What should a skincare routine be?

March 10, 2021

Man Skincare

Before we start, it's important to understand that if you are asking, "what should my skincare routine be?" the answer is that it should be one that targets your skin type and concerns. Everyone can benefit from skincare, and trying products aimed at women does not make you less of a man, skincare is now the everyday norm for all people, from office workers, tradesmen and construction workers.

Having said that, many products and routines aimed at men account for the fact that men sometimes have thicker skin, more sebum, a greater collagen density, tougher texture and, of course, facial hair.

Whether you are male, female or any other gender identification, if these characteristics sound familiar, then there is a simple men's skincare routine that could work wonders for you. It is low-maintenance, effective and easy to keep up; you won't have to dash make excuses at work before dashing into the bathroom to 'powder your nose'!

It doesn't take an enormous effort to cleanse, condition and protect your skin. If your face is prone to dryness or acne, or it is very sensitive, you may want to try a routine aimed at addressing those specific issues.

What is a simple skincare routine  for the morning?

The following routine only involves three products and can easily be done in the mornings. If you are a beginner, this is a great entry point to bring effective men's skincare into your daily schedule.

Step 1: Cleansing

Cleansing your skin after you wake up in the morning is essential to remove any oil and dirt that may have built up overnight. Try choosing a natural cleanser that won't strip your skin.

Step 2: Moisturising

Some men may find their skin is quite resilient to dehydration as they have a high sebum production. Nevertheless, even if your skin doesn't often dry out, there are plenty of advantages to using a moisturiser.

Your skin is under attack every day from the sun's rays, atmospheric pollution and stress, all of which deplete the skin's supply of antioxidants. Moisturisers do more than just add moisture; they are also very effective at replenishing the supply of antioxidants in your skin.

Step 3: Sunscreen

If your moisture includes a decent SPF, steps 2 and 3 may happen together. You want at least an SPF of 30, so add some sunscreen after the moisturiser to protect against those harmful rays. This will help prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation and other damage that can lead to more health concerns.

Applying sun protection should be the final step of your morning routine. Use it on all exposed areas of your skin; usually the face, neck and hands.

What should my skincare routine be in the evening?

Your evening routine needs to remove pollutants, oils and dead skin cells so that your complexion can repair itself overnight.

Step 1: Cleanser

Cleansing is absolutely crucial. The skin creates a barrier of dead cells and an oil-based 'mortar'. This is to prevent moisture loss, but it also means microscopic pollutants and impurities become stuck to the surface. If these remain on your skin, it can cause various issues that amount to premature ageing.

Step 2: Exfoliation

Exfoliation should be done as needed; perhaps every 2-3 days. Regular exfoliation help to prevent issues like ingrown hairs, and it promotes an even skin tone with less oil and pimples.

Exfoliation can be done in various ways. You can use a physical scrub that is lightly massaged into the skin, or you can use a product that is applied gently and left on. The right type of exfoliator really depends on your skin type and the results you desire, but it is always recommended to use products that are natural, without any chemicals or synthetic ingredients.

Step 3: Daily Night cream

Moisturiser will help your skin reseal its healthy barrier. It will also replenish key nutrients through the night. If you have fairly 'normal' skin, you can use the same moisturiser you applied in the morning. Most moisturisers are suitable for both Day and Night

Simple but effective

Now you see how easy it can be to take care of your skin, you can start implementing a daily routine. If you are just getting started, you may need to try a few different products to find what works best for you. Skincare is for everyone, and there are many benefits to looking after your skin effectively.

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