In today’s social media-driven world, there are plenty of photo opportunities and reasons for wanting to look good. Looking good begins with clear and smooth skin. If you’re a man who is struggling to find products or routines which suit your particular needs, you will benefit greatly from our guide. By using the tips below, you’ll be able to ensure you look great for real-life encounters and online profile pictures.
More often than not, men who spend time taking care of their physical appearance are deemed to be vain or superficial. However, taking care of your skin is actually more than just a beauty fad. It’s also good for your overall health. Your skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease, so it’s vital that you keep it in good working order.
Moreover, a skincare routine doesn’t have to be set in stone, and you don’t have to spend hours in the bathroom to implement it. Here is the ultimate men’s skin care guide for clear and smooth skin:
Drink Lots of Water
Your body needs water, and every human relies heavily on water for basic survival. You can survive for much longer without food than water. What does this tell you? It tells you that water is an essential component of life. Not only this, but water keeps your skin hydrated. If you’re not a fan of drinking water, you should conduct a test. Drink eight glasses of water for one week and take before and after pictures of your skin. You will notice that after consistent hydration your skin will be much clearer.
Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize
The three basic stages of a skincare routine are cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. For some men, this might seem a bit ridiculous or too time-consuming, or perhaps they don’t want to seem to be obsessed with their appearance. Part of this hesitancy is derived from the fact that such a regime is seen to take a lot of time and requires a lot of ridiculously expensive products. However, this is not the case.
There are many natural ingredients that you might even already have in your house that can be used for at least one of these stages. Let’s start with cleansing: did you know that you can use olive oil or coconut oil from the cabinet to cleanse your face? It sounds weird, yes, but oils such as these actually draw out dirt and toxins from your face, so they make for excellent cleansing products. All you have to do is rub some oil into your face (unrefined and cold-pressed, preferably), massage it around for a minute or two, leave it for another few minutes, and then dip a clean face cloth into warm water and remove the excess oil.
Now, some oils should not be used every single day as a cleanser. Oil cleansing in general should be done around two or three times a week. On the other days, simply use a natural soap such as castile soap, which is made out of completely natural ingredients. Avoid harsh chemical cleansers that will irritate your skin.
Toning can also be done really easily without fussing around for too long. Water is an excellent toner, and it’s so easy to do. We all know that refreshing feeling of splashing cold water on our faces. Well, that’s exactly what the toning stage is designed for: refreshing and invigorating your skin. Thus, after doing your oil cleanse, just splash some cold water on your face and that’s the toning stage complete.
Finally, moisturizing is entirely up to you. The oil cleansing routine actually doubles up as a moisturizing stage, but for the days when you’re not oil cleansing, any moisturizer that has shea butter, vitamin E, or ingredients that are natural will be fine. As a general rule, the longer the ingredient list, the less natural it is.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
Did you know that even in the dead of winter you should apply a light coating of sunscreen before going outside for a long period of time? In fact, when the sun shines in winter, it’s more damaging than in the summer. We’ve all seen those brisk, chilly days where the sun is exceedingly bright. Yep, those days in particular should be spent covered in sunscreen. If it’s really cold and you’re wrapped up warm, don’t forget to put sunscreen on your face.
Protecting your skin from the sun will ensure that your skin does not become damaged over time. Damaged skin can lead to other issues, so this is a very basic step you should take in order to have clear and smooth skin.
Now that you’ve considered the tips offered in this ultimate men’s skin care guide, you can proceed to incorporate them into your own lifestyle. If you have a hectic job and don’t have a lot of time to get ready in the morning, many of these tips are quick and easy.
You can set your alarm clock for five minutes earlier than usual in order to carry out your chosen routine, and your skin is going to look amazingly clear and smooth after a couple of weeks. Healthy skin means a healthy you, so you can forget the myth that male grooming is vain and unnecessary. If you want to take care of your health, you need to take care of your skin. Plain and simple.