Why Skin Care is Important?
Do you know that skin is the largest organ in our body? Well, that's not the only reason that you must take care of your skin; your skin is susceptible to changes; you would be surprised to know that our skin sheds almost every day and the older cells are replaced by newer ones every day, which is why it becomes crucial to take proper care of the skin, and have a healthy skin care routine, especially for the face, as it is more sensitive.
Moreover, the men who are always on-the-go and have to work field jobs are more prone to have their skin damaged to the pollutants they have to face daily. So, it becomes all the more important to include a daily skincare regime for men. And of course, who would want to have premature wrinkles? A healthy skin care routine would also ensure that your skin remains young for as long as it can! Now, if you're finally convinced to start with your daily skincare routine, here's how you can do it.
4 Points to Get You Started with Skincare Routine
Identifying the Type of Skin
Touch the skin on your face! What do you feel? Oiliness? Dryness? Or does it feel slightly moist and slightly dried? You might even feel tightness somewhere! The first and foremost step to start your skincare routine is to identify what kind of skin you have – it could be oily, dry, a combination of both at places, scaly, and on.
Identifying your skin type makes you select the right products for your skin, without which you might buy unsuitable products and end up damaging your skin. Although there might be common products available which claim to be suitable for all skin types, some of which even produce excellent products, it is always recommended to buy products based on your skin type if you happen to have an extra-X (X being oily, dry, sensitive, etc.) skin! Once you've taken care of this step, we move on to the next step, which is.
Exfoliation & Cleansing of Skin
Exfoliation here means to get rid of all the underlying impurities from your skin, which are the prime reasons for causing blackheads, acne, cystic pores, and other such conditions. These impurities could be anything such as excess oil known as sebum. Now, you can achieve a healthy exfoliation of the skin using two ways, i.e., through chemical products or scrubbing products.
Chemical products are generally available for all skin types; exceptions can include skin, which is allergic to a particular kind of chemical allergen. In contrast, scrubbing products must be avoided by people having sensitive skin as these might only damage the sensitive skin. Generally, exfoliation is recommended 2-3 times per week weekly for most skin types. Still, for the oily skin type, you can increase the frequency to 4-5 times/week (However, do check out the instructions label with every product, as the vigour of each product will be different).
Cleansing, on the other hand, means making sure that you prepare your skin for the upcoming pollutants it will be facing throughout the day! A deep cleanser is recommended to be used every morning and every evening when you return from work!
Moisturising and Sun Protection
As we mentioned earlier that the skin is the largest organ of the human body, and organs require nutrients to keep themselves healthy. The skin is no different, and after you have gone through the exfoliation and cleansing, the next step is to nourish and hydrate your skin with products containing nutrients to keep it healthy.
People with dry skin can use any general-purpose moisturisers daily. In contrast, people with sensitive and oily skin will have to refer to specific products' instructions for how to use them according to their skin types.
Try ensuring that the product you choose offers sun protection; this way, you can avoid having to use a separate sunscreen.
Vitamin-C Serum for Protection During the Day
You must have heard that Vitamin C helps improve the skin's elasticity, supplement the removal from fine lines, and make the skin appear younger and smoother. To put it briefly, Vitamin C helps in making cells active known as fibroblasts, which are the reason behind the secretion of collages, a compound that helps keep the cells of your skin together, making it look better and making it healthier.
Therefore, it only makes sense to include a vitamin serum in men's skincare!
Best Products for Exfoliation
Neutrogena Deep Clean Scrub Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub for Face
Neutrogena Deep Clean Scrub is an oil-free product that will help you remove blackheads and other impurities from your skin effectively, and its daily usage will also prevent blackheads from coming back and reside on your skin.
Its active ingredients include Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, PPG 15 Stearyl Ether, Polyethylene, Gluceth 20, Steareth 21, Stearath 2, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco-Glucoside, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Agar, Mica, Iron Dioxide, which work together to help keep your skin looking fresh and young! And not to forget, it contains cedarwood, which is said to provide numerous benefits to the skin.
It can be used by people with any skin type and also can be used by women. You can buy this product from Amazon for Rs. 281.
The Man Company Charcoal Face Scrub for Exfoliation
The Man Company, although, is a relatively newer brand in the market, having been there for a length just shy of a decade, but has undoubtedly become a reliable brand in men's skincare industry.
This particular scrub is based on charcoal, which is known to be an active ingredient in removing impurities from the skin. The scrub will help you remove blackheads, tan, and excess dirt and oil, making your skin look brighter and fresher! It also comes with the goodness of lemongrass and eucalyptus.
You can buy this sulphate and paraben-free product from Amazon for Rs. 272. Don't forget to check out their instructions label before your first use!
Whiskers® Walnut Shell Powder Face Scrub For Men - De-Tan, Dead Skin Cells & Blackheads
Walnuts are another ingredient considered excellent for healthy skin. This scrub by Whiskers boasts of using a walnut-derived formula containing good amounts of Vitamin E and Vitamin B's (which are good skin) for exfoliating both blackheads and whiteheads from your skin.
The scrub will help you cleanse the outer layer of your skin effectively and slow down the skin's ageing with its effective formula.
The product is especially beneficial for oily skin; however, it can be used by any skin type for positive results. This product also doesn't contain any harsh chemicals and has omega fatty acids, which would even make the hair follicles of your beard even stronger. You can buy this product from Amazon for Rs. 299 only. Keep in mind that this product is recommended to be used with hot water.
