It takes work to keep your skin looking young and healthy. You know this. But your hubby? His skincare routine probably stops after a shave.
Shaving, and more recently, beard grooming, is one of the most common male grooming habits. It’s also one that can be the most damaging to the skin. The latest razors have numerous blades. They’re great at removing hair but actually work too well. Multi-blade razors cut so close to the skin that they pull at the root of the hairs, which causes razor burn and ingrown hairs.
And if that’s the extent of your husband’s skincare regimen, he could have a range of other problems, too. But you can help! Sneak some more products onto his side of the double vanity and teach him a few tricks to help keep those boyish good looks intact.
1. Wash face twice a day
The Product: Facial cleanser
Most people know to wash their face. But the majority of Americans (80 percent!) do it wrong.
Everyone — men included — should wash their face twice a day. If this is already a part of your daily routine, make it a part of his. He should wash his face in the morning and again before bed.
Many products for men come in the all-in-one variety. You can wash your hair, body, and face with just one bottle! But nothing beats a good facial cleanser, like Obagi Nu-Derm® Foaming Gel or Obagi360® Cleanser. These are medical-grade facial cleansers — designed for both men and women — with ingredients that have been studied and tested for use on the face.
2. Don’t forget to Moisturize
The Product: Moisturizer
A good wash can dry out the skin. A post-wash shave can make it even worse. So moisturizers are a key second step in every man’s skincare routine.
Always check the labels of your man’s moisturizer. Products with retinol help fight wrinkles and the other effects of aging. Obagi Hydrate® Facial Moisturizer is a great option for the face.
For the rest of the body, regular body lotion is just fine — he can use yours! Hydrating the skin from the neck down after a shower keeps it from drying out, which is especially important in the winter months.
Hands are the most likely body part to dry out, while feet lose a ton of skin cells and develop calluses. At a minimum, your husband should moisturize his hands and feet twice a day to keep them from getting rough and dry. Doing it at the same time as his face is a good way to build a healthy habit.
3. Always protect skin from the sun.
The Product: Sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen
Bottom line: Any amount of sun damages the skin. A little glow or tan is actually a sign of burnt skin. Too much sun creates wrinkles and sun spots and causes a loss of elasticity, making a man’s skin look weathered — even leathery.
Most people think about protecting their skin from the summer sun but forget about it in the winter. No matter the season, sunscreen is important. It might be too hard to get your spouse in a routine of applying sunscreen every time he heads outdoors. Luckily, many moisturizers come with some sun protection. Find him a moisturizer rated SPF 15 or higher, like Obagi360 Hydrafactor® SPF 30. That way, you know he’s protecting his skin from the sun if he’s practicing good moisturizing habits.
Facial cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen are the basics to healthy skin. For additional anti-aging benefits, hydration and overall healthy-looking skin, products with Vitamin C are also recommended.
Countless products will claim to be the solution for men. But those are just baseless claims. Every man’s skin is different. Dermatologist-approved and medical-grade products are always the best bet. Unlike the men’s skin care products you grab off the shelf, they are tested for safety and proven to work.
The Iowa Clinic Medical Spa is dedicated to providing treatments and services that build confidence and enhance natural beauty. We strive to be Central Iowa’s trusted destination for Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, and Aesthetic services. It offers a professional clinic setting that offers a welcoming, unintimidating destination for Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, and Aesthetic services.
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