When it comes to skincare, men have kept it plain and simple. However, more men are now understanding that their daily habits are making harder to have healthier skin. And so, they’re pursuing ways to achieve vice-free skin, making a better evaluation on their skincare routine. Though there are key differences between men and women’s skin – for example, men’s skin is thicker than women’s (+25% thicker), oilier in some cases, and contain larger pores – the basic elements of an effective skincare routine remain the same.
First and foremost, it’s important that everyone identifies and understands their skin-type:
- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
Understanding your skin type will help you learn how to take care of your skin and select skin solutions that are right for your concerns.
To help men develop healthy skincare routines, Rodrigo Diaz, founder of GOA Skincare, recommends the following tips:
Know the brand and Ingredients
Skincare products you choose will depend on what the brand has to offer and the type of product for your skin. What makes the product different and beneficial for your skin type. Does the brand use water in their ingredient deck? If so, how much? Is the brand transparent on its FULL ingredient list? Many brands only share key ingredients and do not share potentially non-safe preservatives or emollients/emulsifiers/surfactants. On the product front; if you have oily, acne-prone skin, look for moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, use mild, “fragrance-free” products, as products containing fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated and dry. However, beware of products labeled “unscented,” as many of these contain masking fragrances that can still irritate your skin.
Wash your Face Daily and After Exercise
Since regular bar soap often contains harsh ingredients that can be drying to the skin, wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm or cold water. Exercise brings in sweat-dwelling bacteria so try using a purifying face cleanser that is high in protein and anti-inflammatories.
Watch Your Shaving Technique
For some men, multi-blade razors can work too well or shave too closely to your skin. If you often experience razor bumps, razor burn or ingrown hairs, use a single- or double-blade razor instead and do not stretch your skin taut while shaving. Before you shave, use a hyper-conditioning oil to greatly reduce razor burn and ingrown hairs. Use moisturizing shaving cream on top of the oil and shave in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after each swipe of the razor, and change your blade after five to seven shaves to minimize irritation.
Moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin, which can help reduce the appearance of stress and fatigue lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. For the best results, apply a moisturizer with proteins and anti-vice ingredients to your face immediately after bathing, showering or shaving while the skin is still damp - Pores will be open at this point.
Check Your Skin Regularly
Do a little digging (not literal) - If you notice any suspicious spots, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men over age 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than the general population. However, when caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
Wear Sunscreen Whenever Outdoors
To help prevent sun damage that can lead to rapid aging, wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer, before going outdoors, apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin, including your scalp, ears, neck, and lips. For best protection, use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. You can also protect your skin by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing, including sunglasses that have UV protection and wide-brimmed hats.
Every man’s skin is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to skincare. If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, or if have questions about how to take care of your skin, ask our skincare professionals at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with GOA’s online Concierge.