Minimalist tips for any man looking to invest in self-care
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If you’ve been skipping out on skin care, it’s time to talk. You don’t need to do much to repair, protect, and even pamper your mug. We’re recommending the most basic adjustments for long-lasting results. Come learn how to combat breakouts, shaving irritations, and those fine lines that’ll creep out of nowhere.
Plus, a little shine on the outside treats the inside, too.
Here’s how to get started — or how to brush up your game, because there’s always something new to help buff up your glow.
A simple skin care regimen
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As with anything we do and expect results, skin care requires consistency. But developing a routine can seem daunting if you don’t know what to do or use.
Here are the three most important steps he highlights, ones that men usually skimp on.
One thing dudes have gotten right is not washing their face every single morning. This is because washing too much can ruin your skin’s natural oils.
But this only works if you wash every night. We start each day with a clean slate, so why not let your skin end on a fresh note, too? Don’t let dirt and pollution soak into your pores overnight.
We recommend using a mild foaming cleanser before you shave to help reduce surface oil. As long as you don’t have sensitive skin, you can alternate between an exfoliating cleanser for an enhanced shaving experience and a mild wash.
Pro tip: If you have oily skin, you can use a hot towel to clean your face in the morning. Splash with cold water for a refreshing boost.
Our skin takes a beating over time, thanks to free radicals causing oxidative stress. Without going into a chemistry lesson, oxidative stress relates to our bodies’ negative reaction to bad things like:
- air pollution
- cigarette smoke
- industrial chemicals
- UV rays
An antioxidant serum, for example, like vitamin C, is helpful to reduce damage and should go on in the morning underneath moisturizer. Use a day cream.
Apply after your shaving routine.
Pro tip: Before bedtime, a night cream for those in their 30s and up. Helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Moisturize and protect
In the a.m., follow up your antioxidant serum with a moisturizer that has at least SPF 30. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or outdoor sports. Incidental sun exposure, like the time you spend walking to the train or sipping a beer on the patio after work, adds up and causes skin damage.
At night, opt for a lightweight moisturizer without sunscreen.
Pro tip: You don’t have to moisturize at night if your skin isn’t dry! Moisturizing is a lot like drinking water. Do it when you need it.