7 Do's and Don'ts To Better Skin
Act of Being men’s skincare has come a long way since washing your face with harsh bar soap and using cheap aerosol shaving cream. Men are prone to all of the same skin conditions that women are and may actually need more attention paid to their skin care regimen. Especially, since they are subject to extra irritation from shaving. Here are seven do’s and don’ts for keeping your face looking and feeling baby soft.
1. Have a Regular Cleansing Routine But Don't Overdo It
One of the best ways to keep your skin bright and your pores clear is regular washing. Create a daily skin care regimen by washing your face morning and night, and you will be miles ahead of most men and see significant results.
The shower is a great place to wash your face. The steam from your shower will help open up your pores, and you will have everything you need at your fingertips. Don’t use soap on your face. Get a good face wash and leave it in the shower. Then wash your face last to avoid any unwanted residue from getting on your face.
Start the process by putting a small amount of face wash in your hand and create a slight lather. Rub the face wash gently over your entire face. Wait about 15 seconds, and then rinse your face off with cool water to help close the pores. When you get out of the shower. Don't forget to moisturize.
When choosing your face wash, choose the right wash for your skin type. You can tell if your skin is oily, normal, dry, or sensitive by how you feel after showering or washing your face. If your skin is red or irritated, you have sensitive skin. Dry skin will feel dry or flakey. Oily skin will be oily all over or if it is only oily on your forehead, nose, and chin, you have combination skin.
Facial cleansers are meant to wash away dirt. You may also want to use an exfoliating scrub which goes further and sloughs off dead skin which can lead to dull skin, rough patches, and clogged pores. According to New York Dermatology Group Dermatologist, Dr. Shilesh Iyer, washes leave the skin intact while scrubs can give the extra boost by removing portions of the dead skin.
Several exfoliating cleansers can help with acne, unclogging pores, and improving texture. Some ingredients that can be helpful are cleansing charcoal or glycolic acid. You don’t have to exfoliate with every wash. If your skin becomes dry or irritated, limit it to once or twice a week.
2. Moisturize and Take Preventive Measures Like Using Retinol
It's always a good idea to hydrate your skin, after you wash your face. Just like with your facial cleanser, you want to make sure you are using the correct moisturizer for your skin type. Oil-based moisturizers are fine for dry or normal skin, but if you have acne or breakouts look for a water-based moisturizer.
Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist says that layering on too many products can actually irritate skin. You want to find the right moisturizer for your skin type and don’t use too many different products. Light or scent free moisturizers can be a good choice.
You can also find combination products that contain retinol to fight lines and wrinkles or a sunscreen to help prevent sun damage. Retinol products can make you more sensitive to the sun, so if you do use a retinol product, nighttime is a good time to do so.
3. Avoid Harmful Sun Exposure
Having a facial moisturizer with a sunscreen is a good start, but if you are going to spend a lot of time in the sun, you may need extra protection. Damage from the sun can speed up the skin aging process. It slows down collagen production and cell growth which can cause your skin to lose its elasticity. Get a sunscreen that has an SPF 15 or higher, and that blocks both UVA and UVB rays for broad-spectrum protection.
4. Avoid Skin Irritation by Using the Right Razor and Shaving Cream
Shaving can irritate your face. You can avoid razor burn by using a quality shaving cream, a pre-shave oil, and using steam or a warm towel to open your pores and soften the facial hair. Having a clean, sharp blade can also help prevent razor burn, irritation, and infections. The fewer razor blades, the better.
Change your blades often and keep them clean and dry in between use. You may need to experiment to find the right type of razor, technique, and combination of products to create the perfect shave for your unique face. Investing in a luxury beard grooming kit could do wonders for your grooming routine.
5. Avoid Stress and Get Proper Rest So Your Skin Can Repair Itself
Inflammation is harmful to every part of the body, even your skin. It can lead to redness and irritation to skin diseases ranging from eczema to psoriasis. If you want to be sure your skin is looking and feeling great, avoid things that contribute to inflammation like stress.
The American Academy of Dermatology even sites a study that links reducing stress and having clearer skin. Keeping stress levels manageable is good for your skin and overall physical and mental health.
Sleep is something that everyone does, but not everyone does it well. When we are asleep, our bodies start the skin repair process and produce collagen. Healthy skin with new collagen is plumper and less likely to wrinkle.
Blood flow to the skin also increases when you sleep. Lack of sleep can cause a dull complexion and puffy eyes. Keep stress at bay and let your body renew itself while you rest. You will thank yourself when you look in the mirror.
6. Drink Hydrating Liquids and Watch Your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
Your skin is made up of cells and cells are made of water. We lose water throughout the day and need to replace it by drinking more water. Skin like any organ in the body, will not function properly without adequate water.
Drink around eight glasses of water a day to help avoid signs of dehydration like dry, tight, or flaky skin. Also, be aware of beverages that can cause dehydration like caffeinated drinks and alcohol. If you are going to indulge in these drinks, sip extra water to avoid the adverse effects of dehydration.
7. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables and Watch Your Sugar Intake
When it comes to your complexion, sugar is not that sweet. Sugar causes insulin levels to spike which creates a burst of inflammation. This inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. This break down can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. Conversely, healthy fats keep skin soft and supple.
Five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables gives you a wide variety of antioxidants that can fight free radicals and combat the effects of sun and aging. A ketogenic diet can help your skin look great and give you the healthy fats and protein you need while avoiding the starchy and high glycemic foods that you don’t need.
Natural Remedies for Men’s Skin care
Get Rid of Blackheads
If you haven’t been keeping up with your skin care regimen, you may have clogged pores and blackheads. Here are a few methods for getting rid of those pesky blackheads and to give your face and skin care routine a fresh start. Pore extraction is when you use a tool to help force the blocked sebum from your pores.
You want to be gentle with this method. You don’t want to cause scarring and create more damage than good. To start, wash your face and help open up your pores using steam or a warm towel. Slowly drag your pore extraction tool across your pores. Be gentle and don’t apply too much pressure. Your fingers can also be handy during this step, although, be careful not to use your fingernails as it can leave scaring imprints. Then wash your face and apply an astringent or a skin-tightening retinol product.
Another pressure free method is to use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This is a chemical exfoliator that should help dissolve blackheads. A retinol product can also be used to tighten pores and reverse signs of aging.
Another great way to help unclog pores and get rid of dead skin is to use a mask. Many natural clay masks can tighten your skin, clean pores, and leave a healthy glow. Powdered clay masks can be mixed with water or raw apple cider vinegar for a super potent mixture. Charcoal masks are also perfect for detoxifying skin and unclogging pores.
Unclogging your pores can be a timely process. If your pores are extremely clogged, and you have a lot of deep dark blackheads, be patient. Continue your new and improved skin care routine along with slowly and patiently working on blackhead removal. Consistent skin care along with patience will pay off over time.
Remember, although spending hours in the gym and healthy eating can be life-changing for your health, you want to ensure you're not lazy on a skin care routine. Take good care of your skin and boost your healthy glow with the steps listed above.