how to build a realistic skincare routine
Men aren’t taught the importance of skincare from a young age. Deodorant, shaving cream, and — if they really wanted to go the extra mile — some aftershave is what most of us remember seeing by our father’s bathroom sink. Stigmas around skincare are finally fading, that’s a good thing considering your skin is the largest organ on your body and needs to be cared for as much as any other aspect of your health.
However, with so many options to choose from, and an overwhelming amount of information online, skincare can be a difficult subject to tackle. Here are some tips on how to build a realistic skincare routine.
You may have come across one of those 12-step skincare routines that includes snail oil and essence.
You don’t need that.
To develop a proper skincare routine, start with the core products: face wash, daily SPF moisturizer, and night cream.
A lot of men confess to using bar soap on their face. Truth is, while some are better than others, most bar soaps contain harsh detergents that lead to dry skin and a compromised skin barrier, which can lead to breakouts. It’s important to use products designed specifically for the delicate skin on your face.
90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun’s UV rays. If wrinkles are a concern, using a daily SPF moisturizer is an absolute must. Preventing wrinkles is far more effective than reducing them. More importantly, a daily SPF will help prevent skin cancer.
At night, just like your body, your skin is resting and better able to absorb ingredients. This is the best time to bring in heavy-hitting products such as anti-aging night creams.
Once you’ve adopted this simple three-product, two-step routine, you can begin adding in items like eye creams, toners, and serums as needed.
Stack your habits
Research shows that the best way to form a new habit is to tie it to an existing habit. Think about all of the things you’ve been doing on a daily basis for essentially your entire life, like brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed. That’s a perfect habit to stack with skincare.
Try leaving your skincare products out by the sink so that you don’t forget. Once you’re done brushing your teeth, take the extra two minutes to wash your face and apply a daily or nightly moisturizer. This small addition to a habit you’ve already formed will have lasting, long-term benefits.
Consider your concerns
Not all skincare products are created equal, so don’t just run to the store and grab the first face wash and moisturizer that you see. When developing a proper skincare routine it’s important to consider your concerns and skin type. For example, if breakouts are your main concern you’ll want to look for exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid to help clear your pores and prevent breakouts. If dryness is top-of-mind, your strategy should shift toward deeply hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
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