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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. Even when you’re busy, you need a few basics—like facial cleanser and moisturizer. Don’t worry, you really can keep your regimen super-simple. Here’s how, just follow these seven busy guy-approved skin care tips.
Get serious about cleansing by picking up a facial cleanser than you can use in the morning, at night, and after sweating. Try the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal, which has a formula that 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. (For more shaving-centric tips, read The Guy's Guide to Taking Care of 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. Twice daily, after cleansing, apply the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer to your face and neck to help provide your skin with long-lasting hydration.
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 prior to leaving 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 you tend to have extra oily skin, 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 face scrub that can help slough away the buildup. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub. As for how often to exfoliate, 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 Care for 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.
Speaking of visiting the dermatologist, if you’re feeling a little anxious about what your visit could entail, we can help. Head on over to our article, Master Class with Dr. Aislyn Nelson: What to Expect from Your First Trip to the Dermatologist.