Your face is your identity and an important aspect of your personality. You may workout, eat healthy, and get all the necessary supplements to maintain a fit body, so why neglect the largest organ of your body, i.e. your skin. It is time to break the stereotypical beliefs and acknowledge the fact that skincare routines are not strictly for women. Men should look their best too and age like fine wine. Have you ever wondered why celebrities like Keanu Reeves and Johnny Depp look so young and radiant at their age? Yes, you guessed right! Taking care of the skin is a priority in their daily regime, because it’s that handsome face that makes the money. If someone tells you that skincare products are only for girls, file a lawsuit for ‘discrimination’ against them.
You don’t have to spend hours catering to your skin and neither will it cost a fortune. A few minutes each day and a handful of bucks per month is all you need to get that ravishing look. Upgrade yourself from the shower gel you purchased on sale, your roommate’s hand-wash, and the shaving cream a colleague gifted on your last birthday. The skincare routine I am going to narrate is a simple one; I will not be including any serums or masks in it. Get started with this easy regimen and you may advance later as you become a pro or are prepared to take things up a notch.
Step 1: Cleanse
The first thing to do when you wake up in the morning is to apply a facial cleanser. The cleanser will help get rid of all the oil, microbes and grime that accumulated in your pores during the night. Take a small amount in the palm of your hand and massage it over the face for thirty to sixty seconds. It will unclog your pores, remove the oily shine, and prevent skin breakouts. Wash the face afterwards with your regular soap or buy a men’s face wash for greater commitment.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation helps eradicate dead cells and impurities that embed deeper into the skin. These contaminants block pores and give rise to a variety of issues, including acne, blackheads, and skin blemishes. A chemical exfoliate or face scrub must be applied once or twice per week; let it be extra treatment for your skin on the weekend. If your skin is excessively oily, you may increase usage to three times a week. Chemical exfoliates are suited for sensitive skin, whereas scrubs have grainy particles that work well on tough skin.
Step 3: Moisturize
Soaps, aftershaves, cleansers, and scrubs tend to remove the skin’s natural oils, leaving it dry and squeaky clean. A layer of moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day, preventing a coarse or patchy surface. It also provides a protective film that obstructs invasive bacteria and dirt from entering the pores. Many people do not like the feel of moisturizers, especially those with sensitive or oily skin. The trick is to go for a light and unscented moisturizing lotion instead of a heavy moisturizing cream having a strong fragrance. Your skin will quickly absorb it and you won’t experience any stickiness.
Step 4: Sun Protection
Harmful UV rays from the sun can cause burns, darkening, dry patches/spots, and even accelerate the process of skin aging. People who have to work outdoors all day long, such as construction workers and lifeguards on a beach, are constantly exposed to the scorching sun; if you can relate, invest in a sunblock or sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 or above. People who mostly work indoors and only see the sunlight for brief periods can settle for a moisturizer having sun protective properties (about SPF 15 is sufficient).