Listen up, men: it's time to stop neglecting your skin! Did you know that daily exposure to UV rays and other environmental factors can cause premature ageing, breakouts and further damage? In addition, hormonal changes can cause your skin to break out and develop several impurities that could be easily avoided with the proper skincare routine. Skincare isn’t just for the ladies and people who wear daily makeup! If you’re ready to take your men’s skincare routine to the next level, this ultimate guide is for you!
Finding the Best Men’s Skincare Routine for You
Skincare isn’t just washing your face. There are many things that can impact your skin condition, and this will be different for everyone. The most important thing to remember is that to see results, you need to be consistent. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to skincare concerns, so it's essential to have at least a basic understanding of what's going on with your skin to understand what you need. To find your optimum skincare routine, you should first understand your skin type. Different skincare products will work best depending on your skin type.
How to Find Your Skin Type
There are four main skin types. It’s easy to figure out your skin type by following this simple method you can do at home.
First, wash your face with a gentle, mild cleanser, like our H4O™ RESOLVE HD WASH FOAM.
Next, gently pat your skin dry with a towel. It's very important to use a gentle, patting motion so as not to irritate your skin. We recommend using a scientific towel designed specifically for the delicate skin on your face, like FACEPAL SENSE.
After patting skin dry, don't apply any products and wait around 30 minutes.
Then, look at your skin in the mirror and assess whether it looks or feels tight, oily or a mix. Here is what you might notice with each skin type.
Normal Skin Type
“Normal” skin is skin that is neither overly oily nor dry. In general, skin texture is well-balanced and not prone to frequent breakouts. Normal skin doesn't experience regular peeling or flaking, however occasional blemishes are not uncommon.
Oily Skin Type
Oily skin is caused by excess production of sebum, the natural oil secreted by your sebaceous glands. If your skin feels or looks oily, shiny or slick first thing in the morning, you likely have oily skin. In particular, the skin may look shiny around your forehead, nose and chin. Oily skin is generally more prone to acne and large pores.
Dry Skin Type
If your skin feels tight, itchy or flaky first thing in the morning, you likely have dry skin. Other symptoms of dry skin include peeling or cracking of the skin. Some men experience additional discomforts like ingrown hairs in relation to dry skin.
Combination Skin Type
As its name alludes to, combination skin will be dry in some areas and oily in others. For most people with combination skin, oil tends to build up around the t-zone whilst the cheeks and chin experience dryness.
What Do You Need in Your Men’s Skincare Routine?
Now that you understand your skin type, you will better understand what you need to treat your specific skincare concerns. As we said before, there is no one-size-fits-all skincare routine, so you'll need to determine which ingredients and products work best for your skin type and concerns.
The Ultimate Simple Men’s Skincare Routine
If you’re new to skincare, a simple two-step skincare routine is a good starting point. We recommend using a gentle cleanser, like H4O™ RESOLVE HD WASH FOAM and a hydrating moisturiser, like ACTIVITA® VITAL CREAM. Thanks to its deep hydration, VITAL CREAM is excellent for both oily and dry skin. Hydrating dry skin will allow it to retain more moisture for longer, reducing symptoms like tightness, blotchiness or itching. For oily skin, maintaining hydration will help to regulate your skin's oil production.
If you're ready to branch out from the basics and target some more specific skincare concerns, you’ll want to incorporate some extra steps. Here’s what we recommend.
No matter your skin type, you will benefit from regular exfoliation. Exfoliation is a process that helps to remove old, dead skin cells to allow new, healthy skin to come through. Regular exfoliation can also help stop the build-up of oil and pollution. So how often should you exfoliate? If you have dry skin, you should exfoliate one to two times weekly with a gentle exfoliant like CLARÏFÍER HIGH DEFINITION HYDRO EXFOLIATOR. If your skin is on the oilier side, we recommend a more intensive exfoliating treatment to assist in removing accumulated oils. CLARÏFÍER™ ENZY HIGH DEFINITION ADVANCED PORETECH FORMULA is perfect for oily skin, as the natural enzymes help to decongest pores, dissolve impurities and reduce skin stress. It's essential to not over-exfoliate since exfoliating too frequently can result in an impaired barrier function.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to hydrate your skin, no matter your skin type. Though moisturising twice daily is essential, you can take it one step further by incorporating a deep conditioning mask into your skincare routine once or twice per week to assist your barrier function and maintain moisture. ACTIVITA BE ACTIVE CONDITIONING MASQUE SKINCARE FACE MASK contains essential Vitamins B and E to soften the skin's surface and condition your skin for better and more sustainable barrier function. In addition, BE ACTIVE CONDITIONING MASQUE penetrates your skin barrier, offering rapid rehydration in as little as one minute.
Use Active Serums to Target
Active ingredients are the heroes of the skincare world. Usually found in serums, active ingredients work to target your skin concerns, over time reducing the problem at hand and improving the overall condition of your skin. So, if you’re ready to get serious about your skincare, we recommend starting with an active Vitamin B serum to nourish and protect your skin barrier function as well as assist in hydration. ACTIVITA SUPREME SKIN VITAMIN B COMPLEX is the perfect serum for any men’s skincare routine, containing an effective blend of Vitamins B3 and B5 to hydrate and repair your skin. The key active in this serum is niacinamax, a proprietary niacinamide complex that plays a vital role in balancing the skin barrier for oil control and reducing signs of ageing.
Don’t Neglect Your Under-Eye
If the eyes are the window to the soul, your under-eyes are the drapes, and you want them to highlight your windows to allow your beautiful light to shine through. The skin under your eyes is much thinner than that of the rest of your face, so eye creams are essential to provide the necessary nutrients to fight against dark circles and puffiness. ACTIVITA ACE ++ EYE CREAM works to hydrate and brighten your undereye, making you look more awake and bringing more life to your entire face. This innovative, patented active formula is formulated with small molecules which provide sufficient active properties for a natural, brilliant effect. ACTIVITA ACE ++ is also packed with super antioxidants to re-energise and de-puff the delicate skin around your eyes.
The Bottom Line
Venturing into the world of men's skincare can be daunting, to say the least, but this ultimate guide should set you on the right track to achieving the bright, brilliant, healthy skin of your dreams. If you're ready to delve deeper into your skincare routine and learn just how to target your personal skincare concerns, you can check out our range of Ultimate Skincare Guides here.
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