Do you want to look as if you have just spent a few years in prison while you’re still in your early thirties? Because this is exactly what you’re setting yourself up for by not taking proper care of your skin. We went through guides like appropriately restoring dull skin, but now it’s time to delve a bit deeper.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually no age factor involved when you’re just looking to work on your skin’s health. Also, despite what some believe, there’s nothing feminine about taking care of your facial skin, especially if you’re not overdoing it. Men don’t need to spend hours on their skin anyway, just a few minutes in the morning and night would suffice.
And while there seem to be many resources out there guiding you with your morning skin care routine, there’s not much said about a nightly skin care routine for men. So this is what we will focus on today.
Understand Your Skin Type
There are hardly a few guys out there who are aware of their skin type. In fact, many don’t even know that there are different types of skin.
But it’s crucial to find out what’s your skin type before you come up with a nightly skin care routine. Each skin type needs different types of products that are specifically designed for it. It’s not a one-size-fits-all thing.
That being said, here’s a quick look at the five most common skin types that will help you determine what’s yours. Knowing your skin type will go a long way in helping you take better care of your skin.
Normal: Your skin is oil-free most of the time. Dryness and skin irritation, too, don’t bother you often. Skin issues such as acne are very rare.
Oily: Your skin feels and looks oily. It has a natural shine to it that doesn’t exactly make you look more attractive. Acne and build up, too, are hard to avoid.
Sensitive/dry: Your skin gets easily irritated. You also find it dry or tight most of the time. Be sure to also read this on how to shave with sensitive skin.
Combination: Your face has a kind of “T” pattern on it. There’s a horizontal line that goes across your forehead, and a vertical line that runs from the center of your forehead to the tip of your nose. You struggle with both oiliness and dryness of skin, hence the term “combination”.
Basically, your “T zone” is oily, but you feel dryness on other parts of your face, especially the cheeks.
Aging: Your skin looks tired, wrinkled and there are multiple age spots that are clearly visible. It’s likely result of avoiding your skin care needs for long.
Once you determine your skin type, you can come up with a perfect night skin care routine. Most products are made with a particular skin type in mind, so they are best suited for that skin type and not others.
You may easily be able to find this information on the product’s packaging or on the description if you’re buying online.
Step 1: Cleansing
Once you know your skin type, you’re ready to get started with your nightly skin care routine. Cleaning your face would be the first of the few things you would be doing before hitting the bed.
You would want to use a men’s face cleanser that’s specifically made for your skin type. Not that using a generic product or something that’s designed for other skin types is going to be harmful, but you just won’t get the best results.
Cleansing your face with the right cleanser helps get rid of the oil, dirt and bacteria that may have ended up blocking the pores of your facial skin. Letting them sit on your face’s skin all night may have an adverse effect on your skin’s health in the long run.
How to cleanse:
It’s recommended to wash your face with cool or warm water before you apply the cleanser. It helps remove the impurities and opens up the pores.
Be gentle while applying the cleanser and just rub in circles – rubbing too hard may turn out to be harmful as your facial skin is very sensitive. While washing your skin after applying the cleanser, you would want to use cool water as it would help close the pores faster. And just pat dry your skin; experts say that rubbing your skin dry may lead to premature wrinkles.
When you’re done with cleansing your face, your skin should feel clean. If it feels too clean or tight, however, there may be a problem.
Tightness of skin reflects a dry skin, and may lead to a range of skin issues such as premature wrinkles, acne, skin irritation, oily skin and more.
Let us also tell you that washing your face every now and then won’t help deal with any skin issues you may be facing, or even refresh your skin. If anything, it will only make your sebum glands (responsible for an oily skin) go into overdrive, producing excess oil on your skin.
Hence, it’s not a good idea to wash your face more than twice a day.
Step 2: Hydration
When we say hydrating your skin, we really just mean providing it with the right amount of moisture. So all you need to do is use a good men’s face moisturizer on your skin. Although often overlooked, a moisturized skin can help prevent many typical skin issues such as aging, water loss and make the skin firmer.
For this step, you can go after most facial moisturizers and they really don’t need to have SPF because you are not going outside in the sun during the night. A good brand to look at is Olay. They have several facial moisturizers that do a wonderful job hydrating your skin.
Don’t skip this step because moisturized skin cells are the key to youthful, healthy skin.
How to apply the moisturizer:
As with cleansing, you need to wash your face and pat dry it before applying the moisturizer. Apply only a small amount of the moisturizer, but make sure you spread it evenly over your entire face, especially your forehead and the area around your eyes.
As far as your nightly skin care routine, the 2 steps above are really all you need to do. Hence, this is why we said that it really only takes a couple of minutes a night.
This bonus step however is more a mental one, and it’s basically always keeping in mind that prevention is key. If you’re good at preventing all the skin care issues that come with age, you may not have to follow a vigorous skin care routine later down the road. Some of the common factors you should protect your skin against include the sun ( very important ) and eating a diet that is lacking vital nutrients.
How to prevent:
If you’re going to be out there in the sun for hours, practice proper skin care by applying some sunscreen on your face on top of your facial moisturizer and before you leave your home. There are probably not many things out there that cause more damage to your skin than frequent exposure to the sun.
However, not any sunscreen may cut it. You should really only purchase a physical sunscreen. The chemical sunscreens are loaded with oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been linked to skin irritation and sometimes worse. If you see either of these two chemicals on the ingredient list, it most definitely comes with a terrible “benefits to harm” ratio.
That being said, most sunscreens – even those that do not contain many obviously harmful ingredients – can be pretty rough on your skin. Therefore, when you get home make sure to wash your face and get rid of any excess sunscreen that is left over.