Table of Contents
- Human Skin Color Diversity
- Skin In Your 20s, 30s, 40s and In Elderly
- Sun Exposure
- Topping It Off With A Cologne
If you are like most men, chances are, your skincare regime consists of washing your face with a bar soap every morning. Though, it’s better to use some product rather than none, taking care of your skin correctly takes some lot more time, effort, and patience.
So what’s stopping you? Many people we’ve talked to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of different skincare products, scrubs, cleansers, facial masks, etc. This is precisely why we are here today; we want to help you find the best products, choose an optimal skincare regime, tailored to your specific skin type.
Before we do this, however, we feel it is important to talk a bit more about the skin itself, its structure, the differences in color and the way it affects your skincare regime.
Human Skin Color Diversity
Human diferences in skin color1 are nothing more than adaptations to the geographic location and the amount of UV radiation we were exposed to.
As early humans were evolving, they were migrating into more open environments in pursuit of water and food. These environments were a bit hotter, so we had to change, increase the number of sweat glands found in the skin and reduce the amount of body hair.
With reduced body hair, sun exposure became a more serious thread, so those that lived in hotter areas around the equator evolved a darker skin to protect themselves.
A Pigment Called Melanin
This is where the pigment melanin comes into play. Melanin is a name for a group of natural pigments found in our skin that absorbs light and is capable of dissipating UV radiation. And the amount of melanin in the skin determines its color.
Different Skin Products For White/Black/Asian Skin Type
Other than the apparent, skin color, we have yet to determine any conclusive evidence showing a difference in skin properties between these skin types.
Unfortunately, the data is inconclusive2 since these differences have been minimally investigated by the objective scientific methods and studies; not only that, the data presented in the studies so far is often contradictory.
And since no scientific studies are telling us to do so, we won’t be recommending different skincare products for different skin color. All the products you see here on our website will be safe to use whether you are white, black, Asian…
Skin In Your 20s, 30s, 40s and In Elderly
As we age, our skin ages along with us. And, though this transition can be smooth and undetectable, once you stop to look at yourself in the mirror, you might notice the damage the time has done to your skin.
Of course, taking care of your skin in your 20s will be widely different compared to, say, 40s or 50s; for this reason, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the changes your skin goes through as the time goes by.
According to the dermatologists, this is the golden age for our skin. And, at this time, most of us aren’t even aware of any skin care routines, products, and regimes.
And why would we be? We have a silky smooth, glowing skin without any effort on our part.
However, this is also a time of great danger since most kids aren’t aware of the damaging effect a sun can have on our skin. For this reason, it is advised to keep your kids inside the house during the most intense hours (between 10 AM and 4 PM), teach your kids to use sunscreen and dress appropriately.
Teen Years – A Time When All Hell Breaks Loose
There is nothing worse than being “that guy.” Acne, or any skin condition really, can take a tremendous toll on your confidence and produce scars that can last a lifetime.
According to a study by Jean Roberts3, based on the information from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), only 27.7% of individuals between 12 and 17 years of age had normal, healthy skin. Which means that 72.3% had some skin related problem (acne or non-acne related conditions).
As you can see from this survey, skin conditions are a serious and a common problem, but the good news is that these issues clear up quite a bit in the later teen years.
Skin Care Regime For Problematic Teen Skin
Before you even start thinking about buying a skincare product for your acne prone skin, know that it will take 3 to 6 weeks before you start seeing some improvement; and as long as 12 for maximum improvement. As you can see, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Next, we need to determine your skin type. There are four basic skin types, based on which, you should choose your skin products4:
- Combination skin
Normal Teen Skin
Obviously, normal skin is the best of the four, and it is the easiest one to take care. Also, these acne breakouts and blemishes are usually less severe and will clear up on their own as the time goes by.
