By Oreoritse Tariemi
28 June 2020.
Contrary to popular assumption, skincare is just as important for men as it is for women. Research has shown that men are less likely to pay attention to skincare; what they often forget is that the youthful, glowing skin they desire is only achievable with a proper skin care regimen.
Proper skincare not only improves your appearance, but it also saves you the time and money you would spend treating skin conditions caused by dirty skin.
Using soap bars to wash your face can cause dryness to your skin, which makes your skin dry up birthing lines and wrinkles. This is why dermatologists often recommend that you use a cleanser in cleaning your face instead.
Cleansers are not just mild on the skin, they also effectively remove dirt and debris from your skin pores while locking in moisture. Opt for a facial cleanser with glycolic acid; these cleansers dissolve and wash away dead skin cells without stripping essential oils and nutrients from the upper dermal of the skin. Use a cleanser to clean your face twice a day, in the morning and again at night.
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When choosing a moisturiser, be sure you choose a skin-friendly moisturiser, make sure to look for one that is non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic moisturisers do not contain chemicals, and they don’t cause acne.
Another helpful product to add to your moisturiser is sunscreen; sunscreen protects your skin from damages caused by the sun’s UV rays. While some moisturisers contain sunscreen, other moisturisers do not. If your moisturiser doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure to purchase an SPF 50+ sunscreen to protect your skin. Be sure not to leave your house well moisturised and protected with sunscreen.
Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin cells allowing the growth of new skin cells, in lay man’s terms exfoliating, gives you fresh skin. Dermatologists recommend that you exfoliate twice a week to remove impurities and other debris lodged in your skin’s pores.
Opt for chemical exfoliators as they are much milder on the skin than natural exfoliants, you can also easily them at a pharmacy or supermarket.
Similar to a facial scrub, facial masks also help with exfoliating. Facial masks often come as paste or powder, and they not only help with removing dead skin cells, they also add hydration to your skin renewing it.
There are three forms of facial masks. Mud/clay masks are best for oily skin as they do a deeper cleanse and absorb oil from the skin. Cream masks work best for dry, dehydrated skin and gel masks are hydrating, making them a perfect fit for all skin types.
The eye area is one of the most tender areas of the face. This is because collagen production around the eyes is thinner, making it very prone to lines and wrinkles. So, to keep fine lines away, get rid of dark circles and eye bags, use a high-quality anti-ageing cream.
Choose an eye cream that also hydrates your skin while strengthening collagen hydration. Your skin type also determines the best kind of eye cream for you.
How to Choose Skincare Products
Before you choose a skincare product, you must know your skin type. While men tend to have oily, thicker skin, some men also have dry skin or combination skin. Skincare products work best when they are used for the right skin type. This is why knowing your skin type is vital to making the right choices in skin products.
You can also explore other skincare products on your own, forget the assumptions that tag skincare as being feminine. Everyone deserves excellent skin and men are not left out.
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A great skincare routine keeps you looking forever young. Now’s the time to abandon all the myths you might have heard about men skincare and develop a skincare routine. Use the products in this list as a guide to helping you build your skincare routine.