This 3-Step Skincare Regime for Men is Ridiculously Simple02.08.2022
My Dad doesn’t have a skincare routine other than bar soap, and I know that. Like my Dad, I didn’t give bar soap a second thought when it came time to caring for my face.
It was scary because people would often comment on how much I resemble my father’s younger self.
My skin is headed for the same fate if I don’t make changes.
WHY IS SKINCARE ADVICE FOR MEN OUT THERE WRONG?
What is the problem with many online skincare guides?
- This is written for women who place a strong emphasis on makeup and…
- They are just too complex.
I am not going to do anything that requires 14 steps and 7 products every night.
My friend put me in touch with HeyDay. This boutique skincare shop is located in NYC and I was set up for my first facial.
This was my chance to ask Suzanne, my facialist, the most basic questions I would like to know. What makes your skin oily? To what purpose is serum? And what does toner do?
She was patient and worked with me to create a simple, minimal skincare routine.
This 3-step method has been working for me for several months with great results. Today, I am excited to share it.
WASH. TONE. PROTECT
#1 USE A GENTLE SOAP TO WASH YOUR FACE
First, remove all dirt, grime and other junk from your face. I made a mistake by using the standard drugstore soap.
This soap is bad for you. It’s just too good at what they do: bar soap is able to remove so much oil from your skin that it dries it. Your skin reacts to too much oil, and your body panics. Your skin hydrates itself the only way it knows, by producing oil.
You’ll likely do the same thing I did, think you have oily skin, and then use more soap. This can make things worse and eventually lead to the dreaded breakouts.
You can use a mild, hydrating soap to wash your face.
When to do it? At least in the morning. You can also wash your face in the evening before going to bed.
What I love to use: Ursa Major Fantastic Facewash, $28 on Amazon
#2 RE-ADJUST YOUR PH WITH A TONER
What the heck is pH? The pH scale is used to determine how effective your acid mantle is. Simply put, washing your skin is also washing off some goodness. This can throw off your pH and leave you vulnerable to external elements.
Toner can help to balance the pH levels of your skin. This is why it’s important that you use it after you wash your face with gentle cleansers.
How to use: After cleansing your skin with a cleanser and drying it, apply toner evenly to your face. If your toner does not have a spray-nozzle, use a cotton ball/pad to apply it.
Allow it to air dry before you apply anything.
What I love to use: Ursa Major 4-in-1 Facial Tonic, $26 on Amazon
#3 MOISTURIZE & PROTECT WITH A SUNSCREEN
Your skin will still feel dry even if you use a gentle cleanser. Moisturizing allows your skin to know that it is hydrated without the need for extra oil.
Our skin must be protected from the sun. According to skin care experts, sunscreen is the most important thing you can do for your skin.
I don’t know if you’re doing the same, but I try to keep my routine as simple as possible. I try to use as little product as possible. We’ll be able to kill two birds by using a sunscreen that moisturizes.
What to do: “Use sunscreen with at minimum 30 SPF, but not more than 50.” Dr. Steven Q. Wang is a board-certified dermatologist who heads the Dermatology Section at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Hill. Any lower protection is not recommended.
What I love to use: I’m partial to IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Moisturizer SPF32+. This one is my favorite. It is matte, has a mild scent and moisturizes. According to Heyday experts, it also contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which “turn your skin into a mirror against sun’s rays.”