Skin Care Routine for Men

Where did the metro male go? Does he still exist? For those of you who were not in your early 20’s in 1994 let me explain. The metro male was the man who paid special attention to his grooming and looks. Manicured, pedicured, coiffed hair, and great skin. This male invested in himself by spending lots of money on lotions, potions, and fragrance. This man regularly pampered himself. The metro male regularly practiced a skincare routine. Most men saw the metro male as a male who was not as rugged or rough as a male should be. Men perceived the metro male to be too feminine. Men who were not as particular about a skincare routine caused the masculine practice of pampering to almost be a subculture. People, in general, questioned whether or not teenage boys, young adult men, and adult men were supposed to be that polished. Male sexuality became an issue with the metro male.

Women were curious about the products the metro male used and what his routine was. They admired his smooth skin, great hair, and how great he smelled. Women questioned and admired these metro males. Married women befriended them, treated them as a girlfriend, and then took them home to meet their husbands. Women wanted their counterparts to be as well-groomed as they were masculine. There was something sexy about it. Husbands could not overlook the youthful, smooth, and clean look and discovered it did not change or affect their masculinity. Being a metro male was only about grooming and a regular skincare routine. With the growth in popularity of healthy living, healthy food, and working out in the gym, men began to realize the benefits of a regular skincare routine.

Skincare products made specifically for male youth and adult men are rapidly growing and becoming increasingly popular. Male-specific skincare products are quickly gaining on women’s products and are becoming just as diverse. Men have taken up real estate on the bathroom shelves and counters. Males claimed their space. They are standing in the mirror feeling pampered and masculine. They have discovered multiple benefits in skincare routines for men. Skin that is cleaner and more youthful-looking, and facial hair that is softer, and more controlled. There is also the added benefit of knowing the ladies are attracted to the well-groomed man.

Skincare routines are not just for mature men. The process should begin at an early age as a preventative measure. Preteen, teen, tween, and young adult males are all invested in looking good. Cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, and hair products provide skincare routines for all skin types at all ages. So, what is the difference between male and female skincare? The difference is the texture of the skin and the balance of moisture and oil that each skin type produces. Testosterone levels in men cause the skin to be thicker. Testosterone levels are also responsible for men being hairier than women. The hair on the skin is a specific characteristic that a male routine addresses. Men’s cleansers may be more stringent, and moisturizers may be heavier to penetrate the thicker skin. Here is a beginner’s guide for developing a skincare routine to get you started.

Skincare starts with knowing what the skin type is:

  • dry
  • oily
  • combination
  • sensitive

Each skin type has the same basic 3 steps

  • cleanse
  • tone/balance
  • moisture

Some lines go beyond the 3 basic products and provide items like exfoliators, masks, and hair care. Youthful skin is usually oily and slowly dries with age. Acne, blackheads, and other skin conditions often appear in teen years and could continue into young adulthood. Using the right products with the right ingredients for the affected skin type is key. Skin is ever-evolving and changing, making it necessary to change products when the skin changes. It is important to use the right product with the right ingredients.

Dry skin appears rough, dull, and at time itches.

  • Cleansers that include oils or emulsions like lanolin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins A & C moisturize as they cleanse.
  • Toners or skin balancers that have no harsh or drying alcohols used after cleansing help maintain a good balance of moisture and oil. These products come as a spray mist or are put on cotton to wipe over the skin after cleansing to remove any residual oil.
  • Oil-based cremes and emollients should be used on dry skin to moisturize and alleviate dryness. The moisturizer leaves a thin film to protect the skin from pollutants. It is important to be aware of cremes that may be too heavy for the skin. If creme is heavy a lotion should be used. Lotions are heavier than emulsions and lighter than cremes. Using a creme that is too heavy could clog the pores.

Oily skin

  • Cleansing foams are a great choice. Oily skin benefits from ingredients that control oil, not dry it up. Oily skin helps maintain a youthful look by preserving elasticity. Watch for ingredients such as salicylic acid, aloe vera, and glycolic acid. It should be noted that many times oily skin is sensitive skin. There is a fine line between controlling oil and irritating the skin.
  • Toners sometimes called astringents, tighten pores, remove any leftover oil or residue on the skin, and help give the skin a youthful glow. They also help maintain a balance between oil and water in the skin.
  • Emulsions are better suited to moisturize oily skin types. Skin absorbs the water it needs and leaves a thin protective barrier on the skin. When cremes are used on oily skin pores will become clogged and it could create black and whiteheads.

Combination and sensitive skin types are best treated like oily skin with special attention paid to dry patches, oily areas., and sensitivities. It should also be noted that even organic products could cause sensitivity. Sensitivities are not general, they are specific. Skincare routines are more successful when started at an early age. Skin sensitivities are discovered through trial and error if a dermatologist is not consulted.

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