As for the routine, your primary concern is just to keep your skin clean, remove dirt and sweat, and moisturize:
Washing – one of the best, low-cost ways you can clean your skin is to use soap. But, most people make a mistake of using an ordinary, bar soap on their face and body. This is a problem since most soaps will dry your skin out and make it even more prone to breakouts.
The soap we can recommend for this purpose is Mistral Men’s. It’s a shea butter soap with sandalwood and bamboo. It has an apparent, manly smell and will leave no residue on the skin.
It will also clean your skin thoroughly without drying it out. You can check it out on Amazon by clicking here, or click on the image below:
Moisturizing – as far as moisturizers go, your choice is huge. There are 1000s of products to choose from. But, if you want our advice, it is always best to go for something natural.
A natural moisturizer, with organic ingredients, that your skin will absorb quickly without leaving that oily residue.
One of these moisturizers is Brickell men’s daily moisturizer. This is a natural, oil-free product designed to nourish your skin without clogging its pores.
It is advised for people with normal, dry, oily and combination skin as it uses only natural ingredients (100% natural and 83% organic). Some of the components used for this moisturizer are aloe vera, jojoba oil, and green tea. This combination is designed to moisturize your skin, prevent water loss, nourish it, and reduce the signs of aging. Click on the image below for more info and purchase:
Oily skin is particularly problematic as it is prone to both whiteheads and blackheads, in addition to large pores.
Takin care of an oily skin will require a little bit of extra effort since it is advised to clean it two, or even three times per day.
Though it is advised not to pop zits, we all know you just have to pop a few once in a while so make sure you do it correctly! Start out by steaming your face; you can just grab a pot, fill it with water and put on a stove until it starts to boil.
After the water starts to boil, remove it from the stove, grab a towel and lean your head above the pot. You should steam your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Then use an antibacterial soap to wash your hands and pop those zits.
Of course, we are here to tell you; you should not do this. The correct path you should follow is clean, scrub, and moisturize.
Cleaning your skin – people are tempted to use soaps that dry out their skin. They figure, since my skin is oily, I need soap to help me get rid of all that excess oil and leave my skin nice, tight, and dry.
But this is where they are wrong – using an aggressive soap on your (facial) skin will dry it out so much that it will stimulate and increase oil secretion. So, you will end up with an even more oily skin that you’re started out with.
This is why we advise using a mild, gentle soap your skin will quickly absorb and won’t be aggravated by. Feel free to use the soap we’ve recommended in the previous section as it will work well for all skin types.
Face wash for oily skin – as we already stated before, oily skin is the most problematic, so you will want a facial scrub that won’t irritate it any further. This is why we’ve decided to feature a product from the company called Beauty by Earth.
What we love about this company is that they’ve eliminated all the nasty chemical you might find in other skin care products on the market. It does not contain parabens, sulfates, or artificial fragrances.
The emphasis here is on natural ingredients, which is why this face wash is suitable for all skin types. A cool thing about this specific products is that it comes with an incredible customer satisfaction guarantee – if you try it and, for some reason, don’t like it, you can return it and get your money back… no questions asked! Yu can buy it on Amazon, the image below will take you to the sales page:
Moisturizer – again, the emphasis is on the natural, organic facial toner. We normally recommend those because they are least likely to irritate your skin. If we are honest, they are a bit more expensive, but if you want premium ingredients, you will have to pay a little extra.
The one we would recommend for oily skin is Retinol Moisturizer. It does not contain any artificial fragrances and is paraben free.
The cream is light, does not leave an oily residue and your skin will absorb it nicely. Since it uses natural ingredients, you can safely use it twice a day, in the morning and the evening.
Skin Care For Dry Skin
Dry skin is usually very sensitive and can easily be irritated; this is why you need to be extra careful when choosing products to nurture it. We advise products that do not contain perfumes, alcohol, or any other chemical that could irritate your skin.
When taking a bath, avoid using soap on your face as it will only dry your skin even further. Also, make sure the water is not too hot.
