Men today are more and more concerned regarding the health and appearance of their skin. Although they know more about how to care for their skin, there are several factors that prevent them from doing so.

For many men, the skin remains in a distant second place. Apart from the world of shaving, it is rare for a man to devote time to the care of his skin, especially the facial skin. However, proper skin care is essential for the present and future. The skin is the body’s first line of defense against disease, germs and dirt. Men should practice a facial care regimen twice a day, in the same way women do.

The dos and don’ts

Do lather up

It’s important to wash your skin regularly. Just be careful not to overdo it, as excessive washing can increase the likelihood of irritation. Blackheads occur when you do not wash your face frequently. They are the result of clogged pores due to excess sebum combined with skin cells, which can be removed by using a scrub that contains salicylic acid.

Don’t use a cheap shaver

Shavers with more blades work best. When choosing a razor, you should take into account your beard type and how thick and coarse the hair is. Razors with multiple blades will be more accurate, but for men with curly hair, an increased number of blades can cause irritation and ingrown hairs.

Do think about wrinkles

Even if you’re still getting ID-ed at the bar, adding a retinol cream to your daily routine in your 20s will help stave off fine lines and wrinkles down the road. Plus, retinol boosts cell growth and collagen production, which improves the tone of even non-wrinkled skin.

Don’t soak up too much sun

Protect your skin from the sun when you go to the beach. Even if it’s not sunny outside, it is important to protect your skin every day.

Do stay dehydrated

Lotion is only half of the hydration equation. Skin needs moisture from the inside too, so you need to be drinking six to eight glasses of H2O a day. Also, keep tabs on how much alcohol and caffeine you’re gulping down. Both can dehydrate you.

Do use a shaving cream that produces a lot of foam

Shaving creams that make more foam are better. More foam means a more efficient shave. The key for a close shave without irritation means choosing a shaving cream that protects and moisturizes the skin, one containing natural moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and Aloe Vera.

Do get your Zzz’s

Close the TiVo and hit the sack! Clocking the recommended seven to eight hours of slumber will give your cells plenty of time to rejuvenate the day’s wear and tear. For skin, that means heading off wrinkles, fine lines, and breakouts. And don’t try to make up for a week’s worth of missed sleep on Sunday morning. The body needs consistent sleep to look its best.

Do lose the smokes

Add yellowed skin to the list of reasons not to light up. Smoking decreases circulation and collagen production, so skin loses its natural coloring and ends up looking sallow and pale (just what a woman wants to see when she wakes up next to you). Plus, smoking can lead to fine lines around the lips and other signs of premature aging.

Don’t stress out

Traffic jams and 12-hour workdays don’t just affect your mood; stress wreaks havoc on your skin, too. Getting frazzled throws hormone levels into flux, which damage healthy skin cells and makes you more prone to breakouts and wrinkles.

 

Use these tips to improve your skin care routine and take better care of your body’s largest organ- your skin! These tips will help your skin stay fresh and young for as long as possible!