The Ultimate Skin Care Guide for Men

It's time for you guys to discover the right skin care routine and look great.


More and more guys may realize they shouldn't wash their face with a bar soap anymore, but just don't know how to start a new skin care routine. This article will help you understand your skin type, choose the right products that will suit your needs, and figure out the when and how to use them.

SKIN CARE FOR MEN?

There is nothing vain or feminine about skin care. Men and women all have skin. It’s just a simple and natural thing for us to take good care of it, like breathing, eating healthy, or working out to look good. We're born to be better and men deserve solid and clean looking skin.

1. Your face is the first thing people see, and clear skin and glowing face help you to look more decent.

2. Healthy glowing skin will really help with your self-confidence, you can face the person you like, daily activities and life's challenges with more confidence.

3. Shaving daily may remove natural oil from your skin, sometimes it even results in razor burn and cause dryness and infection.

4. Stay healthy and young.

YOUR SKIN TYPE?

But before we can even think about routines, products, and how to care for it, we need to know what we're dealing with. That means you need to know your skin type, so that you can find the right products to help it look its best.

1. Dry Skin

Dry skin is tight, drawn, flaky with a dull complexion. The person that has dry skin is prone to wrinkles, aging and irritation.

How to treat dry skin

  • Use a mild cleansing cream instead of soap, as it removes fewer natural oils.
  • Apply moisturizer twice a day.
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher as sun rays can penetrate deeply into the skin’s dermis layer, removing skin of its natural moisture and oils.
  • Stick to lukewarm or cool water to wash your face. Hot water can rob your skin of precious moisture and contribute to dry skin symptoms like flakiness and itchiness.
  • Exfoliate regularly and use a moisturizing face mask once a week.

2. Oil Skin

You may have dull or shiny, thick complexion and also have a tendency to get whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and acne.

How to treat oil skin

  • Wash your face twice a day and stop touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid cheap harsh soaps and try to use a cleanser designed specifically for oily skin.
  • Only use light—rather than heavy—moisturizers.
  • Use a face scrub to remove dead skin cells regularly.
  • Use a face mask once a week to help soak up oil and deep clean your pores and skin.

3. Normal skin/Combination Skin

Normal skin feels clean and smooth.

Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry. Some areas on the face (especially the nose and the forehead) will appear shiny while the other areas(usually the cheeks) are clean.

People with one of these two skin type can just find a good skin care routine and stick to it (like the skin care routine below).

4. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin tends to get irritated easily. This skin can easily flush, have rashes or red patches.

How to treat sensitive skin

  • Choose men’s skincare products that are free of alcohol, dyes or fragrances as they will irritate your face. You can read men’s skincare product labels before your purchasing and do a little skin test before using.
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

Note: If you have a serious skin condition like acne, breakout and rosacea, only skin care is not enough, you might need to visit a dermatologist. Dermatologists can help you deal with the issue in a professional way, so you aren't wasting time and money on products that don't work for your skin type.

Don’t be panic. It’s not that complicate to follow the skincare routine. If you’re just new to skincare, you can try the basic skin care routine, it only includes 3 simple steps.

1. Cleanse

2. Moisturize

3. Sunscreen

ADVANCED SKIN CARE ROUTINE

1. Cleanse

Wash your face with lukewarm water and not hot water, because hot water might dry your skin too much. If you have redness, you can try cool water, not cold water.

Choose the cleanser that is suit for your skin type (bar soap is not recommended here, it’s too harsh for the face). After wash your face with water, use your fingertips to apply cleanser and gently rub in circles for about 40 seconds. Resist the temptation to scrub your face when you wash it, since this can encourage wrinkles and irritate the skin.

When you’re done, use warm water to rinse your face, but making sure to wash away all traces of your cleanser, then use a towel to pat your face dry.

How often should you wash your face? It’s common that people wash face twice a day: morning & night. But if your skin is good or you have oily skin, it’s ok to wash your face with cleanser only at night. In the morning, you can just run your face under the warm water of your daily shower. Then pat it dry with a towel.

2. Scrub

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and other build up on your skin. That helps new, healthier skin cells reveal themselves, improving your complexion.

If you have normal, oily, or combo type skin, scrubbing (exfoliating) your face should be done once a week after cleansing your face. Exfoliating your face too often can make your skin dryer, thinner and more sensitive, even cause redness, irritation and excess oil production.

If you have dry, sensitive, or acne prone skin, we recommend only using a man’s face scrub one time every 10-15 days. So make sure to monitor how your skin reacts to exfoliating and adjust accordingly.

