While quite a few men just don’t care about their skin, many think that caring for their skin is unmanly. And the select few who care about their skin may not know how to do it!
If you fall into the former category, you should realize that taking care of your skin is necessary and there is nothing unmanly about it. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and protects you from the outside world by acting as a protective barrier.
In addition, taking care of your skin does not require you to get a facial treatment or use skin creams for women twice a week; skincare is just about doing a few things right to keep your skin healthy! Aside from shampooing regularly and bathing daily, a little extra effort in caring for your facial skin will go a long way.
Here are some tips to help:
Your skin is exposed to a variety of pollutants such as dust, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, etc. that settle in your skin pores. Dead skin cells and oil produced by your sebaceous glands also settle there. Excess dirt can clog your pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Make sure to cleanse your skin twice a day: once in the morning and once before going to bed. Don’t skip the morning ritual just because you can’t see dirt; Cleansing your skin will help other skin care products penetrate your skin better and keep your skin looking good all day long.
Soaps are harsh and can dry out your skin, so don’t use them on your face. Facial cleansers are the best choice; rub them gently over your skin and rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
Find out what your skin type is and buy a mild foaming cleanser that suits your skin. If you’re unsure about products, buy small packs so you can use them and decide which one works for you.
Exfoliation helps remove the dull, dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to reveal the clear and younger looking skin beneath. It also scrubs impurities from the skin pores, thus preventing blackheads and blemishes from forming. Most importantly, exfoliating will help you get a closer shave!
Again, buy a product most suitable for your skin type. Keep in mind that exfoliating more than necessary can irritate your skin, so don’t overdo it.
Moisturize without fail
Moisturizing your skin after cleansing and / or exfoliating is a must. Men with oily skin should choose moisturizers with a light formula, while those with too dry skin can opt for heavy creams.
Also consider the climate when choosing moisturizers; leave heavy creams in the winter and stick to light lotions in the summer.
You probably know how important this is, but you end up doing it all wrong just because you don’t have the time to give yourself a gentle shave every morning. So start waking up a few minutes earlier to spend enough time on this daily ritual.
Lather with mild shaving cream or gel, or use a good pre-shave oil before reaching for the razor. This helps to soften the hair and open up the skin pores, allowing for a close shave. It can be tempting to shave against your hair, but don’t. Always shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid cuts and ingrown hairs.
Use a good quality razor and try to shave with short, flat strokes. To avoid irritating the skin, do not go over the same area more than twice.
Slather on sunscreen
Whether it’s summer or winter, you should avoid going outside without applying sunscreen. Exposure to the sun’s rays not only tans your skin, but also causes your skin to get wrinkles and age spots more quickly. Overexposure to the sun can also cause skin cancer.
So apply sunscreen to your face and other exposed areas of your body. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun, smoothing it onto your skin instead of rubbing it in. If you work outside, keep applying sunscreen every 2-3 hours.
Don’t forget to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and one with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30.
Don’t forget your lips
All your hard work will go to waste if you don’t have smooth, supple lips for exercise and healthy skin! Use a soft toothbrush to cleanse your face and gently remove dry skin. Invest in a good moisturizer with SPF and use it throughout the day to keep your lips in shape.
Nothing can be better for your skin than staying hydrated. This does not mean that you sip on soda and drink alcohol whenever you can; the best liquid for your body is stale water. Try to drink about eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin and body healthy.
Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeinated drinks as they dry out. Also eat healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables with a high water content.
Your skin is an important part of your body, so don’t be ashamed to take care of it. With the tips given here, you now know that taking care of your skin is easy and you don’t have to do anything unmanly.
So let go of your inhibitions and start taking care of your skin!
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