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You have neglected your skin for very long, true? Though men's skincare has come a long way from just aftershave, do you still think skincare is a women's thing?

Well, your skin can also be as flawless as a woman's, if you give it some attention. Also, increasing pollution, dust and other lifestyle factors cause extreme damage to your skin. This can make your skin more rough, dry or acne-prone.

Thus, men also need a proper skincare routine to keep unwanted aggressors off their skin. Keep scrolling to find out how.

Why Knowing Your Skin Type Is Important?

Every person has a unique skin type that calls for different skincare routines. Knowing your skin is important, as it will help you build an ideal skincare routine according to your skin’s characteristics and specific needs.

A skincare routine that does not suit your skin type can lead to further skin damage. Here are two easy ways [1] to understand your skin type:

The Bare-Faced Method

  • Wash your face and leave it for 30 minutes without applying any product.
  • Check if your face shows any shine or glow.
  • Wait for another 30 minutes and recheck if your skin feels dry.
  • If you see the shine on your entire face, then you have oily skin.
  • If the shine is only on your forehead and nose, it means your skin type is combination skin.
  • In case your face feels completely dry, obviously, you own dry skin.

The Blotting-Paper Method

  • Hold a blotting paper on different parts of your face.
  • The amount of oil it is absorbing determines your skin type.
  • If your blotting paper absorbs a major amount of oil from your nose and forehead, it indicates combination skin.
  • If it absorbs oil from your overall face, then you can be sure of having oily skin.
  • If it has hardly absorbed any oil, you have dry skin.

Why Do Men Need A Skincare Routine?

Male skin is very different from female's. Both genders have unique characteristics and needs. Men's skin is almost 25% thicker than women, as it has more collagen [2] due to testosterone [3] (male sex hormone) secretion. Hence, following the same routine allotted for a woman won’t help a man much.

If you regularly follow a few simple skincare steps dedicated to male skin, your skin will show effective results over time. A basic skincare routine consists of cleansing your face, exfoliating frequently and moisturizing whenever needed.

How To Build An Ideal Skincare Routine For Men?

Morning Routine

Night Routine

The first step of a morning skincare routine is always cleansing your face. Use a good face wash or cleanser to wash away all the dirt, dust and impurities from your skin.

When you're done for the day, start with cleansing your face before retiring to bed. It removes the day's dirt and grime off your skin, giving you a fresh and soothing relief along with other skin benefits.

Scrubbing is an essential part of your skincare and it should be done at least twice a week. Use a men's face scrub to exfoliate and remove all the dead skin cells. Scrubbing is generally advised to be done before shaving.

Opt for a moisturizing lotion every time you wash your face. Apply it right after you finish cleansing your face and avoid any other product till your skin absorbs it completely. Make it a regular habit as it hydrates your skin efficiently.

While shaving, use a suitable shaving cream for a smooth skin surface. In case, you are growing your beard, apply a beard oil for softer hair growth. It saves your skin from constant friction and tangling.

30 minutes before going to bed, use a night cream or a serum to cure all the damages your skin has faced throughout the day. If you have oily skin go for a water or gel-based serum. Otherwise you may face clogged pores.

Always use an aftershave to avoid any kind of irritation and redness.

Use an eye gel or cream to address the under-eye dark circles and puffiness. Overnight treatment helps your skin heal. Next morning, your under-eye area will feel rejuvenated.

Never forget to use a sunscreen whenever you go out. It is the most essential step in your skincare routine.

Your lips are mostly neglected. Incorporate a lip balm in your night routine to provide them with an overnight relief. You can use a lip balm whenever needed.

Wrapping Up

Even a few years ago, men’s skincare was not taken seriously. The change happened very recently when people accepted that men also need healthy skin.

A man's skin characteristics are different from women. Therefore, a skincare routine for men must accommodate products that fulfil the specific needs of men's skin.

SkinKraft offers a customized skin care regimen for men to address all your skin issues.

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