The truth is skincare for men isn’t much different from skincare for women. Male skin – just like all skin – deserves daily care and nourishing ingredients that'll improve the skin's appearance while working with his shaving routine. But men are at a bit of a disadvantage, simply because most skincare products "for men" are terribly formulated, often full of drying and irritating ingredients.
In a few simple steps, a basic routine of well-formulated, fragrance-free products can offer a great shave, fewer ingrown hairs and a reduction in bumps and blotches as well as oily, dry, or flaky areas - helping your skin look and feel healthy as the years go by.
The best skincare routine for men follows the same principles as those for women. These are the basic steps to maintaining and improving the skin's health, no matter your gender:
These four steps are all you need to get started. Eventually, you may want to add more products to this basic skincare routine, but your first order of business is to develop and maintain a daily skincare habit. The best products are always non-irritating, fragrance-free, and should include proven anti-ageing ingredients that work to restore and replenish skin against the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and dark spots.
Rest assured, achieving smoother and even-textured skin doesn’t need to take tons of time and effort. So, the first step in achieving a basic skincare routine for men starts with knowing your skin type.
Once you know your skin type, you can choose products that are best suited to your skin concerns. Read our recommendations for each skin type below and if it looks like a lot, don't fret - skincare routines won't take up more than just five minutes of your time!
Never use products containing irritating ingredients such as alcohol, menthol, peppermint or fragrances (synthetic or natural). Most skincare products for men contain fragrances and other irritating substances, so make sure to pay attention to what you’re buying.
If you suffer from spots, adding active ingredients such as salicylic acid (BHA) and azelaic acid to your daily skincare routine can significantly help improve your skin and reduce redness. Find out how to beat breakouts or chat to our skincare experts to get personalised recommendations.
Any discussion of men’s skincare should include advice on how to get the best shave. It’s the element most specific to men’s skincare—the rest is just good, solid advice across the board. So, for a faster, smoother shave:
What's wrong with a bar of soap?
Traditional bars of soap dry out the skin and cause irritation, which can result in inflammation. The ingredients in soap that give it a solid form also block pores.
What should I do about spots on my face, neck or back?
If you suffer from spots, treat them with a BHA exfoliant and, if needed, a product containing benzoyl peroxide. This keeps the pores free of bacteria, excess sebum and dead skin cells.
How can I reduce the signs of ageing skin on my face?
Use a product with SPF 365 days a year. A product with retinol and antioxidants will help repair the damage that's already been done and minimise future damage.
I suffer from dry hands, elbows and feet. What can I use?
Use an exfoliating product and then apply a rich, calming cream such as Paula’s Choice Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter.
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