Men need to look after their skin as much as women do and, fortunately, brands have started to launch skincare products targeted at their needs. As the first and most important step in any routine, cleansing helps you not only to remove dirt, oil and impurities, but also prepare your skin for applying moisturizer. In fact, your moisturizer can be more or less effective depending on how thoroughly you clean your face in advance, so you should never underestimate the importance of your facial cleanser.
But, with so many products out there, how do you know what to wash your face with? Well, first thing’s first, never wash your face with soap bars. They have been around for a long time and using them can feel really satisfying, but regular soap strips your face of its natural oils and causes dryness in the long run. Keep the soap for your hands and body and, for your face, choose one of these other options:
If you have dry skin, you need a gentle face wash that moisturizes your skin while at the same time getting rid of flakiness. Look for alcohol-free creams and gels, because alcohol is a drying ingredient that irritates your skin and causes redness and tightening. Ingredients such as oat milk, chamomile, aloe vera and glycerin are ideal for dry skin. After using a facial cleanser for dry skin, your face should feel refreshed, but not tight and uncomfortable.
Looking after oily skin can be tricky, because you’re tempted to go for really harsh products to get rid of all the oils, but this is counterproductive. If your cleanser is too stripping, this makes your skin produce even more sebum to compensate for the dryness. Even if your skin feels fresh in the first minutes, it will quickly become greasy again. Instead, use a cleanser that gently exfoliates your skin. Glycolic acid is an excellent ingredient, because it helps you get rid of dead skin cells and regulates sebum production, but it’s not so harsh as to destroy the natural balance of your skin. Anthony products are a great example and you should give them a go if you have oily skin.
Even though cleanser alone is not enough to cure acne, your regimen should include a gentle and effective face wash, as well as a toner to prepare your skin for anti-acne treatments. Alternatively, you can also use astringent pads which contain active ingredients such as salicylic or glycolic acid. These help even out your skin tone and get rid of the red or brown spots that stay on your skin once pimples are healed. Because acne-prone skin and oily skin usually coincide, you should make sure you’re not over-cleansing. Also, make sure you’re not using beaded scrubs on acne, because they can irritate your face and cause the acne to spread to other areas.