Good skin ain’t just for chicks or people that are homosexually inclined: it is and should be for everyone! In a day and age where first impressions are key, maintaining your skin is quintessential in separating yourself from the pack. We love women that that look flawless and whether you know it or not, women love dudes that look flawless.
This is a reality check for all men. Most of us aren’t blessed with great skin and even those that are need to realize that in time all of us will have those dark spots, wrinkles, and the many side effect of harsh winters and hot summers.
Maintaining your skin is like maintaining your car, the more you look after it the longer it lasts and stays looking new.
Looking after your skin is easier than you think. Here are the basics:
Step 1: Cleansing
Simplicity is key here. You need to find a good cleanser that your skin responds well to, and stick with it. You can find a good cleanser at the drugstore. There’s no need to spend $40 on a fancy wash. Avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin.
Directions: Here’s the best way to wash your face; use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool or lukewarm water.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But trust me, if you start properly exfoliating your skin, you will notice an almost immediate difference. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion.
Should you use a toner? Some people swear by toners, but many beauty experts do not (I once read a skincare expert claim, “toners are only for copy machines”). Toners are meant to remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt, but a good cleanser should do this. I firmly believe it’s up to you. If you like the way your skin feels with a toner: Buy it. Use it. Enjoy it.
Step 3: Moisturizer
Regardless of skin type, moisturizer is a must. To know what type of moisturizer is best for your skin is getting a few testers. Some skin types require more moisture than others, on the other hand oily skin types require very little. One way to know is when your skin is tight, it’s crying out for moisture. But as I mentioned before, be careful not to over-moisturize — this can cause clogged pores.
Step 4: Sunscreen
Now I know that this step may seem unnecessary to most men, but be advised it’s probably the most important. What I recommend is to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Rather than purchasing a separate sunscreen, there are many moisturizers that come with SPF15. By purchasing combination creams, you reduce a step while never forgetting to apply your sunscreen. The number 1 cause of wrinkles is sun damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen from your early years, even in winter and on cloudy days.