Your daily routine doesn’t need to be a multi-step process. It’s more a question of being informed.
Do you know if you have oily, dry, combination, sensitive, or normal skin? There’s no way to pick a proper product if you aren’t savvy to the requirements of your specific skin type. To test, dab your face with a tissue when you wake up. If the tissue looks greasy, your skin is oily. If your skin seems a bit oily, but only in your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), you’ve got combination skin. Normal skin, no grease; dry skin will be flaky. Sensitive skin is the type prone to allergic reactions, so if you get rashes or irritation, this is your type.
Now that you’ve got your skin type down, choosing the best facial care products is a lot easier, and so is treating your skin. Here’s a guide to help you choose the products for you.
Wash with a medicated soap twice a day. It would be good to get cleansers with exfoliating properties, too, but some popular washes are quite harsh. Try organic solutions with essential oils including eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender, such as Eminence Eucalyptus Cleansing Concentrate.
Even with medicated washes, check the labels for ingredients like mineral oil. It’s surprising how many washes contain hidden ingredients that will irritate and clog your pores.
Don’t take your gift for granted! A regular routine of oil-free cream cleanser morning and night and a good dose of exfoliation come shower time will keep normal skin in top condition. Moisturize with a light day cream. Any problems with a muddy complexion can be solved with balance and care.
Wash at night with a cream cleanser and just rinse in the AM. One of the biggest dangers for dry skin is overwashing. Don’t! Try moisturizers with oils like avocado, almond, or shea. Don’t be afraid of a little unperfumed night cream at the end of your nightly cleansing session. Dry skin is subject to flaking and tightness without a careful moisturizing regimen.
With all skin types, remember to be careful! Rough treatment from intense scrubbing and pumice-based exfoliants should be avoided. Rinse thoroughly with warm (not hot) water, then apply cleanser gently in circular motions, and rinse again. Pat your skin dry using a scrupulously clean towel—it’s amazing what kind of nasty bacteria lurks in damp places.
Toners can be used if you like the skin freshening properties they offer. Rosewater and witch hazel can be found at any druggist and will hydrate and protect your skin. Avoid overly astringent products, such as those with alcohol. If you use drying products, your face may produce more oil to compensate. Don’t strip your face of its natural defenses. If toners are too harsh, spritz! There are plenty of man-friendly facial spritzers in inconspicuous travel sizes, like Evian Facial Mineral Water Spray.
For all men, shaving can pose a problem in the winter months, when skin is more likely to be irritated or scaly. Crabtree & Evelyn Shave Cream offers a line of men’s shaving creams infused with natural ingredients, such as sandalwood, bamboo and ginger with vitamin E.
Another shaving tip for acne-prone skin is to grow a bit of sexy stubble over the weekend to give your skin a rest (ok, it’s an anti-shaving tip). Then, treat yourself to a facial steam after cleansing but before shaving your weekend growth. It will soften hair for shaving and clear your pores in the process. To steam your skin safely, lean over a bowl of warm water with a towel over your head. After five minutes, rinse and pat your skin dry. Now would be a good opportunity to use a simple toner, too, to close pores.
And finally, don’t forget to give pH a chance. Products like these tend to be better balanced for your use and might leave your skin less dry and softer overall. Organic and natural products are also recommended for treating your skin gently. JASON products are formulated without the strange additives and chemicals of some commercial products — their Tea Time Green Tea Crème is seventy percent organic and smells nice without being too flowery. Open your mind to the idea of using natural products, and your skin will thank you for it.