Many men prefer simple over complicated when it comes to skin care. With this in mind, we sought out basic good-skin tips that men can easily follow. Ahead, 10 dermatologist-recommended skin care tips for men.
TIP #1: WASH YOUR FACE DAILY…ESPECIALLY AFTER A WORKOUT
Fellas, ditch the bar soap. Regular bar soap often can contain harsh ingredients that can dry out your skin. Instead, wash your face daily with a mild cleanser designed for facial cleansing. Board-certified dermatologist, founder of Dermatology & Laser Group, and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Arash Akhavan suggests cleansing twice a day. Always rinse with lukewarm water (not hot!) and pat—don’t rub—dry with a washcloth. After a workout, hop into the shower to rinse off any sweat and bacteria lingering on your skin. If you can’t make it to the shower right away, give your face a quick wipe-down with cleansing wipes stored in your gym bag. This small step can help keep post-workout acne causing bacteria at bay.
TIP #2: CONSIDER PRODUCT LABELS AND INGREDIENTS
Yes, it’s easier to pick up any cleanser or moisturizer off the drugstore rack without taking a second glance. However, it’s not a smart move. Skin care products should always be suited for your specific skin type, so they can work the most effectively for you. If you have acne-prone skin, scan the label for words like “non-comedogenic” so you can rest assured that it won’t clog your pores. For sensitive skin, steer clear of formulas with potential irritants, like astringents or fragrance.
Oily skin types should reach for products that are oil-free and dry with a matte-looking finish. And lastly, dry skin types should look for hydrating ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
TIP #3: BE GENTLE WHILE SHAVING
Are you prone to razor bumps, razor burn, and/or ingrown hairs? It might be time to switch out your blade and change up your technique. For some men, multi-blade razors are too harsh. Try a single- or double-blade razor and make certain not to stretch your skin while shaving. Prior to the act, wet your skin and hair to soften it up a bit. Lather shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse with each swipe of the razor and immediately toss out any blade that has become dull (after about five to seven shaves) to reduce the risk of irritation. Follow up with after-shave gel or balm to soothe and hydrate the area.
TIP #4: NEVER FORGET MOISTURIZER
A common misconception is that only dry skin needs additional moisture. All skin needs moisture—even oily! Not only can moisturizer hydrate your skin, it can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and reveal younger-looking skin. After cleansing, showering, or shaving, apply moisturizer to your face and body while your skin is still damp.
TIP #5: SELF-CHECK YOUR SKIN
Unfortunately, no one is safe from skin cancer. But, when caught early, skin cancer can be treatable. In addition to visiting a dermatologist for a yearly skin check, scan your skin every few weeks for any new or suspicious-looking moles or lesions. Any spots or moles that itch, bleed, or change color should get a second look by a professional.
TIP #6: PROTECT WITH SUNSCREEN
Speaking of the sun, wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, can all be signs of aging that are not issues only women have to deal with. To help prevent sun damage that can cause premature signs of skin aging, apply broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas of skin before going outdoors. You can also opt for a moisturizer formulated with SPF. Make sure to reapply every two hours. It’s wise to invest in protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and more to protect your skin even further.