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These Are The Skincare Mistakes That You Should Be Avoiding

These Are The Skincare Mistakes That You Should Be Avoiding

Grace Michaeli

Perhaps the biggest skincare mistake men make is thinking that skincare is only for women. Men often assume their skin doesn’t need special care and so they don’t develop a skin regimen. In reality, in some ways, male skin needs even more care than women’s. Male bodies have significantly more androgen – a hormone involved in the production of sebum, the oily layer over the skin. For this reason, men’s skin pores are much more likely to get clogged, leading to a variety of skin problems. So, without further ado, avoid the skincare mistakes below and become a clean, mean, skincare machine!

 

In some ways, male skin needs even more care than women’s.
In some ways, male skin needs even more care than women’s.

 

Not Cleaning Skin Well Enough

There are layers and nuance to the art of cleaning your face. One of the common skincare mistakes is to assume it’s enough to just slap on some water and go. Treat your skin like your partner – be gentle, consistent, and sensitive. Wash your face with warm water twice daily and use a mild face wash. For those with a beard, cleansing is especially important. Thick facial hair accumulates a toxic residue of dead skin, dirt, and hair products. A face wash and a moderate exfoliation routine help prevent your skin from suffocating and trigger the skin’s natural renewal processes.  

 

For those with a beard, cleansing is especially important.
For those with a beard, cleansing is especially important.

 

Not Cleansing After a Workout

It’s great to be in shape and exercising is enormous fun. In fact, regular exercise is essential for the health of your skin. But here is another one of the most common skincare mistakes men make. The gym is one huge Petri dish for germs – and a hot, sleek, sweaty male body is a perfect environment for inflammation and rashes. Don’t just bask in the glory of your post-workout bod – make sure to take a rinse and change out of those sweaty clothes. Post-workout skin is more irritable, so it’s best to avoid cleansing wipes or relying on your towel to do the job. Step out of those shorts and into the shower now!

 

Don’t just bask in the glory of your post-workout bod.
Don’t just bask in the glory of your post-workout bod.

 

Not Cleaning Your Pillowcase

Another one of the common skincare mistakes we men tend to make: sleeping on the same sheets for far too long. You need to think of your skin during sleep as well as in the morning. Besides the fact that unclean bed linen is off-putting to potential partners, it’s bad for your skin. Pillowcase fabrics are very good at accumulating dust, dirt, dead skin and hair, skin oil, skin and hair products, etc. Changing your pillowcase often enough is essential. If you tend to sweat or live in a moist climate, change the pillowcase more than once a week. You can flip your pillow every other day, but make sure the bed linen underneath is also clean and fresh.

 

Changing your pillowcase often enough is essential.
Changing your pillowcase often enough is essential.

 

Reckless Shaving

Shaving right is essential for your skincare routine. A careless shaving routine is one of those skincare mistakes men usually make. To improve your shaving routine, try to minimize the contact of the razor with the skin. Try different razor types and find the one which gives you the best results with the minimum of contact. If you have a beard, let it soak in shaving cream for a few minutes before shaving. Leave the beard hairs long enough to give you the hairy look you like, but short enough to keep hairs curling into your skin follicles. Moisturize afterward and consider products with anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, tretinoin, and clindamycin.

 

Shaving right is essential for your skincare routine.
Shaving right is essential for your skincare routine.

 

Avoiding Sunscreen

Finally, remember that getting some sun is not only fun but also dangerous. Forgetting this is one of the most often encountered skincare mistakes among men. No matter how manly, your skin isn’t made for prolonged exposure to UV rays. To slow down skin aging and perfect your clean, mean, skincare machine routine – get into the habit of putting on sunscreen. If you love to be outdoors, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.

 

Get into the habit of putting on sunscreen.
Get into the habit of putting on sunscreen.

 

Skincare Mistakes – No More! 

It’s a common misconception to believe that skincare is only for women. The skincare industry has made some serious efforts to educate the public about male skincare. Still, after decades of educating only women about their skin, it’s a process that will take some time. But if you’ve read this far in this article, you are ahead of the curve, man! Now go and apply these tips to ensure you have healthy and good-looking skin!

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