While most men’s routines don’t go beyond shaving, others only include a quick face wash. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s about time you went a step ahead. A few extra minutes every morning spent on looking after your skin and hair will reap many benefits in the long term. So here is a post to help you achieve the shine and glow by following our skin and hair care tips for men.
Men’s skin is thicker than that of women. They also have larger pores on the surface of their skin, which produce more oil and attract more dirt. Hence, it is extremely important for men to use the right skin care products.
1. Face wash
If you thought washing your face with a simple soap every day was good enough, think again. A simple soap does no good to your skin. Instead, it leaves it dry and thirsty. Look for a good face wash—one that isn’t too harsh (to avoid drying out your skin) or too mild.
Benefit: Washing your face removes all the oil that your skin produces during the night. This is the first step which leads to other steps in skin care. Regular washing prepares your skin to receive the benefit of other skin care products that you might be using.
2. Face scrub
A face scrub is extremely important as it further cleanses the skin and removes all the dirt and grime that your face attracts. You must scrub your face at least once every week. Scrubbing removes the layer of dead cells on the surface of your skin. This helps a new layer of skin surface which is soft and fresh.
Benefit: Scrubbing not only makes your skin clearer but also eases the shaving process.
No matter how oily or dry your skin might be, it does need moisturising. This is as important as regular brushing and bathing. We all need to replenish our skin to lock in lost moisture and keep it from ageing, and men are no different—especially after cleansing or scrubbing.
Benefit: Apart from premature ageing, regular and proper moisturising will also reduce the burning sensation you experience after shaving.
A lot of men don’t like using masks. But trust us when we say that your skin needs it. This is a weekly commitment, and it is necessary for the regeneration of new cells on the surface of your skin. It opens up all the clogged pores and tightens your skin, giving it a youthful lift.
Benefit: Treat this as your quick spa-facial, one that only takes 10 minutes.
5. Eye Cream
Did you know that most men start showing signs of ageing around their eyes? Unfortunately, the eyes also happen to be the most neglected part of a man’s face. We recommend that all the men out there start using eye creams. The delicate and soft skin around the eyes needs extra pampering.
Benefits: The right eye cream can reduce visible crow’s feet, dark circles and even puffiness.
Sunscreen works as a shield from the harmful rays of sun. It is important to protect your skin from damage to prevent premature ageing. It is a myth that sunscreen should only be used during the summer. It is equally important during the winter, especially for men, as their skin undergoes more wear and tear.
Benefit: A good sunscreen would not only protect your skin from harmful rays but also keeps it well-hydrated through the day.
No matter how good or expensive the clothes you wear, your hair and your skin can go a long way in creating a good impression.
This is the most basic requirement for hair care. Shampooing your hair cleanses your scalp and removes dirt.
- For oily scalp: For an oily scalp, it is important to control sebum production to prevent irritation. It is important for you to avoid using too many styling products on your hair as this will only make your scalp oilier. The trick here is to use products that break down sebum and make your hair feel light and fresh.
- For dry scalp and dandruff: Itchy scalp is one of the worst effects of dandruff. To combat the problem, it is important to find a product that doesn’t dry your scalp out further. It should gently cleanse and help get rid of itchy scalp. A proper anti-dandruff shampoo may help immensely.
- For thinning hair: If you are experiencing thinning hair, you might need a product that controls hair fall and helps regrowth too. Apart from this, you also need a styling product that adds volume to your hair.
Conditioning your hair is extremely important, as this coats your hair with a protective layer. However, if you have straight or short hair, you may skip the conditioner altogether. You can probably use a shampoo which works as a combination of shampoo and conditioner. Men with curly hair or long hair must use a conditioner.
No, sunscreens aren’t just for your skin. Your hair, rather your scalp, needs protection too. You can either use hairsprays with SPF, or you can buy hair styling products that come with SPF (a minimum of 30 or more). This can also help control thinning hair and premature greying.