For Men Only: 5 Ways To Keep Your Skin In Great Shape
If you start your day by washing your face with bar soap in the shower, you’re overdue to step up your skincare routine. That doesn’t mean that you need to go crazy and stuff your medicine cabinet with creams, cleaners and masks you won’t ever use. But having a simple daily routine that is manageable will go far to keep your skin clean, free from breakouts, and youthful looking.
The simple truth is that men have thicker skin with more oil glands, hair follicles and blood vessels so their skin can get clogged (think ingrown hairs, enlarged pores, pustules). Therefore, keeping these issues under control is the best path to skin rejuvenation.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser
If you tend to take very hot showers and use overly harsh soaps or face scrubs, your skin may sometimes feel dry, itchy and irritated. It is important to use a gentle cleanser that will get rid of the surface dirt and oil that can accumulate, yet leave your skin feeling soft and fresh. DefenAge MultiCleanse is a clean product that is a perfect choice for daily use. It contains natural prebiotics to keep skin hydrated and free from surface oil and dirt without abrasives, aluminum salts, or animal-derived ingredients so it’s suitable for all skin types.
Don't skip a light facial moisturizer
Men’s skin needs a moisturizer too to keep it soft, supple and smooth. Fragrance-free products are very popular for men because they don’t have a frilly scent that may smell too feminine. The primary job of a cream or lotion moisturizer is to keep skin revitalized and hydrated. Choose a fragrance free lighter moisturizer that tend to appeal more to men over thick, heavy creams that can clog pores and cause skin to look shiny.
Choose the right serum to be your new best friend
Serums are a great choice for men’s skin for hydration and refining the skin’s texture. The best-selling DefenAge 8 in 1 Bioserum contains Age-Repair Defensin® Complex that Dermatologists and aesthetic professionals call “a perfect retinol alternative.” This lightweight serum is non-greasy and packed with anti-aging ingredients that nourish the skin. It has a silky feel that is suitable for all skin types, day and/or night.
Never leave home without an SPF30+
A moisturizer that contains an SPF may not be enough protection for your skin, especially if you are spending the day outdoors when the sun is at its strongest between 12 and 2 pm. Bring your broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 with you when you will be outdoors for more than a few hours to reapply after sweating or swimming. Men who don't use sunscreen daily risk premature skin aging, discoloration, redness as well as deadly skin cancer.
Got zits? See a dermatologist or skincare specialist
If you’re suffering from acne flares or cysts that tend to reoccur in the same place on your face, chest or back, it may be time to get expert help. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when you have acne, you need two things for clearer skin; acne-friendly skin care and the right treatment for each type of acne blemish.
Unisex skincare brands work well for women and for men, but you have to know what will work for your skin type and condition specifically. Look for men’s skin care kits and try to be consistent in the way you apply the products to get the best results.
Wendy Lewis is the Founder & President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy since 1997, a marketing communications agency in New York City specializing in beauty, wellness and aesthetics.
An award-winning writer, she is the Editor in Chief of Beautyinthebag.com and serves on the Editorial Board of Prime International Anti-Ageing Journal. She also contributes to Aesthetic Society News,Practical Dermatology, Modern Aesthetics, and many other publications. Wendy is a frequent speaker and course instructor, and webinar presenter internationally.
Her first textbook, Aesthetic Clinic Marketing in the Digital Age (CRC Press) is going into its second edition in 2021.