Women understand without a doubt that having beautiful, radiant, and healthy skin can improve one’s self-esteem and overall well-being. But that way of understanding cannot be said about men—at least not yet. In today's society, men's skincare is still labeled a "feminine" topic, along with beauty and cosmetics.
Aside from that, “A lot of men have the common misconception that skin care needs to be really complicated, but it doesn’t have to be,” says dermatologist Jane Wu, MD. “You can have a simple regimen that’s easy to follow as part of your daily routine.”
If you’ve noticed your skin looking a little dry or has a few more pimples, dark spots, and wrinkles—the most common skin problems among men, then it’s high time you start being proactive with your skincare routine, This regular routine takes only about 8 to 10 minutes. Over time, these small actions will add up and make your overall skincare routine way more effective.
But before this routine gets underway, you should really assess your personal skin type because that can really matter more than the differences between genders,” says Dr. Wu.
Cleveland Clinic names roughly four skin care types:
- Normal skin can tolerate a variety of different skin care products without any harsh results.
- Dry skin can be red and flaky in some areas, especially when exposed to cold, winter elements. You may also have this type if you remove the natural oils from your skin by washing or scrubbing your body excessively. If you have this skin type, you’re more prone to getting eczema.
- Sensitive skin reacts to different products in a variety of ways. If you break out in a rash or experience itchiness, redness, or burning when trying new skincare products, you might have this skin type.
- Oily skin causes your face to appear shiny or bright. You tend to break out or have issues with acne more easily if you have this skin type.
You can also have a combination skin type, in which the center of your face may be oily, but other parts of your face, like your cheeks, can be dry. Aside from understanding your skin type, you should also consider the labels and ingredients of the skincare products that you will be using.
Consider the Product Labels and Ingredients
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “the skin care products you choose will depend on your skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin, use mild, “fragrance-free” products, as products containing fragrances can leave skin feeling irritated and dry. However, beware of products labeled “unscented,” as many of these contain masking fragrances that can still irritate your skin.”
Now that you know what exactly your skin type is, let's get started with some basic steps for building a face-saving skincare routine for men!
1. Cleanse your face twice a day.
Washing your face twice a day is an important step in ensuring that your skin stays healthy. You should be using a cleansing product that's gentle enough to remove dirt and other impurities without causing dryness or irritation. Avoid harsh soaps like those with sulfates—they'll strip away all of the natural oils from your face and leave it feeling tight and scaly!
Instead, try Derma-Nu’s Anti-Fungal Therapeutic Soap. It’s free of sulfates, parabens, and other potentially harmful chemicals that may damage not only your skin but also your health. Not only does this All Over Body Wash cleanses your face but when used all over your body, especially if you are having an active lifestyle, it will also eliminate unwanted odors and bacteria that cause irritations on your skin, feet, and nails. Infused with a custom blend of cooling and soothing essential oils and active fungus-fighting ingredients, including tea tree oil and mint, this antifungal soap, and body wash will help you achieve healthy skin while smelling fresh!
2. Use a gentle exfoliant scrub twice a week.
An exfoliant is a product that helps you remove dead skin cells, which can cause acne and other skin problems. It helps you to get a brighter, smoother, and softer complexion. Naturally, our skin has the ability to get rid of the cells on its own, but sometimes, it doesn’t shed completely. To be able to exfoliate properly, you need to invest in a gentle exfoliating scrub. Ideally, you only need to exfoliate twice a week, but if you have oily and blemish-prone skin, then you may need to exfoliate your skin three times a week. However, you shouldn’t use it any more often, or else you run the risk of over-drying your skin.
Derma-Nu’s Men's Exfoliating Facial Scrub is a facial exfoliator that helps unclog pores and fights acne while preventing ingrown hairs and post-shave irritation. This facial scrub soothes dry skin while maintaining a flawless and blemish-free appearance. Infused with nature’s finest ingredients and botanical extracts, including Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Natural Pumice, and Jojoba Beads, this responsibly sourced facial scrub rejuvenates and nourishes the skin to reveal a smoother and healthier complexion. What makes it the best? It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and potentially harmful chemicals.
3. Moisturize your skin every morning and night
The next step in your skincare routine is to moisturize. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated, which will help prevent dryness and irritation. Moisturizers are also helpful in making your face look healthier by giving it a more youthful appearance. When to moisturize? According to Debra Jaliman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, “It’s good to put moisturizer on after you cleanse your face, which can be twice a day, morning and night. Plus, moisturizing immediately after bathing or showering will help seal in moisture.”
Hydrate and soothe to achieve softer and healthier skin with Derma-Nu’s Men's Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer! It’s not only an essential daily moisturizer for men to keep skin hydrated, but it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, prevents post-shave irritation, and improves dull and uneven skin tone. Using cutting-edge ingredients of Coenzyme Q10, Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamins B5 & C, this moisturizer plumps the look of your skin for an ageless appearance. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and potentially harmful chemicals.
4. Apply a Sunscreen Everyday
Listen up, guys! Sunscreen is absolutely essential for men. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, around 20% of Americans are likely to develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Of this, about 1 in 27 men will be affected by melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. While according to Annie Christenson, medical aesthetician at Houston Methodist who practices with our ENT specialists, "One of the primary risk factors for developing skin cancer is sun exposure — especially if you're frequently exposed to it without protection.” The sun's rays are harsh, containing two types of UV light (UVA and UVB) proven to damage the DNA tucked away inside skin cells. Accumulating this type of damage can, ultimately, lead to skin cancer.
"One of the best ways to help reduce your skin cancer risk is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 35 or higher every single day, regardless of whether you plan to be out in the sun or not," says Christenson. "Seriously, every single day."
