How often would you say you spend in the bathroom getting ready every morning? Men on average spend over 30 minutes in the bathroom before heading out. That’s over 15 hours every month or 180 hours every year. With so much time spent, you would think most men would have their grooming routine under lock and key… but the sad truth? Most men don’t!
If you’re the type of man that wants to look your best every time you step out of the house and leave a good impression every time you meet new people, then you NEED to make sure you’ve got your skin care routine down! Having to deal with red and angry pimples, an oil ridden face… or even worse, dry flaky skin raining down all over yourself while you talk to people is the LAST THING you would ever want to happen!
And the funny thing about it all? Having a proper skin care routine is EASY! It’s the foundation you need for having a great looking complexion, and today we’re going break it down into 4 simple steps in order to have your skin looking its best.
- Step 1: Cleanse
- Step 2: Exfoliate
- Step 3: Toner
- Step 4: Moisturize
Clean skin is happy skin. The first step is to make sure you cleanse your skin, so start off by washing your face with warm water. Using warm water loosens dead skin, helps get rid of anything that found its way onto your face since you last washed and helps to open up your pores, making it much easier for you to cleanse your face.
After a quick rinse, lather up your favourite face wash (we will be doing an article on face products very soon!) and gently scrub your face. Scrubbing too hard will damage your skin and encourage premature wrinkling so make sure to use light pressure and small circular motions to get rid of all the oil and dead skin build up.
Finish it off by splashing cold water on your face, making sure not to miss any of the face wash you used. Using cold water will shrink your pores, making it harder for dirt and bacteria to make its way onto your skin.
When it comes to exfoliating, you only want to do this at most 2 to 3 times per week. It also helps to exfoliate before you shave since it softens up and raises your facial hair, making it easier for your blade to cut through your hair.
Start off by spreading the face scrub (it’s also very easy to make your own exfoliator with ingredients from your pantry!) on your fingertips. Apply it gently and in small, slow circular motions across your entire face, making sure to really focus on your nose, cheek and forehead where a lot of dead skin can build up quickly.
You never want to be too rough or exfoliate too often! Exfoliating cleans your face of all its natural oils which disrupts your oil mantle and the natural pH of your skin. When your face has this protective layer taken off too often, your skin can become red and irritated, prone to infection and can even speed up the wrinkling process if you do it frequently for extended periods of time.
There are three reasons for using a toner. Toners help to restore the natural pH of your face, disinfects your face to prevent infection and helps to close your pores, preventing any bacteria from entering.
We recommend putting the toner on a facial pad and rubbing your face as this helps to clean off anything else that may be on your face and will make your toner last longer rather than splashing it all on your face.
Try to stay away from toners that use harsh astringents such as alcohol as it can be extremely drying to your face. Using a toner with natural ingredients such as tea tree oil and witch hazel are great alternatives that are much gentler and just as effective.
So you’ve cleansed your face, exfoliated all that dead skin and applied your toner… Your face is now prepped and ready to be moisturized!
We recommend investing in a good moisturizer as this will have a large impact on the health of your skin! Moisturizers help to hydrate your skin, keeping your skin cells healthy and firm, slowing down the aging process.
Start off with a small amount and work it through your face. Don’t use a big amount as you may end up applying way more than you need which ends up with you having an oily face and wasting product that will need to be wiped off.
Depending on if you have naturally dry or oily skin and the type of environment you live in will affect how often you have to apply moisturizer. Sometimes you may have to apply it multiple times a day, but you always want to moisturize your face whenever you do your full skin care routine.
We hope this guide has helped you with creating your daily skin care routine. With these 4 simple steps, you will be well on your way to having great looking, healthy and radiant skin!