Skin Care Tips For Men

Men’s skincare is a growing trend. More and more men are taking care of their skin and seeking out the best ways to do so.

Skincare for men was always a bit more traditional and simple…

But more men are now seeking healthier, younger-looking skin, so it is a great time for men to re-evaluate their skin routine and look for new ways to take care of their skin.

While I always try to tailor my articles to both men and women…

I wanted to do something just for all my wonderful male readers too.

Something specifically tailored to them and their skin.

Because what works for women…

May not work for men.

Did you know that men’s skin is typically thicker than women’s?

So it makes sense that our skincare routines will differ.

So this one is for you, gentlemen 🙂

My 5 Top Skincare Tips For Men

1. Be Aware Of Your Shaving Technique

A lot of men shave their faces. And for many, they do it for their job and have to keep a clean face. Which means shaving almost daily. Which can take a toll on your face.

Multi-blade razors can actually work TOO well and shave too closely to the skin. If you find you are getting razor bumps, burns, or ingrown hairs – try a single or double razor instead.

Before you shave, wet your skin and facial hair well to help soften it. Be sure to use a moisturizing shaving cream if you can and always shave in the direction of your hair growth.

Rinsing after each swipe of the razor and changing the blade after 5-7 shaves can also go a long way to reduce irritation.

2. Try A Face Mask

Face masks aren’t just for women!

There are a few face masks tailored to men’s skin.
Men are prone to oily skin and clogged pores so a face mask is a great way to open up pores and help diminish that oily skin.

Here is a great mask idea for men with oily skin!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons finely-ground oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it forms a smooth paste.
  • For the best results, the face should be pre-steamed a few minutes before applying, so it’s beneficial to use this mask after stepping out of the shower.
  • Apply the mixture to the face and neck areas with clean hands or with a soft sponge or facial brush. Avoid the skin around the lips and eyes, as those areas are particularly sensitive.
  • You can avoid any parts of your face that you are actively growing hair. For example – if you are growing a beard, you can skip that area and focus on the bare skin around it. 
  • Leave on for 15 minutes. When the time is up, rinse with cool water.

3. If You Workout – Wash Your Face!

Men typically tend to sweat more than women. Weight, level of physical fitness, temperature, and genetics can influence how much sweat men and women produce. And while women have just as many active sweat glands, men actually produce more sweat per gland than women do – this is why men sweat more than women.

And working out produces a whole lot of sweat!!

But one thing a lot of men may not think of is to wash their face after a workout. After your workout, you should wash your face to cleanse away sweat and bacteria to prevent your pores from getting clogged.

Ideally, this should be done within 15 minutes or so of completing your workout. Since sweat contains salt, leaving it on your face after exercising can cause irritation and dehydration.

4. Use Natural Products and Be Sure to Read Labels

So many of us tend to buy what looks good and what is cost-effective without much thought. But there are so many products that can do more harm than good on the skin. Try and read labels before buying anything you put on your skin.

Consider product labels and ingredients. The skincare products you choose will depend on your skin type. For men with acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say oil-free so they won’t clog your pores more.

If you have sensitive skin, use mild, fragrance-free products, as products containing fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated and dry. However, be cautious of products labeled unscented as many of these contain masking fragrances that can still irritate your skin even more.

You can even dry some homemade products!

Like a homemade aftershave.

Homemade aftershave is so incredibly easy to make and you can know exactly what is going on your skin. And it typically only requires two base ingredients: vegetable glycerin and witch hazel. But you can also add in essential oils for fragrance or added touch.

Here is a super easy aftershave you can do at home:

You will need

  • 8-ounce bottle for the liquid
  • 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin
  • 3/4 cup witch hazel + 2 teaspoons (to fill the 8-ounce bottle)
  • Optional – 15 to 25 drops of essential oil (lavender or cedarwood is quite popular!)

Instructions

  • In an 8-ounce glass spray bottle combine the glycerin and essential oils.
  • Swirl to combine, then add the witch hazel until the bottle is almost full. 
  • You’ll need about ¾ cup and 2 teaspoons of witch hazel, but it isn’t necessary to measure–just fill the bottle. 

And apply as you normally would after a shave!

5. Wear Sunscreen

Sunscreen is for everyone – that means you too, men!

Sun damage attacks us all. So to help prevent sun damage that can lead to wrinkles, age spots, and other serious skin concerns – applying sunscreen to all exposed areas of the skin is essential. This includes your ears, neck, lips, and scalp for you men with thinner or even no hair!

For best protection, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. 

If you do find you got a little too much sun – read our article here on sunburn home remedies!

Our skin is our biggest organ, so taking care of it is essential for us all – men and women!

So all of you men out there – try to give that skin of yours some love!

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