Your primary goal with dry skin is to lock in as much moisture as you can. The best time to try and do so is right after you take a shower. Once you get out of the bathtub, only pat your body dry, don’t rub it with the towel. Then rub a mineral oil, a body lotion or some other moisturizing product all over your skin; just make sure it does not contain alcohol.
Our research showed that organic bees wax cream does the trick really well, especially for those with existing skin problems – rosacea, psoriasis, eczema etc. You can try Bees Wax from Pure Cosmetics and see if it suits you:
Combination Skin In Teenagers
Combination skin is also tricky to deal with since you have both oily and dry areas. Usually the
Since combination skin is, basically, a combination of the two skin types we’ve mentioned above, you can use the tips we already gave you to take care of it. Cleanse the oily areas using a face was we recommended, and as for the moisturizer, make sure you use a natural one that is suited for both oily and dry skin.
One such moisturizer is brought to us by “Ancient Greek Remedy”. It contains organic, natural ingredients and it is good for face, body, hair, and even nails. You can buy it on Amazon.com:
Skin In Your 20s and 30s
Once you reach the mid to late 20s you will start to notice your skin getting a bit dry. Now, if you’ve suffered from the oily skin through your teen years, you might think of this as a blessing, but it’s a blessing in disguise.
What it means is that your skin is becoming thinner, losing collagen, and becoming less elastic. Unfortunately for us, this means that the stage for wrinkles is set…
Of course, these lines are still fine, almost invisible but once you step into your 30s, they will become more and more prominent. The most prominent ones are around your eyes (so-called “crow’s feet”) and mouth.
The 30s are also the time when we start noticing cumulative damage sun exposure has had on our skin. You might spot some discoloration or broken capillaries on your face. Your skin might also lose some of its glow due to your poor lifestyle habits (not working out, drinking, or smoking).
As you can see, taking care of your skin in your 30s will require more effort, a comprehensive skincare routine, and a few more skin care products. Here is an example of a skincare regime we would recommend:
Exfoliate – removing dead skin cells will promote skin renewal properties and will help it stay healthy. We would advise you to exfoliate at least once a week (if you’ve still got acne, you can try two times per week).
If you are looking for a good exfoliator, one that is potent, yet gentle on your skin, doesn’t irritate and uses only natural ingredients, you should try Thrive. Thrive is a 100% natural facial scrub for men that does not contain any artificial ingredients.
This scrub is just perfect for removing dead skin cells, wash away excess oils, and other impurities without leaving your skin dry and tight. You can find out more about this amazing scrub, and its ingredients, if you click the image below:
Moisturize – you should apply moisturized every night before you go to bed, whether you’ve scrubbed your face or not (just make sure it’s clean). You can also apply it in the morning but once a day is perfectly fine.
When buying a skin moisturizer, you should look for the one with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to act as a sunscreen as well; this is especially important if you intend on using it in the morning as well. A product we can recommend is Kyoku Moisturizer for Men, as it come with a SPF of 15 (just enough to keep you safe through the day). You can find out more about this moisturizer if you click Here (you will be taken to its product page on Amazon.com).
Wrinkles – taking on wrinkles early on is always a good idea rather than waiting for them to become more prominent.
Nowadays, it is really hard to find a wrinkle cream with a proven track record; everybody is trying to compete in this huge market, making larger than life claims, but very few manage to deliver. It did take us a bit of effort and time, but we’ve managed to find just that – a reputable manufacturer, offering a solid product that does help reduce wrinkle lines. The product is called Anti Aging night cream and is manufactured by Pure Biology.
This cream combines “the big 4” when it comes to fighting wrinkles – retinol(8%), hyaluronic acid, baobab and “wrinkle fix”.
