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Men’s Skincare: A Guide to Healthy and Confident Skin

August
14
,
2023

Taking care of your skin is not just a women’s concern. Men’s skincare is equally important for maintaining healthy, glowing, and confident skin. 

With so many different ways and products designed to help your skin, it can be a challenge to know where to start in your skincare journey. Let’s talk about how you can better understand your skincare concerns, start a basic skincare routine, and elevate that further to address your skincare concerns to help you achieve your best skin ever. 

Understand Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type can help you pick out products designed to address your skin concerns

man examining skin in mirror

The first step when starting your skincare journey is to understand your skin type. Many skincare products are specifically formulated to treat a certain type of skin or certain concerns. While some products are made for all skin types, you may not treat your skin as effectively if you don’t find a product that is made for your skin type.

There are five types of skin, all a bit different from each other. Which skin type you have is determined by how much oil your skin makes. Let’s take a look at some of the common characteristics of each skin type to help you identify which you have.

  • Oily - Your skin tends to feel oily and greasy all over but especially in the T-zone of your face. Your pores may be larger than most and you may be more prone to acne.
  • Dry - Your skin tends to look dull and feels tight. Your skin may feel rough or flaky.
  • Normal - Your skin doesn’t feel overly greasy or overly dry. You likely aren’t as prone to breakouts. 
  • Combination - Your skin may feel like it’s greasy in some areas while dry and tight in others. Most commonly, people with combination skin have greasier skin around the T-zone of their face while feeling dry and tight around their cheeks. 
  • Sensitive - People with sensitive skin can have oily, dry, combination, and normal skin. However, your skin may look red and feel like it’s burning after using certain products. People with this skin type are more prone to irritation from products that include fragrances, dyes, or other ingredients that can irritate the skin. 

 

Once you understand your skin type, you can start to find the products that will help your skin type the most. 

Establish A Daily Skincare Routine

Even a basic skincare routine for men can help improve the quality of their skin

man cleansing face at bathroom sink

In recent years, people have started to take skincare much more seriously. Now that skincare is much more recognized, though, starting a routine can feel overwhelming. 

You don’t necessarily need a 12-step skincare routine to take care of your skin. You can easily establish a basic skincare routine that’s simple enough for you to keep up with on a daily basis. 

What you include in your skincare routine should be ultimately based on your skin concerns, but here’s what should be included in your most basic skincare routine: 

  • Cleanser - You should use a cleanser to clean your face twice a day—once when you wake up and once before you go to bed. Cleansers help remove dirt, excess oils, and impurities from your skin.
  • Moisturizer - Moisturizers help hydrate your skin and keep it balanced. Look for something lightweight, non-greasy that’s suitable for your skin type.
  • Sunscreen - Every morning and any time you expect to be in the sun, you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours if you plan to spend a lot of time out in the sun. Before you apply just any sunscreen, check out the EWG sunscreen guide so you avoid some of the more toxic or problematic sunscreen additives out there

 

By adding just a few simple products to your skincare routine, you will start to feel a noticeable difference in the health of your skin. 

Mind Your Shaving & Aftershave Care Routine

Take care of your skin before and after you shave to minimize skin irritation

man shaving face

How you shave your face can have a huge impact on your skin if you aren’t properly prepping your skin and taking care of it after. 

Before you shave, you should make sure that you get the right products to avoid shaving rashes and bumps. Look for a razor blade and a shaving gel or foam that suits your skin type. Be sure to wash your face with your cleanser to soften and prepare your skin for a smoother shave. 

While you shave, be sure to use a clean, sharp razor and shave in the direction of your hair growth to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs. 

After you shave, you should cleanse your face again and use aftershave products with soothing ingredients, like aloe vera, to calm your skin.

For leveled-up post-shave skincare consider applying Sapphire Lux Serum, this GHK-CU serum helps to heal microabrasions, reduce irritation and improve overall skin quality.

Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly

Help your skin shed dead skin cells for softer, smoother skin Man wiping off skin care product in mirror

About every 30 days or so, your skin sheds dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to form the top layer of your skin. If those dead skin cells don’t shed from your skin, you may experience dull or dry skin as a result. 

Exfoliating your skin regularly can help you speed up the process to remove those skin cells for softer and smoother skin. You should exfoliate your skin one to two times a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Exfoliating too much can strip away your skin’s natural oils and cause your skin to dry out. 

Choose a gentle exfoliator suitable for your skin type and avoid any harsh scrubbing. You may add chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid or salicylic acid, which can be effective in achieving smoother skin. 

Use Targeted Skin Treatments

Elevate your basic skincare routine to address your specific skin concerns man applying under eye patches in mirror

If you have specific skin concerns, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or aging, you can address those concerns with targeted treatments. You can use these targeted treatments to elevate your basic skincare routine.  

If you have acne-prone skin, you may consider looking for targeted treatments with ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help minimize your acne. 

If you have hyperpigmentation, your targeted treatments should include niacinamide or vitamin C to brighten your skin tone. 

For aging concerns, Entera’s GHK-Cu and other peptide-based based products can help combat signs of aging by stimulating collagen production. 

Adjust Your Lifestyle Habits

Achieving healthier skin starts from within—make sure you are taking care of yourself AND your skin man drinking from water bottle

Your lifestyle plays a huge role in not only your overall health but also your skin health! If you aren’t taking care of yourself, your skin may show it. Here are some lifestyle habits that can make a positive impact on your skin:

  • Stay hydrated - Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from within. 
  • Eat a balanced diet - Make sure you eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to support healthy skin. 
  • Manage stress and prioritize sleep - Get enough quality sleep and manage your stress levels as much as possible. Both sleep and stress play a significant role in your skin health. 

 

As you start taking better care of yourself through your lifestyle habits, you will notice a huge difference in the quality of your skin. 

Seek Professional Advice

A dermatologist or an esthetician can help you address persistent skin concerns

man applying skincare products in small mirror

Establishing even a basic skincare routine can most certainly help address some of your skincare concerns. With that being said, if you have persistent skin issues or concerns, you should consult a dermatologist or skin care professional for personalized guidance. 

If you have any of the following skincare concerns, you should consult a dermatologist:

  • Deep or painful acne
  • Rashes
  • Brown spots
  • Screenings for new moles anywhere on your skin. 

 

If your skin concerns don’t warrant a visit to the dermatologist, you may consider working with an esthetician. You can tell your esthetician about your specific skin concerns, and they can recommend facials or other skin treatments for routine maintenance. 


Men's skincare is a simple yet essential practice that can make a significant difference in your appearance and confidence. By following a tailored skincare routine, using suitable products, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, you can achieve healthy, radiant skin that makes you feel your best every day. Remember, skincare is not just a luxury; it's an investment in your overall well-being and self-esteem.

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