Ask any dermatologist and they'll probably tell you it's not enough to wash your face with water and soap in the morning. You gotta have a better facial care game than that.
Why? We face the same harmful skin aging-causing environmental elements that women battle with daily. It's important therefore to also arm ourselves with grooming knowledge to protect our mugs from further damage.
That's what we're about to help you out with right now.
STEP ONE: Wash Your Face
A splash of water in the morning does more than wake you up. It cleans away any lingering nighttime bacteria and dirt. Rinse with water and use the right kind of facial wash for your face type. Don't use your bath soap. It dries up your skin too much.
STEP TWO: Exfoliate
As we've told you before, men's skin is naturally rougher than women's. So make sure you use some facial scrub. A good one feels like its penetrating deep into your skin without scalding it off. This will remove the layer of dead skin cells, grease, and clogged pores, resulting in a clearer and cleaner appearance.
STEP THREE: Shave
Growing facial hair might be currently in fashion but it isn't really a nice idea when it comes to hygiene. Beards are a magnet for all manner of debris according to a study. Though you can keep it clean by shampooing it, it will still leave your skin dry. So shave daily.
STEP FOUR: Tone
If you are one of those men who think toners are just extra products that aren't really needed in your daily routine, you're wrong. Toners make your skin more resistant to contaminants in the air. Simply apply your product of choice to a cotton ball and wipe it across your face.
STEP FIVE: Moisturize
You need to use moisturizer to, well, moisturize your skin. Apply it onto your face and neck then slightly damp to help seal in moisture. Don't hesitate to apply a second dab if your skin still feels dry.
STEP SIX: Protect
This study tells us that the sun is the leading cause of aging. The researchers also found that long-term exposure to it can lead to pigmentation, reduced skin elasticity, and a degradation of skin texture.
Dr. Richard Warren, senior clinical lecturer and consultant dermatologist at the University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, recommends the use of sunscreen. "Effective use of sunscreens will not only limit extrinsic skin ageing," he shares, "but will also reduce skin cancer risk."