Skincare is an important part of one’s routine irrespective of gender. Men too are exposed to dust, pollution, smoke, etc on a daily basis. Men’s skincare routines don’t have to be an exaggerated 10 step routine but something that is simple and quite effective.
As celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau puts it,
“You don’t have to use a lot of products to get great results. You just have to use the right products for your skin type.”Renee Rouleau
Hence one of the most important factors to look out for is the type of skin one has and curates a routine based on it. In this blog, we are addressing 10 effective and simple skincare tips for men with dry skin.
Does your skin feel dry and tight all year –round? Does is it look tired? Has it lost its elasticity? If you answered yes to most of the questions above you are most likely to have dry skin. Most often this skin type has to look out for products and ways to energize and pump up the glow on the skin.
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1. Using the right skincare products
It’s important to remember that the usage of the right products gives the right results. For instance, we know that most men tend to use bar soaps while washing their faces. Bar soaps tend to destroy the outer protective layer of the skin, further causing your dry skin to become drier which in turn causes wrinkles or even breakouts.
A gentle soap or moisturizing body wash would do good. Some recommendations would be the Rose Shower gel from Bath and Body Works or even any soap bar that has coconut or oatmeal derivatives. It’s key to moisturize after baths.
For body moisturizers, look out for products containing Shea butter or Jojoba oil in them.
For Facial skin, there are only three important steps to be followed,
Remember ’CTM’; Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize.
2. Step 1 Cleanse-
Always use warm water to wash your face. It helps opening out the pores and prep the skin for unclogging. Use a separate face wash. Avoid using foaming face washes and use cleansing kinds of milk instead. They are not harsh on the skin and help keep the skin hydrated.
Massage the face wash on your skin for 60 seconds it is more effective this way.
Some key ingredients to look out for while purchasing your facewash are Ginseng, Rosemary, Oatmeal, etc they help energize the skin leaving it hydrated.
Brands such as Almay, Neutrogena, Nivea, and others have good face washes for that are for dry sensitive skin.
Need more options? Check out our article on Top 10 face wash for men.
3. Step 2 Tone-
Toning your skin becomes essential as it helps keep the pores nice and tight. Having said that, Toning can be skipped provided you use a Moisturizer with some of the same properties that your Toner does.
The word says it all, it helps tone the skin.
Tonners with rice water or rose water or even aloe vera are very gentle and soothing for the skin. Lookout for Toners with alcohol in them and please!! Avoid them; they further tend to damage the skin.
You can make your very own toner. It’s super easy and super cheap too!
Mix parts of rose water with aloe-vera and put them in a spray bottle. Just spray it on your face and you are good to go!
Apple cider Vinegar (Mother only!) is also a very good toner.
Some Products to look out for – Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water, Forest essentials Facial tonic mist pure rose water and the face shop Rice and Ceramide Moisturizing toner.
4. Step 3 Moisturize-
Moisturizing especially for dry skin is very essential!
A good moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day to combat dryness and flakiness.
Look out for moisturizers that have an SPF in them. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 and above. This helps with sun protection and also moisturizing, killing two birds with one stone.
Another thing to look for while purchasing your moisturizers is whether they contain hyaluronic acid in them or even Vitamin C. It helps heal damaged skin and aids the body’s natural collagen synthesis.
Products to look out for are Bath and body works, Water hyaluronic acid hydrating cream, Nivea men’s rehydrating moisturizer, The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer.
Need more options? Check out our list of Top 6 Moisturizers for Men.
Once in a while, you can also use an exfoliant to remove any dead skin. Also, facial oils or serums can be used on the face to plump up and add that extra sheen to your skin.
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One’s lifestyle reflects on their skin. Our bodies and our daily routines are interconnected. Eating healthy foods keeps your skin fresh and healthy.
Foods with Vitamin D, Vitamin C, etc help keep your body and skin healthy and hydrated.
Our article on 10 foods for wrinkle-free skin gives a lot of input on what foods to especially eat.
As stressed upon before, Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is very essential. Remember about 60% of our body is water! You have to take in those fluids to stay healthy as they help flush out the toxins and keep your skin soft and supple just like a baby’s skin!
Avoid processed foods such as corn flakes, cookies, chips, etc, as they contain a lot of sugar, and sugar brings down the elasticity and collagen of the skin making it look dull.
Alcohol and Smoking is also another major reason for unhealthy skin, Alcohol dehydrates the body thereby even if you do drink! Remember to hydrate yourself constantly and balance it out.
Check out our blog on 10 habits that cause acne in men. It provides a lot of info on good lifestyle choices.
6. Lip Care
If you are struggling with dry skin, you most probably also have dry, chapped lips.
Exfoliate your lips at least once a week. This helps in reviving and nourishing your lips.
You can make a lip scrub at home. All you need is sugar and lemon. Add a few drops of lemon to a teaspoon of sugar and you are good to exfoliate. Just rubbing this potion on your lips helps you come a long way.
Make sure you use lip balms often (every once or twice in an hour).
These also help in protecting your lips from dust, pollution, etc.
If your lips tingle or irritate after applying the balm, Make sure you switch them.
Some Lip Balm Products are – Nivea Active Lip Care, Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm, The Body Shop – Lip Care, Shea Butter.
If you want to try natural lip balm, the best is pure coconut oil or milk cream. They work wonders on dry lips.
7. Hands and Feet
Wearing socks and gloves during winter helps reduce the skin on your hands and feet from breakouts.
Make sure to moisturize your hand and feet with the products mentioned above. This helps protect your skin too.
Choose the right quality of socks and gloves. Stick to soft, woolen products.
Wearing the right quality of clothing matters too. Some qualities can irritate your raw skin and cause more damage.
Wearing cotton or soft clothes under your clothing helps control this.
Another thing to look out for is your laundry detergent. Make sure you use the one labeled as “hypoallergenic”.
Some products are – Himalaya Gentle Laundry wash, SafeWash Gentle Wash Liquid, etc.
9. Shower/Bath Time
It is very essential to bathe using warm water especially when you have dry skin. Hot Water can irritate your skin, remove natural oils, and cause it to become drier.
As suggested above, use soaps or body wash that are gentle on the skin.
Another thing to note would be to reduce or limit your bathing time to 5 or 10 minutes.
Remember to dry pat yourself with a soft, cotton towel instead of the vigorous drying.
If you have tried the above tips for dry skin and are still struggling with dry skin, remember it will take a while for your skin to settle down.
If your skin is breaking out too much, and you’re uncomfortable or have rashes, Please visit the dermatologist. They will prescribe the right products for your skin. Dry Skin is a symptom of many skin conditions. It is best to visit the dermatologist if you see no changes.
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