Top Men’s Skin Care Tips!
There is a common misconception that if you’re a man, you don’t need to take care of your skin. Well, I am here to break that way of thinking because, guys, we only have one face and we need to take care of it. Check out these men’s skin care tips and consider adding them to your everyday routine.
If you’ve been splashing water on your face and using a bar of soap and calling it a day—it’s time for a change. I think we can all agree that we care about how we look. Our faces are our business cards so to speak, so we do need a little more attention than just a cheap razor and a bar of soap. Not to mention, it is not a feminine thing to care about self-care.
Read on and discover how you can put your best foot forward when it comes to skin care.
1. Cleanse & Moisturize
We all get dirty, we all sweat—these are the facts of life. My life changed the moment that I started taking 10 minutes out of my day to take care of my skin. Using a good cleanser on your face will help to remove dirt and excess oils. I use the Nivea Face Wash for Men. Apply a dime-sized amount, lather, and rinse with cool water to close the pores. After you wash your face, opt for an oil-free and alcohol-free moisturizer or one that suits your skin type.
Make sure to apply moisturizer to damp skin for best absorption. For dry skin, use an oil-based, oily skin should use water-based, and sensitive skin should use oil and alcohol-free. Try to do this during the day and night if you can.
TIP: Don’t be shy to use nose strips. I will use them if my wife or daughter have them in the house and it helps with blackheads and whiteheads. You’ll be both terrified and intrigued when you pull it off.
For my body, I opt for a shower gel with exfoliants to slough off dead skins cells. After showering, I apply a lotion that contains SPF 30.
2. Pick a Good Razor
While the cheap disposable razors can mostly do their job, they can often contribute to other problems. Like more nicks, cuts, and bumps. Finding a good razor that works for you is important. For example, I use the Philips One Blade for trimming and the Schick Hydro 5 and they work great for my needs. Choosing a razor that has 4 to 5 blades is a good thing if you tend to not get ingrown hairs. Since the multiple blades will give you a nice close shave in one pass.
But, if are prone to ingrown hairs, opting for a 2-blade will work for you. 2-blades won’t give you a close shave in comparison and allows the hairs a little room for growth and doesn’t give hairs a chance to curl back in and cause bumps.
3. Shave in the Shower
If you have sensitive skin, shaving in the shower or right after you get out is optimal. The humidity in the shower will keep your skin moist and pores open. Your hair and skin are more supple and soft when you are showering, making it easier to shave. If you don’t shave in the shower, making sure that your face is wet and then adding shaving cream will do wonders.
TIP: I use Nivea Shaving Cream for sensitive skin. It has moisturizers and alcohol-free and doesn’t dry out my skin.
Choosing shaving creams that have moisturizers will lubricate the skin. Apply the shaving cream when your face is wet and warm, let it sit for a minute or so and then start to shave! Take your time, if you go too fast, you can irritate your skin. So, always think—wet, warm, shave.
4. Don’t Go Against the Grain
Shaving against the grain can cause redness, inflammation, and bumps. I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of this once in a while because it gives me a nice, clean shave. What happens is that the blade will hit the hair follicle and cause irritation. Go with the grain, it will feel smoother and you’ll find that your skin will be less irritated.
TIP: If you are experiencing irritation, make sure that you don’t have a sensitivity or allergy to nickel. Most blades are made of nickel, and if you notice a constant reaction, try switching to titanium blades.
5. Skip the Aftershave
I use aftershave when I want to smell extra good. Let’s be real, it stings like…I’ll let you finish the rest of that sentence. Instead of using aftershave all the time, you can switch it out and opt for a moisturizer with SPF. I discovered this when I borrowed my wife’s moisturizer. It’s fragrance-free, so no worries there but, they make great ones for men too. That is if you don’t want to use your wife’s kind.
TIP: Use an aftershave with replenishing agents, I use Nivea for Men Replenishing Balm.
If you can’t do without aftershave, use one that moisturizes and replenishes your face. This one smells great and leaves my face soft and moisturized.
6. Use Sunscreen
I don’t know if it is age or if it’s just the sun getting hotter but, I’ve become more aware of the effects the sun has on my skin. It doesn’t take me any extra time to buy one with SPF but, it does give me more benefits. When exposed to the sun, I always use sunscreen and make sure to spray it on evenly. Don’t forget to apply some on your ears, we often forget that!
You can use a body lotion with SPF and like I mentioned above, you can use a fragrance and oil-free face moisturizer with SPF too. My wife uses Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer and I’ll use it too. No shame in that!
7. Drink Plenty of Water
Using lotion to hydrate your skin isn’t the only way. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water will do the trick. I know that I feel better when I drink water. When I’m not dehydrated, I’m happy. Plus, I’ve been told it makes your skin better among other benefits so, I try to get my water in—so should you!
8. Get Your Zzzz’s In & Eat the Rainbow
While it should go without saying, making sure you get plenty of sleep and eat plenty of fruits and veggies is a must. They say to eat a rainbow, and they say it for a reason. You’d be surprised at how much antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties fruits and veggies have. In fact, some may help keep you young! I try to get as much sleep as I can and when I do, I feel amazing.
Like I said, skin care is important and hopefully with these tips, you can add to your own skin care regimen. Next time your wife books or makes a face mask at home, ask her to make one for you too. Your skin will thank you, believe me.
Do you have any tips to share?
Until next time, peace! ✌️
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