After our detailed guide on a simple-to-follow nightly skin care routine for men, we figured that you men would probably like one on daily skin care routine as well. So here we are, it’s time to gather some quality advice on how to care for your skin the way it should be cared for, but without making it an almost part-time job as many women seem to do.
This guide is intended to be simple yet effective for most men, so let’s get right into it.
Daily Facial Care For Men
First things first, we will be discussing both face skin care and body skin care in this article, which are supposed to be followed daily. Besides ensuring a healthy skin and preventing typical skin issues such as aging and wrinkling of skin, you would also experience surprising benefits such as a better looking complexion.
Now, before we get started with the “real” stuff you’re here for, you should first be going through our nightly skin care routine to better understand your skin type.
Furthermore, before committing to a specific product that you will read below, make sure to do a patch test to see how it reacts to your skin first. If it causes any breakouts, irritation, or any other redness, avoid that product for good.
Before starting the cleansing process, you would want to soften the sebum that builds up in the pores of your face to get the most out of the cleansing process. You can do this by simply splashing some warm water on your face.
Then simply pick a good, natural men’s face wash product, and apply a dime sized amount gently over your face in a circular motion. If you apply more, you will not only be unnecessarily wasting money, but also risk encountering some otherwise rare side effects, especially if the product isn’t contains harmful ingredients.
Wash off the cream with cool water, as it will help close the pores in order to prevent dirt and oil from making their way into your face’s skin. Also, needless to mention, using a soap is something you would certainly want to avoid, given they are loaded with chemicals and can wreck havoc on your face’s skin.
You also shouldn’t rub your face dry, but rather pat dry it, as rubbing results in unnecessary stretching of your face’s skin that can lead to premature wrinkles.
Similarly, you must resist your temptation to wash your face more than twice a day, as it’s likely to result in a dry skin over time. Finally, you can take your face cleaning to the next level by simply using a natural men’s face scrub once or twice a week.
It goes a long way in exfoliating your skin, which is basically getting rid of dead cells and also preventing them from blocking your pores, something that’s often associated with a poor complexion.
However, you shouldn’t be using the face scrub more than twice a week, as that can make your skin extremely dry.
As for which type of cleanser you should get, see this easy representation below:
Foaming cleansers: Avoid if you have dry skin.
Non-foaming cleansers: Avoid if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
A good men’s face moisturizer that isn’t something packed with chemicals would help keep your skin hydrated, and your skin can never be healthy enough without the right amount of hydration. Just like the face wash, however, you only need to apply a very small amount of moisturizer to your entire face.
It will help you keep oil, dirt and wrinkles at bay, while also slowing down your skin’s natural aging process significantly with daily use.
Applying a sunscreen after cleansing and moisturizing is very important. You will need to protect your skin from the single most damaging entity in the outside world, the sun. This is especially true if you are using certain products that expose your skin to receive more damage from sun exposure.
This includes any retinoids, bynzoyl-peroxide or a Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( AHAs ). Aim for 30 SPF or higher, and a sunscreen that has proper UVA protection as well.
Exfoliating your face is not required daily, but once or twice a week at least is a good idea. Choose chemical exfoliation instead of physical exfoliation because the latter is too abrasive and can induce acne to prone skin.
The two main types of exfoliate’s include AHA’s and BHA’s. You may use either, however keep in mind what we said above regarding using an AHA. You must absolutely use a sunscreen if you go the AHA route.
The benefits of exfoliation include reducing acne, brightening the tone of your skin, and purging dirt or other unwanted particles from your pores.
When choosing a product, you need to begin at a low percentage of glycolic acid, salicylic acid or lactic acid and then gradually go up slowly while being astute of how the change in frequency affects your skin.
If increasing the frequency leads to irritation or dryness, go back down to a lower percentage.
Now let’s take a look at taking care of your body’s skin.
Daily Body Care For Men
Starting off with a warm shower, not too long however, is a good idea for ideal body care.
Bar Soap or Body Wash?
Well, there’s actually not much to say about this comparison in general, as it’s more about your personal preferences than anything else.
However, if you happen to be struggling with skin dryness, a body wash will likely turn out to be a better fit for your skin care needs. It’s usually more moisturizing, which is precisely what you need to get rid of the dryness.
Make sure you go with a healthy product that contains jojoba oil and olive oil, as they are both highly moisturizing. If you need more detail, have a look at our bar soap vs body wash guide.
We also covered some of the best natural body washes for men so check that out if you need a product.
Using a body moisturizer is by no means a requirement for most men, simply because their biggest skin problem is usually an oily skin, and not dryness. However, if you have an extremely dry skin, then a body moisturizer is worth a shot.
Simply apply it on parts that are very dry, and you should see a considerable difference in just a few weeks, if not sooner.
This is primarily for those that are into a profession that requires frequent use of hands, leaving them dry and even cracked. A good men’s hand cream or lotion may work wonders in such cases.
It’s very hydrating, and if you manage to get the right product, it also won’t be greasy. But it will help keep your hands hydrated and act as a protective cover to prevent the frequent dryness.
Look for a product made with hemp if you want a very potent hand cream.
A Final Note
We might seem a little biased towards “natural” products, but that’s because they turn out to be a much better choice when the overall long term impact is taken into account. Products that contain chemicals can do more harm than good in the long run, and are hence best avoided.
Lastly, if you have very sensitive skin or any underlying skin conditions, you should always visit with a dermatologist first to get the most optimal treatment plan for your individual case.