Five Ways Men Can Ensure Their Skin is Looking Good

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

In the cosmetic world there is a lot of talk about women, because there are a lot of procedures that are specifically for women, but men have a lot of involvement in the cosmetic world as well. In fact, there are growing trends today that see men becoming more aware of the health of their skin and overall cosmetic appearance than ever before—so this article is for the men.

Here are five ways men can ensure their skin continues to be smooth and healthy looking:

Cleanse Your FaceThat splash of cold water in the morning helps to make you feel more alert, but the morning facial cleanse is an important part of your daily skincare routine. That morning facial cleanse helps to wash away all the dead skin cells that are stuck to the surface of your skin. Dead skin cells make your skin less shiny and appear to be less healthy. It is recommended that you use a facial wash with glycolic acid in it both at night and before bed time. Using an exfoliating scrub a couple times a week can also help to boost the growth of new skin cells.

Utilize Moisturizer
This should be a pretty obvious follow up to any time you decide to cleanse your face—apply moisturizer! It is a good idea to apply moisturizer while the skin remains damp—this helps to seal in important moisture. Oil-based facial lotions work well for most men—assuming they have normal skin. If your skin is oily and prone to acne, then it is best to look into water-based alternative lotions.

Stay Hydrated
Lotion helps to moisturize the surface of your skin, but it is important to keep in mind the genetic makeup of our skin—water. You need to keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking a minimum of 6 glasses of water a day to help your skin remain full of moisture. Drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages dehydrates you, so it is important to drink extra water if you are consuming a lot of caffeine or booze.

Start Taking Care of Your Skin Early in Life
Don’t wait for wrinkles to start before you begin to take care of your skin! Even if you still look youthful you should consider utilizing moisturizers and taking your skincare seriously in your 20s if you want to have better looking skin later in life. Using a retinol cream to your daily routine helps to boost your collagen production, as well as cell growth—this improves your skin tone overall. If you want to keep things simple, then you can find a moisturizer that has retinol in it as well.

Stay away from too much sugar
We all love the sweets, but it is important to enact some self-control and not go overboard with the sugars! Diets that are high in sugar cause inflammation of the skin—which can lead to breakouts! This means reducing your intake of cake, soft drinks and cookies!