While your bathroom cabinet may be filled with creams, moisturizers, cleansers, lotions, and other beauty products, his may be hosting only a shaving kit and simple aftershave. In fact, your man may not be thinking about skin care at all! Maybe he is one of those virile men who were brought up thinking that grooming is for the ladies and that spending too much time was feminine. Today, most men are keen about their appearance, and those who care about their skin are performing better, not only in winning the ladies, but also in their jobs and positions in society. In fact, the men’s skin care industry is booming today and is valued at a monstrous $122 billion. If your macho man is a little behind, it is time you stepped up and helped keep him looking hot. ...For you of course!
If we are what we eat, then eating the right kind of foods could mean a smoother, clearer, and better-looking complexion. You would probably agree that most men, more than women, are likely to adopt unhealthy eating habits.. What they don’t know is that such unhealthy habits increase not only their chances of obesity and chronic health problems, but also skin issues such as acne (1), psoriasis, eczema, and black/whiteheads among others. Just like how the right combination of wholesome carbs, vitamin-rich vegetables, and lean proteins can fuel his muscles, the right foods can improve his skin sparkle and appearance. Make foods rich in minerals, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and other antioxidants in your everyday diets. Such foods include tomatoes, broccoli, red or yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes, sunflowers, walnuts, avocados, and fatty fish among others.
For most men, skin care starts and ends with a basic soap bar and water. But that is far from effective measure to prevent skin issues in the form of blackheads, acne, skin cancers, psoriasis, and more. Your man probably doesn’t know a whole lot about moisturizing, and it would be helpful if he had someone to help him do it. In general, the thicker and greasier the moisturizer the more effective it will moisturize his (normally thicker and tougher) skin. Go for vegetable-based moisturizers as they tend to retain the skin’s natural oils while maintaining the optimum moisture level (2).
3. Scrub His Skin
Sometimes cleaning the skin with a simple face wash isn’t all that effective. A normal face wash would remove excess oil, dirt, and other pollutants from the surface of the skin but won’t go deep enough to unclog the pores. Every two or three times a week, exfoliate his skin with a good scrub that has granules to help smooth the skin and eliminate the dullness that results from pore blockage and dirt build-up (3). Scrubbing will also make hair follicles softer making shaving cleaner and less irritating. Like moisturizing, show him how to conduct proper exfoliation, and soon enough he will be doing it all on his own.
Just like scrubbing, charcoal or clay-based masks will unclog the pores leaving the skin fresher and smoother—truthfully, masks do an even greater job. If his skin is excessively dry, what he needs more than cleansers and exfoliators is a great moisturizing mask. As the lady in his life, you already know that you don’t necessarily need to purchase expensive packaged products when you can prepare a face mask right in your kitchen. For instance, you can mash up medium-sized banana into a smooth paste and gently apply it to his face and neck; it can make a perfect face mask for him. Other natural face mask ingredients include honey, vinegar, yogurt, oatmeal, lemon, mustard, and eggs.
He probably uses an aftershave product that is filled with contaminants such as parabens, dye, perfume, and alcohol which burns and irritates his skin. He also probably never uses sunscreen and his skin has to endure the harshness of UV radiation all day as he works. The best thing you can do for him is swap his aftershave or body lotion with a sunscreen, which not only soothes raw skin after a close shave but also protects him against deadly UV rays. Select a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and one that won’t clog his pores. You can also supplement his diet with nutrients and antioxidants that are thought to have a sun-screening effect from the inside out. Such nutrients include vitamin E, beta-carotene, lycopene, and omega-3 fatty acids (4).
Men’s skin care has really evolved since the days our grandfathers would wash their face with a withered bar of soap and cover up their shaving cuts with nothing but bits of toilet paper. Currently, the market is overflowing with products geared towards addressing a man’s skin care needs. With these five tips, you’ll be in the right direction in keeping your man looking hot and young as ever. Take your time and implement each strategy one-by-one and eventually make them his skin care habits.