As mentioned in our last post, the majority of men need their skin care routine to be simple, or they just won’t do it. It's ok- we understand! I know many women who use so many products that they take up the entire counter around the sink! (hence why the double sink was invented). You do not need to use a million products to have healthy skin, just a few key ones. What are the basics? Cleanse & Protect.
Some companies make cleansers for men that are made to be used for face & body. If you want to be “one and done”, look for one that specifically says “face & body” or similar. Otherwise, regular body wash can be too harsh, stripping moisture from the skin on your face. A separate face wash can also be helpful in that they often contain ingredients that help with shaving. But again, if you only want one product for all cleansing, this does exist, just look at the labels.
Want to go the extra mile? Exfoliate! Shaving provides a certain amount of exfoliation which helps keep your skin looking good, but you can also use a cleanser with exfoliation for smooth skin. As men’s skin is thicker, it can generally stand up better to more frequent exfoliation.
Try to get a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.. As you may have learned from our skin cancer awareness series this past May, 1 in 5 Americans get skin cancer in their lifetime, and the majority of those diagnosed are men. Protect yourself from being that “1.”
Simple as that – cleanser to get clean and a moisturizer with SPF to prevent dry skin (which can lead to itchy skin and actual skin disorders) and skin damage (which can lead to skin cancer, but also most signs of skin aging like wrinkles and age spots).
We will talk about skin care tips for shaving later this month, but to give you a little bit of variation or tips for just a few of the common men’s skin issues:
Look for a moisturizer that says “cream” or something similar because these will provide more moisture and seal in moisture better. If you have combination skin (meaning parts of your skin, like the “T-zone” are oily where as other parts are dry), get a moisturizer that is noncomedogenic or oil-free.
We will discuss acne in our next blog post, but for now, look for “non-comedogenic” and “oil-free” products. If you are acne-prone, look for cleansers containing glycolic and/or salicylic acid, such as our Bella Derma Gly-Sal 5/2 & 2/2 Cleansers. Also, don’t skip the moisturizer! Dry skin encourages the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which you are trying to avoid, so moisturize your skin with a “light”, “oil-free” lotion.
If your skin is easily irritated, you may have sensitive skin. Avoid skin care products that contain scents, alcohols, or antibacterial ingredients. Consider switching to a liquid soap if you have been using a bar soap, because bar soaps tend to be a bit harsher and strip more moisture from the skin. Look for products that say “sensitive skin” or “gentle.” We have found that Cetaphil is a great line for sensitive skin types. Aveeno also has a nice sensitive skin care line.