Do you remember the first time you washed your face? Maybe it was in your teens, when you started to wake up to breakouts that you couldn’t control. Maybe your mom bought you a generic face wash, and you haven’t looked back since.
Skincare for men has long been overlooked. Wrinkles, sun damage, dull skin, loss of elasticity, and dryness are not only women's issues.
The truth is, if you’re over 17 years old, your average drugstore face products probably aren’t doing enough. And if you are already dreading the idea of having to do research and read through pages of reviews to find what you should be using, don’t. Skincare can actually be pretty simple, even if you can’t pronounce half the ingredients in the products. We’ll break it down for you.
A cleanser, or face wash, is step one in your journey toward better, healthier skin. Especially if you live an active lifestyle, you’re going to want to be washing your face first thing in the morning, before bed, and even after your workouts if you’re prone to breakouts. But if you’ve been thinking your skincare routine starts and ends here, you’re missing out.
Serums might sound fancy, if you’re new to this kind of thing. But they are a staple in any complete skincare kit. Serums are lightweight and help keep your skin feeling fresh, hydrated, and youthful. Depending on the type of serum, it might also help with blemishes or reduce signs of aging.
THE MOISTURIZER & EYE CREAM
We’re all familiar with moisturizer, but is your face? If you aren’t applying a moisturizer after cleansing, you might be left feeling like your skin is tight or dry. Moisturizers work great with serums to help your skin look smoother and healthier. Adding a simple eye cream can help reduce inflammation and keep this delicate part of your skin more hydrated.
Depending on your needs, you might opt for a day moisturizer and night moisturizer. Night skincare products tend to pack a bit more punch, as they have time to really be absorbed. A night moisturizer can also help you wake up feeling refreshed and looking like you got 8 hours every night, even if you didn’t.
Yes, daily sunscreen needs to be part of your skincare routine. You can do all the right things, but if you’re not protecting your skin from the sun, then you’re really working against yourself. Sun damage can cause discoloration, wrinkles, dryness, and we won’t even begin to get into health problems like skin cancer. Having a good, lightweight sunscreen is like the icing on the cake of your skincare regimen. It’s not optional, it’s necessary.