Identifying the right men’s skin care regimen can be difficult. This guide will discuss the different types of regimens based on your skin type.
We all have different types of skin and skincare goals. Some of us are dealing with skin sensitivity, breakouts, and oily skin. On the other hand, others struggle with premature aging or hyperpigmentation. While a simple cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine works amazingly well for everyone, minor adjustments are required based on the skin type and skin concerns. The right products for dry/sensitive skin will not suit people with oily/acne-prone skin. Similarly, the products for mature skin will be completely different.
Following are the prescriptive men’s skin care regimen for different skin types and concerns. These routines are dermatologist-approved and easy to accommodate into your daily lifestyle.
1. Dry and Sensitive Skin Type
If you are a man who struggles with dry and sensitive skin, it is important to choose gentle skin care ingredients that impart hydration. Without further ado, let’s get started on the best men’s skin care regimen for dry and sensitive skin:
– Morning Routine
Cleanser: The first step in any skincare routine is a cleanser. Choose a cleanser that cleans your pores properly without drying out your skin. You can look for a cleanser that contains lipo-hydroxy as it gets all the gunk out of your pores and give you a smooth texture. Set the day right with a good cleanser.
Antioxidant Serum: If you have dry skin, you cannot skip this step. Get your hands on a good-quality antioxidant serum and apply it immediately after cleansing your skin. It will help fight free radicals and prevent collagen damage.
Moisturizer Gel: Dry skin requires hydration and moisturization (yes, these two are different) more than any other skin type. Get your hands on a hyaluronic acid gel and top it off with a rich moisturizer.
SPF: This step must be followed by people of all skin types as we all need protection from all UVA/UVB rays. Get a lightweight sunscreen that isn’t too greasy and you will be good to go.
– Night Routine
Cleanser: For the nighttime, you need to get your hands on a hydrating cleanser. Make sure that the cleanser gets rid of all the dirt while giving it a boost of hydration. Anything with hyaluronic acid will work wonders.
Retinol: If you are in your twenties, it is always a great idea to add retinol to your nightly routine. People with dry skin types should gently opt for gentle retinol that is more suited for you. It is a good idea to get your dermatologist’s recommendation for it.
Moisturizer: Top the retinol off with a moisturizer that is designed to be applied at night. You can also apply a sleeping mask if your skin is acting very tight and dry. You will wake up with smooth, moisturized skin.
2. Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
Oily and acne-prone skin type requires special attention and a customized men’s skin care regimen. The goal here is to balance out the natural oil production while catering to the other needs of your skin. Let’s jump straight into the morning and night skincare routines of oily skinned men:
– Morning Routine
Cleanser: Get your hands on a good quality AHA/BHA cleanser. It gets rid of the dead skin cells, clear out your pores, and gives you a healthier, brighter complexion. The right cleanser will not only balance out the oil production but also eliminate breakouts. Ingredients such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid will work wonders for your skin type.
Vitamin C Serum: Vitamin C has gained a lot of popularity in recent times, due to all the right reasons. After cleansing your skin in the morning, apply a high-quality vitamin C serum. It prevents signs of aging and repairs sun damage. Start with applying the serum for two to three days a week and then use it daily.
Moisturizer with SPF: Moisturizer is crucial for even men with oily skin. Look for a lightweight moisturizer like Lotion P50W that doesn’t clog your pores but imparts hydration. A gel-based moisturizer generally works well for people with oily skin types. Try to get a moisturizer that contains SPF so that you don’t have to apply it separately.
– Night Routine
Cleanser: For your night cleanser, it is good to get your hands on the product that imparts hydration. Even oily-skinned men should be concerned about giving their skin, the right dose of hydration.
Retinol: It is a good idea to get apply a small amount of retinoid cream/serum on your face after cleansing it. It is a great preventative measure when it comes to aging. Moreover, it is always a great idea to take a dermatologist on board when choosing a retinol product. Start slow and steady, maybe once or twice a week and once your skin builds tolerance, apply it daily.
Serum: After the retinol, apply a few drops of hydrating serum. It will prevent any possible irritation from retinol and hydrate it without boosting the oil production.
Moisturizer: Apply a pea-sized amount of an oil-free moisturizer on your skin to finish off your nighttime routine and wake up with beautiful skin.
Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine
We all want to look young for as long as possible. This doesn’t happen naturally. You need to invest in a good morning and evening men’s skin care regimen to prevent the signs of aging. Let’s get started on finding skin care products that specializes on anti-aging:
– Morning Routine
Cleanser: A gentle cleanser that cleans your skin effectively without stripping it off of all the moisture will generally work well for everyone and is the first step to younger, healthier-looking skin.
Vitamin C Serum: If you are trying to preserve your youth, add a vitamin C serum to your routine. It protects your skin against free radicals and sun damage and makes it look plump and juicy.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum: A good quality HA serum will preserve the moisture in your skin and make it feel nourished.
Moisturizer and SPF: You can either buy a moisturizer and SPF separately or combine the two. Choose one based on your skin type and you will thank me later.
– Night Routine
Cleanser: Get your hands on the cleanser that cleans your skin while preserving the natural moisture barrier.
Retinol: Apply a retinol serum or a cream on your face after washing it. If you are just starting, use it twice a week, wait for a month and then slowly build up the intensity.
Moisturizer: After applying retinol, sprits your face with a mist or rose water and apply a generous amount of hyaluronic acid moisturizer to your face and neck to conclude the routine.
With this guide, you can find the perfect men’s skin care regimen, regardless of your skin type. Remember, consistency is the key to happy skin.