Mens Skin Care Facial Products

It’s not just women who care about the appearance of their skin. Men have unique skin care needs, particularly when it comes to their face–which is why there are so many facial skin products out there geared solely for men.

The best men’s skin products are created with a specific skin type or skin problem in mind. While it may be tempting just to buy what’s on sale, for the best results, you’ll want to consider your skin type, your concerns and your age. Do you need skin care products with anti-aging benefits, like eye creams or night serums? Do you have men’s facial problems, such as acne, dry skin or razor burn? The best facial products for you will alleviate your skin irritations.

A few times a year, you may also want to get a targeted skin care facial or even a specific men’s facial from an esthetician. They can help recommend facial skin products that are right for you.

Finding the Right Cleanser

When you wash your face, you’re actually creating a chemical reaction between the cleanser and your skin with an added physical effect of rubbing the cleanser into the skin and washing it off with lukewarm water. For such a complex-sounding process, however, cleaning your skin is relatively easy.

The type of cleanser you choose is important. You’ll want to pick a cleanser that works with your specific skin type and needs. For example, if you have dry skin, you’ll want to stay away from bar soaps. If you’re prone to blemishes or acne, consider using a cleanser with over the counter products such as:

  • Benzoyl peroxide to unclog pores
  • Salicylic acid to dry up blemishes
  • Tea tree oil to kill the bacteria.

To wash your face correctly, apply dime-sized amount of cleanser to your fingertips and massage it gently into your skin, then wash it completely off.

Moisturizers and Men’s Facial Care

It’s important for men to keep their skin hydrated with either a moisturizing cleanser or a stand-alone moisturizer. Moisturizers (particularly those with sunscreen) help to prevent the aging effects caused by weather conditions and promote skin cell regeneration. The dryer your skin, the thicker the moisturizer you should use. However, some moisturizers can clog pores and lead to a break out of blemishes. Stop use and switch to a lighter moisturizer if that happens.

Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most important part of your daily skin care regimen, and it should be in your regular arsenal of men’s skin products. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 and reapply often. Choose a sunscreen that has both zinc oxide and titanium oxide in it. Both these ingredients will protect against UVA and UVB rays, which cause damage to the skin and skin cancer.

Choosing a Shaving Cream

To keep your skin smooth and hydrated, it’s important to choose the right type of shaving cream. Choose a cream with aloe or use pre-shave oil. Both will moisturize the skin and prep it for shaving.

Astringent and Toner

Not only will an astringent or toner remove any left over traces of oil or dirt on your face but an astringent will narrow the pores of the skin and leave it looking refreshed. If you have dry skin, avoid an alcohol-based astringent.

Resources

Live Strong Staff. (n.d.). Men’s skin care information. Retrieved March 23, 2010, from the Live Strong Web site: http://www.livestrong.com/article/77072-mens-skin-care-information/.

Rovny, C. (n.d.). Moisturizers for men. Retrieved December 21, 2009, from the AskMen Web site: http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashiontip_150/192_fashion_advice.html.