choosing the right skincare products for men

It’s one thing wanting to look after your skin, it’s a whole other thing knowing where to start.  Don't worry, you're not alone!  Until we start talking more openly about our grooming routines, it’ll continue to feel harder to find the right products.  Skincare for men can be overwhelming, especially if you're new to it.  But with a few simple tips, you can choose the right skincare products for you and achieve healthy, glowing skin.  Try the following steps to find the right skincare products for you:


Find Your Skin Type

The first step to choosing the right skincare is to determine what skin type you are. Men's skin can be oily, sensitive, dry, or combination.  A simple way to figure out your skin type is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and wait for an hour.  If your skin feels tight and dry, you have dry skin.  If your skin looks shiny and feels greasy, you probably have oily skin.  If you have both dry and oily areas, you have combination skin.  If you are unsure, head to a dermatologist or facialist and ask.


Keep it Simple

When it comes to skincare, less is often more.  Don't overload your skin with too many products, choose a basic skincare routine that works for you.  A basic routine should include a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.  You can add other products such as exfoliators, serums or eye creams if you want to target specific concerns like fine lines or dark circles.  Starting with just 2-3 products will allow you to build a habit that will last.  You can grow on your new self-care habit once you’ve firmly established a routine.  


Look for Men's Skincare Products

Men's skin is different from women's skin.  Men tend to have thicker, oilier skin and more active sebaceous glands.  Look for skincare products that are formulated for men's skin.  These products often contain ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that can help with oily skin and acne.


Read the Labels

It's essential to read the labels of skincare products before buying them.   Sometimes when it comes to men’s skincare, companies can simply add harsher ingredients and scents to make them seem more appealing to men.  Look for products that are free from harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate your skin.  Avoid products that contain alcohol, parabens and silicones.   Alcohol can dry out your skin and research shows that parabens can mess with your hormone levels.  Instead, look for products that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and green tea.


Consider Your Budget

Skincare products can range from very affordable to very expensive.  Don't break the bank on skincare products.  Choose products that fit your budget so that you can use them consistently for a long time.  Keep in mind that expensive doesn't always mean better for your skins specific needs.  There are many affordable skincare products that work just as well as high-end ones.


Test the Products

Before committing to a new skincare product, test it out first.  Apply a small amount of the product to your skin and wait for 24 hours.  If you experience any redness, itching, or burning, discontinue use.  It's always a good idea to test new products on a small patch of skin before using them on your face.  


Refine your routine

If, after using a certain product for a while, you find yourself with unwanted skin concerns such as bumps or blemishes ensure that you make a change.  Skincare is a journey and things can change as your skin and your environment change.  Your skin will have slightly different needs seasonally, for example. 


In conclusion, choosing the right skincare for men doesn't have to be complicated. Determine your skin type, keep it simple, look for men's skincare products, read the labels, consider your budget, and test the products. With these simple tips, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin that you can be proud of.