Pimples, dry and dull skin, premature aging… is it time to blame your genes or is your skincare routine just not cutting it?
Skincare is not as intimidating as it sounds. We are not asking you to steal your girlfriend’s stash or invest in a crazy amount of products and items you have never heard of. Guys, healthy skin can be as easy as hydration, face wash, moisturizing, shaving safe and a quality diet.
Cold water to the face upon waking up does wonders. Not only is it a quick way to actually wake up, but it also gets rid of dead skin cells. A quick rinse every morning is an easy face wash and gives your skin the hydration it craves.
Hydration is a necessity not only on the outside, but on the inside as well. Being well hydrated allows your skin to stay intact and protects it from environmental factors such as ultraviolet rays from the sun. When our skin is dry and broken, its protectant agencies do not work properly. So bottom line: water is your friend!
Many believe that the answer to improved skin is over cleansing. Most cleansers contain surfactants, and while those little compounds are important as they help break through the skin’s barrier and absorb dirt and oil; if used too often, they can start to remove your skin’s natural oils, which are super important for your skins overall health. Your best bet when cleansing your face is twice a day: once in the morning and again at night. Washing your face at night is a sure way to get all the grime and dirt off that accumulates during the day.
One of the biggest issues men have with washing their faces is the products used or the lack there of. Be sure to use an exfoliating cleanser, which is what really scrubs off those dead skin cells. Using a good cleanser means breaking through the skin’s surface, and really giving you that “clean” you so desire. Water, though good for hydration, does not do this.
Moisturizing is an important step following cleansing. It is important to give your skin the well-deserved moisture it needs to look fresh and full of life. Face lotions are typically oil based, which is great for normal skin and even more effective for flakey and dry skin as it can use all the moisture it can get. If your skin already seems to hold plenty of its own oils or is prone to breakouts, water-based products are a smarter choice.
Before shaving make sure to apply a warm and damp towel to the face to relax and prep your skin for the harsh razor. Then apply a shaving cream or gel and let it sit for a couple of minutes. This is an important step as this softens the hairs further and opens up pores, making shaving that much easier and better for your skin. Another good tip is to try to avoid alcohol-based products as these can lead to dry skin.
Shaving everyday is okay if you utilize these tips, which will help avoid skin irritation and dehydration. The best razor is an angled multi-blade one, as it makes getting to all the arches of your face that much easier. While also making sure to pick up all the tiny hard-to-get hairs along the way.
If you have sensitive skin, it is best to use an electric razor, as it is less irritating. It is also important to switch out your blade every two weeks. To prevent razor burn and irritation to the skin, make sure to take your time. If you choose to use an aftershave, choose one with moisturizing qualities such as Aloe vera. A good aftershave not only locks in moisture but will also help reduce irritation.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
You deserve to indulge in some delicious sugar filled goodies every once in a while, just do not make it a daily routine. Try to avoid the donuts, caffeine and every day bar visits.
Foods high in sugar often lead to skin breakouts, while alcohol is a sure way to dehydrate your skin. Consider trying flavored smoothies and protein bars in place of sugary foods, and a glass of water to counteract your beer at dinner. Along with a healthy diet, consistent amounts of sleep play a huge role in your skins appearance. A good night’s sleep gives your skin cells time to repair the previous day’s damage.
It is becoming much more common for men to invest in healthy skin. Hopefully these techniques will help you get that great skin you have always wanted. So defy those unfortunate genes and create amazing skin on your own.