Men’s skin care routines can be as simple as two steps to as extensive as twelve. You may find that products like toner, exfoliator, face scrubs, serums, and eye cream work well for your skin and, therefore, choose to incorporate them into your regimen.
That being said, we understand how difficult it can be to compile a routine with so many products on the market. With a busy schedule, you may be on the search for a simple skin care routine to combat dark circles and take care of your skin.
MadeMan understands the importance of convenience. We have even gone out of our way to design products that can be applied in under two minutes for a quick and easy men’s skincare routine. So today, we will be providing you with a short and easy skin care routine that is sure to provide men with everything they need to maintain a happy and healthy complexion, soothe dry skin, and help you achieve your best face.
Feel free to adjust the following skincare regimen to your liking and incorporate any additional products that you deem beneficial for your skin.
Step One: Cleanse
The first step to any skin care routine, even this simple one, should always be to cleanse your skin. This step should be performed both in the morning and at night before going to sleep.
Throughout the day and night, bacteria, dirt, dead skin cells, and other substances will collect on your skin. If not taken care of, this buildup can cause breakouts, uneven skin texture, and a dull complexion.
However, this should not encourage you to overwash. Washing your skin too often may result in irritation and dryness. The only instance you should add a cleanser into your routine is if you partake in vigorous physical activity during the day.
If your job is physically demanding or you do a high-intensity workout, it is best to wash off the sweat from your skin once you are through. Precipitation is natural and not harmful.
However, when sweat is left on the skin for too long, it can mix with buildup and result in clogged pores.
Before beginning to wash your face, wash your hands. If you are not using a tool to apply your face cleanser, you are using your hands. For this reason, you must clean your hands of any bacteria before you touch your face. If you use a tool, remember to rinse that, too.
Then, you can begin to cleanse. Use lukewarm water when washing your face. It should be warm enough to open up your pores and allow for a deeper cleaning while not so hot that it strips your skin of natural and necessary oils. Massage your cleanser into your skin gently. Rubbing may result in harmful friction.
As for what product to use, we suggest using MadeMan’s The Resetter.
The Resetter is a water-based facial cleanser designed especially for men using all-natural ingredients. The cleanse that you get from our product is deep but gentle and non-irritating. Unlike most other cleansers, it does not leave your skin dry and damaged but rather clean and refreshed, making it an excellent choice for various skin concerns.
Our use of ingredients like glycerin-infused coconut oil filled with antioxidants and sunflower seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that eliminates impurities from your pores, maintains the skin’s pH balance, and leaves your skin feeling smooth.
The Resetter also doubles as a shaving gel, which leads us to our next step.
Step Two: Shave
If you shave your facial hair, now is when you should do it. If you are not shaving, you can skip this step and move on to the next one.
If you have already applied MadeMan’s The Resetter to your face, then you are ready to shave. Rather than rinsing off your cleanser, keep it on and use it to ensure that you receive a shave that leaves your skin feeling soft and free of razor burn and ingrown hairs.
Just like when washing your face, lukewarm water is your friend. While shaving, it will ensure that your hair follicles open up, making for an easier and cleaner shave.
Make sure that you are using the right tool for your shave. Manual razors are known to provide you with a closer shave. Electric razors, however, are faster and better for those with sensitive skin.
When applied to the skin, electric razors push the hair upwards before cutting it, minimizing the need for you to shave over the same spot twice and the possibility of cutting your skin.
It is also safest to shave in the natural direction that your facial hair grows. Shaving by grain reduces the chances of your skin becoming irritated after your shave.
As you shave, remember to rinse your blade between every stroke. When shaving, hair will gather in your razor. If not rinsed out, this will make the blade dull.
Once you are done shaving, you can rinse your skin with lukewarm water and gently pat it dry.
Even if you take special care to shave, there is a chance that there are tiny micro-cuts left on your skin and that areas of your epidermis will be left exposed and vulnerable to infection.
