The cost of not taking care of your skin can be fatal. A study from 2019 shows that American men are 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than women in the same age group. Families are left without husbands and fathers because men are not taking care of their skin in the way they should be.
So where the hell do you start when it comes to skincare? Fear not, we’ve laid out the basics of creating a skincare routine highlighted in this video so that you can look, feel, and be healthier.
Step 1: Cleanser
Getting all the gunk off and out of your pores is the first step to having healthy skin. Facial cleansers remove any excess oil that has built up throughout the day, preventing breakouts.
It’s recommended that you wash your face at least once a day depending on how dry your skin is. Rinse your face with warm water to open up your pores so that you can really clean them out. Gently scrub your face with the face wash for 30 seconds to a minute. Then rinse off your face with warm water and pat it dry with a clean washcloth.
You don’t need to get fancy with your face wash – the best facial cleansers are often the simplest. Look for something that is dermatologist recommended and doesn’t have a long list of ingredients on the back.
Step 2: Treatment
A treatment is something that targets a specific skincare need of yours, whether it be redness, dryness, oiliness, etc. The type of treatment you need is unique to your skin, because everyone’s skin is different. This step may require a bit of trial and error, but that does not mean that this step is worth skipping. Applying a skin treatment can often make the biggest difference in how your skin looks.
This is the step where the prices tend to get more, well, pricey. But just like a gym membership is an investment in your health, good skincare is an investment in the health of your skin.
We’ve listed a couple of treatments that can be helpful depending on the skin struggles that you have.
Step 3: Moisturizer
Moisturizer may not be necessary if you have very oily skin. But even if you don’t think you are in need of a moisturizer, using one can make a difference by retaining the moisture that the face naturally loses throughout the day. Moisturizer can help reduce texture and dry patches on the face.
Like cleansers, some of the best moisturizers are often the simplest. Apply a generous amount all over your face and neck, or target the areas with the most dry patches.
Step 4: Sunscreen
If you are going to take away anything from this article, it should be this step. 90 percent of visible skin aging is due to sun exposure.
Most people think that they only need to wear sunscreen when they are going to be outside for a long period of time on a sunny day. This is a dangerous assumption to make. Even when we are inside on a cloudy day, UV rays come in through the windows and damage our skin. If you need any more evidence, check out the difference between this truck driver’s skin on the left side of his face, the side that faces the sun, compared to the right side of his face.
Sunscreen should be worn every morning. Apply enough to completely cover all areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun. This includes often forgotten areas such as your ears, your neck, and the top of your head. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply every two hours.
Being the human body’s largest organ, your skin deserves proper care. Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated; just stick to the basics and you should be fine.