It’s an age-old misconception propagated by patriarchal societies that men should be scruffy looking and that they always need to sport the image that they are not afraid of anything, not even dirt. The result? Generations of men who do not give two hoots about proper personal hygiene.
Thanks to modern enlightenment, more and more men have come to the realisation that their face needs a different kind of cleansing and care treatment from their body. They finally realise that it’s not their fault if they have to worry about skin care. Well, here are eight essential items that will help to keep men’s skin not only clean but also healthy.
This is the most basic facial-cleansing step that most men have no problem of achieving. Even without an extra push from the media, the men would just pick any facial wash brand from the supermarket. However, it will be good to do a little research first and check which brand of facial wash can take care of your face the most.
You need to exfoliate your skin in order to get rid of dead skin and make way for healthy skin. Most people, especially those with sensitive skin, use an exfoliator only once a week to avoid damage. It’s best to exfoliate at the end of the week when your body is ready to shed the old and welcome the new.
Speaking of shedding the old, your face is not the only place that needs a scrub. Your body needs special care as well. Since the face is more sensitive and delicate, it needs to get some special treatment. However, the rest of your body can enjoy a delightful exfoliation from an excellent body-scrub soap.
Some men get rid of their facial hair using only a razor and no cream. The question is, why choose the hard way of removing facial hair when you can make shaving so much smoother and easier with shaving cream? Needless to say, it leaves your skin smoother compared to the less-clean result of using just a razor.
Also called a face lotion, the moisturiser is needed to seal moisture in the skin. It also prevents the skin from becoming too oily as you go on with the rest of your day. A properly moisturised skin gives off a healthy glow and is soft to touch.
This might be the most important step in your skin-care routine. Sunscreen helps shield your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun and helps prevent skin cancer. This is the one step you shouldn’t skip, especially if you’re going outdoors to attend to personal or work matters for the day.
Nobody’s perfect. No matter how clear your skin can be, it can’t be helped that sometimes a zit or two can still invade your face. While waiting for it to go away as you use a topical treatment to heal your skin, use a concealer to hide your current pimple from the public and use it whenever you feel the need to cover up any skin imperfection.
Chapped lips are unflattering. But most of all, they’re uncomfortable. Keep a lip balm within reach so that whenever you feel like your lips are getting dry, you can moisturise them quickly.
These are your starter skin-care basics as you embrace the life of maintaining better and healthier skin. Along the way, you will find other products that can add something good or extra to your skin-care routine and that’s good.
Your skin, especially your face, needs to be pampered at the start and the end of the day. You are exposed to harsh elements every time you go out—the sun being one of the largest contributors to skin damage. With a proper skin-care routine, you can repair the damage and leave your skin cared for and protected.