Hands up if you are one of those guys that doesn’t know much, if anything, about your skin and how it works! Are you a guy that doesn’t regularly apply SPF? Then read on! Men have larger pores, oilier skin and are more prone to impurities and acne. They also have more active sebaceous glands, which means even MORE PORES. We are big advocates for educating men on the importance of looking after your skin. Here we dive into what men need to know about their skin and a few key tips.
What type of skin do you have?
Knowing the type of skin you have is the first step before looking into any men’s skincare products, as it will distinguish what is best suited for you.
- Normal skin, which is clear and not sensitive
- Sensitive skin, which may sting or burn after product use
- Dry skin, which is flaky, itchy or rough
- Oily skin which is shiny and greasy
Combination skin, which is dry in some areas and oily in others.
Men’s skincare tips to consider to keep your skin in check:
1. Wash your face daily and particularly after exercise. A regular bar of soap often contains harsh ingredients that can be drying to the skin, wash your face with a mild (soap-free) facial cleanser in lukewarm water and a gentle face washer. This will stop the build up of dirty oils from forming.
2. Watch your shaving technique. For some, multi-blade razors can shave too closely to your skin, irritating it. If you often experience razor bumps, razor burns, or ingrown hairs, this is why. Switch to a single use or double blade instead and replace it regularly before any rust build up. Make sure your skin is wet and has a layer of shaving cream or gel on it before shaving. Never dry shave... EVER!
3. Moisturise daily, especially after shaving and having a shower… or those summer beach swims. Moisturiser works by trapping water in your skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make your skin look brighter and younger. Here at T&M we have a Moisturiser & Primer that is perfect for this!
4. Check your skin regularly. New spots or moles that itch, bleed, or change colour are often early warning signs of something more serious. If you notice anything, make the correct next step to consult your GP.
5. Wear sunscreen (SPF), even if it is a cloudy day, especially in summer. This will help any sun damage that could occur and will also help prevent any spots changing, like discussed above. For the best protection you should use at least SPF 30 or higher. If you are outside all day remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Here at T&M we stock a BB Cream with SPF 30 in it, which is perfect for a summer's day, and an added touch of colour to correct and even your skin up.
And if you are ready to get your skin primed for summer, then head over to our summer blog to find out more!