His and Hers: 5 Fresh Tips for Men's Facial Care
Is your man doing the old cleaning one-two with soap and water? It's time to update his routine with these essential men's facial care tips.
All things are not created equal, and this includes our skin. Skincare for women is different from skincare for men, due to varying levels of collagen and skin hydration. As a result, men's skin is thicker and also releases more sweat.
More than half of men report that they don't have a morning skincare routine. And, while the man in your life probably does little more than shaving every few days, there are several key skincare routines that he shouldn't overlook. And before he reaches into your drawer, you need to remember a few things.
Your fiance, for example, may not appreciate your deep-moisturizing night cream: testosterone results in oilier skin for men, and products made for women could actually give him pimples due to differences in skin chemistry.
Follow our tips below to ensure that the man in your life is putting forward his best possible face.
Tip #1: Cleanse & hydrate
As we've mentioned, men have skin that is naturally more oily than women. Because of this, it's important that men cleanse twice daily with appropriate cleansers.
Afterward, men need to ensure that they're using the appropriate level of hydration: nothing with too many oils or moisturizers. Gel-based moisturizers are a great option that won't leave men feeling greasy. In fact, moisturizers are currently the #6 top selling men's care product.
In time, your guy will notice that his skin is firmer and has fewer blemishes. Consider layering other beneficial skincare products --like sunscreen-- after cleansing.
Tip #2: Manage sun exposure to reduce damage
Start looking after your skin before wrinkles arrive. Just like you, sun damage impacts men.
It's vital that both men and women use a sunscreen every single day. That's right: don't even go for a quick weekend brunch without putting it on. SPF 15 at a minimum.
This is, hands-down, the best way to reduce wrinkles and age spots later in life. You'll thank us later - we promise!
Tip #3: Whitening masks
Contrary to some beliefs, whitening masks do not make you white!
If you're paying now for sun damage in your younger years, consider whitening masks.
Whitening masks actually even out your skin tone and take away dark spots, age spots, and uneven skin tone.
Tip #4: Exfoliate
Our skin cells simply don't turn over as often as we'd like, and this can cause buildup, pimples, and discoloration in a man's skin.
Consider using special scrubs or mild acid peels (think vitamin C!) developed especially for men.
The occasional facial at a professional salon may be in order, too. Treat yourself.
Tip #5: Look for natural ingredients
Much of today's skincare is unregulated, meaning products aren't tested by the FDA or independent programs.
This leaves the consumer responsible for checking labels: look at the first three ingredients in any men's skincare product you buy, ensuring you can pronounce the words. Aloe, shea butter, jojoba, coconut oil. These mean that you're putting something good into your skin.
Think of the men in your life: would they find value in a new, better skincare routine?
If so, consider the ways they could benefit: less sun exposure, a less greasy moisturizer, or more frequent cleansing.
Remind your man that skincare isn't vanity - it's healthy! This includes physical and mental health: when we look our best, we're confident.
And confidence is important to all of us, improving our personal and professional lives.
Does your man practice any of these facial care tips? Leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!