To help treat these effects, you are welcome to apply an aftershave to your skin.
Aftershave is optional but does carry many benefits. The product is typically an alcohol-based antibacterial liquid containing ingredients like isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol that stops bleeding from cuts and reduces the risk of infection.
Step Three: Moisturize
Whether you have just shaved your facial hair or washed your face, the next step in your simple skin care routine is moisturizing. Moisturizing is necessary for maintaining healthy facial skin.
There is a common misconception that those with oily skin or acne-prone skin should not use moisturizers because it will increase the likelihood of clogging and, in turn, the production of acne.
Every skin type needs and benefits from additional moisture— not just dry skin and normal skin. The reality is that certain skin types may simply benefit more from using lighter, water-based moisturizers than others.
A quality moisturizer will perform several functions on behalf of your skin.
For one, moisturizer is known to help with hydration. Keeping your skin properly hydrated with the help of a moisturizer will prevent dryness and flaking, which often leads to breakouts, as well as premature aging. Additional moisture and hydration help to plump and firm the skin, making wrinkles and fine lines considerably less visible.
Additionally, moisturizers can be used to restore the skin back to health. If your skin is already dry and flaky or struggling with excess oily, or red and irritated on account of skin sensitivities, moisturizer can help by strengthening the moisture barrier.
The moisture barrier is the protective layer of skin that is filled with lipids, fatty acids, and ceramides. Its purpose is to keep unwanted external irritants out and away from the skin. By adding moisture to the skin, this barrier can be strengthened, in turn allowing it to perform its job more effectively. A healthy skin barrier can reduce the effects of UV rays, the aging process, and other environmental irritants.
MadeMan’s The Refresher
We suggest using MadeMan’s The Refresher. The Refresher has a formula designed to help nourish the skin of men of all skin types, whether it is dry or oily. Our all-in-one moisturizer is water-based and uses all-natural active ingredients to offer you maximum hydration, balance your natural oils, and keep your skin healthy.
For example, we use anti-foaming additives derived from silica to help smooth out your skin, retain moisture, and offer you a hydrated appearance. We also use a blend of chicory root to tighten and lift your face while increasing collagen synthesis.
Additionally, we incorporate Mica to give you a healthy glow while also protecting your face from harmful rays and pollution. The fast-absorbing antioxidant blend promotes the natural repair process, fixes fine lines, boosts natural collagen production, and fights aging, hyperpigmentation, redness, and uneven skin texture.
Perform this step twice a day and moisturize both in the morning and at night.
Step Four: Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen should be in every man’s skincare routine. Some of the worst skin damage is caused by unprotected exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays. This damage is commonly defined as photoaging. Symptoms of photoaging include wrinkling, age spots, and a loss of elasticity.
Treating these symptoms can be costly and time-consuming, so to avoid them altogether, apply approximately a quarter-sized amount of sunscreen on your face every morning at the end of your skincare routine. This product will act as a protective layer for your skin, defending you from the sun’s rays.
You should reapply your sunscreen throughout the day as necessary. If you sweat a lot, take a shower, or go for a swim, you may lose some sunscreen and require more for proper protection.
When it comes to selecting the best sunscreen for your skin, you have options. There is both mineral and chemical sunscreen, and both are proven to be effective.
Mineral sunscreen uses ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block and scatter the sun’s rays when they touch your skin so that they do not have the chance to penetrate your skin.
Chemical sunscreen uses ingredients like octisalate and avobenzone to absorb ultraviolet rays when they touch your skin, preventing them from inflicting any damage.
Whether it is mineral or chemical, your sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30 and be broad-spectrum so that it effectively protects you against the effects of both UVA and UVB rays.
With MadeMan, Simple skin care routines can be just as effective as a 12-step regimen. With the right products and careful application, a healthy regimen can be as easy as cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen with the occasional shave.
After all, it starts with your skin.
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