While your girlfriend's bathroom cabinet may be filled with cleansers, lotions, creams and other skin care products, most men prefer a simpler skin care routine. In fact, you may not think much about skin care at all. However, it's not just for women; caring for your skin helps keep it healthy, ward away problems and even alert you to potential issues. By trying an easy and simple skin care routine, you can get perfect skin without all of the work and flowery fragrances.
Cleanse your skin on a daily basis. While it may not seem like an important step at the end of a long day, there's dirt and oil on your face that could clog pores and cause acne. Keep things clean by looking for a mild cleanser in the soap aisle of the drugstore. Try one with a fresh scent that is free of harsh chemicals.
Use an acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide, if you have acne-prone skin. The key to permanently zapping zits is using over-the-counter products with ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide combined with glycolic acid or retinoids on a daily basis. Smooth a thin layer of ointment over affected areas each morning to see improvement.
Exfoliate skin on your face and body once per week. While you may think that using a scrub is just for women, remember that dead skin cells gather on the surface of your skin, clogging pores and trapping dirt and oil. Opt for a chemical exfoliator for use on your face that contain mild acids, such as alpha hydroxy acid. A more abrasive physical exfoliator is a better choice for your body, which contain granules like sea salt or oatmeal to slough away dirt, oil and dead skin cells on rough areas like elbows, knees and feet. Choose an exfoliating product formulated for your skin type, either dry, oily, sensitive.
Smooth moisturizer on your skin daily. A moisturizer not only helps hydrate your skin, but it can actually attract moisture to your skin throughout the day. Typical men's companies now have moisturizers for men that have fresher scents and more masculine packaging, including Gilette, Old Spice and AXE. Use a separate moisturizer for your face. Body lotions are usually packed with oil that can cause breakouts on your face. Find a face moisturizer for your skin type that incorporates sunscreen to streamline your routine. Look for hand cream formulated for men, whose skin is typically thicker and rougher than women's, for daily use on hands and cuticles.
Swap your after shave lotion for sunscreen. Aftershave contains alcohol, which is why it can burn and dry your skin. Sunscreen can soothe raw skin after a close shave, and it's also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as a way to protect your skin from the sun and ward off sunburn, which can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. An SPF of 15 or higher is best; choose a facial formula that won't clog pores.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if you notice changes in your skin, suggests Dr. Mehmet Oz, writing for "Esquire" magazine. Any time you notice new spots, a change in the texture of your skin or have any other concerns, it's time to see your dermatologist. They can be the signs of serious conditions, like nutrition deficiencies or skin cancer, and the sooner you have it checked out, the soon you can stop the problem for perfect skin.
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.