The Importance of a Skin Care Routine
As someone who has only recently developed a skin care routine myself, I feel compelled to share and promote the benefits I have been lavishing in over the past month. The skin is the largest organ of your body and neglecting to properly care for it is a mistake most men are guilty of. It’s absolutely crazy to me that “a skin care routine" is still unfairly viewed as a predominantly feminine phrase. We all have skin, and in order to keep it looking clear and youthful, it’s important to properly put the effort into looking after it. And the best part? It takes almost no time at all before you start seeing results.
Before you rush out to the shop and begin purchasing whatever miracle creams are on sale, it’s vital you research what kind of skin type you have. Generally there are four types: normal, dry, oily, and mixed. If you have normal skin (lucky), you’ll find your face has a soft, smooth texture and relatively no blemishes. If your skin occasionally feels tight and flakes, then it means your body isn’t producing enough sebum and you have dry skin. However, too much sebum, and you have oily skin, causing the face to have a noticeable shine and the pores to become visible. And finally mixed skin, which is more common than you might think. This is typically the skin type of people who possess an oily T-zone, usually partnered with dry cheeks, although there are many combinations.
Determining which skin type you have isn’t rocket science and even if you’ve never given it any thought before, you probably already know subconsciously. Does your skin feel particularly tight after a hot shower? Does your face have a subtle shine to it as you get ready for bed? Take these details into account before you move on to finding the right products for you.
Personally, I have always had particularly dry skin and - until recently - it is something I have continually struggled with. I would apply moisturiser several times a day to reduce the feeling of tightness, yet several minutes after applying, my skin felt coarse to touch. This feeling of dryness and irritation was the main factor I took into account when deciding on products. I wanted something which would clean my face effectively, to reduce any spots or blemishes, while not evaporating the little amount of moisture my face harboured. After some browsing and discussion with skin-conscious friends, this is the routine I created:
I rinse my face with water and then apply a hydrating cleanser: a face wash with the specific function of hydrating the skin, while not penetrating the protective layer. This clears all the sweat and dirt from your face, giving you a clear base in which to exfoliate, which I do next. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells and is what leaves your skin feeling fresh and baby smooth. However, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, it’s a good idea to start exfoliating around twice a week and see how your skin reacts. If the skin feels fine, you may want to up the frequency but exfoliating too often could potentially damage skin by stripping away the natural oils your body produces. The last step for me, is a moisturising lotion, which everyone should be using. Moisturising helps your skin stay young, wrinkle-free, and fight off blemishes. I also apply the moisturiser to my hands and arms to help them stay unwrinkled and hydrated.
Along with the obvious physical benefits of having smoother, more youthful appearing skin. Creating and sticking to a skin care routine has also added more structure to my day and allowed me a feeling of productivity as soon as I wake up in the morning. Self-care is so exceptionally important and taking a small amount of time out of your day to properly wash and soften your face can be so rewarding. Not only will your skin benefit but your brain will too. Knowing you’re taking care of yourself and sticking with your established routine is the foundation of a really healthy lifestyle and, sometimes, all you need to give your mental health a boost.
I advise everyone to create a skin care routine specifically tailored to their skin type and daily schedule. I personally perform my routine twice a day: in the morning after a shower, and just before I go to bed. But if that doesn’t work for you, find whatever does, although twice a day is a good way to see results.
If you’re interested in starting a skin care routine but you feel unsure where to start and would like some guidance, talk to a Slay consultant. They’re experts in men's grooming and chatting to them is as easy as clicking the box in the lower right corner of the screen.