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Check These Skin Care Essentials Men Should Own
Self-care is important and it should be treated as a priority rather than a luxury. Burnouts are real whether at school or at work and one of the ways you can recharge is by taking care of yourself.
You can treat yourself to good food, drink wine, take vacations or go to a spa, but what if those options are not something you can do every day or too expensive to realistically do every time you feel like taking a break?
Go for an achievable routine like skincare. Yes, men should also take care of their skin because minimal grooming can only do so much if your skin is being ravaged by acne, dullness, and irritation caused by so much stress.
If you’re new to primping yourself, you shouldn’t be intimidated by the number of steps. Beginners can start with skincare essentials like the following:
If you have acne or suffer from clogged pores that result in whiteheads and blackheads, there are specially-formulated facial washes that you can get to target those issues. Ingredients like salicylic acid can help calm flare-ups of pimples so if you’re having a particularly stressful week or if your skin keeps breaking out, having a special facial wash on hand can be helpful.
Other ingredients to look out for are benzoyl peroxide and sulfur. It pays to do your research first and to visit a dermatologist before you self-medicate your already irritated skin.
There are many types of facial cleansers. They can come in the form of oil, clay, cream, foam, powder, and bar just to name a few. Knowing what kind your skin can tolerate will prove to be useful when you’re trying to curate products that work best for you.
Separate Body Bar
Most body soaps aren’t gentle enough for the face and that is why it is ideal to have one and a separate face wash. If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to find one that caters to your needs.
Consider getting a men’s soap that’s made with the good stuff like natural ingredients and essential oils that are good for the skin.
Quality Shaving Cream (Optional)
Not all men shave, but if you do, consider getting quality shaving cream instead of the dollar store variants you have stocked up in your bathroom or vanity.
Have you ever wondered why your face feels drier than normal after shaving or why it gets red and irritating after? Most cheap shaving creams have high alcohol content and will dry out and inflame most skins.
Shaving is part of grooming and self-care, and as such, you should treat yourself to quality shaving cream that softens facial hair and gives you a smoother shave.
Here are some tips on how to find the best shaving cream for your skin type and needs. It makes sense at this point to ditch the plastic shaving razors and go for something that complements the better-quality foam.
Soothing Aftershave (Optional)
You can skip this step if you don’t shave. An aftershave is considered optional for those who do shave, but if you have sensitive skin, consider investing in a good and soothing variant. All that razor burns, nicks, and cuts you’ve experienced after a shaving session will dramatically calm down when you slap some on.
A good aftershave will also help close up pores without the sting so steer clear of products that have alcohol in them. It should also be able to bring back some of the lost moisture on your skin.
It turns out that sometimes facial washes can still leave a bit of residue and impurities on your face no matter how thoroughly you clean it. If you leave it as it is, these could potentially turn to pimples and other blemishes. Toners can help remove the minute traces as well as balance the PH levels of your face.
When you do this step and you see a bit of dirt on your cotton pad then that’s how you know it is doing its job. A toner can also help minimize the appearance of pores, reduce redness, unclog pores, and prep the skin to receive the optimal benefit from oils, emulsions or moisturizers. It matters what kind of toner you get so do your research properly.
This is an important step if you want your skin to feel hydrated and supple. Just like any other product mentioned here, not all moisturizers are created equal. There are different formulas that are beneficial for certain skin types.
People with normal skin can use the most basic of all moisturizers or a light variant if they find a certain cream too “heavy.”
Those with dry skins are encouraged to get moisturizers with humectants to trap in moisture. And those with oily skin need to steer clear of products with oil and fragrance.
Additionally, you need to remember that you should not use body lotion on your face as a moisturizer although they technically do the same thing.
The main reason is that the formulas are not the same and the oil-based lotion you use for your body could irritate or clog the pores on your face.
Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
You know very well by now that too much sun can cause a lot of harm including melanoma, which is a fatal type of skin cancer. It is imperative you get sunscreen and apply it religiously before heading out in the sun.
This is to protect you from harmful UV rays and your skin from drying out which can cause premature aging and sunburn.
Did you learn anything new today? Share your thoughts about the skincare essentials mentioned above in the comments below.