We know you’re busy and you don’t want another complication in your life. But that shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice your skin. Even though men’s skin is 20-30% thicker than women’s—and a whole lot less sensitive—it doesn’t mean guys can get away with no skincare routine whatsoever.
We’ve got the simplest three-step routine that’s bar-soap-and-a-shave-level easy. Age gets everyone, fellas, so start taking care of your skin!
Now about that bar soap. Throw. It. Away. Bar soap tends to be drying and irritating, so each time you wash your face with it, you dry out your skin. And when you remove too much oil from your skin, your body produces even more. So you think you’ve got oily skin, wash with more bar soap and keep up this dry/oily cycle until you eventually break out.
Of course, you have to get rid of the grime on your face but reach for a gentle non-soap cleanser that hydrates as it cleans. Try Alastin Gentle Cleanser. It’s self-foaming and deep cleans while moisturizing.
Wash your face at least in the morning and ideally at night, too, before bed.
Toner might seem like it’s just an extra step, but it’s essential for all skin. Toner balances the pH of your skin and can treat excess oil production and reduce inflammation. Try ZO Health Complexion Renewal Pads. The moistened pads minimize surface oil and—bonus!—exfoliate at the same time. Exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores. It keeps skin looking younger.
Tone after washing your face. Wait until the toner dries before putting anything else on your skin.
Moisturize + Protect
Now that your skin is cleansed, toned and exfoliated, you have to moisturize. Hydrating your skin actually keeps it from producing excess oil. Moisturizer delivers skin-saving nutrients and creates a protective barrier against environmental pollutants. Try Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer, which has antioxidants and phytonutrients to hydrate and protect your skin.
Sunscreen is absolutely necessary to keep your skin from burns, sunspots, wrinkles and even harmful cancer-causing rays. You can either find a moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 15 or add a layer of sunscreen on top of your moisturizer. Senté makes a Tinted Broad Spectrum cream that’s invisible, lightweight and provides 100% full physical sunscreen protection.
OK, so maybe there’s a small-but-essential (half) step in there, but these are the absolute basics of skincare that every man needs to adopt. Once you have these down, you can go next-level and try an eye cream and a sheet mask… your skin will thank you!