We all know that one man in our life who, quite literally, uses hand soap or plain old H20 to wash his face and yet still has perfect skin. How is that even possible? Especially when a big chunk of my paycheque is devoted to skincare products!
I would like to give these men props for having beautiful skin. I wish it was that easy for me. Whether that man in your life is your boyfriend, brother, father, or annoying uncle, you should have the skincare talk with him (for the purposes of this in this article, let’s talk about your boyfriend).
Skincare is meant for everyone, it is universal – it doesn’t discriminate against race, sex, age etc. Take care of the largest organ of your body, guys.
Ultimately, the goal is to prevent, amongst a myriad of other things, sun damage and other potential issues (acne scars or fine lines, anyone?) Let’s avoid those expensive trips to the plastic surgeon, please!
That being said, EVERYONE has a different skin type. If your man doesn’t really have an idea what his skin type is, I recommend him taking a short skin-type quiz – don’t worry, he doesn’t have to study for this one. This one by Renee Rouleau asks good questions and the results give you a broad overview of your skin type and what the potential symptoms may be. This quiz was really helpful for me when I had to redetermine my skin type at the beginning of my journey.
Once his skin type has been locked down, you can now start looking at a daily routine. Remember that it may be quite difficult (and expensive) to jump right into an extensive routine – so I suggest starting with the basic essentials first.
Basic skincare products to start with:
Always ensure to use a gentle cleanser at night (and do it twice at night – called the double cleansing method, which is a more thorough cleanse) to get all the dirt off your face, including your sunscreen. It’s up to your man if he decides to wash his face with a cleanser in the morning. It’s all based on preference.
Cerave and Cetaphil are two of the top dermatologists recommended skincare products. It’s a bonus that both of them are drugstore brands, extremely affordable AND they are gentle! My boyfriend and I personally love and use the Cerave hydrating cleanser because gentle and doesn’t strip the skin.
Always ensure to use a moisturizer in the AM and PM! Even if you have oily skin, you MUST use a moisturizer to avoid transepidermal water loss.*
Choosing the right moisturizer can be difficult and dependent on what kind of finish your man is looking for – matte, silky etc. As a starting point, have him try what you’re using and see what he thinks. I have a few affordable moisturizers I love and that my boyfriend uses (or steals), as well too – keep an eye out for a future post based on moisturizers on some of my moisturizing faves.
My favourite part: SPF – or sun protection factor! Prevent your skin from UVA and UVB rays, skin damage, and even anti-aging. You can choose between a mineral (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide-based ingredients) or a chemical (avobenzone and octisalate- based ingredients) sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens tend not have a white cast. Don’t worry, I will post a full article on all things sunscreens as well. Remember, the number beside the SPF refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers compared to unprotected skin.
My boyfriend particularly loves the MISSHA Waterproof Sun Milk because it’s suitable for outdoor activities and leisure sports. It’s an oil-soluble chemical sunscreen and gives the skin a matte-silky finish.
Lastly, use the two to three-finger method to apply sunscreen to ensure he’s wearing enough and re-apply every two hours, especially if he’s out and about in the hot sun. Remember, he even also has to wear it if he’s not leaving the house or if it’s a cloudy/rainy day – the clouds don’t block the harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating your skin. This goes for all for us, no exceptions!
Getting your man involved in a simple skincare routine is the first step to greatness. Cheesy, I know. It can be a calming routine for you to do together as a selfcare activity. Perhaps in the future he can add a toner or skin-targeting serums. Whatever it is, let’s get it!
Until next time!
*Golara Horani, MD, describes transepidermal water loss as “the amount of water that passively evaporates through skin to the external environment due to water vapor pressure gradient on both sides of the skin barrier and is used to characterize skin barrier function.”