I don’t care you are you are,
you’re never too old to start a daily skin care routine.
There’s nothing wrong with taking care of your skin, it’s not just a female trait and it’s not vain.
A man with a solid, energised face and good skin gets noticed.
Once you get to forty the signs of ageing seem to appear out of nowhere. You may have had a youthful baby face since your teens and then one day you’ll wake up to realise you’ve morphed into your dad.
Basic guidelines for men to maintain healthy skin care regime and keep skin looking healthier longer:
A lot of men think skin care is only necessary when they have a problem – acne, redness from shaving, wrinkles, or other typical skin care problems.
While certain men’s skin care products can help with isolated problems, a really good daily skin care routine will prevent them in the first place.
Basic guidelines for men to maintain healthy skin care regime and keep skin looking healthier longer: Did you know that your skin is your largest organ?
Like any other part of your body, your skin needs daily preventative measures to keep it healthy. This is no different than weight lifting, cardio, and eating right to keep your body in shape.
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As you’ll have gathered by now, how much attention your skin needs post-forty depends on how well you’ve cared for your skin up until that point. If you’ve smoked, eaten badly and used no quality products or sun protection then you could have your work cut out!
But no matter how much you’ve prepared, fighting back against the signs of ageing requires a good routine, a few helpful hints and, more importantly, the right products
So what can I do to help your skin when you hit 50?
Have a daily skin care routine that you can follow and stick to it
Learn Your Skin Type.
How many of you know your skin type? Frankly, most men don’t even realise skin has “types”. And I guess they weren’t really interested in the first place.
So, your first step is to find out what skin type you are.
Which of these five basic skin types most reflects you?
Your skin stays oil free most of the day and doesn’t get irritated or dry easily and acne is not an issue.
Your skin has oily patches and a natural shine to it. You often get acne or build up.
Your skin gets easily irritated, and frequently feels tight or dry.
Imagine your face has a “T” on it. The horizontal bar goes across your forehead – the vertical bar runs down to the tip of your nose, hence being referred to as your T Zone.
Your skin looks weathered and feels and looks tired. It may also be wrinkled and has age spots.
Most middle aged men will fall into this skin type, simply because we have never taken care of our skin.
Now you know your skin type, you can start to take care of it.
Start by using skin care products that match your skin type. Most product packaging indicates the skin type it’s been made for.
Cleanse Your Skin.
You should be cleansing your skin every morning and before you go to bed.
- So, every morning, wash your face with a men’s facial cleanser that is made for your skin type. A cleansing first thing in the morning refreshes your skin.
- And before you go to bed, wash your face, this will prevent oil and other bacteria from sitting on your face all night.
- Wash your face in the shower or splash warm water over your face before washing. This opens up the pores and helps remove any deep-down impurities.
- As you apply the face wash, gently rub in circles. Don’t rub too hard – your facial skin is very sensitive.
- When you’re done, rinse with cool water to close the pores and then dry. Never rub your face dry – this can cause premature wrinkles.
- After washing, your face should feel clean, but not too clean or tight. Tightness is a sign of excessively dry skin – which can cause irritation, acne, premature wrinkles, and excess oil production.
- Never wash your face with bar soap. No matter what type of soap you use, natural or generic, the ingredients are too harsh for the face.
- Washing your face more than twice a day is completely unnecessary. We’re talking to you, guys with oily skin. Over-washing sets your sebum glands (the skin’s oil glands) go into overdrive, creating excess oil.
You should scrub your skin in the morning.
- Scrubbing (exfoliating) your face should be done 1 – 3 times a week after cleansing your face, depending on your skin type. Guys with oily-type skin should exfoliate more often, while men with sensitive/dry skin should do it less often.
- A men’s face scrub is an extremely versatile product – not only is it important to a skin care regimen, but it’s the secret weapon you’ve been missing in your shave routine too.
- Exfoliating removes dead skin cells on your skin. That helps new, healthier skin cells reveal themselves, improving your complexion. Guys with oily skin probably don’t need to be told this, but the less build-up on your skin, the fewer clogged pores and breakouts you’ll have.
- Before a shave, scrub the shaved area. This discourages ingrown hairs and bumps. Not enough men take the time to prepare their skin before shaving.
- You want your facial hair to be protruding as high above the skin as possible, allowing for a cleaner cut and preventing it from growing back into the skin. A men’s face scrub will do this.
- Using a face scrub is a lot like using a face wash. Wet your face beforehand with warm water and use a small amount of scrub, gently rubbing in circles around your entire face (or shave area).
- Focus on areas where dead skin and build up primarily occur – the nose, forehead, and neck. When done, rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.
- Never use a scrub more than three times a week and only once a day. Guys have a tendency to go overboard with face scrub because it “feels like something is happening” when using it.
- Take it easy – over using a scrub can cause dryness, irritation, and excess oil production.
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You should hydrate your skin morning and night.
- Hydrating the face, or moisturising is nothing more than applying a men’s face moisturiser to your skin.
- Moisturising offers a whole range of benefits:
- It makes the skin firmer, prevents water
- Prevents water loss.
- And has an anti-ageing effect.
- As you age (even in your early 30’s), your skin’s cells can’t hold as much moisture as they used to – mostly because your body produces steadily fewer skin proteins (collagen).
- Moisturising your skin helps with hydration and essential nutrients to skin cells so they can continue to look full, delivering a youthful, healthy face.
- After washing or scrubbing your face and thoroughly patting dry, apply a men’s face moisturiser over your entire face. Take special care to hydrate around the forehead and eyes.
- You only need a little bit of product and there’s no need to vigorously rub it in. If you have dry skin, you may need to reapply a small amount again in the afternoon. Guys with oily skin – don’t skip the hydration step.
- Using just a small amount of face moisturiser every day will keep oil in check and reduce blemishes.
To prevent skin damage you should be taking care of your skin morning and night.
- What’s the easiest way to have great looking skin your entire life? Prevention. Unfortunately, most guys think of their skin last when it comes to overall physical health.
- Preventing skin issues starts with protecting yourself from the sun and fighting off the ageing process.
- SPF: If you will be in the sun for longer than 30 minutes, use sunscreen on all exposed parts of your skin. Nothing will age and damage your skin faster than the sun. Make sure to use sunscreen that has at least SPF 15.
- Most sunscreens – even “natural” versions – are made with some pretty suspect chemicals and ingredients. When coming inside for the day, it’s best to wash the sunscreen off.
- Eye Cream: Like to stay up late? Often have dark circles or bags under your eyes? Men’s eye cream is your secret weapon for looking good.
- Bags and dark circles accumulate around the eyes when you don’t get enough sleep. Normally, blood and other fluids move into your head as you sleep. If you don’t give them time to do that, those fluids push up against the skin. The result? Puffiness and dark circles.
- Eye cream ingredients stimulate the area around the eyes, reducing puffiness and fluid build-up. The best eye creams for men contain caffeine; it’s an incredible stimulant that drains blood back into the body.
- Anti Ageing Cream: Use a men’s face moisturiser every night before you go to bed. But if you’re worried about wrinkles and fine lines, you should use a men’s anti ageing cream.
- Why use it at night? Your body repairs itself as you sleep, so applying the anti-ageing cream at this time works with the body’s natural restorative process.
- Skin care doesn’t need to be complicated. With as little as three products, you can have a robust and effective skin care routine.