Essential Skincare Tips for Men

"Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life" – Renée Rouleau.
Men's Skincare

Men that have bad skin are more noticeable during warmer months. We’re not all naturally blessed with beautiful skin, which is why it is important for men to take excellent care of their skin. We’re placing harsh chemicals on our faces, shaving regularly (a cause for razor bumps and ingrown hairs), and purchasing expensive products that are damaging to our skin.

Nowadays, skin care regimes, serums, and five-step peels cost more than the average meal at a 5-star restaurant here in NYC. Spending tons of money on skincare sounds ridiculous.

Here are a few skin care tips, Howard Sobel, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist suggests we do to improve our skin.

Splashing the face with cold water can do wonders for the skin in the morning. “Layering too many products on can irritate the skin. The key is washing and moisturizing every day and following a few other maintenance basics,” Sobel says.

Consider using a glycolic acid in the morning and before bed. This process will wash away dead skin cells; cells that cling together make your skin look dull.

African-American gay men know the importance of using lotion. Putting on lotion after a shower should be automatic. It’s best to apply lotion when slightly damp to help seal in the moisture. Lotions for the face are likely oil-based, which work better for men with normal, dry or flaky skin. If you have oily skin, or prone to breakouts, look for a water-based product.

Water is good for the skin. Stay hydrated. Additionally, be careful of how much caffeine and alcohol you consume, both can dehydrate you.

Getting older is a part of life. Wrinkles are also a part of the aging process, and we can’t avoid it, adding a retinol cream to your daily routine will help stave off fine lines and wrinkles down the road.

Lastly, and most importantly, don’t stress. Stress throws off a guy’s hormone levels, which damage healthy skin cells and makes us break out and develop wrinkles.

Skincare for men is necessary but should not cost a lot. The steps we have provided are simple and inexpensive.


Founder, Co-Owner & Managing Editor. Corey has experience in the corporate financial services, training, brand development, and when he is not writing he's at home dancing nude with a glass of wine.

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