You might not realize it, but your skin is often one of the first things people notice about you when you walk into a room. The thing is, your environment, stress, and daily activities can all take a toll on how your skin looks—which is why it’s important to find the right skin care products that’ll help keep your skin looking fresh. That’s also why spending a little bit of time on your skin care routine morning and night is always a good idea. The good news is, the best skin care routine for men is a simple one: Focus on cleansing and replenishing your skin and protect it against daily aging factors and environmental irritants. Below, find our best skin care routine for men, along with skin care product recommendations including facial cleanser, moisturizer, and after shave balm.
Men’s Skin Care Step #1: Wash with Facial Cleanser Morning and Night
Cleansing in the morning and at night is important, as this can help remove dirt, excess oils, and impurities that have built up on the surface of your skin. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic Extreme Cleanser Infused with Charcoal has a formula that acts as a magnet on skin to capture and get rid of all kinds of dirt. Plus, the black texture turns into a rich white foam, which is pretty cool! Apply twice daily on wet skin and gently massage the cleanser onto your face, concentrating on your forehead, nose, and chin, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. All you need is twice a day cleansing—any more than that and you could strip your skin of its natural oils, which it needs to help stay properly hydrated. Hot water can also strip your skin of oils, which is why you should always rinse with tepid H20.
Men’s Skin Care Step #2: Follow Up with Moisturizer
While skin is still moist after cleansing, apply a lightweight moisturizer with SPF as directed. Applying moisturizer to dam skin can help lock in hydration. Apply it to your face and neck in upward motions—and if you have a low haircut, don’t forget about your scalp, too. Try the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Vita Lift SPF 15 Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer, which in addition to offering sun protection helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time. When it comes to sun protection, your work doesn’t end with applying a moisturizer with SPF as directed—other steps you should take include limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Men’s Skin Care Step #3: Apply an Eye Cream
Spend two minutes taking care of your eye area. Because the skin around your eyes is so delicate, it tends to show signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles and dark circles, early. In the morning and at night, after moisturizing, tap three dots of eye cream under your eye and dab up and out to your top eyelid, in a C-like shape. You can also quickly swipe the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller under your eyes. Formulated with vitamin C and caffeine, this skin care product helps minimize the appearance of dark circles and under-eye bags with continued use over time.
Men’s Skin Care Step #4: Care for Your Beard with After Shave Balm
If you have facial hair, make sure to treat the skin around your beard area as you do the rest of your face, cleansing and moisturizing it every morning and night. Try the L’Oréal Paris Men Expert™ Hydra Energetic After Shave Balm, which helps soothe signs of shaving discomfort including razor burn, tightness, irritation, redness, and excessive dryness.
Now you know: You don’t have to spend a ton of time caring for your skin. All you have to do is put in just enough effort to help keep it clean and hydrated! For more men’s skin care advice, check out our article, The Lazy Guy’s Guide to Skin Care.