Skin care products and routines have been popular topics for the past several years, mostly among women. However, proper skin care is just as important for men. Sure, many lotions and creams may seem “girly,” but there are plenty of skin care products that are equally suited for men. Here are some of the best skin care products for men and how to fit them into your routine:
Glycolic Acid – Glycolic Acid is an ingredient that has long been trusted for exfoliating dead, dry skin cells from the surface of the skin. Not only can these dead cells make your skin appear dry and flaky, they can also worsen the look of any wrinkles or fine lines by making them appear deeper.
How to use it:
Pure Glycolic Acid is a thin peeling agent that you apply to your face, and allow to sit for several minutes before washing it off. The strength you use, how long you leave it on, and how often you use it will depend on the sensitivity of your skin. It’s recommended that most people start with 30% concentration for 5 minutes once a day and if you’re not experiencing any irritation, you can gradually work your way up from there. If your skin starts to get red or irritated, back down on the time or the concentration. Advanced Skin Care’s Pure Glycolic Acid Peel
is a great choice because it is available in 3 different concentrations and is not diluted with other ingredients.
Peptide Cream – Peptides are great anti-aging ingredients. They are made up of chains of amino acids, and are excellent for stimulating collagen production and revitalizing the youthful look of your skin. Creams are a great delivery system for peptides because they can deliver these peptides deep into the skin and moisturize your face at the same time.
How to use it:
Apply peptide creams as you would a moisturizer after you wash and dry your face. This will rehydrate your skin from the dryness that’s left from washing your face, and allow the peptides to absorb into the skin. Just apply a small dab with your fingertips to clean, dry skin, and rub in thoroughly until it’s fully absorbed into your skin. Organica Peptide Cream
is our pick because it uses natural ingredients and doesn’t include perfumes or heavy fragrances.
Retinol Cream – Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, may be the most recommended skin care ingredient for fighting the visible signs of aging and promoting healthy looking skin. It’s the most effective form of Vitamin A for skin care, it boosts collagen production, noticeably smooths skin’s appearance, increases skin elasticity, and evens out pigmentation.
How to use it:
Retinol cream is best applied daily at night. Retinol can break down in the sun, which will not damage your skin, but will reduce its effectiveness. It can take 3 to 8 weeks to see long-term results, so stick with it. Advanced Skin Care’s 2.5% Retinol Cream
is a great option because it contains the optimal concentration of retinol, is richly moisturizing without feeling heavy on your skin, and doesn’t contain any fragrance.
Hyaluronic Acid – Hyaluronic Acid is an excellent skin care ingredient. Not only does it moisturize skin and lock that moisture in, it also boosts collagen production and is an excellent carrier that helps other ingredients absorb deeper into skin.
How to use it:
Hyaluronic Acid is available on its own
, but is most effective as the base of other serums due to its excellent qualities as a carrier. Hyaluronic Acid can be found in serums such as Bio Vive Tri-B Complex Serum
, which includes a complex of B vitamins, Advanced Skin Care’s C+E Ferulic Acid Serum
, which contains Vitamins C and E, and Protoxyn-X5,
which contains the two most popular peptides in skin care, Matrixyl 3000 and Argirelene.
If you don’t want to use separate Retinol Cream, Peptide Cream and Hyaluronic Acid serum, Skin Rescue
is a great all-in-one solution that contains all these ingredients, plus a complex of highly beneficial skin care vitamins.
Sunscreen – This may seem like a minor step, but make no mistake; sun damage is the leading cause of visible signs of aging on the skin. These include: sun spots, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration. This makes it imperative to use sunscreen regularly to slow any further signs of aging.
How to use it: Apply SPF 30 or higher to your face before going outside for longer than 30 minutes. Do this regardless of how the weather looks, as people have gotten sunburns during cloudy days and snowstorms. Your skin doesn’t have to be visibly burned to be damaged either, so be careful.
Incorporating all of these steps into your daily routine will help you get the best results, and the healthiest looking skin. You’re never too young to start taking care of your skin, either; these techniques are great preventative measures to help slow visible progress of aging.