Breaking Down the Basics // Skincare for MenAugust 18, 2015
The Basic Rules of Men’s Skincare
Although the ladies used to be the only ones taking care of their skin, men’s skincare is a thing–and a growing market, too. Now, not that we want to encourage you to have more grooming products than your girlfriend, because let’s be honest–that’s not manly. However, a few staples wouldn’t hurt if you both don’t happen to be into unisex grooming products. Instead, remember these musts when if comes to taking care of that baby face.
1. Wash your face [and not with the same bar you put on your ass]
Maybe it’s the easiest thing within reach or maybe you can’t seem to remember to buy an actual face wash whenever you’re out, but that bar of soap you use on your body should never go on your face. Other than the fact that it’s gross, bar soap is notorious for drying out skin–and even more so the skin on your face, as it’s more sensitive. So do yourself a favor and invest in a good product, one that doesn’t have a bunch of fragrances or alcohols, because those are just as bad as that bar.
It’s recommended to wash your face twice a day. But if that’s asking a lot, it’s more important to wash your face at night than in the morning. The reason being is that during the day your face is exposed to more dirt, grime and other pollutants than when you sleep at night–unless of course you’re still waiting for your mom to come wash your sheets.
Here’s where a lot of men fall off. Moisturizing is one of those things that can pose problems for both men and women alike. Often times moisturizers come packed with greasy residues and unhealthy fragrances that don’t sit well with many types of skin. If this sounds familiar, look for a moisturizer free of alcohol, and one that is water-based. If you have oily skin, don’t be fooled by some label that claims the contents are “oil-free.” In fact, what you really need is a natural oil, more specifically essential oils that work with the oils in your skin. Even Esquire has jumped on the oil bandwagon — in style, in course.
Another perk of these natural oils is that the majority of them are anti-bacterial or anti-microbial in some way, shape or form. So, not that we told you so, but if you wanted to skimp on the cleansing step every once and a while and straight to applying the essential oils, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
3. Diet is key
Although a bunch of fuss is made about what products you use on your skin, a lot of skin care woes can be avoided by simply watching what you eat. For example, staying hydrated is imperative for great looking skin. Like the rest of your body, your skin thrives on water. Ever notice how your lips get chapped easier when your dehydrated? Case and point.
Eating fruits and vegetables also works wonders for the skin. Incorporating lemon into the diet is especially beneficial due to its high concentrations of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. Other foods good for the skin include blueberries, salmon and spinach. Make sure to look for omega-3s, in addition to those antioxidants.
Although it probably goes without saying, quit smoking. It’s terrible for the skin. Not only does it cause wrinkles, but it takes out the natural glow, filling the body with extra toxins that puts an unnecessary load on your kidneys and liver.
With these small routine and lifestyle changes, your skin should be well on its way to turning heads and garnering extra attention from the ladies.