Most of the time, you only pay attention to your skin when it starts breaking out—pimples, acne, and all those annoying blemishes you can’t help but pop. Skin care is seen as a vain and even feminine practice. But what most men don’t realize is that a solid skin care regimen started at a young age can help to almost eradicate skin problems later in life.
It’s not too late, though. You can still catch up on the thing your girlfriend calls "skin care routine." Here’s a sustainable skin care guide which won’t break your brain cells apart. No worries, it’s not as complicated as what your girlfriend does.
1) Facial Cleansing
When: Morning and before bed
Why: To refresh dull skin and get rid of any impurities in the morning and remove excess oil and cleanse grime in the night.
How: Wash your face with warm water. Warm water opens up your pores and generally refreshes your face. Take a small amount of the facial wash and gently rub onto your skin. Don’t rub it in roughly as skin on the face is thinner than body skin. Rinse off the cleanser with cold water. This helps close the pores. Pat dry with a towel.
Pro Tip: Don’t wash your face with a bar of soap as it is harsh on your skin and more suited towards thicker skin elsewhere on your body.
2) Facial Scrubbing
When: Morning (one to three times a week)
Why: Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and buildup on your skin. This also allows the growth of new, healthier skin. The less buildup you have on your skin, the less chances of it breaking out. Exfoliating is also incredibly useful pre-shave as it prevents ingrown hairs and bumps, allowing the hair to protrude from the skin.
How: Using a facial scrub is essentially the same as a face wash: use a small amount, wet your face with warm water before applying, and rinse with cold water after. You’ll want to focus on your forehead, nose, and cheeks as this is where the most buildup occurs.
Pro Tip: Never use a scrub every day. Over-using such a powerful product can dry and irritate your skin.
When: Morning and night
Why: By moisturizing you hydrate your skin and provide it with essential nutrients it needs.
How: After washing/scrubbing your face, apply a moisturizer over your face, taking care to apply evenly across your forehead and around your eyes.
Pro Tip: You only need a small amount of moisturizer per application. Over-applying a moisturizer will make your face look glossy, giving you a really shiny, oily look.
When: Morning and Night
Why: Despite all of the above, there are still things you need to protect your skin from: sun and aging.
How: To protect your skin from the sun, start using a SPF 30 sunscreen to provide solid protection. If you plan to spend an extended period of time under the blazing heat, consider using a sunscreen with higher SPF.
Better yet, take it a notch higher by applying eye creams and anti-aging creams. Eye creams stimulate the area around your eyes to encourage blood circulation, thus reducing any puffiness around the eyes. On the other hand, anti-aging creams are used at night and help prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Pro Tip: Anti-aging cream isn’t really that necessary if you follow the steps above, but if you are self-conscious about your wrinkles, then invest in a high quality cream.