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Men’s Skin Care Routine | A Simple Guide

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The Importance of a Men’s Skin Care Routine

A foundation of good grooming is a religiously adhered to men’s skin-care routine. It brings with it less redness and irritation, less breakouts, and best of all – less visible signs of aging. But regardless of your vanity, it is irrefutable that a daily ritual of taking of self-care comes with self-esteem, personal satisfaction.

But where do you start ?

For the uninitiated, the vast array of oils, serums and exfoliants can lead to ‘paralysis by analysis’ and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Ironically, you are always told how relaxing men’s skin care is supposed to be.

In this article we will provide you with a guide, detailing six simple steps to an effective men’s skin care routine. Although, before you start with any routine, there are a couple of factors that you should take in to account.

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What is your skin type ?

Generally speaking you will have one of five skin types – They are detailed in the table below:

This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you would like to feed your curiosity, SkinKraft go into much more detail and may help you identify your skin type so you have a better idea of how your men’s skin care routine will manifest itself.

Skin Type

Symptoms

Key Skin Care Tips

Normal Skin

No sensitivity with very few (if any) breakouts or blemishes.

Fine pores and a smooth texture.

Stay hydrated and healthy.

Wear Sunscreen and wash or cleanse your face before you go to bed.

Oily Skin

Large or open pores.

Greasy to the eye and prone to breakouts.

Stay hydrated and regularly moisturise.

Wash your face twice a day

(do not over-wash).

Dry Skin

Itchy, flaky and rough skin.

Has an uneven texture and will likely feel tight.

Regularly moisturise your skin to maintain softness and hydration.

Wear sunscreen to prevent dehydration.

Drink water but avoid spending a lot of the time in the shower.

Retain the natural moisture of your skin with a humidifier.

Combination Skin (Combination of dry & oily skin)

Oily T-zone and breakouts on the forehead chin and nose.

Oily & sensitive cheeks.

Have a different skin care routine for your T-zone and the rest of your face.

Wear sunscreen.

Apply gentle cleansers.

Exfoliating is important but as with any skin type, be gentle and do NOT exfoliate daily.

Purchase ‘Oil-Free’ Products to avoid blocking pores.

Sensitive Skin

Skin feels itchy and tight (particularly while wearing tight clothes).

Will become red after hot water or after heating spicy food and becomes oily in the summer.

Skin becomes dry in winter or when exposed to the cold.

More prone to reaction from Skin care products.

Don’t be excessive – e.g. use mild sunscreens, moisturizers and cleansers.

Always conduct a patch test – even if a product is advertised to be allergy friendly etc.

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Do You Have Any Skin Concerns ?

‘Skin Concerns’ include anything that is happening on your face that you would like to address, e.g. irritation, hyperpigmentation or acne. You will likely have seen that there are products that are often labelled as being effective against specific skin problems. Although if it is a serious skin problem, you are better off having a consultation with your GP.

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Five Steps to a Comprehensive Men’s Skin Care Routine

Step 1: Cleanse

We are all washing our hands more due to Covid-19 and the same should apply to our faces. For most face cleansers (sometimes referred to as face washes), a small amount should be applied on a wet face for 30 seconds, followed by a splash of warm water and a pat (not a rub) with a towel. The type of cleanser you should use (as previously mentioned) depends on your skin type.

Step 2: Tone

You will likely all too often often skip this crucial step. This skin care technique is best explained with the metaphor of painting a canvas. Before you start painting, first you have to clean the canvas (cleanse) ad then you have to apply a primer (tone).

We recommend that you cover a cotton pad with your toner and then rub it all over your face and neck. However, if you prefer, you can apply a small coin-sized amount of toner on to one of your palms. Finally, put your palms together and continue to press the toner in to your cheeks, neck and forehead.

Asian Men's Skin Care Routine

 

Step 3: Serum

What has serum got to do with a man’s skin-care routine ? An individual may be more likely to associate serum with spy films than a skin caret. But in the ‘real-world’, the term ‘serum’ refers to something that has a high concentration of performance ingredients with the consistency of a light-lotion or a gel.

You only need to apply a couple of drops on to your finger tips before rubbing your hands together and applying the serum to your forehead, the bridge of your nose towards your cheeks and finishing with your neck and jawline.

Step 4: Eye Cream

This part of a man’s skin care routine requires a lot more care and attention because apart from the lips, the layer skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your face. Therefore, we advise that you use your ring finger to apply it for it is the least likely to cause tugging or pulling in that area.

Ideally you should apply a pump (or a half pump) on to the end of our finger and then tap along the outsides of your eyes moving inwards. Be sure to keep tapping in the eye cream until the product is at least mostly absorbed.

Older Men's Skin Care Routine

Step 5: Moisturise

In reality the fifth step of any men’s skin care routines should be split in to two because you need to apply different types of moisturisers. One for when you wake up and the other for when you go to bed. Nevertheless the application is the same.

You want to put a penny-sized quantity on your fingertips and then rub your hands together. After that you simply rub the moisturiser in quick motions across the foreheads, cheeks and along the neck until it has been absorbed by the skin.

In the morning you will want to use a lighter product, ideally with a minimum of SPF 30 before going outside to protect yourself against sun damage.

Before you go to bed, you should finish your routine with a rich moisturiser that can soak in to your skin while leaving your pores able to breath.

 

Step 6: Perfume

This step isn’t strictly necessary but applying a complimentary fragrance is like putting the cherry on the cake. While we would of course recommend our Eau de Parfum range, you would perhaps best start with an experience box where you can select the fragrance that truly reflects your style and personality.

We should also point out that Eau de Parfum is not the same as aftershave. For more information, please have a look at our FAQ page.

Pairfum Collection Niche Perfume Experience Fragrance Library 49 Square

 

What Next ?

As we briefly mentioned before, we are also having to wash our hands more and more. Therefore, we invite you to have a browse at our range of Pre-biotic & Organic Hand Lotions. Made using organic and natural ingredients, they will strengthen the micro-flora of your skin and leave your skin soft, pampered and gently fragranced. 

For men we would recommend the Pairfum Prebiotic Organic Hand Lotion Cedar Noir.

Pairfum Prebiotic Organic Hand Lotion Cedar Noir

There you have it, the fundamentals of what the ideal men’s skincare routine should look like. If you are looking for a more advance routine, you may find this article from Esquire to be an interesting read.

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