Skincare is something that many men overlook. Some guys assume their skin is fine while others believe there’s no real benefit in caring for their skin. But regardless of your skin type, all men can benefit from a skincare regimen. To learn more about skincare for men and how to achieve healthy, vibrant skin, keep reading.
Arguably, the single most important thing you can do for your skin is to moisturize daily. When skin becomes dry, it’s more susceptible to flaking, cracking, blemishes and other problems. Like a sponge, our skin is constantly absorbing or releasing moisture, depending on the surrounding environment. If you’re in a dry environment, your skin will also become dry. So, use a moisturizing cream or lotion to keep your skin moist and protect against dryness.
Wash Face After Exercising
If you’re a physically active man who enjoys exercising, you should wash your face immediately after working out. Exercise promotes the release of sebum within your skin’s pores. This natural oil produced by your skin helps to moisturize and lubricate your skin. Unfortunately, though, it can also promote breakouts and blemishes when left unchecked. As long as you wash your face after exercising, however, this shouldn’t be a problem.
In addition to washing your face after exercising, you should also wash it immediately before going to bed. Doing so ensures your face is clean when sleeping, preventing excess oil from clogging your pores at night.
Choose Skincare Products Carefully
Not all “skincare products” are actually good for your skin. The truth is that many contain harsh ingredients like alcohol or salicylic acid, which can further dehydrate your skin. When choosing skincare products, look at the ingredients to see what exactly the product contains. Avoid products with harsh chemicals such as this and instead choose products with natural ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe vera, vitamin E, etc.
Beware of Razor Bumps
Assuming you shave on a regular basis, you should take the necessary precautions to protect your skin from razor bumps. Also known as pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB), razor bumps occur when hair follicles begin to grow sideways or inward instead of outward. If you shave too closely too your skin, for instance, it may cause irregular hair growth; thus, causing the formation of razor bumps. To prevent this from happening, try to get into the habit of shaving after you get out of the shower and use an aftershave lotion or cream to soothe your skin.