9 Skincare Tips For Men

We all know we should take care of our skin. Having good skin has a huge impact on your appearance and how you feel, and can boost confidence tenfold. Below we breakdown what it means to truly look after your face to help have clear, well hydrated, and healthy looking skin.

1. Know Your Skin Type
Knowing what type of skin you have is crucial when it comes to skin care management, the main reason for this is you need to know what type of product to use. Get it wrong and you are likely to either dry out, irritate, or over grease your face. There are typically five different skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. If you aren’t sure which category you fall under you should ask an advisor before purchasing, UK stores such as The Body Shop, Boots, or Debenhams all have staff that should be able to advise you.

2. Have a Solid Skincare Routine
As part of your morning / evening routine you should wash, tone, and moisturise your face twice a day. First wash to clean your pores of excess oils and dirt that naturally build up throughout the day, then using a cotton pad tone to remove any remaining oil or debris left behind from the wash, finally moisturise to replace the natural oil and moisture that you’ve just stripped away, and also to protect your skin from the elements of daily life.

  • Aim to use only natural products on your face, harsh chemicals will only irritate your skin no matter what your skin type
  • Whilst washing and applying moisturiser use gentle circular movements – Save the ‘go hard or go home’ attitude for the gym
  • Look for a moisturiser that contains SPF as this will help protect from long-term sun damage

Wash
Normal / Dry Skin
Clinique For Men Face Wash – £16.50
Available from clinique.co.ukmens face washSensitive Skin
Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash – £9.50
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
sensitive
Tone
Normal / Dry Skin
Aesop B & Tea Balancing Toner – £37.00
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens face toner

Sensitive Skin
Seaweed Clarifying Toner – £9.50
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
mens toner

Moisturise
Normal / Dry Skin
Clinique For Men SPF21 Moisturiser – £23.75
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens moisturiser

Sensitive / Oily Skin
Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF15 – £13.00
Available from bodyshop.co.uk
mens sensitive skin moisturiser

3. Don’t Touch!
These are the exact words and tone used by a doctor whilst discussing my skin once – he saw me about to relieve an itch I had on my nose and shouted as if I was about to commit child murder. “Do you realise how much bacteria there is on your fingers?” he asked me, “and you want to spread that onto your face…” he continued. This may be something you’d quickly dismiss, however one of the biggest goals for fighting acne is eliminating bacteria, and once you’re conscious of it you’ll soon realise how often your hands meet your face on a day-to-day basis. Be it an itch, resting your chin on your hand whilst thinking, or burring your face in your hands whilst stressed. As a rule the only time you should touch your face is whilst you’re washing it or applying moisturiser.

4. Use a Clean Towel Daily 
It’s hard to think of a more ideal environment for bacteria to breed than a damp towel left in a warm place. Use a clean towel daily to minimise the amount of bacteria that comes into contact with your face.

5. Use an Extractor Tool for Blackheads and Pimples 
Squeezing, picking, or poking is never a good idea when it comes to blackheads and pimples. The three main reasons for this are 1; You are likely to spread bacteria to your face from your hands, 2; By squeezing too hard you will cause scaring that will last a lot longer than the actual spot would have if you had of left it 3; For blackheads you probably won’t remove the actual root and it will come back bigger and more badass than before.
Use an extractor tool like the one below by first applying the ‘loop’ above the target spot or blackhead and applying a small amount of pressure until you get the gold. For blackheads you should use the same method but also gently rock the loop from side-to-side until the root is exposed and can be removed. If the spot doesn’t pop after applying gentle pressure then leave well alone – It’s not ready and you will cause more harm than good.
Tweezerman No-Slip Skincare Tool – £9.79
Available from amazon.co.uk
blackhead remover

6. You Are What You Eat (and drink)
Keeping large amounts of fresh fruit and veg in your diet is essential for promoting healthy skin as they contain antioxidants that slow the signs of ageing. Foods rich in vitamins A, C, and E should be targeted as they boost hydration, and help defend against the elements including UV rays and pollution. Drinking enough water throughout the day not only keeps your skin hydrated and generally healthy looking, it also flushes out evil toxins from your body, whereas alcohol has the opposite affect by dehydrating leaving you with a dull and puffy looking face.

7. Use Lip Balm
If there’s one thing I can’t get my head round it’s why people would go through the discomfort of having dry, peeling, or cracked lips when it’s so easily avoided. Apply lip balm throughout the day to keep them hydrated and healthy – If not for your own comfort then do it for others, no-one wants to look at a pair of dry and crusty smackers.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is a good buy as all ingredients are natural and it’s really affective.
Available from boots.com for £3.69
lip balm for men

8. Beauty Sleep is Not Just For Girls
Getting enough Zzz’s has endless health benefits, so it’s not surprising that it also has a positive impact on your skin. A study at the Skin Study Centre at University Hospital in Ohio in 2013 found that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin ageing and slower recovery from a range of environmental stressors, such as exposure to the sun. Sleeping between 7-8 hours a night will keep your skin looking young and healthy, it also delays those dreaded wrinkles.

9. Exfoliate Weekly
Depending on your skin type you should exfoliate your face once to twice a week. If you have oily skin keep it to once a week as over exfoliating will cause your pores to produce excess oil. Using circular motions gently massage the scrub over your face and then rinse. Exfoliating washes contain micro beads that deep clean your pores by removing dead skin cells, dirt, and debris. They also lift ingrown hairs on your face and neck.

Clinique Face Scrub – £20
Available from clinique.co.uk 
mens face scrub

L’Oreal Paris Men Expert Pure & Matte Deep Exfoliating Wash – £6.12
Available from mankind.co.uk
mens exfoliating wash

Summary 
By keeping a solid routine for washing and moisturising you’re setting yourself up for success by removing daily dirt and balancing the amount of oil your skin produces. Whilst being aware of what’s good and not so good for your skin will help with day-to-day decisions that in the long term will ensure your skin stays clear, hydrated, and healthy looking. Let us know what you think and if you have any other skincare tips in the comments below.

 

 

 

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