Ever wonder how a woman’s skin is always so smooth? My fellow males, I’ll let you in on a little secret: never – I repeat, NEVER underestimate the power of a moisturizer. Think of our skin as a pair of leather shoes. Try wearing those babies for a few months without conditioning them and see what happens. Over time, even our Salvatore Ferragamos lose their shine and end up covered with cracks, deep crevices, and general wear. And calfskin is much more resilient than our skin.
My point is, our skin – especially in the winter – needs ample hydration. Whether we admit it or not. For men, it takes very little to make a big improvement. Even the toughest dudes need a little pampering. Here I’ve rounded up some quick and easy tips to master the art of hydrated skin – and the best products to maintain it. I promise, they’re a step up from your bar of soap.
Throw Some Shade, Add SPF
Moisturizer is the anchor to keeping your skin healthy – it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, strengthens the skin, and makes it more resilient to outside factors. Throw in a little SPF and you’re also reducing the risk of skin cancer, precancerous change, and premature aging of the skin. Basically, by choosing a daily moisturizer without SPF you’re being just plain stupid.
Eye on The Prize: Eye Cream
Sadly, the skin around our eyes doesn’t lie. While you may tell everyone at the office that you went to bed at a reasonable hour last night, the bags under your eyes are saying otherwise. This area is also one of the first to show unwanted signs of aging – dark circles, crows feet, sagging. Luckily, eye cream was invented to ward off Father Time, The Sand Man, and last night’s The Office-binge on Netflix.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat (With Moisturizer)
The best time to apply lotion is when your skin is in a humid environment. And what better occasion to lather up on the moisturizer than after a steamy shower? A combination of hot water, bar soaps, and dry air can take a toll on our skin. By putting on lotion immediately after we hop out of the shower, we are locking in that hydration and avoiding the dry air.
Put Your Skin To Rest: Night Time Routine
Just like you brush your teeth every night before bed (I hope), moisturizing should be held to the same standard. While we sleep, our skin is in reparative state – aka it’s sleeping like the rest of our body. And because of this, our skin isn’t exposed to environmental stressors that age the skin. By adding a moisturizer to our night-specific skincare routine, we are repairing skin, while reducing oily skin and breakouts. Basically, just moisturize dude.