7 Skin Care Tips for Men ...

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If your skin care routine consists mainly of a good scrub with the same bar soap you use under your arms, it may be time for an upgrade, with a few tested-and-true skin care tips for men. I’m not suggesting you spend an hour every day pampering your skin – who has the time? – but a few minutes each morning can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels, so why not give it a go? Here are a few basic skin care tips for men.

1. Invest in a Good Razor

We women are experts when it comes to shaving – most of us have been shaving a large portion of our bodies for more years than we care to admit – so we're prepped to share this most important of all skin care tips for men: a good razor is worth every penny you won’t spend on a lotion or cream for razor burn. If this sounds sketchy, try ditching the plastic disposables and using a $20 refillable razor for a week, and see how it feels. You’ll never go back to plastic. While you’re at it, skip the tin-can shave foam (the air bubbles can make your blade skip and leave you with nasty razor burn) and try a non-foamy shave gel or cream (like Jack Black’s Beard Lube Conditioning Shave) instead.

2. Try a Little Aftershave

This ain’t your grand-dad’s Aqua Velva – today’s aftershave can be just as effective at soothing post-shave irritation, without the sting or the stink. If you’ve nicked yourself, try Clinique’s Post-Shave Healer, and if you haven’t, try The Art of Shaving’s After-Shave Balm, unscented (nice) or sandalwood (you hipster, you).

3. Avoid Harsh Cleansers

There’s no shame in admitting you hate the sting of soap in your eyes, or that rough patch of dry skin under your chin. Save the bar soap for your less-delicate areas, and if you’re using a stinging cleanser on your face, set it aside. Most people just need warm water on a clean washcloth, and many harsh cleansers can actually make skin problems worse – like causing that dry patch of eczema on your chin.

4. Moisturize

Dry winter air can really dry your skin, especially if you like hot showers. There’s something to be said for moisturizer for your face and lotion for your body. We women have entire shops dedicated to lotions, but there are a few brands made just for men, without the Sweet Pea/Lemon Verbena/Rose Petal scent. Try Anthony Logistics for Men’s Oil-Free Facial Lotion, which delivers hydration without a fruity or flowery scent.

5. Don’t Forget the SPF

Unless you want to look like Keith Richards when you’re forty, it’s also a good idea to either use a facial lotion with a built-in SPF, or wear a separate one. Aside from giving you a wrinkled, leathery countenance, not using a broad-spectrum sun-block can lead to skin cancer. And skin cancer’s no joke – according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, men aged 15-39 are 55% more likely to die from skin cancer than women in that same age group, and it’s the 5th most common form of cancer in men. The best way to prevent skin cancer is to avoid exposure to the sun’s harmful rays, so slather on the SPF.

6. Be Brand-Savvy

If you’re unhappily imagining a lengthy trip to Sephora with your wife or girlfriend, no worries. You can stock up on all of the skin care essentials you’ll need from the comfort of your own couch, without the “side trip” to The Gap. Read up on a few of the brands who’ve made men’s skin care a science, like Jack Black, Anthony Logistics for Men, The Art of Shaving, Clinique for Men, and Tom Ford. Then fill your virtual cart and wait for the goodies to arrive.

7. Avoid Guyliner

Unless you are the afore-mentioned Keith Richards, or are another legitimate rock star, please don’t wear “makeup for men.” Yes, there’s an entire section at Sephora.com dedicated to this stuff. But in my very humble and subjective opinion, it’s just not necessary – a little casual tweezing to nab the stray crazy eyebrow and you won’t need brow pencil.

While no one’s suggesting there’s anything wrong with your current skin care routine – hop in shower, wash up quick, apply deodorant – if you’re looking to soothe a skin irritation or you’re just ready to up your game, do give these ideas a go. Or maybe you’re already a skin care guru, and you’ve got some tips and tricks to share?