The Basic Guide for Men’s Skin and Hair Care

Sebameducation June 11
basic men's skin care guide

Most guys shy away from the topic of skincare, mainly because of the stigma attached to it. Some view it as vain or high maintenance — however, this is far from the truth.

Maintaining healthy skin and hair is a part of self-care. Not to mention, proper grooming could unlock new levels of confidence.

Not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve put together a simple guide to help you form the perfect grooming regime.

Facial Skincare

Cleanse

If you’re like most men, you probably don’t wash your face as often as you should (we’re not judging). You should wash your face twice a day: once in the morning and once before bed. 

We recommend using a mild pH-balanced cleanser that removes gunk and oil without over-drying. The Sebamed Gentle Hydrating Cleanser lifts dirt and impurities while leaving the skin moisturized. 

Moisturize 

Some guys skip this step because they hate the sticky feeling typical moisturizers leave behind (we don’t blame them). The key here is to opt for a lightweight formula. The Clear Face Care Gel is a lightweight moisturizer that provides intense hydration.

You should moisturize at least once a day, or twice if your skin is feeling parched. All you need to do is massage a few dabs of moisturizer into your skin. Use a circular motion upwards to prevent skin sagging and premature wrinkles.

Your skin cells regenerate as you sleep, so it’s best to apply a thicker moisturizer before bed. Grab a healthy-aging moisturizer like Q10 Protection Cream to help fight wrinkles and sun spots.

Wearing sunscreen every day is essential. You should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sunscreen not only prevents sunspots and sunburn but it reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Don’t want to slather on moisturizer and sunscreen every day? We feel you. Instead, opt for a sunscreen with moisturizing properties.

Eye Cream

This step is optional but you may want to consider adding an eye cream to your skincare regime. Why? It’s like a shot of espresso for tired eyes. With continual use, eye creams help to depuff eyes and reduce the look of dark circles. 

What makes eye creams different from regular moisturizers? The skin around your eyes is fragile and loses moisture quickly, so it needs more concentrated ingredients. Not to mention they contain properties that help keep skin supple. For instance, the Q10 Lifting Eye Cream contains the power antioxidant Co-enzyme Q10 that accelerates skin cell renewal.  Add your eye cream at night so you wake up looking refreshed!

Lip Balm

Dry and chapped lips are a major turn off. Keep your lips moisturized and kissable with a lip balm. When it comes to choosing a lip balm, avoid those containing phenol, menthol, and camphor. These ingredients can cause irritation and make chapped lips worse. 

How to Choose Skincare Products 

Not all skincare products are created equal. Each one has a unique formula made for different skin types. Knowing your skin type will allow you to get the best out of your skincare routine. 

Most men tend to be on the oilier side due to their higher testosterone levels. If this is you, choose light-weight products and those with ingredients like zinc pca that help regulate oil production. Also, remember that thirsty skin puts oil production into overdrive, so you may be on the oilier side because you don’t moisturize enough. If you have dry and flaky skin, opt for very gentle and nourishing products that deeply moisturize skin — like a cream cleanser and thick moisturizer with plant-based oils.

Facial Hair Care

Beard  Care

If you have a beard, then you’ll agree that it’s a little high maintenance. Here are a few basic tips you should know: 

Wash It Regularly. Tons of dead skin cells get trapped in your beard — gross! So it’s important to wash it often. We recommend cleansing with a mild shampoo or cleanser. 

The Sebamed Fragrance Free Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is mild enough to use on your face and beard — yes, you can use this face and body wash as a beard shampoo.

Moisturize your beard. After you thoroughly wash your beard, condition it with a moisturizer. Moisturizing your beard not only keeps it soft and touchable, but it also keeps beard dandruff at bay. Sebamed’s Fragrance Free Face Cream is a fan favorite because it’s packed with avocado oil. Apply a pea-sized amount to your beard in the direction of hair growth. 

The Perfect Shave

Nothing cramps your style more than ingrown hairs. But there’s a way to avoid them. Here’s how to get the smoothest shave:

Warm Up. Applying a warm towel to your face before a shave helps loosen dirt and dead skin — reducing the chance of razor burn.

Don’t Shave Too Close. Cutting your hairs too close to the skin could cause irritation. This also causes the hair to grow inward.

Use a High-Quality After Shave. Most after shaves on the market contain synthetic ingredients that may cause redness and irritation — especially for those with sensitive skin. 

For smooth and supple skin after your shave, a moisturizing after shave is key. The Sebamed Men’s After Shave Balm is formulated to moisturize the skin and prevent ingrown hairs.

Body Care

Choose a Balanced Body Wash

Protect your skin’s moisture barrier with pH balanced products to avoid drying your skin out. Our Fragrance Free Gentle Hydrating Cleanser washes away dirt and sweat without any scent aka “cologne competition.” 

Don’t Skip Lotion

Moisturizing after cleansing is crucial to prevent dry skin. The more body hair you have, the harder it can be for moisturizer and lotions to be absorbed. Grab a lotion with oils such as argan and shea that hydrate both skin and body hair to make you extra touchable. We recommend Q10 Firming Body Lotion.

Hair Care 

Reduce Hair Loss with a Scalp Stimulating Shampoo

Most men experience hair loss and decreased thickness as they get older. You can halt hair loss by stimulating your scalp. A 2016 study found that scalp stimulating massages result in thicker hair and reduced hair loss.

Along with massages, you can also use scalp stimulating topical treatments to slow hair loss. The Sebamed Activation Shampoo contains caffeine and vitamin B3, two ingredients proven to nourish hair follicles and encourage hair growth.

Dry Your Hair With Care

Wet hair is fragile and more susceptible to damage, so the way you dry it matters. Vigorously rubbing your hair with a regular bath towel creates friction, causing split ends and breakage. Instead, pat your hair dry with a soft microfiber towel. This keeps your hair healthy and prevents frizz.

Running short on time? Blow-dry your hair on the lowest heat setting possible. This helps prevent heat damage.

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Author: Ashley Austin

Ashley is a lifestyle, skincare, and wellness writer. Learn more about her at DivineRoseDigital.com

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