Art & Glamour Desk
From fighting acne decades past puberty to scoffing at the first signs of wrinkles, it’s hard to win the good-skin game. But before you curse your genes, ask yourself whether your skincare routine and lifestyle habits are up to par. And by that we don’t mean clocking hours in front of the mirror or stealing your girlfriend’s fancy facial products.
There’s no need for five-step peels or expensive serums and layering on too many products can actually irritate skin. The key is washing and moisturizing every day and following a few other maintenance basics. The following routine should be performed daily- most likely upon waking up and before going to bed. It’s easy to follow and will guarantee a better looking complexion.
Cleanse
Splash warm water on your face or even better, take a shower to open up your pores to allow dirt out.
Apply a dime sized amount of men’s face wash to your face. Do not use soap as the vast majority contain chemicals that are too harsh for the face. Lather up your face for 30 seconds with your face wash by lightly rubbing in a circular motion. Try not to pull down on the skin as you don’t want to help gravity and expedite the natural occurrence of wrinkles/loose skin.
Rinse with cool water as this will shrink your pores, preventing new dirt and oil from entering. Pat your face dry as rubbing your face encourages premature wrinkling from stretching the skin.
Avoid washing your face more than twice a day as this can cause dryness.
You should also use a men’s face scrub 1-2x a week to exfoliate your skin, which removes dead skin cells from clogging up pores and dulling your complexion.
Moisturize
Moisturize your skin with a men’s face moisturizer by adding a dime sized amount to your entire face. Hydrating your face keeps it generally looking good, prevents aging and wrinkles, and prevents excess oil production.
If you’re worried about your forehead wrinkles and crows-feet around your eyes, a small amount of anti-aging cream can help smooth them out and tighten your skin. For even better results to repair and restore aging eyes, use an eye cream for men, as it will not only smooth wrinkles around the eyes, but reduce bags and puffiness.
If you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time (over 30 minutes), apply SPF30 or higher designed for the face to protect the skin from sun damage.
Men’s Body Care
Like face care, men’s body care starts with a hot shower, which opens up your pores, allowing dirt and bad oils to be easily excreted.
If you have dry skin though, you should try a body wash as they usually have more moisturizers in them including Vitamin E, olive oil, and jojoba oil.
Body Moisturizers
Most guys don’t use a body moisturizer and that’s ok since many guys have oily skin. However, for guys who have dry skin or parts that are really dry, a men’s body lotion is the perfect remedy. Apply the lotion immediately after showering to your skin and focus on areas that dry out the most, including elbows, knees, shoulders, lower legs, and hands.
Men’s Hand Cream
Hands can be a unique body part for men as many professions and sports require frequent use of hands. Thus, guy’s hands are susceptible to becoming dry, chapped, and cracked quite easily. The best men’s hand lotion should offer rich hydration, without a greasy feel.