Once you decide to scrub your face, avoid also using a cleanser as this will dramatically dry out your skin. Use only lukewarm water to wet your face beforehand, then apply a small amount of scrub on your face, massage your skin (especially the nose and forehead area) gently in a circular motion for about 40 seconds. Finally rinse the scrub off your skin.

When finished, gently tap your face dry with a towel. Do not scrub or roughly dry your face.

3. Shave

How often should you shave your face? I think it’s a personal experience. If you really want to appear clear cut all day, you can shave everyday.

Wash your face before the shave, or you can just shave in the morning shower or immediately afterwards. The beard will be soft from the hot water and steam and it’s much easier for the razor to make contact. Use only water after the shave to rinse.

A good shaving cream + sharp razor + after shave lotion = Less razor burn, razor bumps and irritation.

Slather your face with shaving cream. A good shaving cream will provide your face with enough lubrication and moisture it needs as you rake a sharp blade over your face.

Shave with the grain, not against the grain. Shaving with the grain is a good enough to get a comfortable and close shave. Although shaving against the grain can ensure that the hair is cut off very close to the skin, it can increases the risk of ingrown hair and skin irritation.

You can shave start with the sides, followed by the mustache area and then the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

Rinse your razor with hot water in between strokes to help rid the blades of shave gel and cut whiskers. Don’t apply too much pressure as you shave - excessive pressure causes razor burn and skin irritations and doesn't give you a closer shave, your razor is sharp enough(if your razor is dull, ditch it, a dull blade can irritate you and give you a poor shave), just let the weight of the razor do the job.

When your shave is done, gently apply the aftershave to your face, moving in a downward motion from your cheekbones to your jawline and down to the neck – ensuring to rub in thoroughly all around.

4. Hydrate

Hydrating or moisturizing your skin is a MUST after your cleansing or shaving.

Serum:

Apply serum to your skin after cleansing but before eye cream, moisturizer and sunscreen. Many people often get confused about the difference between a serum and a moisturizer. In fact, they’re not the same.

Serums not only hydrate the skin like moisturizers, but contain active ingredients that help with specific skin problems like wrinkles, acne, redness, or dryness and more. You can choose a serum that matches your goal for your skin.

Your skin can absorb serums quickly as they’re thinner and lighter. However, they don’t provide a protective shield between your skin and the environment like moisturizers will do. So be sure to use a moisturizer over the serum to seal it into the skin.

Eye Cream:

Serums, the thinnest products, apply first, so that they can deliver active ingredients into the skin more efficiently. Then before your moisturizer, apply eye cream.

Nowadays, we all stay up way too late, work way too hard, and stress out way too much. Don't forget just how delicate the skin around your eyes is, and it tends to be the first area to show your health and age.

If you find yourself suffering from red, puffy and swollen eyes; or skin dehydration and aging which often cause wrinkly or dark circles around the eyes, you can add eye cream to your daily skin care routine.

Moisturizer:

Moisturizing your skin is important, without this step, all the other steps are wasted. Since your face is sensitive and dry after shaving or cleansing, a men's moisturizer can prevent water loss, make the skin firmer and also have an anti-aging effect.

Apply the moisturizer all over your face, taking special care of the areas on your face that get dry most often.

5. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the final step in your daytime skincare routine and it’s very important. UV rays are the main cause of the sun's damaging effects on the skin. In some people, exposure to UV rays can cause a rash or a type of allergic reaction. Yes, it’s a little bit annoying and uncomfortable. Exposure to UV rays also can cause sunburn and tanning, they are just short-term results. Long-term exposure to UV is the worst, it can cause early skin aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. You don’t want to look older than your same-age friends, right?

Choose the right sunscreen for your skin, the ideal options are usually water-resistant for 80 minutes, offer a broad-spectrum (both UVA and UVB) coverage, and have a SPF of at least 30.

Use a teaspoon sized dollop of sunscreen for your face, neck, and ears. Sunscreen can work immediately, but if you want the best result, you can apply it 15 minutes before stepping out in the sun.

Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen, especially if you've been swimming or sweating a lot. Even if the sunscreen is waterproof, always reapply.

SKIN CARE + EXERCISE + HEALTHY EATING = GREAT SKIN

Though skin care products can help your skin look good, if you exercise regularly, get enough sleep and eat healthy, you really help your good skin to look great.

If your skin hasn’t improved immediately, it doesn’t mean it won’t. Skin care, like the exercise, is a long-term process. It needs at least two or three months to see a benefit. In order to get the result you want, you should understand your skin type and stick to your skin care routine and be patient.