There may be a lot of things men and women differ in but when it comes to skin care, the process is relatively the same. Establishing a great skin care regime is an investment to the future of your face. While ageing is something that will inevitably happen, ageing gracefully is something both men and women can control by taking care of their face early on when they are still in their 20s.
You can go simple and opt for a two-step cleansing and moisturizing process here or you can go deeper into your skin with more steps for a truly invigorating daily routine for your face. Whatever you decide on, the following are all of the products you can incorporate in your skin care regime, so you can always have that fresh faced look.
With pollution no matter where you live and a day of touching our faces with less than clean hands, washing our face before bed is essential. Women are often prompted to cleanse their face before bed to wash off their makeup but as a man, you should keep in mind that just because you don’t see dirt it doesn’t mean your face is really clean. Find a cleanser for your skin type. You can go for a cream based one if you work in clean environments like an office and you should use a face wash when you work in places where your face is hit with a lot of dust and fumes.
Using a toner seems to have become an optional step for many but what most people don’t know is that once the face is cleansed, the skin needs “a range of ingredients that restore and repair its surface,” and this is what the cleanser does. For men, a toner can also be a shooting ingredient when there is irritation on the face due to shaving.
This little gem of a cream, which often comes is a small package, is the one that will give your face the hydration it needs. Moisturizing every day is so important to prevent wrinkles and dry skin from showing on your face. It will give your skin another layer of protection and prevent itchiness among other things. People who suffer from oily skin often avoid applying moisturizer in the belief that they will have less moisture on the face but the reality is that even an oily skin needs a moisturize — one with an oil free base to help give it the hydration it needs.
Exfoliation is a step in your skin care regime that will help you thoroughly clean up those black heads and white heads and open up your pores. This is the one step in the regime that should not be done on an everyday basis because it is too thorough a process to do to the skin every day, in fact, experts recommend that women should exfoliate two to three times a week and those with sensitive skin should only exfoliate once a week. Men do a lot of exfoliation even if they don’t have a skin care routine because they shave and this proves yet again how important that toner and moisturizer is to men, as much as it is to women.
A lesser known product compared to the moisturizer, the serum is the product that will penetrate deeper than a moisturizer into your skin and nourish your face with the ingredients it needs. The serum will give your face anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and other hydrators to equip your skin with elasticity and help you to age gracefully. You should apply the serum before the moisturizer so that it penetrates into your skin and then you can protect the latter with a layer of moisturize to lock all of those nourishing ingredients in. Serums are usually more expensive than moisturizers but considering the benefits your skin reaps from the serum, it is safe to say that this one is an investment for your skin.
You may not be at an age where you need an anti-wrinkle eye cream and you shouldn’t use such strong products if it’s not the time for you. What you can do, however, to help the area around your eyes from early on is to invest in eye creams that help with nourishing this very delicate area on your face. Starting with products that infuse the eye area with helpful nutrients will help prevent an early onset of heavy wrinkles around the eyes. You can’t start from the strongest formula when it comes to eye creams, so having a professional to guide you in the right choice for your age is the best way of implementing the best practices into your skin care regime.
Most people assume that night creams are made so that skin care companies can have another product to sell but there really is a good reason behind this skin care product. While using a day moisturizer is perfectly ok, a night cream tends to have a heavier combination which will help your skin heal faster from damage — that’s why most night creams have “ultra-hydrating” written where it can be seen. Night creams often contain ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and retinyl acetate, all of which help your skin “increase turnover (meaning new skin replaces older skin quicker)”. Thus, these ingredients will help with anti-aging as they will help decrease fine lines and age spots.
The simplest and most powerful product for your face, sunscreen should be a daily part of your skin care regime — summer and winter, whether you work outside or in an office. The sun can be so detrimental to the skin and so sunscreen is essential to prevent early ageing, sun spots, burns and more importantly, skin cancer. You can opt to buy sunscreen as a product on its own or you can invest in a moisturizer that has spf in it so you can have one less step in your skin care regime.