Do you ever wonder why your face seems dry, cracked, or oily for no clear reason? Are you realizing that your skin seems to be aging at a faster rate than other people you see? The sad truth is that the vast majority of men don't have a skincare and shaving routine that will support their skin and allow it to look and feel healthy. If you're using the same simple razor-and-shaving-cream routine that you started in high school and don't know where to start, here are 5 simple skincare and shaving hacks that will help you save your skin.
1: Establish an Exfoliating Routine
If you struggle with oily skin and breakouts, establishing an exfoliating routine is an essential first step. Using an exfoliating scrub 3-4 times a week will open up your pores, clear out the oil, and wash away dead skin cells that clog your pores and make your skin dull and prone to breakouts. Exfoliating may be difficult to remember if you've never done it before, so make things easy on yourself. Keep your exfoliating scrub in the shower and make it a part of your shower routine every few days.
2: Moisturize Before You Shave
Shaving irritation or razor burn often indicates deeper problems with your skin health. Moisturizing before you shave will help prevent razor burn, nicks, and ingrown hairs, plus it will make your skin less prone to itchiness and cracking from dryness. There are a multitude of products available to help moisturize your skin. Make sure to get a product that is made for your face, like a facial moisturizer or shave oil.
3: Don't Ignore Your Under-eyes
Do you always seem to have dark circles or bags under your eyes? So do many men, but you don't have to resign yourself to looking exhausted all the time. There are many products such as toners that can help to mask the bags under your eyes, but you have to make sure to apply these products correctly. Many men will start near the bridge of their nose and drag their fingers across to the outer edge of their under-eye area, but this isn't the right method at all. In fact, this method can actually stretch out your skin, accentuating your under-eye bags over time. Instead, start from the outer edge of your under-eye and work inwards. This works against the natural elasticity of your skin, making the product absorb more efficiently and not harming the skin.
4: Use the Right Razor - And Use It Right
Supermarket brand, one-blade razors may be cheap, but they won't be able to give you the shave you deserve and can even end up hurting your skin in the long run. Instead, choose a quality razor that, while more expensive, will last you longer and will be kinder to your skin. Once you have a quality razor, the trick is learning how to use it right. Whether you choose to shave with the grain or against the grain, make sure to do your research to learn how to best shave with your chosen method. Whichever method you choose, it's best to shave with short, overlapping strokes and quality shaving cream. This method will minimize the number of times your razor touches your face while ensuring a clean, close shave, reducing the potential for nicks and shaving irritation.
5: Don't Forget to Rinse
After you've finished with your skincare and shaving routine, don't forget to rinse your face with cool water. This will wash away any remaining soap, shaving cream, or surface product. In addition, cool water will close your pores and tighten your skin, preventing dirt from getting in your pores and leading to overall brighter and tighter skin.