When it comes to beauty products in the United States, women’s skincare products occupy the vast majority of shelf space in stores. But should this be so? We all have skin, and men’s skin health and appearance is just as important as women’s.
There are signs of change in the industry, at least internationally. Men in Asian countries are becoming more serious about skincare, driving much of the growth in their skincare market, and celebrity Rob Lowe is launching his own skincare line for men next year. At age 50, with glowing skin, Lowe is certainly setting a good example for men everywhere.Most guys don’t think twice about treating facial skin any differently from the rest of their skin, but it can be beneficial for men to start a basic skincare routine to help keep the face looking fresh, youthful, and acne-free.
If you’ve never given a skincare routine any thought, here are some tips as to why and how you should start your skincare routine.
When most men wash their faces, they do it with the same soap as they use for their bodies in the shower. But these products can be harsh and drying, preventing the facial skin from looking as great as it could. Healthy skin helps enhance natural attractiveness, is less likely to sport acne, and helps keep aging at bay. In the past, beauty routines have been portrayed as the sole property of women, but more companies are realizing there is a market for male skincare, making products specifically for men.Taking care of the skin is beneficial, not at all difficult and something every man should know how to do. We should all be taking steps to keep our skin healthy, glowing, and protected! Don’t be afraid of starting a skincare routine—it’s a ritual that takes under five minutes.
The Basic Skincare Routine
There are three main components to a basic daily skincare routine: cleansing, exfoliating (a few times a week), and moisturizing. Some products for men are formulated to fulfill more than one of these requirements simultaneously, such as moisturizing cleansers. These make skincare a snap and are much more effective than bar soap for preserving facial skin. Anti-aging eye and face creams can also be helpful in the long run, but the basic steps are the most important. There are many resources available online for starting a basic skincare plan.
Skincare isn’t just a matter of what you put onto your skin, it’s also a matter of how you treat your body. The skin is your largest organ, and it is influenced by every aspect of your lifestyle, from diet to hydration, exercise, and the sun. Here are some tips for treating your skin with kindness:
- Use sunscreen at all times when in the sun. UV rays cause skin cancer, accelerated aging, and changes in skin pigment
- Eat a healthful diet low in sugar and sodium
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid smoking, including secondhand smoking at all costs. Cigarettes greatly accelerate the aging process and make the skin look dull and unhealthy
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Use gentle products
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Limit stress as much as possible
When you’re standing in the drugstore aisle, it can be difficult to know which products are best for you. Try to go with gentle products that are formulated for your skin type, whether that’s oily, dry, or somewhat in between. If you try something out that doesn’t work for you, just try out something different—sometimes it takes a while to find a good fit.
Cosmetic treatments aren’t just for women! Many men now benefit from treatments like Botox®, dermal fillers, chemical peels, ultherapy® (skin tightening) laser skin resurfacing, and other procedures. People age at different rates, however, so only a board certified cosmetic dermatologist has the knowledge to help patients choose the right procedure for their needs and goals. If you’d like to update your look with a skin treatment, don’t be shy! More and more men are realizing the benefits of anti-aging skin treatments.
Consult With an Expert
If you really want to set yourself up for attractive, healthy skin, your best bet is to consult with an expert dermatologist and get a skincare plan tailored to your skin type and condition. Don’t be afraid to see a specialist! Having a trusted expert to help you will make your new routine more effective and motivate you to keep it up. A dermatologist can also answer any questions you might have and assess skin problems and diseases. Men are more likely to get melanoma than women, and should be screened for skin cancer periodically.
If you’re looking for a renowned, board certified cosmetic dermatologist to help get your skin on the right path to renewal, call Dr. Diane Walder’s Miami office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walder and her associates. Dr. Walder is a nationally-recognized skincare expert, and is often a resource for major publications. Call305-866-2177today to schedule your appointment.