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When we think of skincare regimens, we usually only associate them with women. But surprise: men have skin too. Regardless of a man’s age, his skin can greatly benefit for a daily skin care practice.
All things considered though, it can be pretty daunting to settle on a daily skin care regimen. One walk down a drug store isle, and the options for moisturizers, sunscreens, and more seem almost endlessly. Thankfully, knowing a few key things can help steer you in the right direction.
Here are our tips, tricks, and techniques to the modern man’s daily skincare regimen that best suits you.
Before you can even begin to think about applying your varius serums and whatnot, you need to make sure your skin is squeaky clean. A good cleanser will not only leave your face feeling fresh, but help your other products soak in better. Depending on your skin type, the cleanser you’ll need will vary.
For those who have dry skin, a facial oil cleanser will remove both dirt and grime. It will also dive your skin an extra does moisture that your skin likely needs. When shopping for an oil-based cleanser, read to see what oil is predominantly used. Coconut, grapeseed, and other neutral oils are best. Those that contain oils like cottonseed and vegetable oils can make your skin break out.
If you’re skin is mild, a gentle cleanser will best suite you. Because your skin is already moist, your cleanser shouldn’t be too aggressive or contain any soaps. Cleansers that are too aggressive can strip your skin of your naturally produced oils and irritate it as a result. Look for ones that specifically state that they’re gentle on the skin.
Men who have oily skin will need to buy a good quality foaming cleanser. Oily skin produces excess layers of grime and lipids (fats) that need to be removed before other products can be applied successfully. Cleanser that have certain scrubbing and foaming ingredients will help clean the skin of those before mentioned things. Pieces of apricot and walnut shells are found in good quality foaming cleanser. Avoid any foaming cleanser that use plastic beads as exfoliants.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to exfoliate each and every day. In fact, over exfoliating the skin can do more harm than good. Exfoliating too much can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also over drying your skin.
Whether it’s an exfoliant glove or course scrubbing lotion, only physically exfoliate your skin two, three, or four times a week. After first cleansing your skin, you can then being to exfoliate. Using a medium amount of pressure, do slow circular motions around the face. This will ensure that the exfoliant works best by almost polishing the skin of dead skin cells and deep down dirt and grime.
It doesn't really matter if you exfoliate day or night. However, avoid exfoliating on nights when you’ll be apply a retinol cream or serum. Doing the too on the same can leave your skin dry and red from over exfoliating.
One of the most missed steps in any skin care routine, following your cleanser with a proper toner is curicual. A toner will help balance the skin's pH, even out your complexion, and safeguard you from excess oil production.
Most toners are usable on all types of skin. But avoid any alcohol-based toners. Alcohol has a tendency to over dry the skin and can even cause “micro-cracks” in the skin that bacteria can get into. Pimples and other blemishes commonly follow an application of strong alcohol agents.
Your toner should only include ingredients that calm and even out the skin. They should also be water based. Extracts from green and white tea, camomile, and almond are known to have soothing qualities on the skin. In addition to those previously mentioned ingredients, look for toners that also contain rose water.
Applying toners is simple: Take out single-use cotton ball or swab, wet it slightly with the toner of choice, and blot along the face. Toners should also be applied directly after cleansing. This will ensure the skin is still supple so that the toner can penetrate deep into the pores.
Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial vitamins to your skin. Not only can it help keep it elastic and glowing, but topical applications of vitamin C can reduce wrinkle lines and lighten sunspots. Regularly applying a Vitamin C serum can also help keep your complexion pimple and blackhead free.
When shopping for a vitamin C serum, don’t be stingy. Often times, cheaper serums don’t contain the concentrations of vitamin C that are needed to improve the skin. Those budget serums also oxidize quickly and go bad before you can even use up all the product.
A good quality vitamin C serum will be one of the more costly products in your regiment, but it’s worth it. They often contain 10 percent or more concentrations of vitamin C. This means they’ll produce visible improvements on the skin. Also, these well made serums are made of stable ingredients. They’ll last far longer than their cheaper counterparts. That’s good news for your skin and wallet.
A tried and true anti-aging staple, applying retinoids is one of the best ways to give aging skin a new glow. They can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. For those who suffer from acne, retinoids have proven to be useful against breakouts.
Retinoids contains certain vitamin A compounds, one being retinoic acid. The acid acts as an exfoliant, encouraging the skin to shed old skin and regenerate newer layers. This is why people their skin looking years younger after just a few short weeks. Retinoids also can help diminish the appearance of scars and diviets in the skin.
Because of the intensity of the retinols, it’s best to only apply at night. Starting out, dermatologist recommend using a high quality over-the-counter retinol. These usually contain less-than one percent of the active ingredient. These less aggressive retinols allow your skin to become accustomed to the active ingredient without rashing or redding.
After applying anywhere from two to four times nights regularly for a few weeks, you can begin to increase the concentration. For most people, a two percent concentration cream is the max they should use to avoid over irritating the skin. Always follow with a moisturizer.
Moisturizers should be a key part to any man’s daily skincare regimen. Moisturizers should also be catered to your individual skin type.
For dry and mild skins, look for a moisturizer that contains highly absorbable oils like grape seed and coconut. These oils will help keep the skin plump and looking healthy throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to look for moisturizers that use cocoa butter, as well.
For oil skins, you’ll want to say clear of any moisturizer that’s oil based. These will often say “oil-free” on their packaging. Instead of relying on certain oils to hydrate the skins, these usually contain various moisturizing extracts. Rose, white and green tea, and almond extracts are commonly found in these. Also, oil-free moisturizers that contain algae have been known to help those with acne prone skin.
Moisturizers should always be applied last during the evening, and second to last during the day after sunscreen.
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Applying a good quality sunscreen is a important step to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Only ones that have a SPF higher than 30 should be applied. Those that have lower SPFs have been proven not to work ast those above SPF 30. Also, the protection provided by SPFs greater than 30 is negligible. There’s no need to buy ones that have higher numbers of the stuff.
Also, choose a lotion sunscreen over a spray on one if you can. While the spray ones are easier and more convenient to apply, they don’t cover or protect as well. Lotion sunscreens can be applied evenly and thoroughly cover the skin.
Those who have dry to mild skins can apply lotion sunscreens that contain oils with little worry of breaking out. However, go for an oil-free sunscreen if you’re prone to breaking out or have more oily skin.
Here’s something you may not know about your body: Your skin is actually your body’s largest organ. Just like you exercise to keep your heart in shape and eat right to stay healthy, a skincare regimen will help your skin stay at its best.