When it comes to grooming, guys certainly seem to have it easier than women. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to put some thought into your skincare. Here are a few things you should know about men’s skincare.
Get a good cleanser
Sorry guys, but hot water and harsh body soap isn’t going to cut it for your face. Look for a gentle men’s cleanser that’ll take off the dirt and grime your skin encounters every day. Kiehl’s, Neutrogena, and Clinique all do good men’s face washes.
Spend on razors (and pick the right one)
Cheap drugstore razors are prone to giving you cuts, razor burn and ingrown hairs, so think about investing in a quality razor to save your skin. You’ll need to consider your skin type (Sensitive? Oily?), hair type (Curly? Coarse?) and even how often you shave (daily or several times a week?) before finding the right one.
Daily shaving can create rough, sandpaper-like skin, so you’ll need to make sure you’re moisturizing every day, too. These days, there are tons of fragrance-free moisturizers in manly package, so there’s no excuse not to use one.
Shave with the grain
Most men shave against the grain because it offers a closer shave. But this can be a recipe for skin disaster since it can cause cuts and inflammation. Instead, shave with the grain and only go once over each section to minimize damage to the skin. Don’t forget to shave in the shower (or straight after) once the hair follicles have expanded in the heat, and use a shaving gel (or cream) or extra protection.
Get some sleep
No amount of skincare will do as much as getting enough shuteye. When you sleep, your skin is able to repair and regenerate; skipping your hours in the sack can worsen blemishes, wrinkles and under-eye circles, so make sure you’re getting your full eight hours.