Have you ever wondered why there is such a huge range of men’s skin care products readily available on the beauty market? The answer is simple – Men’s skin is much different to women’s skin and it varies a lot more.
Men tend to have much thicker skin than women, which results in smaller pores and generation of oilier skin. Therefore men’s skin care treatments are specifically formulated to help penetrate and treat the skin type more accurately and effectively.
A good, effective men’s skin care routine is much more diverse than many men give it credit for. Different seasons call for minor adjustments of products, due to climate change and the skins behavioral patterns. So, to get the very best out of your skin, a good skin care regimen is vital. Here’s an informative guide that will help you get the best out of your skin, resulting in a cleaner, healthier and a more toned looking complexion.
PREPARATION: CLEANSE & EXFOLIATE
Cleansing and exfoliating your skin should be a vital daily part of your skin care routine. Cleansing the skin essentially clears your pores of excessive dirt, giving your skin the freedom to express itself throughout the day. Skin cleansing will also help to remove residue and access oils, which prepares your skin for additional treatments and shaving. Ideally, you should cleanse your skin every morning and night – and especially before shaving.
To kick things off, you’ll want to get yourself a good natural face wash for cleansing and a face scrub for exfoliating. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these products, as most are readily available at your nearest supermarket or beauty outlet for under a fiver. Always try and opt for naturally formulated products in order to reduce the risk of skin irritation and negative skin reactions.
Apply the face wash onto your skin, rubbing in well with warm water, using circular motions. Also, always remember to rub your face wash or face scrub into those awkward areas of your face, such as in and around your nose and behind your ears, as these are the areas where excessive dirt tends to build up on your skin.
Warning: A good face wash can be used daily, but face scrubs should not be used more than three times a week, as they contain granules that cause friction against your skin. Face scrubs are ideal for exfoliating and offer key preparation for a wet shave.
TREATMENT: ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
Although many cleansers and scrubs contain key ingredients that are excellent for the skin, many men still require additional treatments to help combat common skin complaints such as acne, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles and sensitive skin.
Naturally formulated skin care treatments such as ROS Oil can help to minimize redness on the face and reduce the outbreak of spots, leaving you with a clearer and healthier looking skin complexion. If you suffer from particularly sensitive skin, then you should invest in a good skin treatment that offers the right additives that are targeted to tackle your specific skin condition.
For men with fine lines and wrinkles, it is definitely worth investing in an eye rejuvenator cream or gel. These types of formulas act as a beneficial agent to treat the specific areas of your skin that are prone to fine lines and wrinkles, such as around your eyes and forehead. Remember, always opt for naturally formulated skin care products where possible.
Moisture is essential to skin health, therefore every man should regularly moisturize his skin to keep it strong, supple, protected and hydrated. Skin that is lacking in hydration will lose elasticity and appear dull, dry and sallow.
It is important to choose a naturally formulated moisturizer that is based on your skin type. If you suffer from oily skin, then try to counterbalance this by opting for a matt based formula. If you suffer from particularly dry skin then choose a good oil based skin care product that will give your skin the extra hydration and moisture that it needs.
It is essential that you remember to use a moisturizer with added sun-factor to help protect your skin from ultra violet rays. Excessive sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, and hyperpigmentation of the skin. Many of the best (and natural) skin care products on the market contain added sun-factor, so keep an eye out for these when choosing your moisturizer.
Note: Don’t neglect your body! You should moisturize your body a good two to three times a week, ideally after a bath or shower. A cocoa-butter based body lotion will keep your skin fully hydrated, toned and healthy.
To integrate your skin care routine with a wet shave, please read this wet shave guide.