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Skincare For Men: 4 step skin routine

SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR MEN

For plenty of men, the concept of skincare has barely entered their vocabulary, let alone their bathroom cabinets. The common grooming routine is comprised solely of shower gel and body spray gift sets, picked from supermarket bargain bins as last-minute Christmas gifts from distant aunties. If cleansing and moisturizing sound more like mystifying arcane arts than something you should be doing every day, then this article is here to convince you otherwise.

Everyone stands to gain from proper skincare and reaping the benefits is surprisingly simple. In this article, we take you through a skincare routine for men that is both extremely straightforward and extremely effective.

Skincare Step 1:

exfoliate

Exfoliation serves to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum from the skin. The deep clean an exfoliating product offers also penetrates into the pores and unblocks deep-lying impurities, stopping the blockages that contribute to problems like cystic spots and blackheads. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial to maintaining skin health and preventing breakouts.

An important thing to know is that there are two types of exfoliators:

  1. Chemical Exfoliators include scrubs containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, or malic acid which may be applied in high concentrations by a medical professional, or in lower concentrations in over-the-counter products. Chemical exfoliation may involve the use of products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids(AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or enzymes that act to loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to ease away. This type of exfoliation is recommended for people treating acne. In beauty spa treatment in continental Europe, the chemical properties of wine-producing grapes are exploited in the practice of vinotherapy which is becoming increasingly popular
  2. Abrasive Exfoliators, like the nutshell ones made by St. Ives (or their knockoff versions) or even salt or sugar face scrubs, are actually harmful to your skin. They are not exfoliating you or making you glow.

If you have sensitive skin which is easily irritated, using a chemical exfoliant rather than a scrub may be preferable for you. With a chemical exfoliant, massage into the skin in the shower or when washing your face and leave to absorb for 30 seconds before washing off. With a scrub, massage continually for approximately 30 seconds, focusing on problem areas, before washing away.

For most, exfoliating 2-3 times per week is ideal, but if your skin type is oily (read more about skin type if you’re lost at this point) then you may benefit from exfoliating more frequently.

Skincare Step 2:

cleanse

Cleansing is the most important daily maintenance step in your skincare routine. Throughout the day, your skin is exposed to dirt, bacteria, and environmental impurities, as well as producing sebum which builds upon the surface. Cleansing removes this, helping to prevent breakouts and clogged pores.

Apply cleanser to damp skin first thing in the morning or after exfoliating, massage in, and wash away. The whole process should take no more than 30 seconds.

Skincare Step 3:

serum

Typically lightweight and unobtrusive, serums are a small addition to a skincare routine which goes an extremely long way. Designed to deliver intense benefits even in low doses, applying between cleansing and moisturizing regularly will produce noticeable anti-aging and anti-blemish effects.

Use between 1 and 3 drops and apply a light coverage to your whole face.

Skincare Step 4:

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Moisturising restores hydration to the skin, firming it, as well as replacing nutrients and moisture loss during the process of cleansing and exfoliating. As well as this, moisturizer forms a protective barrier over the skin, which helps to prevent dirt from clogging the pores, and guards against the bacteria responsible for outbreaks.

How much moisturizer you should use depends on the season and your skin type. If your skin is naturally oilier, you should use a small amount, making sure to work into the skin evenly. Using too much may exacerbate oiliness and breakouts. If your skin is drier naturally, you should use enough to ensure your skin feels thoroughly hydrated to the touch.

For all skin types, you can increase the amount you use during the colder months, as low temperatures slow the production of sebum, the natural oils produced by the skin. Get your most handsome face ever with the latest in men’s skincare.

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