Beauty

Skincare series: Low maintenance skincare for men

I personally don’t know many men that have a huge interest in skincare. Why? There are two main reasons:

1) They can’t be bothered

2) They think skincare is too “girly”

First of all, taking care of your skin isn’t “girly” and doesn’t make you less of a man. I really don’t understand why caring about your health and wanting to look younger for longer is “effeminate.”

Taking care of your skin is so important because who wants to end up looking older than they are? This very simple, no frills guide is the perfect introduction to skincare – whether you’re a man, woman or teen.

I am rather persuasive and I have successfully influenced (well, created) my boyfriend’s skincare routine in the (just over) 1 ½ years we’ve been together. I’ve also got him used to glass nail files – the sound used to go through him when I filed my nails in front of him! My mum calls it “conditioning” (in a jokey way) and she is rather proud of me.

I have two younger brothers. One is a year younger than me and washes, exfoliates and moisturises his face (occasionally uses a face mask). The other is a high school teen with oily skin and spots (yay hormonal teen years) so my mum has got him used to using a face scrub and clay mask once or twice a week.

Unfortunately, my dad is stuck in his ways and the most he’ll do is wash his face and wear sunscreen in the summer (if we nag him). Despite the fact that my mum and I religiously apply SPF every single day, none of the men in our family (and my boyfriend) wear it unless we apply it to them. We’ll keep trying.

Anyhoos, this is a super easy and quick skincare routine for men (or women). Share this with someone who needs a little nudge in the right direction!

Use a gentle cleanser – not soap

Soap will just dry out your skin and strip it of its natural oils. I would suggest a gentle foam cleanser if you have dry or sensitive skin. If you have oily skin or acne then a gel cleanser is a good option.

Exfoliate

Face scrubs help slough away dead skin and unclog pores. The super clean feeling can be quite addictive, but be aware that face scrubs will sensitise your skin if used too frequently, leaving your skin even more dry and sensitive. I’d advise limiting the use of face scrubs to one or two times a week.

Moisturise

If you tend to avoid moisturisers because you think they’ll be greasy and just sit on your skin then opt for a gel formula! Gel moisturisers are great for normal, combination and oily skin types because they absorb really quickly into the skin.

SPF

Not all sun creams are thick, white and difficult to blend in. Opt for a chemical sunscreen (most sunscreens are) because this formula doesn’t sit on your skin and leave a “white cast” unlike mineral sunscreens. However, if you are swimming in the ocean or you have sensitive skin then use a mineral sunscreen. Mineral sun creams are less likely to cause skin irritation and don’t damage coral and sea life.

You should wear sunscreen every single day, not just on sunny hot days. UVB rays cause visual skin damage (e.g. sunburn, brown spots, wrinkles), which is why people tend to use sunscreen during the summer. However, UVA accounts for 95% of the light that reaches our skin and is more of a threat than UVB as more of it reaches the Earth’s surface. UVA is present all year round and is able to penetrate glass so your skin is still vulnerable to the sun even when you are indoors. UVA is responsible for destroying collagen and can even lead to skin cancer.

So, yes, wear sunscreen to maintain youthful skin and prevent damage to your skin and health!

And that’s it! A super easy skincare routine for those that “can’t be bothered” or “don’t have time.” I couldn’t have a skincare routine as basic as this, but I understand that some people don’t want to spend so much time on their skin.

What’s your skincare routine like? Let me know!

Stay tuned for the next post in my skincare series. If you have any questions then get in touch in the comments or find me on Instagram and Twitter @themayanirvana

Until next time,

Maya x