Work and being busy are not acceptable excuses when it comes to self-care, particularly, skin care. No matter how harried you feel during the morning rush because you opted for a few more precious minutes of sleep rather than making yourself look presentable, there is a routine you can adapt to that’s non-intrusive and simple. You don’t want your efforts of working your tail off for a project or promotion to go to waste if you don’t look acceptably well-groomed on the outside.
It sounds unfair but there’s no way around it. You need to put some effort into taking care of your skin so you’ll look good, feel good, and overall be happier with a neater appearance. Skin-care routines should be performed on the daily, and you only need to remember to do them first thing when you wake up and the last thing before you go to bed.
A little effort goes a long way, and a solid skin-care routine will take care of your skin woes like the usual acne, blackheads, whiteheads, shaving irritations, and fine lines. Here’s how you should get started.
Know Your Skin Type First
Knowing if you’re dry, oily, combination, or normal can make a whole lot of difference when you’re adding products to your skin-care regimen. Your ethnicity can play a role in your needs as well, so consider that when you pick items. If you don’t know your skin type, consult with a dermatologist or an aesthetician so they can tell you.
Shop Appropriate Products
It’s easy to be sidetracked by the packaging, and a lot of companies do bet on trying to make their products eye-catching. If you want what’s best for you, ignore how aesthetically pleasing packages are, and look at the labels and ingredients list. You should carefully consider what products you’ll be buying because you’ll be slathering it on your skin for intervention, for maintenance, and most of all, for prevention.
If the budget allows it, focus on all-natural skin-care products that are organic and good for the environment. Consider it an investment for your skin. Plus, you don’t need many products anyway since you want a straightforward, no-fuss skin-care routine.
First Step: Cleanse
You should wash your face when you wake up and before you sleep, but you only need to use a cleanser once each day. If you already know your skin type and sensitivity, then you should have a cleanser that’s right for you. It is recommended to use a men’s facial wash only at night so you get rid of all the dirt and surface oil on your skin. It also helps you feel refreshed and squeaky clean before you go to bed.
Apply a small amount (about as big as a dime) on the palm, and lather it in. Apply the product to face by lightly rubbing in circular motions, and take care not to rub or tug your skin during the process unnecessarily. Rinse with water, and pat your face dry.
Optional Step: Repairing Serums
When you’re feeling stressed, there is a good chance that it physically shows, especially on your skin. Your body is exposed to everyday pollutants like air pollution and cigarette smoke, and other chemicals can tend to age the skin faster or make it look lifeless. A repairing face serum can deliver nourishing ingredients directly in your skin and target specific skin concerns.
You can apply face serums once a day after using a facial cleanser but before your moisturizer. Most serums are water-based, but face oils are becoming more popular. Different ingredients do different things, so ask your dermatologist to know what’s best for you and if it jives with the products you use. If you have oily skin, don’t be intimidated by it. Just make sure to use the proper amount as directed by the packaging.
Second Step: Moisturize
A facial moisturizer helps maintain skin balance. If your skin is too dry or too oily, common problems like acne and blackheads can pop up. You want to keep your skin hydrated after cleansing or washing your face to prevent dullness and flaking and give it a layer of protection that lasts all day and all night.
If you want to get the best out of this step, look for moisturizers that have added benefits like antiaging components or extra hydration boost. With the proper application, your skin can look blemish-free and young.
Step Three: Sunscreen (Day Use Only)
Skin cancer is a serious disease and is the most common form of cancer in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You should take protecting your skin seriously by using sunscreen every day. It helps protect against harmful UV rays and sunburn and maintain an even skin tone. Additionally, wearing sunscreen keeps you looking youthful because it keeps away fine lines and sagging.
Even if the weather is cloudy, you should still wear sunscreen. In fact, you should make it a habit to apply sunscreen before you leave the house. Take a look at the instructions indicated in the label of your sunscreen, and make sure to apply as needed.
Men Should Care about Skin Care
In the past, men weren’t as concerned about taking care of their skin. Fortunately, research has shown that more and more men are giving up chauvinistic ideas and are on board with self-care. Even a simple skin-care regimen can do a lot for you, your self-image, and ultimately, your self-confidence.
Which skin-care products do you love using? In the comments section below, discuss what they are and what they do.