How to Achieve Healthy, Glowing Skin for Men

Cleansing the skin is the first step to achieving healthy skin, but many men do it the wrong way. It is important to clean your face twice a day, in the morning and at night, to avoid peeling, itching, dryness or prolonged acne. After using a cleanser, if your skin feels uncomfortable, squeaky, or tight, you might be using the wrong cleanser. It's essential to choose and use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type and restores skin moisture and controls sebum production.

To begin with, the goal is to exfoliate your skin once a week. Depending on how your skin reacts, you can exfoliate twice a week or more. If your skin feels dull or turns red and irritated easily, stop exfoliating for about a week to help your skin recover. A very common misconception among men is that they can cleanse their skin by stopping using moisturizer.

The truth is that your skin needs the right amount of hydration. Hydration moisturizes skin and leaves it soft throughout the day. While harsh cleansers and scrubs can remove the skin's natural oils, a good moisturizer helps retain moisture that's already in the skin. If you have oily skin, oil-free, water-based moisturizers are best.

People with sensitive skin can use gel moisturizers to increase hydration. Use a generous amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Choose a waterproof sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more. After sweating, it's important to clean your skin to prevent the accumulation of dirt, sweat, and bacteria.

Follow with a moisturizer to recover lost moisture. Before taking out the razor, clean your face and splash some warm water to open your pores. Pre-shave foam, gel, or cream help keep skin warm and moist. The softer the skin, the closer it is to the shave.

Moisturizer works by trapping water in the skin, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and make skin look brighter and younger. For best results, apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering, or shaving while your skin is still damp. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that skin care doesn't have to be complex or expensive. Many people benefit from a simple routine of cleansing, hydrating and protecting themselves from the sun.

Clean your skin when you wake up, before going to sleep, and after sweating. Use warm water instead of cold or hot, and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Moisturizers add water to the skin. For best results, the AAD recommends applying a moisturizer immediately after cleansing to retain moisture in the skin.

Apply chemical exfoliants after cleansing but before moistening it. Although there are key differences between men's and women's skin (for example, men's skin is thicker than women's), the basic elements of an effective skincare plan remain the same. However, the current generation has broken this stereotype and today's men have started to focus on skincare for various reasons - some for external signs of health while others for aesthetic reasons. Chemical exfoliants are popular products that dissolve the top layer of skin cells and make way for new cells underneath.

Knowing the type of skin - its texture and its problems - makes it easier to develop a perfect daily skincare routine for men. You should include the right cleansers, actives for skin problems, moisturizers, sunscreen and exfoliation as well as weekly masks for optimal results.