Skincare can be very confusing, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the many products out there. Many blogs and so-called skincare gurus on the internet all have something different to say about why you need to be interested in your skincare and some of these things might lead you astray. But do not be dismayed. It is true that investing in your skincare is one of the most powerful tools you could use to combat many of the issues men struggle with in regards to their faces. Is it acne? That can be treated. Is it wrinkles? That can be dealt with. Is it sun damage? That can be healed. Whatever the case may be, there is something for it; you just have to work on building your unique skincare routine.
Proper skin care requires effort in order to see great rewards. Many men if asked would say they do not have a proper skincare routine, they just drink water and wash their faces. But it is much more than just washing your face and lounging around, waiting for the hyperpigmentation to leave or for the wrinkles to go away on their own. It is high time for more men to take the reins and navigate the skincare aisle to improve their own skin health. This journey takes commitment and consistency, but you will not regret it.
Building a skincare routine from scratch takes only a few simple steps. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an advanced skincare individual, there is something out there for you.
This is the perfect beginner’s skincare routine
Three simple steps and you will be on your way.
CLEANSE ⇒ EXFOLIATE ⇒ MOISTURIZE
Step 1: Cleanse
It is very important for men to cleanse their faces regularly. They have naturally oilier skin than women due to the presence of larger sebaceous glands in greater numbers. Therefore, they produce a lot more oil that needs to be reduced. Similarly, men also tend to be sweatier, so it is vital to remove those excess oils and sweat daily.
Ideally, one should cleanse twice a day, once in the morning and once at night to ensure that the skin does not become too dry- which can cause more issues. The only exception is if you overproduce oils and sweat that need to be removed, otherwise, twice a day is the rule.
In order to properly cleanse your face, it is recommended to use a non-abrasive cleanser to remove dirt, bacteria, excess oils, dead skin cells, and other skin impurities. The perfect cleanser is one which targets bacteria and removes the unwanted gunk from the skin without causing excessive drying or irritation. The Arbor Men’s Daily Botanical Face Wash does exactly this.
This cleanser clarifies and nourishes your skin without stripping away its natural moisture. In fact, it contains glycerin which acts as a humectant, pulling moisture from the air to the skin to ensure that the skin does not dry out while cleansing. This helps to maintain your skin’s healthy, hydrated glow.
Additionally, the Daily Face Wash contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients as well as antioxidants which are very beneficial for the skin and useful to reduce the appearance of bumps and skin faults. Its Vitamins A and C content is important for the skin’s repair and suppleness.
How do I use it?
First, you should apply lukewarm water to your face then use clean hands to apply some of the cleanser to your face. Gently, massage the cleanser into your skin as directed on the product, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Cleansing complete!
Step 2: Exfoliate:
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin using slight force. Your skin sheds dead skin cells daily but sometimes, it needs a little help to ensure none gets left behind. That is where exfoliation comes in. This is only necessary once or twice a week, but for some men with extremely oily skin, you might have to bump it up to three times a week. More often than this will put you at risk of over-drying your skin.
The Arbor Men’s Refreshing Face Scrub is the perfect product for gentle exfoliation. It contains Honey which nourishes and protects your skin along with Amber Powder and Amino Acids to give you a refined finish. Its exfoliation properties help to remove dead skin while reducing shaving irritation. It also helps to remove dirt and grime lodged in pores and improves the texture of appearance of acne scars.
How do I exfoliate?
After cleansing, apply the facial scrub to your skin and massage gently. For men with beards, you will have to use a little more product to ensure it penetrates through your beard hairs to exfoliate the skin beneath. Once that is complete, rinse off the exfoliator with lukewarm water and your second step is complete.
Step 3: Moisturize
Moisturizers add that extra layer of moisture we need to keep the skin hydrated and looking lush. A moisturizer should be applied after every cleanse; therefore, twice a day. Being consistent with this regime will ensure that the skin is protected and hydrated.
The Arbor Mens Hydrating Day and Night Moisturizing Cream is the best choice when looking for moisturizers. It contains key ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, Squalene, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil which work together perfectly to hydrate the skin with a fast-absorbing, non-greasy, non-clogging formula. It also works to heal the skin by reducing blemish and breakouts while soothing inflamed skin. This day and night cream also helps to even skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.
How do I apply this?
Moisturizers should be applied while your skin is still damp. This ensures that the product traps more moisture in the skin and keeps it looking fresh and hydrated.
It is also recommended that your hands be moisturized as often as your face due to the constant exposure to products. This reduces the risk of your skin drying out too. Skin Care is holistic care and not just for your face alone.
Once all of this is done, step 3 is complete. Your beginner skincare routine is as easy 1, 2, 3!
Our Daily Advanced Care Routine Bundle contains all you need to get started. The kit includes the face wash, exfoliating scrub and daily moisturizer, perfect for your beginner daily routine.
But what if I want to take this a step further?
No worries, we got you too!
If you desire to move away from the basic routine, we have the perfect kit for you. Adding an anti-aging routine to your skincare palette will elevate your skin. Sure, facial scrubs and moisturizers are great for your skin but going a step further you can stall the signs of the aging process.
- The Dark Circle Repair Serum- This contains plant peptides that help to reduce puffiness and boost circulation to restore your natural skin tone. It also contains Irish Moss Extract which is able to nourish and tighten the skin. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants also work together to nourish the skin and even out hyperpigmentation below the eyes.
To apply this, take a pea size amount of the Dark Circle Repair Serum onto your fingertips and gently tap under the eyes. Follow this up with your moisturizer and carry on with the rest of your routine.
- Instant Wrinkle Repair Serum- This serum contains five growth factor peptides that stimulate collagen production and smooths out wrinkles. While the Vitamin E and other herbal extracts work together to nourish, tone, detoxify and firm up the skin.
To apply this, place 2-3 drops of the Wrinkle Repair Serum to your palm and use your other hand to smooth affected areas while you apply. Follow this up with your moisturizer and carry on with the rest of your routine.
- Corrective Night Serum- This serum contains Vitamins A, E and C to help boost collagen synthesis and fight blemishes without irritation. It also contains caffeine which is used to get rid of skin-damaging free-radicals as well as Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin. This combination should leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and blemish-free. However, this serum should only be used twice a week for best results.
To apply this, add 2-3 drops of Corrective Night Serum to your palm, and use your other hand to smooth affected areas while you apply. Finish this off with your moisturizer and progress with the rest of your routine.
Our Advanced Anti-Aging Routine bundle contains three serums that can boost your skin just the way you want it to. A facial serum is a liquid or gel that contains high concentrations of active skin ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin. These ingredients are nutritive for the skin and aids in its suppleness. Serums should be applied twice daily (once in the morning and once at night) before your moisturizer to allow it to penetrate and replenish the nutrients that might have been lost during the day.
Finally, sunscreen. This is the final step to any fool-proof skincare routine. Sunscreen prevents your skin from being damaged by the skin and its UV rays. Applying a small amount to your face and other areas before going out can be that life changing step that slows the aging process faster.
It is recommended that sunscreen be applied 30 minutes before sunlight exposure to allow the skin enough time to absorb it and form that barrier of protection around the skin.
There are many good sunscreen options out there. But ones with SPF 35 and above are better equipped to block all the dangerous rays and have anti-aging effects.
It is very important to keep your skin protected as it is constantly being attacked by contaminants, sun rays, dirt and bacteria.
The effort you put out, is what you receive.
So, take the time out to get to know your skin and build on that skincare routine. Not only will you look more youthful and confident, but others will also see it too. That confidence boost will do anyone good. Be good to your skin and your skin will thank you.