Men are minimalists in almost everything we do, so it makes sense that we want the same kind of simplicity for taking care of our skin.
If you’ve been thinking about giving your men skincare routine a much-needed makeover, we have every step of the way to make it easy for you, whatever your goals.
What makes up a men’s skincare routine?
There are two options for taking care of your skin: the basic approach or something more specializes.
At the baseline, you should be cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating regularly, but if you’re after deeper skincare you can add serums, toners, and masks to the mix.
If you’ve avoided taking care of your skin all of your life because you find the products and treatments downright confusing, this is the guide for you.
We’ll show you every step you need to take to implement a basic, or in-depth, men skincare routine, depending on your goals, and every product you should stock up on to make it happen.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Should Men Care For Their Skin?
- 2 Men’s Skincare Routine: Morning
- 3 Men’s Skincare Routine: Evening
- 4 Related Questions
Why Should Men Care For Their Skin?
Skincare used to be a woman’s game and something that men never paid much attention to, even though they should have.
As we get older, more and more things impact the health of our skin including pollution, poor lifestyle choices, and sun exposure, and once it starts to go it’s very hard to get back on track.
Men have a different skin composition compared to women and in some areas, we’re better off, but not all of them. We have thicker skin and more collagen, but also larger pores that produce more sebum, making us prone to pimples and acne.
If women take such care to look after their skin so that it stays looking fresh and radiant into their older years, it’s about time that men didn’t the same.
Men’s skincare doesn’t have to be complex and we’re lucky that without our daily reliance on cosmetics we don’t have to do much to look after it.
There are just a few things men need to do each week for a good skincare routine, and a few more if they want to go deeper, so we’ve broken them up into easy to follow morning and evening routines.
Men’s Skincare Routine: Morning
You might not realize it, but morning is the most crucial time slot in a skincare routine. When you wake up, you’re preparing your face for the day, but also cleaning off all of those lovely bacteria living on your pillow.
Luckily, the morning is also the easiest time of the day for skincare, so there are only a few things you’ll need to do.
Cleansing your face in the morning washes away any built-up dirt and bacteria you might have accumulated throughout the night.
A cleanser is just like a bar of soap or body wash for your face and it takes just seconds to wash on and off before you start the day.
By cleansing first, you’re also ensuring your other skincare products work more effectively so it’s the most important way to start the day.
- Wet your face with warm water, either in the shower or standing over the sink.
- Apply the recommended amount of cleanser onto your fingers and then work in a circular motion rubbing it into the face and neck, making sure to cover every area.
- Wash off the cleanser with warm water until it’s all removed
- Pat dry your face with a towel gently, being careful not to scrub or rub.
Moisturizing in the morning is essential for skin protection and regardless of the job you work or what you do through the day, it’s going to be helpful for your skin.
Moisturizers come in all shapes and sizes so choose one that suits your skin type specifically for the best results and make sure it’s formulated for daytime use.
- Apply a small amount of moisturizer to your fingers and apply to a dry face and neck, giving even coverage everywhere but avoiding the eyes.
- Allow the moisturizer to penetrate your pores just enough but without leaving your face feeling wet or slimy.
- Consider applying a hydrating or protective lip balm for extra moisturization of this sensitive area.
Optional: Sun Protection
Any man who spends time in or near the sun should be adding this optional step to their men skincare routine.
Sun damage is not only bad for our skin but a killer, so it’s essential to protect the most sensitive skin you have on your face with some form of SPF protection.
Never combine sunscreen and moisturizer on your own as it can dilute the effect of both products, but rather apply them separately with the moisturizer going on first. Alternatively, you can use a moisturizer with added SPF to get two jobs done at once.
- After your daily facial moisturizer, apply a generous amount of sunscreen and rub it into the face and neck so it’s no longer visible.
- Wait at least 30 minutes before going into the sun for the sunscreen to have a protective effect.
Toner is often left out when it comes to creating a men skincare routine, but it can be beneficial if you’re trying to freshen up your face.
A toner’s role is to remove the excess oil and shine, reduce the size and appearance of pores, and give a deeper clean inside where cleansers can’t always go.
If you have skin that needs some extra loving, adding a toner to your routine that suits your skin type is a smart idea.
- Apply the required amount of toner to a cotton face pad or ball without soaking it.
