How clothing for each gender is different, so is skincare. Real men don’t look after their skin, is a generalisation that is passe’. Several brands have launched skincare products for men, which suit different skin types.
Every man requires their own set of men’s grooming products customised for their own needs. Some products are gender-specific, and some skincare products are unisex. Though in-demand, this world of skincare might seem increasingly perplexing for the less initiated.
With the variety and lack of information there, it could get intimidating for one to get started. This article hopes to help you find and form a cleansing routine for men.
Though it’s easier said than done, forming a routine is of utmost importance. Consistency is key. Male skin is known to be 20-25% thicker and more resistant to pollution or outside entities. Nature has designed the male body different to that of a woman’s. According to nature, a man’s play or work is more outdoors. Hence the thick skin helps balance out the excursions. They tend to get tanned at slower rates and tend to have more collagen. Thus, giving them a firm feel and more rigid texture. Therefore, the routine needn’t be too complicated but more need centric.
- Cleanse: Men’s sebaceous glands secrete more sebum due to their day to day activities. As a result, they have more pores than women and release more toxins. Therefore, they must cleanse their skin twice a day to prevent zits, clogged pores or acne.
- We recommend that you opt for a cleanser or a scrub for men only. The product for women may be too gentle for a man’s skin exposed to more pollution, dirt and grime.
- If you have oily skin, some ways to shortlist good cleansers is to look for ingredients like charcoal, tea tree oil, cinnamon, neem and salicylic acid.
- Turmeric, aloe vera, rose extracts, honey, milk, clay, lactic acid-infused cleansers are great for normal to dry skin.
- In addition, many face wash for men has acne and pollutant fighting properties that help control sebum productions.
- Look for a foaming wash if you have oily skin. For dry skin, you can look for a creamy and hydrating texture.
- Restore: Mend the damage done to the skin due to the constant exposure outdoors. This exposure helps your skin deteriorate at a higher pace than usual unless you use remedies or products to treat it. Asian men are prone to pigmentation. Vitamin C acts as a brightening agent, helping with de-tan or depigmentation.
Using Retinol will help smoothen out fine lines or wrinkles that creep up on the skin when you hit your 30s.
Once or twice a week, exfoliation is a great way to remove dead skin and debris accumulated on the skin. But, of course, physical exfoliators are great to begin with when you are in your 20s and 30s. Then, look for chemical exfoliators once you cross 40 and have mature skin.
- Moisturising with SPF: It’s vital to hydrate the skin after all the cleansing and irritation it has gone through. Pick a moisturiser with at least SPF 30. It is essential to wear a sunblock irrespective of working from home or back to work. Look for SPF 30 to 50 in case sun exposure crosses more than 3 hours a day. A lot of the time, the blue rays from the constant exposure to screens also affects skin health.
Pick the right Product.
Start by identifying your skin type. Then, next, keep your lifestyle in mind. For example, men secrete more sebum and tend to have thicker skin due to higher testosterone levels. Due to this, we see many products for men that are oil control and acne combat-centric.
- If you have oily skin, try and use products that control and cleanse oil and dirt.
- If you have dry, flaky skin, it is better to go for a cream-based cleanser and heavy cream to compliment it.
- If you notice you have a mix of dry and oily patches on your skin, you most likely have a combination skin type. For which you must pick products which aren’t heavy on too many ingredients or chemicals.
- There are newer herbal options now, which are gentler on all skin types and fragrance-free.
- Ones with sensitive skin could use different products to address each skin concern instead of always opting for an all-in-one solution.
Effective cleansing and some skin rules
- Shaving is a huge part of a man’s grooming routine. But it involves more than just a razor and shaving cream.
- If your skin tends to get red after shaving, salicylic acid as a pre-shave is a saviour. It is a natural exfoliator, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It also helps get rid of the bumpy texture that comes with shaving.
- Look for antimicrobial and antibacterial products. Shaving can cause some bruises and cuts. Look for gentle products that will not damage the skin further
- Try using Tea Tree Oil as spot treatments for zits or pimples that appear overnight. Using antioxidants and a mask every once in a while will help your skin go a long way.
Building and following such habits will keep your skin healthy and glowing! So go ahead, make an informed choice and give your skin the care that it deserves.