According to ColoreScience, if you’re using a chemical sunscreen, moisturizer needs to be applied first. This is because chemical sunscreen needs to penetrate the skin in order to provide protection. However, if you’re using a physical sunscreen (also known as mineral sunscreen), sunscreen should be applied after moisturizer. Keep in mind that putting sunscreen on before or after moisturizer is better than not putting it on at all. You never want to leave the house without sunscreen at least SPF 30 or higher.
“Chemical sunscreens, as the name suggests, are made with a variety of chemical active ingredients, which can be irritating for sensitive skin. And if that’s not already alarming enough, chemical sunscreen works by penetrating the skin and absorbing UV radiation. This means that those chemical ingredients are making their way into your body. On the other hand, physical sunscreen is made with mineral ingredients, which sit on top of the skin. This means that the sunscreen and its ingredients never penetrate the skin. Instead, mineral sunscreen creates a barrier between the skin and harmful UV rays, which are reflected away. For these reasons, mineral sunscreen is considered safer.”
For More Advanced Routines
If you’re looking for a more advanced routine, adding in the following steps can take your skincare game to the next level.
1. Eye Gel or Eye Cream
Eye Gel or Eye Cream is like the Swiss army knife of a man’s skincare routine: it’s a simple tool that can fix a whole lot of problems.Eye skin is thinner than the rest of your face, so it needs more concentrated ingredients and tends to lose moisture quickly and easily. Start using an Eye Gel or Eye Cream morning and night as it helps to fortify your skin and keep things tight, bright, and strong. Eye Gels or Eye Creams can work to keep you looking alert during the day, or can feed the skin with a feast of peptides as you sleep. Apply it at least once a day—possibly twice, if you so choose.
Derma-Nu Youth Activating Eye Gel is an effective under-eye cream to fight signs of aging. This helps to reduce puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags, and sagging eyelids for a well-rested and youthful-looking glow. Unlike ordinary under-eye cream, this nourishing eye gel is formulated with the potent skin-loving duo—peptides work to nourish damaged cells and signal the skin to produce collagen, slowing the aging process, while clinical-grade hyaluronic acid helps skin stretch while reducing fine lines & wrinkles.
Infused with a premium blend of Amino Acids and nature’s finest ingredients, including Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Periwinkle, and Organic Licorice, this gel-type eye cream for dark circles and puffiness works great to help skin stay plump, hydrated, smooth, and youthful-looking.
2. Hydrating Serums
While there are many multiple types of serums available on the market, the most important would be a Hydrating Serum with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin, which helps keep the skin hydrated by promoting its elasticity. It also works to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up those areas where wrinkles are forming so that they look less noticeable. As you age, hyaluronic acid becomes depleted from your body so if you want to keep your complexion looking youthful at any age—whether you’re young or old—you should incorporate this serum into your routine!
Derma-Nu Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum has been proven to create dramatic results & make your skin look & feel years younger! Our customers call it a miracle facelift. Infused with a custom blend of natural and organic ingredients, including Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil & Wildcrafted Green Tea, plus formulated with Vitamin C & the highest concentration of clinical-grade Hyaluronic Acid (HA), the same HA that is used in the world's most expensive serums, this anti-aging serum will help you achieve younger, smoother & healthier skin!
While Vitamin C, a science-backed, dermatologist-favorite ingredient, may help slow early skin aging, prevent sun damage, and improve the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and acne.
Derma-Nu’s Organic Vitamin C Serum is a concentrated delivery system for the highest form of active, bio-available Pure Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid for beautiful skin. It provides 8X's antioxidant protection and a 96% reduction in sunburn cells. This unique formulation repairs sun damage, fades sun spots and discoloration, refines skin texture, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles formation. We guarantee you'll notice a much more youthful, radiant & healthy glow! Free of parabens, sulfates, fragrances & cruelty. Great even for the most sensitive skin types.
3. Facial Masks
According to GQ, “there are many types of face masks, but the two most general categories are “deep cleansing” and “deep nourishing”. The former tend to deploy ingredients like charcoal and clay to suck out excess sebum and grime from deep within the pores (thus they are especially common with oily and acne-prone folks). The hydrating masks, on the other hand, pump highly concentrated serum into the skin, to help revive a supremely tired, dull, or dry complexion. Typically, each type is designed for once-weekly use at most.”
4. Use Beard Oil
If you have a beard, then you know how important it is to keep your facial hair healthy. Beard oil is one of the best ways to do this. Beard oil will make your beard softer and more manageable, which is essential for any man who wants to look his best in photos or on social media. It also helps keep it looking healthy and shiny, which means less breakage than ever before! Additionally, beard oil is also effective for moisturizing the skin beneath your beard. With all these benefits in mind, how can you not use some beard oil?
Condition and soften your beard with Derma-Nu’s Natural & Organic Beard Oil. Enriched with a light sandalwood & amber scent, this Natural & Organic Beard Oil helps condition and soften your beard, leaving it healthy and shiny, keeps your beard clean and dandruff free, promotes beard growth to achieve a thick and healthy beard, and keeps your beard soft and manageable. It will not only keep your beard looking good and healthy but smelling good too! Free of parabens, sulfates & potentially harmful chemicals.
Derma-Nu is a line of organic and natural skin care products—great for men of all ages. They are formulated with the most medically advanced and clinically proven ingredients available. An effective merging of active natural and organic plant and flower extracts works together to repair and beautify the skin. Each of our skin treatments has the maximum percentage possible of active ingredients, potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils, this guarantees potency, purity, efficacy, and profound results. Whether you are looking to restore firmness, heal sun damage, increase hydration, minimize wrinkles, smooth texture, nourish, increase skin brightness, even out skin tone or just maintain beautiful, healthy skin, Derma-nu Skin Care products are for you.