- Wipe your face and neck clean, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth.
- Use after cleansing but before moisturizing if you add this to your daily routine.
Optional: Eye Balm
The skin under the eyes is different from the rest of the face and if you want a deeper skincare routine, this is the place to target.
A dedicated eye balm can reduce puffiness, lighten dark circles, and reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that the areas are prone to. It can be applied first thing in the morning or as an energizer throughout the day on the days you need freshness.
- Apply a small amount of eye cream to your index finger and rub it into the other index finger to share evenly.
- Starting at the area underneath the inner corner of your eye, rub the cream in an upward and outward motion to the outer corner of the eye.
- Make sure all cream is rubbed in and kept away from the eye itself.
Men’s Skincare Routine: Evening
When the day is done that doesn’t mean your skin stops needing your help. For men, night time is when they can get the most results from their skincare routine and it’s when your skin needs the most attention.
Check out these essential evening skincare steps as well as some optional extras you can throw in to give it some extra TLC.
Just as we cleansed our faces in the morning, so too do we need to at night. Think about all of the dirt, debris, and oil that your face skin accumulated throughout the day and you’ll get a good idea of why this step is so important.
You can use the same cleanser you did in the morning, whether it’s foaming or gel one, and using the same method as before in the shower or over the sink.
Dead skin cells are one of the biggest issues for skin, leading to blocked pores, pimples, and an overall patchy complexion.
An exfoliator should be applied twice a week to get rid of the dead skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and generally brighten things up. For men, the best exfoliant is a gentle one, and you can even swap out your nightly cleanser for this to save time.
- Apply the exfoliator to dry skin if possible unless otherwise specified by the product.
- Rub in circular, upward motions around the face, including the neck. Be careful not to go near your eyes.
- Wash away with warm water and pat dry with a towel, being sure to follow up with a moisturizer afterward.
Moisturizing at night is just as important as it is in the morning, but for completely different reasons. In the evening, your face needs hydrating after its daily exposure to pollutants, air conditioning and heating, harsh weather, and other elements.
A night moisturizer is usually thicker because it has more time to absorb into your skin overnight, so make sure you shop for one that’s specifically for the evening.
- Apply a small amount of moisturizer to your fingers and apply evenly to the neck and face after cleansing and/or exfoliating.
- Give your face at least half an hour to absorb the product and dry before laying down for bed.
Optional: Night Serum
Men’s skincare is best done under the cover of night and that’s exactly what these products are all about. A night serum goes a step further than your standard daily moisturizer to get in deep and hydrate while you’re resting soundly on your pillow.
If you’ve noticed your skin starting to show signs of aging or needing more than your usual skincare routine, a serum is packed with nutrients that will go deep into your skin’s layers to help.
They’re usually made without thickening and lubricating products so they absorb into the skin but are generally better left to nighttime use.
- With a cleansed face free from moisturizer, apply the recommended amount of serum to your face and neck.
- Be sure to rub in deeply and massage the serum or oil into your fine lines and wrinkles.
- Allow to dry before going to bed.
Face masks aren’t something most men feel comfortable wearing, but they should be. This is akin to giving your car a full detailing and it requires some patience while you let it do its work, so the best time to apply it is right before bed.
You can choose from masks made for hydration, repair, rejuvenation, wrinkles, aging, and just about any treatment your skin needs, and they do their best work at night.
- Apply a mask to a clean and dry face and neck, free from other skincare products.
- Allow the product to dry completely before going to bed.
- In the morning, wash off with warm water and cleanse and moisturize as normal.
Skincare is no longer just a woman’s game and statistics are showing more and more men are starting to give a damn about taking care of theirs.
We’ve answered some commonly asked questions that might help you on your journey to developing your skincare routine.
Do Men Need a Cleansing Brush?
A cleansing brush is a tool used to apply facial cleanser that can help get the product deeper into the face and is sometimes uses a battery-operated motor to power the head.
Because men have naturally thicker skin, there’s not as much need to apply your cleansing products with one unless you feel it’s not getting as deep of a clean as required.
What Foods Help With Clear Skin?
Along with drinking the recommended water intake of at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day, you should also be stocking up on nutrient-rich foods that are good for the skin.
Fresh fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, healthy oils, and fresh fruits and vegetables will all improve the look and health of your skin.