When it comes to male grooming and skin care for men, perception has always been a bit blurred. While there are definitely guys out there who understand the importance of daily moisturizer and shape their eyebrows to perfection, many are under the very false impression that grooming is a girl’s game. No way.
In fact, male grooming has become so popular in recent years that many brands have launched beauty lines and products made specifically for men, from heavy moisturizers to penetrate their 25% thicker skin (it’s a fact!) to male foundation that hides blemishes on a bad skin day. And we’re ready to celebrate them all on Men’s Grooming Day, an occasion made for men to feel like their most beautiful selves and indulge in the men’s skin care products that they need in their lives.
But first, let’s start with a few beauty tips. Like the fact that you’re definitely not too cool to wear face makeup, as nearly every male influencer or celebrity does on the red carpet. Or that face masks are the greatest things to happen to men’s skin care, and even Chris Pratt likes to indulge in one and post it on Instagram.
As you get started on your male grooming routine, here are just a few beauty tips you need to know to look and feel gorgeous.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 45, every man needs eye cream. Why? Because it’s extremely simple to apply, and the men’s skin care benefits are endless. Just dab a small amount under the eyes each night after using your men’s face wash, and again in the morning after a shower or rinsing your face. Eye cream absorbs effortlessly into your skin to erase dark circles, reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing, and give you a brighter complexion. And even if you somehow don’t have any of these issues right now, many dermatologists have stated that using eye cream as early as your 20’s will prevent skin issues down the line and keep you looking youthful for years to come. The dream team of ingredients when looking for an eye cream for your skin care for men routine? Caffeine, Vitamin C, and ceramides, as this trio will reduce puffiness and dark circles while helping your complexion look instantly more bright. But we’re also fond of the Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream by Shiseido, which features advanced technology to wake up the skin and fill in wrinkles.
They say that eyes are the window to the soul, but it might just be eyebrows. They frame your features in a way that can make or break your look, and even science proves it. A 2015 study by an MIT behavioral neuroscientist concluded that they’re one of the most recognizable features on your face - with only 46 percent of test subjects being able to identify altered photos of recognizable people sans eyebrows. Wow. Such an important feature deserves to be properly groomed, and you can do just that with the Amazonian Clay Volumizing Brow & Hair Powder by Tarte. After you’ve tweezed your brows, grab a makeup brush and fill in the sparse areas with this volumizing, long lasting, and pigmented powder. And it can even double up as a way to fill in your facial hair and give you a fuller beard!
Moisturizer is exactly what it sounds like - a skin care essential that provides your face with a boost of hydration, and in turn prevents common skin issues like dryness, dullness, and wrinkles. Not to mention that it feels so incredibly soothing and relaxing on your face. Every guy needs the right moisturizer to feel pretty, and even if you’re a man who’s still in his 20’s and blessed with naturally glowing skin, the best moisturizer can work as a preventative men’s skin care step that guarantees your skin stays beautiful for a long time. Choose an incredible men’s moisturizer like the Double Duty Face Moisturizer by Jack Black, which contains natural ingredients like Blue Algae Extract, Sea Parsley and Phospholipids to hydrate and soothe your skin.
We’ve already told you about the importance of eye cream, as the eyes are one of the most important features on your face. But even if you have the most gorgeous baby blues ever, it’s still not cute when you have major eye bags from staying up too late the night before. Yikes. That’s why you need a concealer in your men’s skin care routine. And yes, while concealer is technically makeup and the thought of wearing it may intimate you at first, we’re here to tell you that makeup for men is having a major moment. Ryan Reynolds is wearing it on nearly every red carpet and magazine cover, while even your favorite male coworker probably dabs a bit on before a big work presentation… and why wouldn’t he? This holy grail beauty product can neutralize discoloration under your eyes and make you look more well rested in seconds, making your eyes pop as you discover the power of makeup for men. Try a bit of Tarte’s cult favorite Shape Tape Concealer for a boost of brightness and beauty on Men’s Grooming Day.
You know those nights when you really wanted to wash your face, but was just too tired and collapsed into bed? Stop doing that, your skin will thank you. It’s just as important for men to wash their face daily as it is for women, and possibly even more. You see, men have 25% thicker skin than their female friends due to higher levels of testosterone, which makes it easier for things like blackheads, dirt, oil, and other junk to get trapped underneath the surface. While you’ll need a good exfoliator to truly dig deep into your pores and get the junk out (more on that later), a daily scrub with water and your favorite face wash is the first step on your journey to becoming a men’s skin care expert. Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash by Kiehl’s is about to become your new best friend!
