Following these 7 skincare tips for men can help you make sure you (or your man) maintains a complexion that is healthy, clean and smooth!
1. Prevention is key
When it comes to keeping skin in good shape, prevention is key. Make using a broad spectrum sunscreen part of your daily routine. SkinMedica’s Total Defense & Repair is a great product for all skin types and can prevent the appearance of premature aging. Preventing future damage is a key way to preserve your skin’s youthful glow and elasticity. If you’re prone to rosacea or have sensitive skin, make sure you’re using a physical sunscreen or sun block rather than a chemical sunscreen.
2. Shave smart
Most men know that shaving in the direction of facial hair growth will help prevent razor bumps, the painful condition that many men with curly or wiry facial hair cope with. Take it a step further and use an exfoliating wash before shaving to prep your skin for a smooth, easy shave.
Contrary to popular belief, a single edge is all you need for a smooth shave, especially if you’re prone to bumps. Razors with multiple blades shave a little too close for comfort and cut the hair at a level that lies beneath the surface of the skin, which will increase the possibility that curly hair will curl downwards and back into the skin before it has the chance to break the surface of the skin.
3. Moisture is your friend
It can be overwhelming to choose from so many skincare options, especially when most are targeted toward women, but a simple moisturizer can make a huge difference in your every day look. Dr. Doppelt has a product educator who can answer all your questions and help you choose the product that is right for your skin. To make moisturizing simple, consider the following:
- Dry skin can benefit from a cream, which is the thickest formulation.
- Normal skin responds well to lotion, the lower-viscosity option.
- Oily skin still needs moisture and can benefit from toners or gels.
4. Snack for better skin
There are lots of foods that can improve the appearance of your skin. Adding a handful of almonds to your daily diet can give your skin the boost it needs. Almonds and other foods like salmon and tuna contain a dose of essential fatty acids, which are known to stop inflammation that can cause blotchiness, fine lines and even sagginess. While you’re at it, consider reducing sodium in your diet – salty snacks might be yummy, but can contribute to puffiness.
5. Trim smarter
If you’re sporting facial hair, there’s more to grooming than whacking away with a trimmer. Consider using a fine-tooth comb to straighten beard and mustache hairs before trimming. Hair conditioner can also help keep your beard manageable, while a small amount of hair gel can help you land a manicured look you’ll love.
6. Don’t fret your frown line
A recent report in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology indicated that the number of men receiving Botox injections has jumped 258 percent within the past decade. Dr. Doppelt has seen similar numbers in his practice. If you’re not ready to go under the needle for injections, consider adding a retinol product to your skin care routine to treat and prevent fine lines.
7. Prevent pimples from popping up
Perspiration can be a factor when it comes to acne on the face and body. Men of all ages can find themselves dealing with breakouts on the face, back, buttocks, arms and legs, especially after many hours of physical activity. Some men are prone to body breakouts even without extra sweating. Keep acne at bay by fighting back with a body wash or soap containing a proven acne-fighting ingredient like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
Make the most of Men’s Health Awareness Week by taking steps toward great skin. Dr. Doppelt and his staff can answer your questions and help set you up with a simple skin care routine you’ll stick to – without sacrificing your man card.