There is an outdated opinion amongst some men, that a skincare regime is just for women. In all honesty, there is nothing feminine about starting a daily skincare routine. If you want to get noticed when you step out of the house, practice proper skin hygiene. To help you out, we have created this skin care guide to remove the complexities of what products you need to get started, and how to use them.

You do not need to wait until there is a skin issue like acne, dry skin or even wrinkles to get started.  A daily skincare routine is one of the best methods of maintaining healthy skin and preventing these issues.

Put your best face forward with the right skin regime to give it colour and freshness. Investing in professional products and daily routines can leave a remarkable impression on people you meet. Your face is the first thing people see, so make it memorable.

The best part is, it’s never too late to start with a regime that will get your skin to the desired condition. First things first, know your skin type. There are three most popular skin types and each requires a different method of approach to keep them in top form. They are;

  • 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 sidenote, 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.

Ideally, those with ageing skin will feel a little weathered and wrinkled. Grey, and dark spots are a pointer for those who have spent years ignoring proper skin care. Before you purchase any skincare product be sure to have a critical look at the ingredients and usage.  Most have been engineered for a particular skin type. Don’t get things mixed up.

Morning Routine

1. Cleanse

Start your day with an early morning facial cleanse using a men’s facial cleanser made specifically for your skin type. They are numerous benefits to cleansing your face in the mornings;

  • It will help hydrate your skin
  • Removes dirt and impurities that might have built up over the night
  • Brightens up the skin preventing dullness

Use lukewarm water to thoroughly wash your face to open up the pores and remove deep impurities. Apply face wash by rubbing in circles gently. Rinse with cool water before pat drying with a clean hand towel.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating with the right product removes dead skin cells and excess oil that might have built up on the skin. It can also help open up the pores and lift facial hair. Try sticking to 1-3 times weekly exfoliation after washing your face. However, you might need to exfoliate more than that if you have oily skin.

Benefits of exfoliating the face

  • Removes dead cells
  • Promotes healthier skin and improves complexion
  • Opens up the pores for deep cleaning

3. Shaving Cream

Always use a good shaving cream. The right shaving cream is an absolute must and it can make you feel like a razor barely touches your face. If you have to shave ensure you also use an aftershave balm to reduce the risk of irritation.

4. Moisturise

If you have fair skin, moisturising with cream that is SPF 30 is an absolute must. Every man should use a moisturiser to protect the skin from harmful UV radiation (rays) a key component in ageing skin.

Evening Routine

Before you go to bed, rinse off all the dirt that might have clogged the pores of your face and skin. Washing your skin might not be enough especially in days when you might have had a hectic day at work or in school.

1. Toner

Use skin toner to clear any remaining dirt residue that might still be hanging in the pores. Toners are known to smoothen and refresh the skin preventing acne and irritation. So, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get a good toner.

2. Apply Serum

Apply a rich serum to reverse the effect of sun rays and exposure. The serum will gently work overnight while you sleep, tackling fine lines and slowing removing wrinkles. Most anti-aging products work best at night.

3. Use a Night Cream

Look for a quality night cream for your skin type that can help hydrate and moisturise your skin while you sleep.  The combo of moisturising cream and an anti-ageing cream by nightfall will work wonders to promote healthy skin.

Final Note

If you are starting, remember that with skincare, consistency is key. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results immediately. Just as it took years for bad skin to develop, it will equally take some time and consistent effort to make lasting repairs on the skin.

The best part is, skin care routines aren’t expensive. You can start with three good products to work with at first. As time passes on add others into the regimen

Sam Brady

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

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