As much as we love face wash, it isn’t enough in your men’s skin care routine. Since guys have thicker skin than women, it’s easier for dead skin cells and oil to get trapped underneath and clog your pores, or create dull skin that ages more quickly. Not a good look. But you can fix that with the ideal skin care for men product: exfoliator. You know, a gentle yet strong scrub that you rub in circular motions into your skin 1-3x a week to get all the junk out. Once you start exfoliating, you’ll begin to notice less blackheads and impurities right away, and that your skin glows in the good way - less oily and more radiant. You’ll even be able to get a closer shave, as you won’t have all the dirt, oil, and dead cells clogging your skin! Just remember to exfoliate no more than three times a week, as more can cause your skin to become red and irritated. If you want the best exfoliator for your skin care for men routine, try the Daily Superfoliant by Dermalogica! It contains Activated Binchotan Charcoal to absorb all the toxins from your skin, along with Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract to protect against environmental factors like pollution and the sun.
Look, we totally understand if you just read that and asked yourself, “what the heck is a Gua Sha?” The truth is that many males (and even females) don’t understand the power of this skin scraping tool, which originated hundreds of years ago in Chinese medicine to heal a variety of health issues. Today, this small tool is usually made of a precious stone like Amethyst or Rose Quartz, and is scraped across your face as a form of self-care. Using this tool for just a few minutes a day doesn’t just give you a relaxing facial massage, it also works to soothe your facial muscles, aid lymphatic drainage, and make your skin glow… providing a glowing complexion and chiseled cheekbones that you didn’t even know existed. Invest in one of these tools on Men’s Grooming Day for better skin and a great addition to your skin care for men routine that makes you feel relaxed and radiant.
Even men who understand the importance of haircare, may not realize that their beard needs a little love too. Hipster beards, sexy scruff, mustache-only men… every type of facial hair deserves to be cared for, just like the hair on your head. What does that entail? Start with beard serum. This is the men’s skin care product you didn’t even know you needed, working as a conditioner to soften bristly hairs, moisturize the skin, and tame your beard to make it more easily groomed and styled. Especially if your beard is a bit long (looking at you, hipsters), it’s necessary to regularly trim and apply a beard serum like the one by American Crew… as too much excess hair can irritate the bottom half of your face. Once you start using this product, you’ll notice that your beard looks and feels better on your face.
Did you know that 90% of skin aging is due to harmful effects from the sun? And are you ready to add sunscreen to your skin care for men routine yet? You may or may not have heard this top beauty rule before, but you always need sunscreen. Always. Indoors, outdoors, in your car, at the mall, anywhere. Especially if you have a job that requires you to work outside, a good sunscreen can keep your skin looking beautiful while protecting against the sun’s harmful rays for years to come. Cucumber Face Sunscreen Moisturizer by Coola helps your skin stay moisturized and protected, with antioxidant rich ingredients that absorb effortlessly into your face and make you feel pretty and protected on Men’s Grooming Day.
Your girlfriend, co-worker, and best friend probably all do face masks… and so should you. These self-care essentials are the secret to relaxed and radiant skin, and can be especially helpful when you’re looking to remove blackheads and impurities from deep under the surface. Your go-to men’s skin care ingredient? Clay. And the Pure Clay Detox and Brighten Face Mask by L’Oreal is your new #1. Formulated with a mix of pure clays and charcoal, this face mask is ideal for exfoliation and removing stubborn blackheads. It’s affordable, but majorly high quality… and works to even out your skin tone, minimize pores, and even help with acne in no time. You should definitely add this mask to your skin care for men routine if you have dry skin, as 97% of MIRA guests with this skin type found it extremely effective.
The weather can have an intense effect on your skin, from sunburns and sweat in the summer to dry, chapped skin in the fall. And these issues aren’t just limited to your face, as overly warm or cold air can dry out your lips… and Men’s Grooming Day calls for a solid lip balm to keep on hand at all times. Your lips are one of your best and most noticeable features, and a balm like the Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 by Jack Black will ensure that they’re soft and smoochable in every season. Called the “#1 Men’s Lip Treatment,” this balm is enriched with Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, and Green Tea to condition and nourish your lips for many hours. The perfect gift to treat yourself to on Men’s Grooming Day, because you need and deserve it!
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