When we talk about skin and beauty, unknowingly or so, we always refer to women, side-lining the men. In the polluted urban cities that we live in, skin care is imperative to both men and women. In fact, men have thicker skin as compared to women, with larger pores that become a magnet for all kinds of dirt and debris if proper care is not taken. At the same time, men’s facial skin experiences the trauma of shaving every day, and this makes their skin more vulnerable to irritation. The basics of skincare remain the same for all kinds of people, be it men or women, young or old; however, the specifics may vary.
Cleaning, moisturising and protection from the sun are the three basic guidelines around which all skincare routines revolve. Let’s take a look at the ideal skincare routine for men.
Keeping skin clean and dirt free is important for everyone. In case of men, cleansing is of the utmost importance to avoid acne, breakouts and blemishes. In case you are riding a bike, always wear a face covering helmet to minimise exposure to environmental debris. Carry wet wipes in your pocket, and wipe your face clean every few hours. This will prevent the accumulation of dirt in the facial pores. Also, avoid using soap on your skin as it saps away all the moisture and results in dry skin.
Tip: Use a men’s face wash according to your skin type. A gel face wash is more suitable for men’s active oil glands. Make sure you wash your face at least twice daily to remove any dust, dirt and pollution particles sticking to it.
Using a facial granule scrub helps exfoliate the dead skin and cells from the skin’s top layer. This should be done at least twice every week. It will help prevent breakouts by removing impurities from facial pores.
Men often tend to believe that they do not need a moisturiser because they have oily skin. This is a myth. Every skin type needs a moisturiser daily to keep skin hydrated and prevent pre-mature ageing. Of course, the nature and base of the moisturiser may vary. Oily skin needs a water-based light moisturiser, and it should be applied every time you wash your face.
4. Sun Protection
Exposure to sun’s UV radiation is the single biggest cause of skin ageing. UV radiation also causes skin cancer. Therefore, sunscreen is a daily necessity. A moisturiser should always be followed by a sunscreen with at least SPF 25. Apply generously, and repeat every 4-5 hours.
5. Skin Procedures
Dehydration of the skin, sun damage, acne and blemishes can be treated effectively with some new age skin procedures. To achieve skin resurfacing for dull, dry and damaged skin, procedures such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion or lasers can be helpful. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm Refine can freshen up the face, and give more radiance to dull skin. Such procedures help minimise the appearance of blemishes, acne scars and age spots.