7 Skincare Basics for Men

Many men think that washing their face in the shower with a bar of soap is enough to keep their skin looking clean. Frankly, it isn’t enough. Here are some tips for men to start a good skincare regimen.

Know your skin type

The first step in developing a skincare regimen is to determine skin type – dry, oily, normal, sensitive, or combination. Once you determine your skin type, you can then choose the right cleansers, moisturizers, and other products to keep your skin looking and feeling great. See a skincare specialist like AG Enhancive, to help determine what skin type you are, and the best products suited for your skin.

Skip the Soap

A harsh bar of soap will dry out your face.  Swap the bar of soap for a good cleanser that will remove bacteria and dead skin cells. Rinse with cool water as this will minimize your pores, preventing new dirt and oil from entering. Pat your face dry as rubbing your face encourages premature wrinkling from stretching the skin.

Prevent with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is not only necessary for collagen production and maintenance, but it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. When added to your daily skincare routine, well-formulated products containing vitamin C help even out skin tone, improve hydration, and keep your skin looking younger, longer.

Exfoliate with AHA Serums

A good serum with AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, promotes the production of elastin and collagen in your skin. The term AHA actually refers to a group of natural acids that can be found in a variety of food. With the use of an AHA exfoliating serum, production of skin cells will peak, creating new cells that are soft and smooth. By using a serum regularly, you will notice wrinkles evening out, making your skin smoother.

Use a Good Razor

Shaving is a form of exfoliating; that’s why men don’t age as quickly as women. If you shave frequently, you need a good-quality razor that is suited for your facial hair coarseness and skin sensitivity. Use a multi-blade razor that cuts hair evenly and precisely, eliminating the need for re-shaves which can irritate your skin.

Hydrate your Skin

Whether you are shaving or not, you should follow up by hydrating your skin which prevents aging and wrinkles. Adding retinol cream to your skincare regimen will repair the skin. Retinol speeds up cell growth, reduces the appearance of discolouration, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Use an eye cream for men, as it will not only smooth wrinkles around the eyes, but reduce bags and puffiness.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

The sun’s rays speed up the aging process by slowing down collagen production, and forcing skin to lose its elasticity. Also, those damaging rays increase your risk of skin cancer. Apply a sunscreen every morning to keep skin protected.

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