The last twenty years has seen a rise in the number of men taking more care of their skin and adopting a basic skincare routine. This is fantastic to see - for too many years, many men neglected to follow a skincare regimen. However, they are still in the minority, with a recent study in the US showing only 29% of men aged 18 to 34, and 26% of men aged 35 to 49 following a skincare regime, so clearly there is plenty of work to do to help men understand the importance (and ease) of looking after one’s skin.
Men’s skin is different to women’s - it is generally oilier and hairier thanks to more testosterone, plus the tissue itself is thicker.
Men also have several different skin types, and whether you have sensitive, combination or oily skin, there is a basic skincare routine to suit. In this article we’ll explore different skin types and how to look after them properly.
Men’s Sensitive Skincare Routine
If you’re prone to redness, tight skin and blemishes, you may be worried about what kind of products to introduce to your skin, in case you aggravate any existing issues.
Use micellar water to gently clean and tone the skin. It promotes skin hydration, removes dirt and oil and will help keep your skin clear. There’s no need to scrub or overcleanse - this can strip away good oils that keep your skin moisturised. If you have dry skin, you could also look for a cleanser that includes moisturising ingredients.
Modern life means that your skin takes daily punishment, and this is your opportunity to help repair some of the damage caused by things like UV rays, cigarette smoke and air pollution. We’d recommend an antioxidant serum with vitamin C to help with this. Creams with retinol can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
In the morning make sure that you use a moisturiser - and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids - to help keep skin smooth and supple throughout the day. Our multi-active balsam is a moisturising balm which provides intensive skincare for men's skin, saturating it with vitamins, trace elements and essential amino acids. It restores its elasticity and has a high regenerative, restorative and healing action. It also protects the skin from aggressive environmental influences, restoring natural beauty, youth and a healthy face tone. It’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
4. Don’t forget the eyes
This is an area that often gets overlooked but is essential. The skin around the eyes is much thinner and more sensitive than the rest of the facial skin and deserves its own attention and product. Our eye contour gel for men eliminates puffiness, reduces dark circles and wrinkles, and restores the skin’s firmness. With aloe vera and natural vegetable oils it is suitable for sensitive skin - just lightly apply the gel with your fingertips around the eyes.
Facial shaving is obviously one of the key areas that skincare regimens for men differ from those for women. The act of shaving can disrupt the top epidermal layers of the skin and cause irritation so it’s important to follow up with the right product. We’d recommend avoiding anything that contains alcohol as it can dry the skin and also stings. A calming and restoring product like our aftershave balsam for men is perfect for that post-shave balm. It’s been developed specifically for sensitive skin or men suffering from dryness, irritation and inflammation.
Men’s Skincare Routine for Combination Skin
Combination skin is neither dry nor oily - it is both, and normally means your forehead, nose and chin is oilier than your cheeks (but it can also be the other way round).
Cream cleansers are an excellent option for combination skin as they’re gentle enough to not damage the oily skin areas, and likewise the dryer areas. It can hydrate, calm and heal the dry areas while clearing dirt and debris from pores, reducing excess oil where needed.
For some extra indulgence to keep combination skin in great condition, a clay mask is great - on oily areas it draws out excess sebum and debris to prevent blemishes and blackheads. Dry areas can also soak up the benefits of a clay mask once in a while as well.
Hydrating but not too heavy for the dryer parts of your face, our multi-active balsam is suitable for combination skin (as well as all other skin types).
Our eye contour gel for men eliminates puffiness, gets rid of dark circles and wrinkles around the eyes, returning skin firmness, tone and a healthy radiant look. To be used on the skin around the eyes. It’s gentle enough to be used on all skin types and is a great addition to any men’s basic skincare routine.
Tegoder’s aftershave balm does not contain alcohol, so suits perfectly even the most dry and sensitive skin. Our balsam has excellent moisturising, nourishing, regenerating and wound-healing properties, making it an indispensable tool for everyday use and means that it is great for combination type skin.
Men’s Face Routine for Oily Skin
Oily skin will feel greasy to the touch and look shiny. For a skincare regime, it is best to use oil-free products for oily skin.
For oily skin, use a gel cleanser with oil-controlling ingredients like salicylic acid - this can break down fatty compounds on the surface of the skin, such as the skin's natural oils or sebum. Adding salicylic acid to your skincare routine for oily skin can help to clear out excess oils and reduce sebum levels. Use your cleanser morning and night for best results.
As with sensitive and combinations skin, we’d recommend an antioxidant serum with vitamin C to help repair the excesses of modern life. Creams with retinol can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
It might seem counterintuitive to moisturise skin that is oily but you should do this: Moisturisers don’t add water to your skin, but rather help hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it hydrated. They contain ingredients called humectants, which draw the water into your skin, and emollients, which form a protective film and trap the water in the skin. Our multi-active balsam moisturising balm for men is a great option.
4. The eyes
Our eye contour gel for men contains a unique combination of active substances, has a high antioxidant activity, exerts a powerful soothing, regenerating, firming and toning effect, moisturises, softens and nourishes the skin, and enriches it with essential vitamins and minerals. The thin skin around the eyes tends to suffer less from oiliness and so this gel works well for oily skin types too.
As with moisturising, it might seem odd to add more product to already oily skin, but as mentioned, moisturisers don’t add water to your skin, but rather help hold the water in the outer layer of your skin to keep it hydrated. Our aftershave balsam for men helps with this process, as well as minimising damage caused by scraping blades across the skin.
At Tegoder our products are based on a perfect combination of natural active ingredients. From face care and body care to food supplements, we have everything you need to achieve perfect skin.