The concept of skincare has barely entered men’s vocabulary. However, more men are now pursuing healthier, younger-looking skin, making it a great time for men to evaluate their skin care routine and learn more about how to take care of it.
Men’s skin is thicker than women, contains more sebaceous glands making it acne prone. Moreover, increase exposure to the polluted environment and straining exercises makes it almost mandatory for men to take care of their body’s largest organ.
To help men develop healthy skin, we recommend the following tips:
The first step, of course, is to remove any excess oil and dirt from your face that might clog pores making it prone to acne and other skin conditions.
When to cleanse: Cleanse twice a day (avoid washing excessively) once in the morning and other time after work or exercise.
How to cleanse: Use a gentle cleanser rather than using soap bars. Gently apply the cleanser in circular motions on your face for 30 seconds and wash it with Luke warm water, not with hot water.
Face wash containing salicylic acid can be used for acne prone skin and is good for teenagers.
Exfoliating scrubs are of much value in men’s routine care as it removes away the dead skin and excess sebum. Chemical exfoliators can be used instead of abrasive ones if your skin is dry.
When to exfoliate: twice a week exfoliation is recommended but if your skin produces excess sebum you can do it more often.
How to exfoliate: with a scrub, massage continuously into your skin for about 30 seconds and then wash it away.
Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin, hydrates your face and prevents loss of natural moisture from your face. This can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger.
When to moisturize: Moisturizing your skin every time after cleansing, exfoliating and shaving will give you an ultimate glow. Moisturizing frequently will also help you fight against dry skin.
How to moisturize: Use any moisturizer according to your skin type. Use creams and ointments if you have dry skin. Lotions are preferred for oily skin.
We recommend using a men’s face moisturizer every night before you go to bed. But if you’re worried about wrinkles and fine lines, you should use a men’s anti-aging cream.
Use sunscreen if your sun exposure is longer. SPF 30 to 50 is required if you’re into some sports. Water resistant sunblock can be used if sweating is profuse or if you are out for swimming.
When to use: Apply a generous amount of sunblock to all the exposed areas 30 minutes before leaving. Reapply after every 2 hours.
How to use: Apply a thick layer and make sure you cover all the exposed areas.
Multi-blade razors may cause razor bumps, excoriations and ingrown hairs, use a single- or double-blade razor instead and do not stretch your skin taut while shaving. Always shave on damp and moist skin. Use moisturizing shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after each swipe of the razor, and change your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation. Add aftershave lotion in your routine shaving method.
Hydrate and maintain a healthy lifestyle
Balanced diet plays a key role in the functioning of almost every system of the body. Same is the case with skin. Diet rich in fruits, vegetables and omega 3 is proved to have excellent results on your skin. Water itself helps in hydration of skin and cleanse the toxins from the body. Drinking 2 liters of water daily is ideal.
With as little effort as this, you can have good and effective skin care routine but the key is consistency. Stick with your daily care routine and your skin will be forever young.
An experienced dermatologist may help you in formulating an effective plan for routine skin care.
You can also book an appointment with a top dermatologist in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.