Skincare for men : but is it really necessary?
Many people ask this question. Most men take care of their skin only minimally, perhaps putting on some aftershave after shaving.
But men also need to take care of their skin just as much as women. After all, these are just a few simple steps to follow and in the long run, your skin will benefit and appear healthier.
Why a skincare routine for men?
The quickest answer is: because it prevents future problems.
Many boys and men think about buying skin products only when a specific problem arises: juvenile acne , for example, or redness due to shaving, premature wrinkles, etc.
But you have to understand that the skin is the largest organ in the body and should be kept as healthy as the rest. It's pointless going to the gym or practicing sports like crossfit to keep fit if you then neglect your skin, which is the most visible part of the body.
What is the first step to take to take care of your skin?
Most guys and men not only don't know their skin type, they don't even know that there are multiple types. Leather is leather, that's all.
Do you know how many skin types exist?
There are usually 5 skin types:
- Normal Skin : Stays oil-free for most of the day and doesn't get irritated or dry easily. Does not appear shiny like oily skin.
- Oily Skin : Has oily spots and a natural sheen. She is often affected by acne and clogged pores are found.
- Dry skin : easily irritated and often flaky. She is dehydrated and therefore requires moisturizing creams, preferably with hyaluronic acid .
- Sensitive skin : It is often prone to irritation and inflammation and requires natural and irritant-free products and synthetic fragrances.
- Combination skin : it is partly oily, in what is called the T-zone (which includes the forehead, nose and chin), and partly dry in the rest of the face (mainly the cheeks).
Once you figure out what your skin type is, finding products that work for you will be easier, as most product packaging states the skin type it was formulated for.
As you can see, it's not that complicated to start a skincare routine for men.
And now let's start with the various steps you need to follow.
How much time do you spend cleaning your face and how?
It is essential for men to wash their face regularly.
In general, men's skin tends to be oilier than women's due to the greater presence of sebaceous glands. Additionally, these glands tend to be larger in men, resulting in increased sebum production.
When to dedicate yourself to facial cleansing?
It would be good to wash it 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening:
- In the morning, use a men's facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type: this first cleansing refreshes you.
- In the evening, before going to bed, wash your face to remove sebum and impurities that have accumulated on your skin during the day.
Skin care exfoliation for men?
Yes, that's right: exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. Even though normally the skin manages to get rid of the cells without any help, sometimes something remains.
How to exfoliate your face skin?
You can use a DIY face scrub, created with natural products. How often? Most men only need to use a face scrub once or twice a week.
But it always depends on your skin type: if your skin is particularly oily, you may need to exfoliate your face 3 times a week, but no more, otherwise you risk overdrying your skin.
Moisturize your skin
What does it mean to moisturize the skin of the face?
Apply a face moisturizer to your skin. But is hydration important?
Hydration in skin care, for men and women, offers so many benefits: it tightens the skin, prevents water loss and has an anti-aging effect.
As we age, skin cells can't hold as much moisture as they used to, mainly because the body is steadily producing less skin protein ( collagen ). Thanks to hydration, you will supply essential nutrients to the skin cells resulting in a youthful and healthy face.
When to apply moisturizer?
After washing your face, pat it dry and then apply a men's face moisturizer, paying particular attention to the area around the forehead and eyes.
You should apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp, so the product traps moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated.
Prevent skin aging
How to prevent aging of your skin?
Another step to follow in skin care for men is to prevent various external factors from damaging the skin, thus aging it prematurely.
What can you do about it?
Let's start with some factors typical of the lifestyle of many men, such as smoking and sugar: these are 2 factors that can increase the risk of developing wrinkles even at a young age.
However, abstaining from tobacco and following a healthy diet are not enough habits to protect the skin from aging, because there is a third external factor that you certainly cannot eliminate: the sun's rays.
The sun's ultraviolet rays are harmful to the skin, so it is good practice to use effective sunscreen, especially if your job requires you to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Use sunscreen on all exposed parts of the skin. Apply it 30 minutes before exposure to sunlight: it gives the substance time to be absorbed by the skin to protect it.
And remember that the sun is always there, even in winter: many use sunscreen only in summer and at the sea, but it should also be used in the other months.
Do you understand how important skin care is for men?
Every day the skin is exposed to contaminants and harmful substances, dust and smog which accumulate on the skin, clogging its pores, contributing to the formation of blackheads and irritating it.
And all this happens to women's skin as well as men's, which is why daily skin care is important for men and women.