5 Skincare Tips for Men to Get a Woman’s Attention
Looking handsome may seem to happen naturally, but men need good skincare just as much as women. If your current grooming routine only extends to shaving, brushing your teeth and combing your hair, now might be the time to pay a little more attention to your face and learn how to handle skincare like a man.
The process doesn’t need to be overly complicated. Here are five steps to begin your new regimen and start turning heads.
1. Wash your face
Hopefully you’re doing this already, but many men use scorching hot water and harsh soap (or no soap at all!), which can make your face dry and wrinkly. Instead, use a gentle facial cleanser to remove dirt and oil. A good cleanser also stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
Aim to cleanse at least once per day, in the evening before you go to bed. But if your skin is super oily when you wake up, wash your face in the morning too. Just don’t overdo it — you’ll know if your cleanser is too harsh because your skin will feel tight and uncomfortable, and you’ll possibly even see more blackheads.
If this word is unfamiliar to you, it simply means scrub your face to help slough away the dead skin cells and other gunk that make your skin look dull. Generally, men should exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Over time, your skin will become less dry, and exfoliating will unclog your pores, which helps prevent ingrown hairs when you shave.
You can use a physical exfoliator, which a washcloth, brush or sponge, but the best course of action is to use a creamy and/or grainy face scrub to improve your skin tone and battle acne.
Nobody likes dry, dehydrated, dull and sensitive skin. If you want soft, kissable, healthy-looking skin, a moisturizing lotion is key. Most facial lotions are oil-based, which work well for normal skin that can become dry or flaky skin, but water-based moisturizing gel work better if you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts (and shouldn’t cause a shine).
4. Use Spot Treatments
You’ll need to the extra mile to help with things like acne, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Don’t pick pimples; try a good spot treatment with to dry it up, or apply a clay mask. Vitamin C/antioxidant serums boost any anti-ageing skincare routine. And if you have acne and hyper-pigmentation, skincare products with retinoids are your friends.
5. Apply sunscreen.
The sun is responsible for 80% of visible ageing on men’s skin. Sunscreen is essential, as sun damage, which can cause redness, irritation, dryness, wrinkles, discoloration, extra blood vessels and skin cancer. Look for an SPF of 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and apply it every day — no exceptions, even in the winter. And in the summer, remember to reapply often.