We need less stuff to worry about in our lives, not more. That's why a simple skincare routine for men is essential. If you’re a minimalist with your grooming products, or if you’re wondering which products are mandatory for a blemish-free face, then take note: There are three key steps in any guy’s skincare regimen. We'll make it as straightforward as possible for you.
So, no, you don’t need masks, serums, or toners, if you want clearer, younger-looking skin. All of those things do help, but they’re more for the enthusiasts out there.
Instead, focus your efforts on the baseline: Stock your sink ledge with the following essentials. You won’t add more than a few minutes to your daily routine, but that time spent can make you look years younger, and for the long haul.
1. Cleanse twice daily
When you wash your face, you remove the dirt, grime, and excess oil that has settled inside your pores and atop your skin. This will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and will minimise shine.
Do it when you wake up—to clean the grime you accumulated while you slept (since your pillowcase it a hotbed of bacteria). And then once again before bed, to flush away the day’s buildup.
2. Exfoliate twice weekly
After you cleanse, you should scrub away any dead skin cells that would clog pores and otherwise lead to breakouts. This exfoliation also allows the healthier skin cells to live on the surface of the skin, giving you a “brighter” complexion while also minimising fine lines and wrinkles. You should only exfoliate twice a week, to avoid too much abrasion. (Plus, your dead surface cells don’t pile up that fast.)
Pick a gentle scrub—some also double as cleansers—to put into rotation every few days, and you’re a few weeks away from a smoother complexion with fewer blemishes.
3. Moisturise twice daily
Once you’ve cleansed and buffed the skin, it’s time to hydrate and protect your face. Thus, the final product in the standard “three-step regimen” is moisturiser. It delivers soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin, while also creating a barrier atop the skin so as to shield you from complexion-compromising toxins (eg. smoke or smog).
4. Additional tip: Always use SPF
Ultraviolet rays from the sun mutate the cells in your skin—on cloudy and cold days, too. These UV rays lead to sun spots, wrinkles, sun burns, dry patches, moles, and even cancer. It’s important to shield your skin from these rays with SPF, whether it’s packed inside your daily moisturiser or added as an additional layer atop the hydrator.
If you’re only outside during the commute or a quick lunch, then a lightweight SPFshould suffice, but if you hit the beach or are outside in direct light for extended periods of time (an hour or more), then you should consider something higher—SPF 30 is a safe bet.
Article Taken From GQ: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/grooming/article/simple-skin-care-routine-for-men