These days, skincare routines can feel a bit complicated and overwhelming. There are so many products being pushed your way, how do you know what to use and what to do to take care of your skin?
Luckily, the basics of skincare are not that complicated – from finding a moisturiser or lotion that works for you, to perfecting your shaving routine, this easy-to-use, simple guide has you covered.
1: Back to basics
Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. It can feel pretty intimidating seeing all the products out there – from cleansers and toners to complicated masks and moisturisers – but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. There are three basic steps for looking after your skin:
Anything else you want to add to your routine, you can, but these are the three base steps for any good routine.
2: Re-evaluate your shaving routine
The first time you can legitimately shave is a pretty exciting time, but it’s important not to stick with that same shaving technique you learned all those years ago. Always remember to prep your skin, make sure you use good-quality blades, and don’t skip out on post-shave skin care – this helps to prevent shaving rashes and lock in moisture.
For more shaving tips, check out this article full of advice from a master barber.
3: Avoid hot water
Long, hot showers are a great way to unwind after a long day, but this could actually be detrimental to your skin. The hot water strips your skin of its natural oils and can cause dryness and irritation. Instead, opt for warm – not hot – water and try and limit shower-time to 5-10 minutes.
Moisturisers work to help trap moisture in your skin, not only helping to avoid dry, flaky skin and give you glowing skin, but helping to avoid wrinkles and acne as well.
And it’s not just your face that deserves some TLC – make sure you use body lotion to avoid dryness and provide an all-over glow. With a range of lotions out there to tackle a range of issues – from aging skin to sensitive skin – find one that works for you and fits with your routine. It’s best to apply after a shower or bath, to help replenish any moisture lost.
SPF is probably only in your mind during summer (and if it’s not, it should be) but SPF is important all-year round. Sun exposure can cause skin damage, so opt for a facial moisturiser with SPF to protect your skin
Remember: the best skincare routine for men doesn’t need to be complicated – just find something that works for you and your specific skincare needs.