Men's Daily Skincare Guide for That Macho Glow
Guys, if you are looking to make a lasting impression, washing your face with a bar of soap and water isn’t really going to cut it. And, no, we aren't suggesting that you start stocking your bathroom cabinet with hard-to-pronounce cleansers and moisturizers that you will never use. But we do recommend committing to memory and practicing these five easy-to-implement skincare tips.
Don't let these steps intimidate you... they're only fine-tuning what you already do. Besides, you’re never too old or young to start a daily skin-care routine. There’s nothing vain or feminine about it. It’s just a matter of basic clean ups, and a guy with clear skin and energized face gets attention. You can be sure of that!
1. Learn Your Skin Type
Most guys usually don’t know their skin type. In fact, many of you don’t even know that skin has a type. But learning your skin type is the first step towards skin care. So let’s help you find your skin type.
Normal – Your skin is neither oily nor dry. It doesn’t get irritated easily and acne is rarely a problem. Lucky You!
Oily – Your skin has oily patches, most likely, in your T-zone. Though your skin is more prone to acne because of the oil buildup, your skin has a natural shine to it.
Dry/Sensitive – Your skin gets irritated easily, as it is sensitive. And because of the dryness, your skin is always tight and flaky.
Combination – Those who have combination skin have dry skin on their face, except for their T-zone which is oily.
Ageing Skin – This one’s a no-brainer. It’s basically how your skin will look if you keep on neglecting it, i.e. wrinkly, weathered, and covered with age spots.
Now that you have identified your skin type, things are about to get a lot easier. Read on!
2. Use a Good Cleanser
Wash your face with a cleanser or a face wash specific to your skin type. How often, you ask? Once in the morning and once at night, before hitting the sack. Now, here’s how you go about it:
Splash your face with lukewarm water. It will open up the pores.
Apply the face wash/cleanser and gently rub in small circles.
Rinse with cold water to close open pores.
Pat dry. Emphasis on ‘pat’ because rubbing your skin can cause the skin to stretch, which leads to premature wrinkles.
Also, never swap your cleanser with regular soap. The binders used to hold the soap together have a high pH value that can really dry out your skin by stripping it off its natural oils. Instead, choose a soft cleanser and make sure that it’s suited to your skin type.
3. Scrub It like You Mean It
Scrubbing, or exfoliation, is the secret weapon you’ve been missing out on. It helps remove dead skin cells and other gunk that has clogged your pores. Exfoliating gives way to a newer, healthier skin and ensures that you have fewer breakouts.
Now, the bigger question is when and how often should you scrub? Scrub before you shave. This prevents the occurrence of ingrown hair and bumps. Ideally, you should scrub your face 1-3 times a week after cleaning your face. Those with oily skin should scrub more often, while those with dry, sensitive skin should stick to scrubbing once or twice a week. Here’s how it’s done, fellas:
Squeeze a drop-sized amount and gently rub in circles on the shave area or your entire face.
Focus on the areas that are more prone to accumulation of dead skin cells and build up—the nose, forehead, and the shave area.
Rinse with cold water and pat dry.
A word of advice—don’t go overboard with scrubbing just because you “feel like something is happening”. Over-scrubbing can cause dryness, irritation, and excess oil secretion.
4. Don’t Skip the Moisturizer
Moisturizing your skin prevents water loss, has an anti-ageing effect and gives you firmer skin. But why worry about ageing when you’re so young. You’ve got many years before you have to deal with that problem, right?
Wrong. As you age (even in your early 20’s), your skin cells are unable to lock in moisture because of low production of skin proteins like collagen. As a result, your skin starts losing elasticity and develops wrinkles and fine lines.
So, start moisturizing and pay special attention to your forehead and eyes while you’re at it. Use a moisturizer once during the day and once again at night, before you sleep. People with dry skin may need to re-apply, depending on how quickly their skin dries out. Guys with oily skin—I know what you are thinking, but don’t skip this step. Moisturizing is essential for you too—it can actually keep the production of oil in check and help fade the blemishes away.
5. Never Leave Home Without Sunscreen
Ever wondered why there’s so much fuss about wearing sunscreen? Why does everybody keep insist that you don’t step out without it?
Probably because they know of the dangers associated with overexposure to sun.
It’s common knowledge that sunlight is made up of UV rays, primarily UVA and UVB rays. Within moderate amounts, they (in particular UVB rays) help in the production of Vitamin D. But prolonged exposure to the sun can cause sunspots, sunburns, and hyper-pigmentation. It can also damage the elastin in the skin, slow down production of collagen, and lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. But more worryingly, it can also lead to direct DNA damage, which can be the precursor to conditions like actinic keratosis and skin cancer.
So, just reach for your SPF 30 sunscreen, put it on before you step out, and keep yourself protected. You don’t have to do much more than that.
And finally, be consistent. I understand men don’t like to let on that they care about things like appearance and ageing, but you need to push aside all those macho thoughts and just be regular with your skin-care routine. It’s no different from going to the gym regularly to build those muscles or playing football three times a week to get better at the game. Sticking to a routine always pays and being consistent with your skin care routine will reflect on your face!