The manufacturer guarantees this cream will reduce wrinkles and fine lines, age spots, and make your skin firm and tight. Not only that, if you are not satisfied with the results, you can just return the cream, no questions asked. You can find out more and order it HERE:
Protection – most people feel that you should only put sunscreen when you are trying to get a tan, but this is not entirely true. Every time you go outside your skin is at risk and is being pounded by UV light radiated from the sun (even in the winter months), so applying sunscreen on your face and exposed areas of the skin is a must! Here is the sunscreen we recommend
Hydration – drinking plenty of water and keeping yourself well hydrated will help your skin recover quicker and appear healthy and glowing.
Skin In Your 40s, 50s and Beyond
This is a time of major changes when it comes to our skin. The natural life cycle of our cells begins to slow down dramatically along with skin regeneration.
The wrinkles become deep and even more prominent. Sun damage (as noted in this Southeast China Study5) dramatic changes in the skin appearance, causing discoloration, sunspots, and rough skin. Another skin survey by the researchers from the Department of Dermatology shows that (in people between 50 and 91) 100% of all test subjects reported at least one skin abnormality6!
There are other changed within the skin itself – it loses fat and sweat glands. Losing sweat glands will lead to increased dryness. This dryness will not only affect your face, but it may also show on your lower legs, elbows, and forearms7.
We just wanted you to know that we didn’t pull all this data to try and scare you, we just wanted to illustrate the seriousness of the problems you will be facing so you can better prepare yourself and face the years ready, knowing you are doing everything you can to protect your skin.
As for the skincare routine, it is similar to that we’ve listed above, you just need to make it more intense and use creams and moisturizers rich in anti-aging ingredients such as retinol and glycolic acid.
Another thing you should look into is regular physical activity. Regular aerobic exercise two, or even three times a week will have a profound impact not only on your body but your skin as well. Just try it, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Sunlight is, without a doubt, immensely important for our health and wellbeing8. Sunlight is responsible for:
- Correct sleeping pattern – sunlight helps us normalize our sleeping pattern, so we can sleep at night and stay awake during the day
- Vitamin D production – sunlight helps our skin produce vitamin D, which our body requires for proper bone function and overall health
- Skin conditions treatment – direct sunlight can help fight skin disorders such as eczema, acne, and various fungal infections
- Lowering blood pressure – exposing yourself to the sun will relieve stress, make you feel more calm and actually reduce blood pressure
- Strengthen the immune system – white blood cells increase in number as a result of direct sun exposure
Of course, sunlight will be beneficial only if you expose yourself to it in moderation. You should also avoid direct sunlight between 10AM and 4PM, as UV rays are the strongest during these hours.
One more thing you need to worry about, especially when talking about skin care, is to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen will protect you from the harmful effects of the sun and safeguard your skin. By doing so, you will “slow down the aging of the skin,” making it look good even in your adult years.
We can all agree that shaving is an important part of your everyday routine as a man, but we can also agree that it can damage our skin. This is especially true if you’ve got sensitive skin, prone to ingrown hair, razor burns, or irritation.
This is why you should always go for natural products specially designed for sensitive skin:
- Shaving cream – this is the case of trial and error, a cream that suits you, may not suit someone else. But we would like to give you one, just to get you going in the right direction. Cream we would like to recommend (for sensitive skin) is made by Taylor Of Old Bond Street. It is meant for people with sensitive skin as it uses natural ingredients and is low on chemicals. You can try it yourself and let us know if you’ve liked it or not in the comments below.
- Aftershave – shaving does, in fact, damage your skin since it skims off the top layer of the dead cells. This is why it is crucial to apply some cream, or a lotion to prevent further irritation. Our recommendation is an aftershave from Brickell. Brickell is a well-respected brand, known for using natural and organic ingredients in their products. You can find more about it if you Click Here.
Topping It Off With A Cologne
I love cologne; it is that finishing touch that just puts you over the top. When it comes to colognes, there is a huge choice, based on your personal preference.
Whatever you do though, make sure you don’t go overboard with it, just two dabs around your neck is more than enough.
If you are looking for a sexy, evening scent, you might want to try Azzaro Men’s Chrome: