Guys, be honest: how much attention do you really pay to your skin? When it comes to taking care of your complexion, any skin — regardless of gender, age, skin type or skin care issues — can benefit from daily DC. The good news is that effective skin care should not be 10 steps long or take hours. Fortunately for you and your busy schedule, you can keep things pretty simple when it comes to getting into men’s facials.
Not sure where to start? Consider this the ultimate guide to men’s skin care. Read on to learn how to compose a high-quality facial routine that shows a little love to your skin without breaking the bank or taking up too much precious time. Whether you want to stick to the basics, like a facial cleanser and moisturizer, or want to improve your skincare game a little more, follow these six tips.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #1. CLEANSE YOUR FACE MORNING AND EVENING
So, you’ve been using a piece of soap all your life — it’s totally cool, isn’t it? Not so much. It’s time to drop the soap and look for a cleanser that is actually intended for your face. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or anything in between, it is also advisable to look for a facial cleanser formulated for your specific skin type. Training? Store a bag of cleansing wipes in your gym bag so that you can wipe your face after training in the locker room. The bottom line of cleaning is as follows: twice a day, every day.
Product Selection: L’Oreal Paris Men Expert ™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Charcoal Cleanser. Pollution, sweat and impurities can accumulate on your skin, which can lead to clogged pores. This cleaner is formulated with charcoal to capture and get rid of all kinds of dirt. In addition, it addresses skin problems caused by everyday city dirt, including oily skin, dirt, dullness, and clogged pores. Apply the cleanser twice a day to damp skin, focusing on the forehead, nose and chin, as these areas may be more oily than the rest of your face.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #2. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Do you think that you do not need a moisturizer if you have oily skin? Think again! Any skin type can benefit from some hydration, which is why Hydration is our next tip to do when it comes to facial care for men. The best time to apply a moisturizer is when your skin is still moist (this can help retain moisture) – so do not dry it completely after finishing cleaning. Instead, apply a light layer of moisturizer to the face and neck after taking a shower or washing your face. Do not skip this step, even if you are tired or in a hurry!
Product Selection: L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Vita Lift Anti-wrinkle and firming Moisturizing Cream. Fatigue can do a lot on your skin, it is dry and dull. This moisturizer targets the five signs of skin fatigue: dryness, dullness, tightness, roughness and loss of resistance. Morning and evening, energetically massage the moisturizer on clean skin.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #3. DON’T SKIP THE SPF BROADBAND
No, SPF is not only a necessary skin care step when you spend the day at the beach. You can get burned even on cloudy days – and spending long periods in the sun without protection can lead to visible signs of aging on the street (think dark spots and wrinkles). According to the Food & medicine Administration, every day you should wear a wide-band sunscreen (that is, it protects against UVA and UVB rays) with a sun protection factor of 15 or more. You should also apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going out and reapply at least every two hours. Well, we said we’d keep this skincare routine simple, so if you’re short on time, cut one step out of your Routine by using a moisturizer formulated with a broad-spectrum SPF. (And for your information, this should be the last step in your skin care!)
Product Selection: L’Oreal Paris Men Expert ™ Vita Lift SPF 15 anti-wrinkle and firming moisturizing cream. Formulated with wideband sun protection factor 15, this moisturizer is non-greasy, non-sticky and provides long-lasting hydration. Apply it to the face and neck in the morning-and bring it with you so that you can reapply it throughout the day.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #4. USE A RAZOR WITH A SOFT HAND
You may not recognize it, but some razors may be too hard on your skin. Ouch! Be sure to be gentle during shaving to avoid irritation. And when you’re done, use an aftershave balm.
Product Selection: L’Oreal Paris Men Expert ™ Hydra Energetic After Shave Balsam. This balm eliminates the signs of discomfort after shaving and provides long-lasting hydration. Simply apply it to the face and neck after shaving.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #5. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR EYES
Sometimes your eye area just needs a little more love! As the skin under your eyes is thinner, the signs of aging – like dark circles and puffiness – may appear first. For a refreshing treat, try an eye serum with a refreshing applicator.
Product Selection: L’Oreal Paris Men Expert ™ Hydra Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller. This eye serum targets the five signs of eye fatigue-dark circles, bags under the eyes, swelling, fatigue and roughness—and has a refreshing applicator. Gently roll the serum under each eye, starting from the bridge of the nose and outward.
MEN SKIN CARE TIP #6. KEEP YOUR FACIAL HAIR HYDRATED TOO
Whether you grow a beard all year round or just grow it according to the season, you should always make sure that your hair stays hydrated. You already know all too well how itchy and unpleasant facial hair can become over time, so it’s important to keep it healthy and conditioned-just like you have hair on your head!
Product Selection: L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Beard Moisturizer 3 Days. It is a moisturizing beard softener and face cream in one! Apply this non-greasy Gel to cleansed skin and beard every morning or evening.
Did you know that your choice of facial hair can have an impact on your overall appearance? Read our article contour for men: how to choose the right hair for the shape of your face to learn more.