SKINS Derma Care SKIN 101
Everyday Skincare Tips for Men
Attention All Men: It’s Time to Give Your Face a Little TLC!
It’s surprising that most of the skincare and dermatology offices out there exclusively market to women. Meanwhile, an entire demographic of men are left to decipher their options in a confusing world they may not be familiar with.
Skincare for men is actually quite simple. Their routines should follow a straightforward formula for success, and here at SKINS Derma Care, we are pleased to present this guideline for the best skincare tips for men that will have your skin looking top-notch, fellas. We are the proven leader in skincare and laser treatment in Ottawa, Canada for skin that glows with optimal health.
The Three Different Skin Types
There are essentially three different skin types. With that being said, any of these skin types can also be considered combination, sensitive, or acne-prone.
Healthy skin has a balanced combination of oil and water on the skin’s surface and through the dermal layers. It should feel soft, smooth, and not tight or dry after cleansing.
Oily skin has an overproduction of oil. It can feel greasy or slick and might be prone to breakouts, otherwise known as clogged pores, whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne bumps. This type of skin looks shiny.
Dry skin is a lack of oil production and feels tight and uncomfortable at times.
Read more: What’s the Best Facial for Your Skin?
Four Simple Tips for Men’s Skincare
Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated. Most people (men included!) like to have a routine that takes 60 seconds at the most. Here’s a simple routine that’s sure to fit any schedule:
1. Develop a Daily Skincare Regimen
Cleanse twice a day, morning and night with a cleanser based on your specific skin type.
Tip: Book a consultation using our VISIA Complexion Analysis System to determine your skin type and the best treatment and maintenance products and services best suited for you.
2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
It’s important to keep your skin hydrated, especially at night. During the daytime, it’s recommended to use a moisturizer that contains an SPF of at least 30 to protect from harmful UV-rays. At night you can use a heavier moisturizer or if you have oily or acne-prone skin, opt for an oil-free night cream.
3. Specialty Treatments
Treat yourself and your skin to specialty treatments like exfoliation or a skincare mask. Depending on the intensity of the products used, these should be done twice a week when you have time, typically in the evening. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells so that the skin is better prepared to absorb moisturizers and serums while masks nourish and hydrate your skin for a healthy, radiant glow.
There are two types of exfoliation – manual and chemical. Manual is performed with a coarse scrub, facial brush, washcloth, or from the textured skincare product. Each method will work to exfoliate away the top layer of dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation is typically performed with a glycolic, salicylic, or other fruit-based acids to chemically remove excess debris from the skin. Both are excellent options – get a consultation to help you determine what facial treatment is best for your skin.
Masks can help with things like acne, overly oily skin, and even hydrate in a pinch. They usually take just a couple of minutes to work and are easily rinsed off.
4. Watch Those Eyes
Frequently use a high-quality eye cream or serum around the eye area to help minimize the appearance of lines (crow’s feet), reduce puffiness, and even help brighten dark circles. Try to find an eye cream that addresses your specific eye area issues.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads
Clogged pores are comedones or sometimes called “blackheads.“ They are usually embedded dirt, oil, and debris that is clogging your pores giving you the appearance of tiny black spots. The best treatment is proper skincare, a routine of exfoliation (manual or chemical), clay-based masks that draw impurities out of the skin, and a healthy diet.
Shaving Tips for Better Skin
Men typically have to shave once per day or every second day, depending on what look you’re going for. The act of shaving itself also helps to exfoliate the skin so it appears even and smooth.
Shaving tips for men include:
- Don’t shave against the grain.
- Buy the best razors you can find and replace the blades frequently.
- Use fragrance-free shaving cream products for less irritation.
- Avoid alcohol-based aftershave, especially if you have dry skin.
Other Lifestyle Choices That Lead to Optimal Skin Health
People notice when you take good care of your skin, and there are some significant lifestyle choices you can make to help promote your skincare routine.
Get radiant, glowing skin with these lifestyle tips:
- Wear sunscreen daily to prevent premature aging in the skin, i.e. “lines and wrinkles.“
- Think about using anti-aging products in your 20’s and 30’s. It’s never too early to take preventative measures.
- Cut back on alcohol.
- Stop smoking or vaping.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet of whole foods, lean proteins, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Drink lots of water to flush out your system and get rid of environmental toxins.
- Consult your doctor to see if you should be taking a daily multivitamin to give your skin some extra nutrients you might be lacking.
- Get 8-9 hours per night if you can. Your skin’s cells rejuvenate at night while you sleep, so it’s crucial to make sure you get a good night’s rest.
See A Skincare Specialist to Learn Healthy Skin Habits
If you are experiencing skincare issues or just want to learn more about how to take great care of your skin with the right products and treatments, book a consultation with a skincare specialist to help you achieve optimally healthy skin.