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, which will slough away dead cells more effectively.
A little hydration doesn’t hurt.
Serums are more concentrated than moisturizers and are designed to deliver active ingredients and nutrients more quickly and effectively. The good news is that there is a serum for every skin concern. The bad news is that determining what you require can be difficult.
If you’re new to serums, look for one that addresses a wide range of issues. They usually contain hydrating and skin-building ingredients & beneficial to all skin types.
Mask it up!
There are hundreds of different masks, and they all have one thing in common: they’re designed to supplement our regular skincare routines. They’re similar to serums in that they contain more concentrated ingredients and address specific skin concerns. A clay mask is the best mask for men, especially beginners. These masks use clay and mud to cleanse deep into your pores and remove built-up dirt & oil.
Skincare is essential irrespective of gender. If you are new to skincare, all you need is a cleanser, moisturizer & SPF. Soap & aftershave are too basic. Level up your game but keep it simple.
And when you feel a little adventurous or want to go the extra mile invest in a mask, serum & exfoliant.