Starting a skincare regime is easy. For those men that want to just cover the basics during their daily routine, don’t read up on the latest mask, or toner. These are part of a more complex regime that we will cover in other articles. If you are a skincare novice then we recommend just following a simple three-step plan which we will outline below.

In addition, you do not need to wait until there is a skin complaint like acne, dry skin or even wrinkles to get started with a skincare regime. A daily routine is one of the best methods of maintaining healthy skin but more importantly preventing issues from arising.

Why Start a Skincare Regime?

The skin is our largest organ so we should be correctly looking after it. No matter whether we live among a rural landscape or a built-up urban one, our skin still needs protecting.

As we mentioned previously, even a simple routine can help to prevent any issues with your skin from occurring. Multiple different things can affect your skin, including:

  • Pollution
  • Sun Damage
  • Bad Diet
  • Alcohol
  • Ageing

By creating a good foundation, your skin will stay in top condition no matter what life throws at it.

In the same way, it is never too late to start looking after your skin more. Just small changes can make your skin look plumper, fresher and healthier. Small lines can start to disappear and you will see a noticeable difference when you look in the mirror.

But, not all skin is created equal.

Learn Your Skin Type

First things first, know your skin type. There are three most common skin types and each requires a different method of approach to keep them in top form. 

  • Oily Skin: People with oily skin have a natural shine of oil to their skin. Acne and spots mixed with dirt can quickly build up on this skin type.
  • Dry Skin: Dry skin easily cracks up, leading to irritation, redness and soreness
  • Normal skin: If you have normal skin you are in luck. Your skin neither feels oily nor dry for the best part of the day.

As a side note, those with combination skins (a mixture of the above) may need to focus on a mix of products that will best combat different problem areas of the face. For example, some men might find their cheeks are dry but they get a build-up of oil on their t-zone (bridge of the nose and above the eyebrows).

Step 1 – Cleanse

Every morning and evening you should be washing your face with a good facial cleanser. A cleanser will help balance out the oil levels of your skin, washing away any excess oil that has built-up on the surface overnight or during the day. Removing this oil will prevent blocked pores which can lead to spots, blemishes and a visible shine on the surface of the skin.

Along with removing excess oils a morning face wash using a men’s cleanser made specifically for your skin type will help hydrate and brighten your skin.

When washing use lukewarm water to open up the pores and remove deep impurities. Apply face wash by rubbing in circles gently. Rinse with cool water before patting dry with a clean hand towel.

Step 2 – Exfoliate

Post-facial wash, you should be using an exfoliating scrub. An exfoliator will help to get into the pores cleaning out any dirt while removing dead skin cells from your face. The gentle scrub can also encourage new skin cells to grow to create a brighter, fresher exterior.

Most men only need to use an exfoliator 1-3 times a week and how many times you do depends on your skin type. Those men with particularly oil-prone skin should use more often than men with dry skin.

If you are someone who clean shaves, then an exfoliating scrub pre-shave can also help minimise ingrown hairs. By stimulating the hairs you are ensuring they stay further away from the skin, enabling you to get a cleaner shave and stopping them turning back in on themselves and creating ingrown hairs.

Like when using the facial wash, you want to wet your face with lukewarm water and then apply the scrub in circular motions making sure to miss the eyes. Rinse with water and pat dry.

Ensure that you don’t use a facial scrub too often. Overuse can cause irritation, dry skin and even an overproduction of oil.

Step 3 – Moisturise

To hydrate your skin further, we recommend moisturising your skin twice a day. Applying a small amount of moisturiser after you have finished step 1 and 2 will help your skin stay firm and bouncy.

At the beginning of the day, a moisturiser will act as a barrier to reflect pollution, grime and even the suns rays. Before you go to bed applying a moisturiser will help skin cells to regenerate as you sleep. If you are feeling more confident, then you can always research a night cream for deeper regenerative properties and replace the evening moisturiser.

For men looking to prevent or turn back the signs of ageing, then your moisturiser will be your secret weapon. Just apply after using your wash or scrub. Ensure your skin is dry then apply a small amount of moisturiser gently massaging into the skin, avoiding the sensitive eye area.

Key Tip – Don’t forget how harmful the suns rays can be on your skin. Make sure you invest in a moisturiser that has SPF qualities to boost your protection.

In conclusion, put your best face forward and with the right skin regime, you can give it some colour, freshness and reduce the signs of ageing. Investing in professional products and daily skincare routines can leave a remarkable impression on the people you meet.

Your face is the first thing people see, so make it memorable.

Sam Brady

Sam Brady is a menswear and grooming specialist and the founder of A Gentleman's Row.

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