Many men don’t take proper care of their skin because it seems like there is too much time & effort is involved, but that’s not true! While there are a lot of product options these days, only a few are needed for healthy, great skin. If you want to have a simple, easy and fast skin care routine, what we recommend is just to Cleanse and Protect.
Cleansing the skin in the evening and the morning is key to healthy skin because it clears away dead skin cells, sweat, and oils that accumulate on your skin during the day and overnight that may cause skin to appear dull, prevent any other skin care products you may use from penetrating skin well, or lead to breakouts. Your cleanser doesn’t need to be fancy or cost $100. Just a basic cleanser is sufficient for the job.
We do, however, recommend a separate cleanser for your face and for your body because body washes may be too harsh for the face. Also, men’s face washes may also contain ingredients that help prep the skin for shaving.
Want to go the extra mile? Exfoliate! Shaving provides a certain amount of exfoliation which helps keep your skin looking good, but you can also use a cleanser with exfoliation for smooth skin. As men’s skin is thicker, it can generally stand up better to more frequent exfoliation.
The second important step is to protect your skin. This means moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Moisturizer protects your skin by supporting the skin’s natural barrier against environmental and other types of skin damage. Sunscreen (a must-do in the morning), of course, protects your skin from sun damage and skin cancer (see our May blog series on skin cancer awareness for more info). Try to get a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
Look for a moisturizer that says “cream” or something similar because these will provide more moisture and seal in moisture better. If you have combination skin (meaning parts of your skin, like the “T-zone” are oily where as other parts are dry), get a moisturizer that is noncomedogenic or oil-free.
We will discuss acne in our next blog post, but for now, look for “non-comedogenic” and “oil-free” products. If you are acne-prone, look for cleansers containing glycolic and/or salicylic acid, such as our Bella Derma Gly-Sal 5/2 & 2/2 Cleansers. Also, don’t skip the moisturizer! Dry skin encourages the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which you are trying to avoid.
If your skin is easily irritated, you may have sensitive skin. Avoid skin care products that contain scents, alcohols, or antibacterial ingredients. Consider switching to a liquid soap if you have been using a bar soap, because bar soaps tend to be a bit harsher and strip more moisture from the skin. Look for products that say “sensitive skin” or “gentle.” We have found that Cetaphil is a great line for sensitive skin types. Aveeno also has a nice sensitive skin care line.