At one point in time, we’ve all seen a man somehow able to complete his morning/evening regime with a 3- in-one product. Judgment and exasperated sighs aside, you can’t blame the poor guy. It wasn’t until recently that the men’s skincare industry evolved beyond its usual, simple bar of soap. It’s important for men, just as women, to adopt a proper skincare routine in order to ensure aging more gracefully and preventing stubborn breakouts. We’ve rounded up some product concepts that we think are essential in perfecting the perfect men’s skincare routine.
An oil based cleanser/gentle cleanser:
Because men tend to have thicker and oilier skin than women, they need a cleanser that removes oil and sweat without drying out the face. An oil-based cleanser is ideal for oily skin because it doesn’t entirely strip the skin of its natural oils. For men with dryer skin, a more gentle and fragrance-free cleanser would be appropriate as well. You should also wash your face every evening in order to remove the sweat and dirt that’s accumulated throughout the day.
A moisturizer with SPF:
Shaving can take a toll on your skin, especially for men that shave their faces on a daily basis. By adding a moisturizer into the routine, men can ease dryness and irritation that is often associated with shaving. A moisturizer containing SPF is even better if you can manage, as it will protect your face throughout the day while helping in the anti-aging process, as well as in helping to prevent sun damage.
An exfoliating scrub:
Shaving is already exfoliating, but additionally you should exfoliate everywhere else once a week. Exfoliating scrubs will help to eliminate dead skin and dirt, which will unclog pores and prevent breakouts.
Retinol and eye cream:
Retinol contains Vitamin A, which is incredibly necessary when it comes to aging gracefully, George Clooney style. However, Retinol can be very drying, (it started out as a means to treat acne) so be wary if your skin starts to flake. Eye cream will assist with dark circles, the appearance of crow’s feet and overall puffiness in the eye area.