Can skincare be masculine? Vital skincare is not just for women anymore. A masculine skincare routine for men is an essential item for their daily handsome regimen.
Though men often prefer to simply shower and go, this isn’t necessarily the best way to keep your skin smooth, balanced, and healthy looking. A tailored masculine skincare routine for men does not have to be complicated or time-consuming. In fact, once you see results, you’ll likely deem morning and evening the time you look forward to each day.
Recent studies have shown today’s man is savvier than ever when it comes to caring for their skin and looking more vibrant and youthful. Even skin tone, reduced pore size, and the prevention of breakouts are topping the list of men’s skincare priorities.
Here’s how you, like the ladies, can begin to pursue your own personal fountain of youth.
Rise With a Power Wash
Whether you rise early with the sun or tap the snooze button and sleep through brunch, begin every day with a refreshing facial cleanser to help clear pores of excess oil and sweat that may have accumulated on the surface of your skin while you slept.
During your masculine skincare routine washing your face at the sink using cool or tepid water before or after your shower can help prevent dehydration often associated with washing your face in the typical hot water of the shower. Preventing dehydration can be vital in reducing the appearance of large pores and creating a smoother skin surface. Balanced skin is skin that is neither excessively oily nor excessively dry.
According to experts, men tend to produce more sebum (oil) than women, so your skin tends to be thicker and oilier. Choose a facial cleanser that effectively cleanses your skin without drying or leaving any dulling residue behind. Some cleansers formulated just for men deliver a powerful foaming action that cleanses the skin and helps soften and prepare facial hair for shaving.
Balance with Balm
After a facial power wash and potentially irritating shave, consider applying a soothing After Shave Balm to the shaved area of the face.
A soothing balm can help seal in moisture, prevent post-shave irritation, reduce redness, and help prevent ingrown hairs. You may opt for an additional face moisturizer formulated just for men and applied all over the face for added hydration and protection.
Suppose you prefer to stick with as few products as possible. There are any number of men’s moisturizers and face balms capable of doing “double duty” as a soothing aftershave and a moisturizer. No matter your lifestyle or time constraints, your routine can remain consistent.
A Firm Head Start
Over the years, experts have established that men’s skin produces more collagen than women. This could mean a man’s skin is firmer and less likely to show obvious signs of age than a woman’s skin.
However, variables in every person’s lifestyle can contribute to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Men’s skin still needs moisture, hydration, and protection to maintain a healthy, youthful appearance.
Don’t worry if you’ve never considered skincare a priority! It’s not too late to begin an effective regimen. While no skincare product is a miracle cure to reverse the signs of aging, you can certainly improve the appearance of dark spots, enlarged pores, redness, and sun damage. Lines and wrinkles can appear softer and less noticeable.
Special Care for Facial Hair
To beard or not to beard? That is the question.
Another question we commonly get is, “Will my skincare interfere with my beard care?” The short answer is no. In fact, with the increasing number of men opting for the masculine bearded look, many skincare companies now combine a marvelous offering of beard washes, beard oils, and beard balms with skincare to keep your skin and facial hair looking fabulous!
Face skin and facial hair have different needs, but integrating your beard care and skincare can be simple. Cleanse your face first using your regular face wash, then massage moisturizing beard wash into your facial hair. After rinsing, apply any other face products as usual. You can apply beard oil to the skin beneath the beard to condition your skin and help lock in moisture. Then apply a nourishing beard balm to tame and smooth beard hairs. Brush, and you’re out the door!