Have you ever taken a stroll down the facial products aisle at the drug store, only to quickly become understandingly overwhelmed? Or have you perused the internet looking for simple skincare tips, only to have the over-saturation of information available leaving you feeling even more confused than before you started?
You probably did what so many others do and immediately closed the browser in sheer, overwhelming panic. You are not alone. Thankfully, we are here to help guide you through making the most well-informed decisions possible with these five skincare tips men need to know.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day
While washing your face twice a day may seem excessive to some, it isn’t once you consider all the dirt, oil, and who knows what else that builds up on your skin. This is especially important for men who have oilier faces.
However, if you find that washing your face morning and night leaves you too dry, then splashing your face with water in the evening is just fine. The most important part of washing your face is at night, where you need to get rid of all the grimy pollutants your skin has collected throughout the day.
Treat Your Acne
It’s pretty safe to say that acne generally doesn’t just go away by itself. Instead of trying to find a solution on your own, schedule an appointment with a Fort Lauderdale dermatologist in order to come up with a plan to get to the root of your acne issues.
Acne treatments can include anything from topical medications geared toward reducing oil on the face, oral treatments that target acne-causing bacteria that lives on the skin, and nutritional supplements that can help get rid of scars. We also offer more aggressive forms of acne treatment, including microdermabrasion, photodynamic therapy, and chemical peels for acne scars.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Did we say exfoliate? If you haven’t noticed already, chances are the skin along your jawline is much smoother than other parts of your face. Part of the reason for this is because shaving is a fantastic exfoliant, which is extremely beneficial to keeping your skin acne-free and healthy.
To help the rest of your face get the same smooth-feel, start exfoliating two to three times a week. Just before shaving, rub on your exfoliator in order to get rid of any dead skin cells that could cause an uneven shave or ingrown hairs.
On the other hand, there is such a thing as over-exfoliating. Since shaving is already a form of exfoliating your skin, this means you are taking off a layer of dead skin that protects your skin and holds in moisture. Combat this by using a pre-shave oil to protect your skin against stripping. After, swap your astringent post-shave for a moisturizer.
Clean Your Shaving Tools
You need to make sure to clean the tools you use on your face every day. Every time you use a beard trimmer on your skin, you are picking up dead skin cells and oils. If you don’t regularly clean this out with alcohol, your razor can swiftly become a breeding ground for infections.
If cleaning your shaving tools sounds like too much work for you, then use disposable razors instead. This way, you can throw them away after each shave and know that your razor is always clean.
Layer on the Sunscreen
Even if it looks like it is cloudy outside, make sure to start every day with a layer of sunscreen on your face. UV rays are present no matter what the weather is like outside, and can easily slip past gray skies in order to damage and dry out your skin.
Kill two birds with one stone and incorporate a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 into your daily skincare routine. This will help keep your skin protected and hydrated at the same time.
Do you have more questions on how to care for your skin? Live chat with a skincare professional from Elias Dermatology now!