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Fact: It may be easy to forget about taking care of your skin if your schedule is jam-packed. But that doesn't mean you should skip out on a consistent skin care routine altogether. Don’t worry: You can keep your skin care regimen super-simple. Here, seven busy guy-approved skin care tips.
Get serious about cleansing by picking up a facial cleanser than you can use morning, night, and after sweating. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal formula acts as a magnet on skin to capture and get rid of all kinds of dirt (impurities, excess sebum). The black texture turns into a rich white foam when you use it.
A good, general rule is to always be careful when handling sharp objects. This probably seems obvious, but it’s easy to get a bit too overzealous with your razor, and that can result in irritation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s best to wet your skin and hair to soften it before shaving, apply a shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction that your hair grows. You should also change blades or toss disposable razors after five to seven shaves to help minimize irritation, according to the AAD. Make sure to shave lightly to help prevent nicks, too—and apply an after-shave balm once you’re done. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic After Shave Balm can help fight five signs of shaving discomfort: razor burn, tightness, irritation, redness, and excessive dryness. Apply it after shaving all over your face and neck. (Read our guide to taking care of and removing facial hair.)
Everyone should use moisturizer as part of their daily skin care routine—regardless of skin type. The best time to slick on your moisturizer is after you’ve cleansed, shaved, or showered, while your skin is still slightly damp, as this can help lock in hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer helps provide long-lasting hydration. After cleansing, apply it twice daily to your face and neck.
No skin care routine would be complete without a few key sun protection measures. Start by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as the last step in your skin care routine before you leave the house. Pack the bottle with you so that you can reapply at least every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating. But applying—and reapplying—broad-spectrum sunscreen isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take. Additionally, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun, especially during the sun’s peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in protective clothing and accessories, all according to the Food and Drug Administration.
If your skin tends to look extra oily, try exfoliating. Over time, excess oils can build up on your skin’s surface, causing your skin to look extra shiny. So, from time to time, swap out your facial cleanser for a gentle exfoliator that can help slough away the buildup. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you.
You may not consider lip conditioner the manliest of manly products, but that shouldn’t make you any less likely to use it as part of your skin care routine. Help keep your lips feeling soft by applying a lip balm whenever needed—bonus points if you use one formulated with SPF. (Here’s how to take care of dry lips during the summer.)
Finally have a little extra free time? Book your yearly skin exam with your derm, who can check for any changes to your skin. You should also examine your skin head to toe every month to look for any changes.