If you are just starting out on the road to healthy skin, you may feel overwhelmed when faced with so many potential products you can use in your skin care regime!
However like anything in life finding the optimum routine and best set of products that work for your takes both a little experimentation and a little perseverance. But your skin will definitely thank you for it in the long run!
To get you started, here is a guide to the best basic steps you could follow in order to get the most out of your skincare regime.
Cleanse with Mens Soap and/or Body Wash
Your daily skincare routine should begin in the shower.
Choose an antibacterial soap or body wash for men to rid your body of the build up of harmful toxins, dirt and grime. For example, Mistral Bamboo and Sandalwood Soap for Men or Anthony Logistics for Men Body Cleansing Gel are two highly rated products that combine natural conditioning and botanical agents to leave your skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.
Apply your product of choice, work up a lather and rinse.
Exfoliate with a Facial Scrub For Men
Once or twice each week, you should use a face exfoliator.
Make sure to choose a facial scrub for men and face brush that aren’t going to be too harsh on your skin.
You can get great results from a scrub such as Zirh Scrub by Zirh International (that gently removes dead cells on the skin’s surface without other harsh effects) when used in conjunction with a brush like the Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Kit.
Simply massage the scrub into your face and run the brush over your skin. Remember you’re only wanting to remove the looser dead skin, so don’t go to harshly!
Although this is an important part of every man’s daily routine, unfortunately, depending on your skin type, you may find yourself more prone to razor burn, ingrown hairs and other shaving related irritations.
Shaving however is not just important to get facial hair under control. It also helps to get rid of the dry, dead skin cells on your face.
And when it comes to shaving related issues and irritations there is of course a whole range of other prodcuts such as toners, aftershave and moisturizers that are there to help!
Cleanse with a Mens Face Wash
A mens face wash is one of the most important aspects of a skincare routine.
As well as using a face wash in the morning it’s also important to use one before heading to bed at night. This will allow your skin the chance to breathe and heal overnight from the grime, sweat and dirt it has accumulated during the day.
Although it’s easiest to clean your face while you shower, if you only want to wash your face, warm water is best for opening up those pores.
Apply a cleanser like Neutrogena Men Invigorating Face Wash by massaging it upwards onto your face in circular motions. Splash your face with lukewarm water and wipe the remaining cleanser away.
Avoid leaving face wash on your skin since this can encourage spots and other irritations.
And once you’re all done, give yourself a final splash of cold water so that your pores close, thus reducing the chance that grime and dirt will make their way back into your skin. Use a towel to pat your face dry.
Apply a Toner and/or Astringent
When you wash your face, you are adding chemicals and products that can change your skin’s pH – for better or worse. Toners and astringents actually make your skin more resistant to pollutants and contaminants in the air as they can assist in restoring the natural pH levels of your skin.
They also tighten the skin and help close the pores. Men with oily skin are particularly likely to benefit from using an astringent.
Two highly rated products in this area include the Essential Face Toner by Ursa Major and Zirh International’s Refresh Invigorating Astringent. Simply apply your product of choice to a pad or cotton ball and wipe it across your face. No need to rinse.
For more advice on choosing whether an astringent or toner is best for you check this out.
Use an After Shave Lotion or Aftershave Balm
While it may not seem like a big deal, the reality is that these products condition your skin and help ensure that your freshly-shaved face isn’t ruined by large pores and other skin problems such as ingrown hairs.
After you shave, your skin is more sensitive and vulnerable to irritations because the razor skims off the top layer of dead skin cells as part of the shaving process. It’s crucial to include an aftershave product in your daily regime as it will not only revitalize and protect the skin but also calm irritations and condition your face.
If your skin is oily, you may think that moisturizers will only add to this problem.
The truth is that there a variety of men’s moisturizing products out there these days made for all skin types. A bit of research here to find one which matches your skin type can pay massive dividends for your complexion.
Massage a small amount of your chosen moisturizer onto your neck and face. Consider applying a second dab if your skin still feels overly tight or dry.
Apply a Cologne
Although most men finish their routines with colognes or body sprays, remember to use them with caution! Don’t go overboard and in the case of cologne simply apply one or two dabs to areas like the insides of your wrists and your neck.
When it comes to a man’s skin care regime the most important thing is to find one that works for you and suits your routine. This may take some time and extra effort initially, but it will definitely be worth it.
To get the best long term benefits for your skin it’s also important that once you find what works best for you that you stick to that routine over time.
After a while you should find that an everyday skincare regime is as natural as brushing your teeth – which by the way you should also be doing with at least some regularity!