I’ve recently met up with my primary school friends after not seeing them for nearly 17 years and they asked what I was doing for a living now.
I told them I run a beauty portal and I write about men’s grooming, I wondered if I would be judged for being effeminate. (For the record, I’m not. Haha!)
Thankfully I wasn’t judged. In fact, both male and female ex-classmates started asking me beauty-related questions. One of the most commonly-asked questions was on basic men’s skincare grooming. So I thought I should write a simple guide for basic (and yes, simple, fuss-free) men’s skincare routine.
Step 1: Cleanse
Guys, this may seem to be the most simple step, but believe me it’s not. There are little details and science behind it.
You will need to choose a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type. Most guys have either oily or dry skin – so don’t assume you are having “normal” skin. This will be another topic for another day.
Before your cleanse, you will need to add a little water into your facial wash product and lather it till it foams. The foam (bubbles) increases surface area and will help reach more areas.
There’s a saying that guys always “under-cleanse” and girls always “over-cleanse”. So how long should you cleanse your face? Study says that one minute is about right.
After you have cleansed, your skin should NOT feel tight. This could mean you have been too generous with the facial foam or the facial foam is not the right one for you.
You should also use a scrub once or twice a week after cleansing to remove the dead skin to have a brighter glow on your skin.
Step 2: Tone
Toning helps to remove excess dirt from the skin left behind by the cleanser. It also helps to refine pores and balance out your skin’s pH level.
It’s recommended to apply the toner on your dry face with a cotton pad as it will be more effective to remove the excess dirt and to reach every part of the skin evenly.
Step 3: Moisturise/Hydrate
After toning, leave it to dry for about five seconds before you apply your moisturiser all over your face.
You may choose to massage your face while applying it or “pat” it in via an upwards motion. Why upwards? It’s because the pores’ openings are downwards so you will want your skin to absorb as much goodness as possible.
People with dry skin will need to ensure their skin is constantly moisturised to prevent the sebaceous glands from producing excess oil/sebum which will result in clogged pores and acne problems.
Bonus Step: Sunscreen
Even if you are not exposed to the sun so much, you will also need to apply sunscreen when you leave the house.
Find out more about the effects of UV and ageing by clicking here.
Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays that will cause pre-mature ageing and skin cancer. Many youthful-looking ladies who are beyond their 30s always hail sunscreen as the reason for their youthful looks.
You may want to apply the sunscreen in a downward motion (instead of upwards like the moisturiser) to ensure you are not clogging your pores. This is because while skincare products get penetrated into the skin, sunscreen is meant to settle on top of your skin to act as a protector.