How Should Men Start a Skincare Routine?
- By Dr. Alan J. Parks
- June 8, 2020
Have you ever caught your boyfriend, husband or friends eyeing your skincare products, or even using them to create their own skincare routine? Although many skincare products are suitable for both genders, products formulated for men may work better for them, as men’s skin actually has a few structural differences compared to women’s skin. For example, besides the well-known fact that men grow facial hair, the hormone testosterone that is found in higher levels in men causes skin to be thicker. Men’s skin also tends to be a tougher texture than women’s. In addition, sebum production is greater in males after puberty, which accounts for why sometimes men’s acne lasts longer than women’s.
What skincare products should men include in their routine?
Cleanser: It’s important for everyone to cleanse their skin of oil, dirt and impurities that may build up on your skin, no matter the type. GlyDerm’s Gentle Cleanser is a great option for men that are looking to clear up acne with gentle exfoliation, but also may suffer from sensitive skin. With a soapless formula and .2% glycolic acid, it’s the ideal gentle cleanser for men suffering from acne in addition to anti-aging, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Moisturizer: Whether your skin is oily, dry or combination, make sure you have a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. If a man chooses to shave his facial hair, his skin may often be dry and irritated after shaving, so it’s important to make sure their moisturizer rehydrates his skin and helps to soothe irritation. The eXO Bio.digital Moisturizer for Men contains natural botanicals, sodium hyaluronate and vitamins E, C and A to relieve any irritation from shaving and hydrate and brighten skin.
Shaving: Speaking of shaving, the shave cream that a man uses matters. It’s important to create a smooth and hydrated base to shave your face in order to avoid irritation, ingrown hairs and infection. The products you use before and after your shave can make or break how your skin feels and looks post shave. Port Products Face Shave Formula contains coconut oil, willow bark extract, aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, green tea and lavender to soothe skin irritation, moisturize and smooth skin for the best shave possible. For post shave care, the Tend Skin Liquid Bottle helps to reduce ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness for smooth and soft skin following your shave.
Sunscreen: The most important step- sunscreen! No matter what your plan is for the day, you should always remember to apply your sunscreen. Too much time in the sun can expose your delicate skin to damaging rays that can cause wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer. For an oil-free sunscreen suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, Elta MD’s UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 is the way to go. This sunscreen contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid and utilizes 9.0% zinc oxide for chemical-free protection for your skin.
Anti-Aging Care: Although it seems that men age at a slower pace than women, it’s still important for men to prioritize anti-aging in their skincare routine to prevent wrinkles, lines and dark spots. Men may often find their first sign of aging to come in lines on their forehead. The Wrinkles Schminkles Men’s Forehead Smoothing Kitis an easy and effective reusable silicone pad to help men prevent and treat wrinkles on their forehead. To be worn while you sleep, these silicone pads will show results in as little as one night’s use and they’re great for men aged 30-70+ who are trying to treat current wrinkles.
Foot Care: Some men often forget the care of their feet, which often leads to rough, broken skin and calluses on the heels. Your feet are the base of your entire body and need to be taken care of just like the rest of your skin. The Baby Foot Peel for Men is formulated especially for men’s feet. It contains 16 types of natural extracts that exfoliate and moisturize the foot to remove dead skin cells and reveals the smooth, fresh skin underneath.
Skin Regimen: If the thought of having to put together a whole skincare routine is overwhelming, a skincare regimen may be the best bet for starting your skincare journey. SkinMedica’s RegiMEN Essential Skin Care System for Men is formulated specifically for men, reducing the appearance of fine lines, helps to hydrate and enhance resiliency, evens out skin tone and helps to soothe skin all in one kit. The kit includes:
- Facial cleanser that helps to remove pollutants and excess oil buildup,
- Recalibrate Age Defying Treatment that addresses anti-aging concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles and helps to soothe post-shave skin,
- HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator with 5 types of hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin down to the lower layers,
- And the Essential Defense Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 47/PA ++++ Sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Hair Care: Last, but not least, even though your hair isn’t necessarily part of your skincare routine, it still needs the same amount of TLC you give your skin. The Virute 6-in-1 Styler is a styling cream that primes hair for softness, shine and hydrating and seals and styles hair. This product doesn’t leave your hair wet or crunchy, yet provides a super light and conditioning hold for your hair.
Skincare is a practice that benefits all, no matter what gender, ethnicity, skin type or tone you are. When you begin to prioritize your routine, you’ll notice the difference that skincare makes in your life. Be sure to share this blog with your favorite skincare-loving man – I know I definitely fit in that category 🙂