Thanks to the huge volume of product options, skincare can be overwhelming at best and confusing at worst.
Before I got married my husband then a bachelor had no skincare routine to speak of—he didn't want to put in the effort to figure it out. Or maybe he just didn't care.
Good skincare is one of the most powerful tools we have against most of the common issues men face on their faces: acne, wrinkles, even sun damage.
Building a skincare routine from ground zero takes only a few simple steps.
Step 1: Facial Cleanser
When we think of clean skin, we’re conditioned to expect a dry, squeaky-clean feeling. That might feel good on your body, but that same feeling on your face is actually bad. It means your skin’s protective barrier is disrupted and you’ve stripped away good oils that keep it moisturized. Instead, use a specific facial cleanser that contains moisturizing ingredients, but still has a dose of salicylic acid (and maybe even witch hazel) to gently control oil. Use it twice a day (morning and night).
Step 2: Eye Cream
Eye cream is a simple tool that can fix a whole lot of problems. Dark circles? It can help get rid of them. Puffy bags from a rager list night? It can send those packing. Starting to see wrinkles and fine lines? Eye cream can keep you looking fresh. Eye skin is thinner than on the rest of your face, so it needs more concentrated ingredients, and tends to lose moisture quickly and easily. Start using an eye cream morning and night after cleansing, even if you don’t do anything else.
Step 3: Moisturizer
Finding a moisturizer you can tolerate is easy (there are more lightweight formulas coming out every day) and wearing one will, at the very least, keep your skin from feeling dry, and at the most, help it maintain moisture that will keep it looking good for years to come. Look for words like “lotion” or “gel” instead of “cream” on the label if you’re a beginner.
Step 4: SPF
You should be wearing sunscreen every day. Daily sunscreen is the most effective anti-aging product we have.