Skincare can really get overwhelming at times if you are a beginner. Skincare doesn’t really need to be complicated in order for you to feel and see that it works. Women have been more consistent with skincare as a way of selflove and for their skin well-being. Men, I urge you to follow suit to ensure you take care of your selves and your skin. Skin concerns can affect someone’s self-image, their relationships as well as their performance because it has a way of lowering one’s self-esteem. Am so glad to let our male readers know that the market for men’s grooming and skincare products has improved.
Here are a few tips to help you in building your skin care regimen. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day so lets just take things a step at a time.
Determine your skin type.
Different skin care products are designed for different skin types. If you get the wrong product for your skin, your skin can get aggravated and cause even more problems. The type of skin you have depends on the amount of water and oil in the skin. The different types of skin are;
- Dry – which feels tight and sometimes itchy, visibly flaky and is prone to fine lines and wrinkles due to lack of moisture in the skin.
- Oily -is appears shiny and is prone to acne breakouts because of too much oils being excreted in the skin.
- Combination skin- this means some areas of the skin are oily and others dry.
- Normal skin- people with this skin type to me, are blessed! They have the right balance of water and oil.
Keep it simple.
The secret to building an effective regimen is keeping and doing everything in the utmost simplicity. To build a good skincare regimen that works well for you doesn’t mean you need many products to achieve a healthy and vibrant looking skin and complexion. In order to expect great results with your skincare regimen, there has to be patience and consistency. Once you have determined your skin type and you are able to distinguish your main skin concerns, you will be able to get the right products to use.
The goals of a good skin care regimen are; to improve the health, the complexion and to target the problematic areas of the skin. The main steps to a great skincare regimen are; cleansing, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
This is the most basic and essential step. A good cleanser is simply supposed to cleanse your face by removing dirt, make up and other environmental pollutants that our skin comes in contact with, without stripping the skin’s healthy oils. Using a wrong cleanser can have damaging effects to the skin like making the existing conditions worse.
Find a cleanser with a low pH level preferably below 6 as your skin works best at low pH levels. Different cleansers target different skin types and skin concerns. There are cleansers that are suitable for all skin types. The biggest skin concerns men have is caused by shaving which results to the bumpy textures, irritation, pimples, razor burns and ingrown hairs. There are specific cleansers which contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide just to mention a few which help with these issues.
All skin types need moisturizers. There has been a myth going round that people with oily skin do not need to moisturize their skin because their skin is already oily, well that’s just wrong. Moisturizers not only prevents water loss from the skin but also balance the skins sebum production, hydrates and nourishes the skin, reduces the appearance of premature fine lines and wrinkles, makes the skin supple and enhances the glow.
When choosing moisturizers perfect for your ski type, it is important to note that there are different kinds of moisturizers for specific skin types and skin concerns. There are gel, creams, lotions and ointment moisturizers, in order of their consistency (lightweight to thick) which are suitable for different skin types.
This is the final and most crucial step pertaining to skincare. Daily and consistent application of sunscreen is vital as it prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps fade away hyperpigmentation and dark spots, prevents the appearance of pores and age spots as well as prevent skin cancer. It is advised to apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before sun exposure and also during the day you need to reapply depending on where you are (indoors or outdoors). Sunscreen can easily slip your mind especially if you are in a rush therefore it is recommended to find a good moisturizer with a built-in broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. Sunscreen is meant for daytime use only. Pick a sunscreen that works for your skin type, that will provide proper coverage and that is within your budget.
With all these in mind, it is important to note that skincare needs a lot of patience from you. Do not get discouraged when you feel your products are not working overnight. For noticeable results you need to be consistent with your routine for at least six weeks when the skin would have completed the cycle of renewing itself. You can also add more routines and products to your skin care regimen over time to improve your skin. This 3-step skincare regimen is simple and can work wonders for your skin when you adhere to it.