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Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: 6 Men's Skin Care Tips That Are Worth a Try

Skin Care Essentials

Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: 6 Men's Skin Care Tips That Are Worth a Try Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: 6 Men's Skin Care Tips That Are Worth a Try Master Class with Dr. Rocio Rivera: 6 Men's Skin Care Tips That Are Worth a Try

A quick rinse in the shower and a brush of your teeth may encompass your entire skin care routine. And it’s true, there’s a lot to like about having a low maintenance regimen—that being said, you may not always want to sport a bare-bones look. Sometimes, putting in a little extra time can help your skin reap big rewards. The state of your skin can speak volumes to others. Does your skin look dull? Or is it extra oily? Have you noticed a few wrinkles or fine lines? Try incorporating these men’s skin care tips from Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris, into your skin care routine to help address your top concerns and look your best with only a little extra effort.

Men’s skin care tip #1: Start and end your day with clean skin

Cleansing in the morning and at night is essential for ridding your skin of the dirt, pollution, and other impurities it comes into contact with throughout the day. If your skin is dry, or if it can be on the sensitive side after shaving, look for a cream cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser. If your skin tends to build up shine and is oily, look for gel or foaming cleansers. If you have combination skin, consider a face wash formulated with glycolic acid, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. Whichever cleanser you choose, wash your face with lukewarm, tepid—not hot—water. “Oil at room temperature is more solid than at warmer temperatures,” explains Dr. Rivera, “so by simply using warm water to wash your face, your cleansing will be much more efficient.”

Men’s skin care tip #2: Nourish, protect, and prevent with moisturizer

No matter your skin type, your skin needs moisture. And as it turns out, the best time to apply moisturizers is after cleansing, while your skin is still damp. As for what to moisturize with, Dr. Rivera offers this advice, “Try looking for moisturizing formulas that will protect your skin against irritation, so you’re less likely to experience the negative side effects of shaving.” For daytime, consider a moisturizer with SPF—like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30—to protect your skin against UV rays that can spark early signs of skin aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. Just remember to reapply throughout the day to stay protected! For nighttime, try an anti-aging moisturizer formulated with glycolic acid to address a myriad of your skin concerns.

Men’s skin care tip #3: Focus on your eye area

The skin around your eyes is likely to show the first signs of skin aging, as it is very thin. An eye cream can help bring moisture to this area, which is prone to dryness, and can help address skin concerns like crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness. And if you think applying eye cream is a hassle, just try this tip, per Dr. Rivera: “You can keep your eye cream in the refrigerator, for an extra cooling effect.” Suddenly, applying eye cream is a total treat!

Men’s skin care tip #4: Address multiple skin care concerns at once

Who doesn’t like a multi-tasking skin care product? A chemical exfoliating pad formulated with glycolic acid can help address a variety of skin care concerns at the same time. An alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid can help dissolve away surface buildup and refine the surface of your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve a dull skin tone. To give this double-duty must-have a try, add the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads to your daily routine.

Men’s skin care tip #5: Tend to the skin under your beard or mustache

Don’t forget, the skin under your facial hair needs attention. Try to keep the skin beneath your beard or mustache clean and moisturized. That way, you won’t be met with an unpleasant surprise—like ultra-dry skin—the next time you shave off your facial hair.

Men’s skin care tip #6: Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself—and your skin

Dudes deserve self-care, too! Spend a little extra time on your skin two to three times a week by applying a clay mask for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it away with lukewarm water. For help finding your clay mask match, click through to our article, Our Best Face Masks for Any Skin Type.

Once you have these basics down pat, you can consider taking your skin care regimen up a notch with The Ultimate Skin Care Routine for Men.