With so many questions surrounding men’s skincare – and so many options to choose from – it rarely comes as a surprise that men tend to neglect to look after their skin.
Having a good skincare regimen is one of the best habits you can get into as this comes with many benefits.
Having amazing skin much like having great hair will give you a huge confidence boost and a good skincare routine will also help your skin stay looking younger for longer.
A complexed, 10-step skincare routine can be madly confusing, and nobody is blaming you for not being thrilled to spend all that time in the bathroom every morning and evening doing something you don’t believe will make any change whatsoever.
This is why I believe that men’s skincare should be straightforward and simple.
There is absolutely no need for you to spend time doing rather exhausting research on many different skincare products when investing in a few natural and high-quality products will undoubtedly improve the state of your skin.
There are a number of things you can do to take care of your body and your skin.
Your lifestyle, for one, plays a big part in your general well-being, so let’s go over a few easy steps that will help you improve your health and skin appearance.
A lack of sleep will have an impact on your appearance and can do quite a number on your skin.
One of the most revealing signs that you are not getting enough sleep are those pesky dark circles under the eyes as lack of sleep causes the blood vessels beneath your skin to dilate and show.
Besides the dark circles, not getting enough sleep every night actively decreases the moisture level of your skin and lower’s the pH level of your complexion.
A decrease in pH levels creates such an imbalance in your skin and this will make it appear dull, aged and uneven.
2. Water intake
Our skin is our largest organ and it’s made up of cells. These cells are made up primarily of water, therefore our skin suffers when it’s deprived of water, pretty much the same as the rest of our bodily functions.
When the skin’s natural moisture barrier is disrupted, this will make it appear dull and lifeless and become dry and sensitive.
When hydration is neglected, your skin can’t perform at its best, therefore important components that are there to keep it plump and supple start to break down and this leads to premature ageing and wrinkles.
Water is used by our body to flush out toxins and waste products, and it is incredibly significant in clearing up your skin.
Drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day will prevent the toxins and bodily wastes from accumulating in the body and becoming trapped under your skin.
This will keep your skin clean, push bacteria out and reduce the risk of clogged pores, acne, and other skin problems.
Although is best known for causing lung cancer, the smoking habit is also a massive threat to healthy skin next to sun and chemicals.
Smoking is one of the major accelerators of the premature ageing process of your skin, and it is thought to be one of the fastest acting threats.
Smoking causes the narrowing of blood vessels throughout your body and this deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients flow which are essential for keeping it healthy.
When the skin is rapidly starved of vital oxygen and other substances it appears uneven and dull and this leads to the slow ceasing of collagen which will inevitably cause sagging and wrinkling of the skin.
Unfortunately, alcohol is a whole lotta bad news for the skin, and many skincare experts and nutritionists agree with this claim.
So, let’s answer the very popular “What does alcohol do to your face?” question the best we can.
Alcohol is a toxin with very little nutrient value. It is known as a number one contributing factor to poor liver function and reduced immunity.
Besides this, alcohol can lead to other serious conditions such as hormone disruption, cell damage and it can cause some major insulin issues due to its high contents of sugar.
All this has a great impact on the function, quality, appearance, and ageing of your skin.
Alcohol is also a diuretic. This means that alcohol rids your body of salt (sodium) and water. Rapid loss of water from the body will have an effect on your skin as it will leave it dehydrated and dull.
What Is A Good Skincare Regimen For Men?
As I’ve already mentioned at the beginning of this post, I believe that men’s skincare should be straightforward and easy.
Here are a few simple steps for men that are quite easy to follow and will guarantee a better-looking complexion in a short amount of time.
Applying A Cleanser
Your face picks up a lot of dirt and pollutants throughout the day.
Getting into the habit of cleansing your face twice a day with an adequate cleanser for your skin type will remove the bacteria sitting on the surface of your skin and promote a healthier complexion appearance.
The ideal choice would be a mild and gentle cleanser, that will not strip the natural barrier on the surface of your skin and leave it feeling tight and uncomfortable.
It is important that a cleanser is able to keep your skin moist while removing unwanted toxins.
Applying A Toner
Besides helping to remove leftover dirt, impurities and traces of oil, the primary function of a face toner is to correct and balance out the pH value of your skin after it has been thoroughly cleansed.
It will help to clean and close the pores and allow better absorption of the beneficial ingredients from the following skincare products.
Make sure to avoid any toner that contains alcohol, menthol, or other harsh ingredients.
When should men use a toner?
Toning your skin is an important second step that completes the cleansing process and it should be swiped across the face right after cleansing your skin.
A good toner will help soothe, nourish and hydrate your skin making it look brighter and refreshed.
Don’t neglect the eyecare
There is one step that we all seem to fail from time to time and that’s looking after our delicate eye area.
There are many claims that eye creams simply don’t work, and while nobody can say that these creams do absolute miracles, thinking that they do nothing for you is a heavy mistake.
The truth here is that the eye area needs extra attention for several reasons.
The skin around your eyes ages faster than the rest of your face because the skin around the eyes is 40% thinner than any other part of your face.
It is also the least elastic part of your face, which means that facial expressions affect this delicate area, causing it to wrinkle more than any other part.
Besides losing hydration faster than any other area on your face, the eye area also shows the most prominent signs of fatigue and lack of sleep and dark circles can make you look much older than your actual age.
Moisturizer and sunscreen
Consider applying moisturizer and sun protection as absolutely necessary because nothing ages (and damages) the skin as much as the harmful UV rays from the sun do.
It’s a common belief that moisturizers and sunscreens are oily, therefore they will leave your skin looking greasy and worsen problems like acne and oily skin.
A good moisturizer will provide the necessary hydration and this will control the excess oil production.
There are different moisturizers with different purposes, specifically formulated for every possible skin type and skin concern out there.
And then, there are my absolute favourites – a good moisturizing agent with a high sun protection factor.
Always opt for a light hydrating moisturizer with SPF in the morning.
The exfoliating process helps us to remove the barrier of dead skin cells that are sitting tightly packed on the surface of our skin.
The dead skin cells clog our pores and prevent the beneficial ingredients from our moisturizing products from being absorbed into the skin.
By removing them we are also uncovering fresh and new cells below, and this makes our skin appear smoother and brighter.
Exfoliating once a week with a gentle scrub or a chemical exfoliator will improve the general health and appearance of your skin.
Trying to cope with my obnoxious acne breakouts forced me into finding a solution to my problem by pursuing a career in the beauty industry. Today, I’m a certified esthetician & I’m passionate about sharing what I know to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. You can learn more about me here.