You don`t have to be a metrosexual to care about your skin! Sticking to a simple-but-effective skincare routine will keep you looking your best and boost your self-confidence. With men`s skincare, the best philosophy to keep in mind is "keep it simple."
Men have oilier skin and much bigger pores than women. This means your skin gets dirtier quicker, making it extremely necessary to cleanse both in the morning and at night. Daily cleansing is key to keeping your pores clean and clear.
Use gentle, but effective, cleansing products. Cleansers are available in a variety of formulations, such as: foaming gels, creams, milky cleansers and ready-to-go cleansing pads. Men generally prefer foaming-type products that rinse off with water and don`t leave a residue. Avoid using deodorant bar soaps on your face—they are too harsh and might strip and irritate your skin.
Astringents and toners formulated with glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids will help tighten and diminish the look of large pores and discourage ingrown hairs. If you`re pressed for time, look for a cleanser is formulated with a toner. You can skip this step if you have dry or especially sensitive skin.
Using a scrub helps to remove dead skin cells and smooth the surface of the skin. Because most men shave daily, it isn’t necessary exfoliate your entire face. Instead, focus on the areas that aren`t touched by a razor: cheeks, nose and forehead. When selecting a scrub, choose one without nuts or seeds—they can tear your skin. Use a scrub once or twice a week after cleansing.
If you`re super oily, you probably don`t need a moisturizer. If you have combination or dry skin, use a non-greasy oil-free moisturizer only wear you need it. Save time and money by opting for a day moisturizer that contains SPF 15 or higher. Moisturizer helps tone, calm and tighten the skin after shaving.
If you suffer from under eye wrinkles, lines or puffiness, use a separate eye gel. Many eye treatments are formulated just for men. Don’t neglect your lips. Try a soothing balm or an anti-chapping stick with an SPF of at least 15.
#5 Protect and Prevent
To keep your skin looking young and healthy, follow these tips and suggestions:
Minimize sun exposure. When you’re in the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen of SPF or higher on exposed skin. If you play outdoor sports, use a sweatproof sunscreen and be sure to reapply it every two hours.
Stay active and fit. Regular exercise improves blood circulation. Sluggish facial circulation can make you look older than you are.
Eat healthy, colorful foods. Steer clear of processed foods and too much sugar. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure you get sufficient amounts of Vitamins C and E. If your diet is less than perfect, boost it with a multi-vitamin or other supplements.
Don’t overindulge. If you drink alcohol, keep it to a minimum. In addition, try and find healthy outlets for stress, such as running or Yoga. Excessive drinking and stress causes the formation of free radicals in the skin cells—a leading cause of premature aging.
Buy your own products. Don’t just use your girlfriend’s moisturizer or cleanser. Men and women have very different skin types and what works for her won’t necessarily work for you.
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