Beardo Activated Charcoal Deep Cleansing Face Scrub
Another charcoal-based product, which also comes with the goodness of glycerine, which is meant to prevent and minor skin infections caused by various allergens, which we encounter on a daily basis.
Beardo's deep cleansing scrub will help you get rid of all that extra oil from your skin while also getting rid of difficult-to-remove dirt lying under the skin's layer.
The 100 g pack of this scrub can be brought from Amazon for Rs. 280 only.
Best Moisturisers for Men
NiveaMen Dark Spot Reduction SPF 30 10x Moisturiser 50 ml
Nivea has been one of the premium brands in men's skincare, which has been delivering effective products year after year! This moisturiser will help you keep your skin soft throughout the day!
It also comes with SPF protection, which will protect your skin from harmful UV rays when you have to spend a long day out in the sun! Moreover, its skincare formula will also help you keep the skin's tone even throughout and also help you get rid of dark spots effectively.
It is not recommended for oily skin but can produce great results in a quick time for people with extra-dry skin. It's available for purchase on Myntra for Rs. 190 only.
Garnier Men Power White Anti-Pollution Brightening
You probably already must have seen Garnier's Anti-Pollution Brightening Moisturiser ad on TV several times. And it has rightly made to our list for the goodness it brings to your skin!
It works in three ways – the lemon extract helps brighten up your dull skin, green tea will keep the pollution at bay, while UV filters will prevent damage from the sun. Garnier recommends it to be used with their powder-white face wash.
It is available for purchase on Amazon for Rs. 134 only.
Bombay Shaving Company Face Moisturiser with 5 Essential Oils, Non-Sticky Formula for Skin Repair, 100g
A made-in-India product which you'd instantly fall in love with after only a few uses. Bombay Shaving Company's Face Moisturiser comes packed with five essential oils: jojoba oil, avocado oil, argan oil, babassu oil, shea butter, and the blend will help you keep your skin glowing throughout the day.
It also has a fast-absorbing formula, which helps the cream to do its job very quickly. This moisturises will overall help you rejuvenate the skin, keep it moisturised, and also develop healthy skin cells. And not to forget, it comes with a pleasant smell!
You can buy this moisturiser from Amazon for Rs. 189. However, keep in mind that although it can be used on sensitive skin, but isn't much recommended for that, people with sensitive skin will have to experiment with it first.
Best Vitamin-C Serums Available in India
The Body Avenue Vitamin C Serum for Face with Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid
This serum by The Body Avenue is one of the best products in the market available for Vitamin C serums. It works by providing 5-step protection to the skin, viz., sun protection, which is for the protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun; exfoliation and blighting of the skin; anti-ageing (which is one of the primary benefits of applying Vitamin-C to the skin); spotless skin – which works by controlling the production of melanin, which is a chemical responsible for irregular spots on the skin; and last, it also provides nourishment to the skin with its moisturising formula.
This serum will be able to provide you with the much-needed all-day protection from pollutants for men. It is available for purchase on Amazon for Rs. 549.
Beardo Vitamin C Facial Serum for a Brighter and Healthier Skin
Another robust product from Beardo's house of men cares products have made it to our list. If you're looking to achieve the perfect-toned skin, and remove all those irregularities, then this product is what you will need!
Needless to say, it will bring overall skin protection by protecting it against various pollutants, pigmentation, dark spots, and also keeping away infection-causing vectors.
Moreover, this product also comes packed with Vitamin-E, which is considered another boon-vitamin for the skin. You can buy Beardo Vitamin C Facial Serum from their website for Rs. 550.
Natural Vibes Ayurvedic Vitamin C Skin Care Face Serum
If you're an Ayurvedic product user, then this will be the right product for your skin! It is one-hundred vegan, and being an Ayurvedic product, is also free from chemicals such as parabens and sulphates.
For even better results, it is recommended to be applied with Multani mitti. It's recommended for all skin types, and especially for people having hyper-sensitive skin. It's available for purchase on Nykaa for Rs. 849.
Some More Tips for Men's Skincare
Here are some additional tips men can follow besides following the above skincare guide:
- Using the Right Water Temperature: If you happen to take very long "hot-water showers", then you'll have to change the habit if you want to have healthier skin. Boiling water opens up the skin pore more than they should be and acts as an enabler for the entry of pollutants.
- Experiment in Small Amounts First: If you're trying a product for the first time, it is recommended first to use it in smaller doses, as you never know how your skin might react to it. After only you're 100% sure that the product is right for you, must you move on to use it more extensively!
- Take Proper Care While Shaving: It is one of the most underrated precautions men usually ignore. Shaving properly goes a long way in keeping your face's skin healthier. For instance, shave in the direction of the growing hair rather than against, which makes your skin more prone to damage!
Just a Step Toward a Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness.
Every skincare routine begins with some change in your lifestyle. Maintaining consistency and practicing discipline always pays you back. Be it excessive smoking, alcohol intake, medications, erratic sleep habits, irregular diets, or lack thereof, can affect how your skin responds. Start and finish the day with a big glass of water.
Eat food in moderation. Keep your alcohol intake balanced and track and regulate your smoking habits. Most important of all, hydrate yourself. One can't push on this enough because the water has the ability to make or weaken your skin. That’s something, to begin with. This should make your skin look much healthier than before and bring a routine to your life, which is a step toward a healthy lifestyle and wellness.