The start of a new year always welcomes new resolutions: hit the gym more, eat healthier, drink less alcohol, the list goes on. Funny how most of our goals have to do with our outward appearance, but why is it only focused on our body? We forget about the first thing someone will look at when they see/meet you —your face. Let’s be real, in those first couple seconds whether it’s subconsciously or not, we’re all making some kind of observation. First dates, job interviews, meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. It’s not superficial, it’s reality. If a couple seconds is all we have for a first impression, why not invest in some extra time to make sure it’s great? For most of you, skin care seems irrelevant. I’ve heard it all:
“My skin feels and looks fine without it… a splash of water does the trick.”
“Only women care about that sort of thing.”
“Sometimes I do face masks with my girlfriend… does that count?
“Aren’t body lotion and face moisturizer the same thing?”
No, no, no, and absolutely not. If you think skin care is only for when you’re 40 or 50, think again. Men start the aging process as early as 21 and if you’re not early, you’re already late. Using women skin care products DOES NOT have the same effect as using skin care specifically made for men. Men generally have thicker skin and tend to have oilier skin than women. No, slapping on a facemask once a month is not enough. And no, body lotion is designed for your body, which has completely different needs than your face. In any case, let’s go through some basic skin care tips to get you started.
Before we get started there’s one thing you need to keep in mind— you may or may not see changes after just a couple days of using skin care. Just like starting a new work out regimen, results take time… So do apply that same type of mentality when it comes to taking care of your skin.
Number of steps for a skin care regimen can range any where between 2-6 steps. But don’t worry; we’ll start you off easy. Face wash and face moisturizer are the most essential steps. Start by following through with these two steps every morning and night and once you’re comfortable with this regimen, you can work in other important products like exfoliators, toners, face/eye serums. Below is a step-by-step guide of the most ideal skin care regimen in a perfect world for both men and women. Use it to get yourself acquainted with what they are and what they do for your skin:
Step 1: Face Wash (n.): A water-activated gel, milk, or soap substance that is used to cleanse your face of oils, dirt, or bacteria.
Step 2: Exfoliator (n.): A scrub that removes dead skin cells for a more even complexion and speeds up regeneration of skin cells. Want to know how Pharrell looks like he hasn’t aged over the past two decades? They don’t call him vampire for no reason. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
Step 3: Toner (n.): Looks like water, can be alcohol-based or alcohol free, basically used after cleanser to clean leftover dirt and oils. After exfoliation your pores are more open and ready for deeper cleansing. Toner brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, sweeps away leftover impurities, and preps pores for absorption of next products.
Step 4: Face Serum (n.): Serums are different from creams (or moisturizers). Unlike moisturizers, they don’t contain thickening or lubricating ingredients, leaving only the active ingredients left in the formula, much more potent than a regular skin care product. It delivers the essential nutrients your skin needs to repair itself to prevent from onset signs of damaged or aged skin.
Step 5: Eye Serum (n.): Same as above description, except it’s serum specifically for eyes. Your eyes are the most delicate areas of your face, it’s the most wrinkle-prone area. Always handle with care.
Step 6: Face Moisturizer (n.): A balm, gel, or in this case– cream that hydrates and replenishes your skin so that it looks and feels fuller and healthier. Moisturizing helps your skin bounce back from everyday environmental changes and toxins. Your skin needs to repair itself to allow for cell regeneration and moisturizing (keeping your skin hydrated) helps with the process. During the day, it is a MUST to use a moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher.
So yeah that’s a whole lot to take in, I know. Start off with a few steps and work your way up, and you’re golden. If you stick at it (like most successful new year’s resolutions) that will turn over the best results not just until the next year, but also for the rest of your life.
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