Good skin is one of those things that you're either naturally blessed with or have to work hard to get. There's an endless number of tips on how to get better skin, but which ones actually work? We're here to go through some of the best solutions on how to improve the appearance and overall health of your skin, from proper skin care and routines to foods and lifestyle choices.
How to Get Clear Skin for Men
Clear skin is something that everyone wants, and if you're suffering from acne, blemishes, or even just dry skin, it can affect not only your appearance but your confidence as well. Although there's no reliable fixed cure for bad skin, the right treatments, care and even lifestyle choices can make a vast improvement and help you on your way to clearer, blemish-free complexion.
Men's Skin Care Routine
The first thing that can help improve your skin is an obvious one - a good skin care routine. When it comes to face care for men, soap and water just won't cut it. You need to invest in products that are going to really help treat skin problems. When buying these products try not to be put off by the price. Often, you'll find that cheaper products contain ingredients that could be harmful to the skin, making your problems worse.
- Soak a flannel in warm water and press it to your face. This will help to open up your pores, ready for cleansing. If you're in a rush, even splashing your face with warm water can help.
- Start with a mild cleanser that works with your face type. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Once a week use a gentle exfoliator and, again, rinse off with lukewarm water. This will get rid of dead cells, leaving your face feeling as smooth as can be.
- Pat your face dry with a clean towel (try refreshing your face towels every couple of days).
- Finish off with a serum and moisturiser. If you're using both, allow the serum to dry fully before you apply the moisturiser.
General Tips for Better Skin
- Drink more water: While it's not filled with skin altering properties, dehydration can cause your skin to overproduce oil to compensate for a lack of moisture, so water is necessary to keep a healthy balance.
- Change your pillows: Pillows absorb oil, dirt and dust which, when slept on, can cause problems such as acne. We'd advise changing your pillows at least once a week.
- Improve your diet: It's a repetitive one, but opting for a healthier diet can really make a difference to your skin. An increase in vitamins and minerals will help hydrate and nourish your skin.
- Check for food allergies and intolerances: Cutting out a food type you're intolerant or allergic to can have a huge impact. Dairy can be the main culprit, causing acne to unsuspecting victims all over the world. Do your research and see if any foods are inadvertently causing your problems.
Tips for Specific Men's Skin Types
Products should be tailored to your skin type, so it's best to do your research to work out what best suits you. Check out some tips for dry and oily faces below.
- While oil-based products can be a saviour for a dry face, it'll only help to clog up oily pores. Dimethicone is an ingredient that mimics the qualities of oil but doesn't have the same pore clogging downsides, so those with oily skin should keep an eye for this on the label.
- Salicylic acid is another ingredient that's ideal for oily complexions, as it essentially gets into your pores and sucks the oils out. Not so much that you're left a dry husk, but enough that you'll notice a difference in the oiliness.
- Glycolic acid is a great ingredient as it gently exfoliates, helping to rid you of any dry outer layers, while drawing in moisture to help keep things hydrated.
- Urea is a lesser known ingredient, but one that can really benefit a dry complexion. It's a humectant, which means it promotes the retention of water, adding moisture to your face while softening any flaky layers.
Tips for Choosing The Best Men's Skincare
There are a lot of specific products you can use to combat dry or oily faces, alongside a host of others that are beneficial to both these, and other skin types. Male face care products with a mix of these ingredients won't just help improve the look of your complexion. It will, however, ensure it stays healthy and hydrated as well.
- Moisturiser: Moisturisers are, hands down, the most important part of your skincare routine. Generally, you should be picking those have at least an SPF15 inside. Other ingredients to keep an eye out for include antioxidants to fight free radicals, and peptides to stimulate collagen production.
- Face Wash: Face washes have a difficult job as they need to strip away dirt and oil without totally drying out your face. Look out for surfactants to help remove build up of dirt, while also keeping an eye out for your emollients like Cetearyl alcohol, and humectants like glycerin to put some moisture back.
- Exfoliator: Exfoliators should be used no more than once or twice a week to help buff away dry flaky layers of skin. With both physical and chemical options on offer, it's all about finding what works for you. Citric acid is common in chemical based exfoliating products and, as long as you use them sparingly, it shouldn't be too irritating.
- Shaving Product: As you're essentially running a blade along your face, your shaving cream/gel/foam needs to hydrate. It also needs to soften the hairs and be lubricating enough to prevent any resistance. It's also important to take your skin type into account. Certain types of shaving products are better suited to specific types than other.
- Shaving Balm: As you use a shaving balm right after you've roughed up your face with a razor, you should be looking for ingredients like glycerin and aloe vera to soothe and repair.
Expert Tips for Healthier Skin
Good products with hydrating ingredients are necessary for maintenance and to help nourish your face. Make sure your care products are catered towards your skin type, whether it’s oily or dry. Changes such as hydration and cutting out foods you're intolerant to can help improve its health.
On That Note
Skin can be tricky to keep happy. Although it can be a learning curve to work out what works for you, it's worth the effort. Change up your skincare regime to work in beneficial ingredients. Keep hydrated or even just ensure your pillow case is changed every week. These small things can make a big difference to your faces' overall appearance.