It is no longer taboo for men to appreciate good skincare products. In fact, these days, it is even encouraged. Men have started to care about their skin and worry about aging as much as women do, and the skincare companies are finally creating products just for men.
Men’s skin has a lot of different requirements compared to women’s skin. So, while lots of men simply borrow products from the women in their lives, that might not be the best option. Here is our guide to skincare for men, including some of our favorite products.
Let’s start with the basics. Men’s skin tends to be about 25% thicker than women’s skin, and it also produces more oil. Because of this, most men are content to use any old bar of soap for their face. Unfortunately, using a bar of soap is just going to dry your face out and strip your skin of its natural oils and protective layer, causing your skin to create even more oil to protect itself. Elemis Deep Cleanse Facial Wash was created specifically for men and contains spearmint, peppermint and oak bark to thoroughly cleanse your skin without drying it out.
Shaving every day can be a little rough on your skin. Fight the dreaded razorburn by using a shaving gel like The Refinery Shave Foam Gel, which contains aloe vera to soothe your skin while you shave. If you prefer using something oil-based, try Elemis Smooth Result Shave Oil. It contains oils like jojoba and grapeseed to soften the hair and give you an even closer shave. If ingrown hairs are a problem, The Refinery Face Scrub contains corn-cob meal to get rid of ingrown hairs as well as brighten your skin.
If you notice puffiness or dryness around your eyes, it could be a sign that you have been working and playing a little too hard. A light eye gel will soothe the skin around your eyes and get them back to normal. The Refinery Eye Gel contains rose-hip seed oil to moisturize and aloe vera to reduce puffiness and refresh your eyes.
If you’re prone to breakouts on your back, chest or upper arms, try using an antibacterial spray. Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray is light but effective and can even be used to clean and deodorize your feet. Keep it in your gym back to refresh yourself after an intense workout.
Finally, don’t forget your sun protection! A product like Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 will keep shine at bay and won’t leave a white cast or any visible traces, so you can protect your skin without anyone even knowing.