5 Tips for a Great Skin Care Routine for Guys

Skincare for men is, and should be, straightforward and easy, with no need for any complicated five-step peels or one layer of facial cream after another. With the help of natural, high-quality products and a proper routine, your facial and body skin will thank you when you look in the mirror to see a better complexioned you.

1. Know your skin type.

There are at least four skin types: normal, dry, oily, and a combination of either of the three. Normal (eudermic) skin is characterized by being overall well-balanced, neither dry nor oily; dry skin lacks the necessary lipids to lock moisture in; and oily skin is a skin type that produces too much sebum.

While the skin type that you have is determined bygenetics (you can’t help if you have naturally dry or oily skin, or perhapseven both), knowing what skin type you have will help you make the right choiceon what facial products you should use.

2. Cleanse regularly.

A splash of cold water after waking up and before going to sleep does more than simply making you feel refreshed every day.

Regular cleansing washes away dead skin cells that make your face appear duller than what it can or should be, and some glycolic acid to go along with that regular facial wash can work wonders for your skin.

3. Use moisturizer.

Using moisturizer should be an automatic steppost-cleanse, as this helps seal in moisture (excellent for dry skin thatdesperately needs it). For those with skin that’s oily or prone to breakouts,using specific water-based moisturizers may be a better alternative to yourstandard oil-based ones.

4. Stay hydrated.

Skin care doesn’t just end on the outside – it also comes from the inside, which is what drinking six to eight glasses of water a day can do for your skin. Minimizing your alcohol and coffee intake can help you as well, as these substances tend to take out water from your skin and leave you more dehydrated.

5. Get proper sleep.

Skimping out on the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep can have some negative effects on your body both in the short and long term. However, these effects are also visible on your skin – not only will you have more wrinkles and more pronounced eye bags, but your skin will also be more prone to breakouts and fine lines.

This is the result of your body using up its internal energy storage in order to keep functioning during its waking moments, which can only be alleviated with a consistent sleep schedule instead of sleeping in for the whole weekend.  

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)