Creating a Skincare Routine doesn’t need to be that complicated. Taking care of your skin is simple once you know where to start. As a group of men's skincare experts, we are here to show you how to create a skincare routine!
What's your skin type?
First, you need to determine your skin type. Everyone’s skin is different, so you need to know which type yours is so you can find the best way to take care of it.
Most people’s skin falls into one of four categories: oily, normal, dry, or combination. Here’s a simple test to figure out which one you have. Wash your face, wait about an hour, and then look in a mirror. If your skin is oily, your pores will be big and easy to see and your forehead, nose, and chin (the T-zone) will look greasy. If your skin is normal, it will still look fresh. When it’s dry, you’ll start to see flaking and it will feel and look tight.
If you have combination skin, it will look greasy in your T-zone and flaky or smooth everywhere else. If you are shaving consistently, make sure you use shaving cream and a shaving brush for the ultimate shave, and if you are keeping your beard or cool mustache style, make sure you use our beard conditioner if you have a long beard! Check out any of our premium grooming products.
What kind of cleanser should you use?
Once you know what skin type you have you can pick the right cleanser. Any good facial cleanser will say right on the package which type it’s best for, so the hardest part will just be deciding which one feels right for you. In general, gel and foam cleansers are good for oily skin while cream cleansers are good for dry skin. Whichever face wash you use, your skin shouldn’t feel too dry after you rinse it off. If it does it’s too harsh and you need to try a different one. Be sure to check out the best facial cleanser for men.
Water temperature is key
You might have heard that you should wash with hot water and rinse with cold water, but you’re better off using warm water. Hot water will dry out your skin and cold water can irritate it, not to mention the shock your skin gets going from one extreme to the other. You should also make sure to not rub your face too hard when you wash it since that can be rough on your skin, too.
It might seem counter-intuitive if you have oily skin, but no matter what skin type you have you’ll need to use a facial moisturizer. It’s also a good idea to use a sunscreen every day. Even if it’s not sunny, your skin is still getting sun exposure whenever you’re outside, like during your commute.
Find one of the several products out there that are both a moisturizer and a sunscreen and you can combine two steps in your routine into one. Also, if you’re used to splashing on an aftershave you might want to ditch it since aftershaves that contain alcohol can actually dry out your skin instead of soothing it.
Using a face scrub is good for sloughing off dead skin and can give you a smoother shave, however, exfoliating your skin too much can irritate it, so you don’t need to use a scrub every day.
After you start a skincare routine you’ll get the best results if you’re consistent. Include washing your face before you go to bed; taking those extra few minutes each night will be worth it.