10 Skincare Tips For Clear Skin

You’re never too young to start thinking about your skin and having the right routine is a critical part of a solid overall grooming routine.  But, that doesn’t have to mean complex or expensive.  Whatever type of routine you develop, simple or complex, just stick to what’s comfortable for you, but make sure you’re addressing your skin’s basic major needs.  To get you started or help you develop your existing routine, here are our favorite tips for healthier skin.

1. Address problems first

Acne? See a dermatologist. Dry and flakey? Start finding moisturizers that work best for you. If they’re serious or you’ve tried a bunch of stuff yourself to no avail – go see a professional first. Marketing and sales people likely won’t help and if you have major issues you’ve got to start there.

2. Moisturize every morning and night

Healthy skin starts with regular moisturizing, period.

3. Eye cream at least every night

Fights the signs of aging and fatigue. Especially important for those of you who travel frequently.

4. Sunscreen

Every. Damn. Day. No questions asked. Yes, it’s that important and easy to manage as most good moisturizers have sunscreen in them already.

5. Gently exfoliate daily

Scrubbing away dead skin and dirt will help your skin look and feel better, plus your other products (moisturizers, etc) will work better.

6. Get enough sleep

Don’t underestimate how important a good nights sleep is healthy skin.

7. Hydrate

Believe it or not, drinking a lot of water is the most important tip for healthy skin.

8. A healthy diet

The foods you eat, both good and bad, can impact the health and look of your skin.

9. Exercise

In addition to contributing to your overall health and well-being, regular exercise and sweating clears your pores.

10. Lower stress

However you manage your stress, sleep, exercise, meditation, breaks, whatever, how you feel on the outside impacts your skin more than you think.

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Morning or Daytime Skincare Routine For Men

In this article and video, I wanted to to show you the best morning skincare routine for men and the men’s skin products that work well for men with all skin types and for different ages, whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s. 50’s and beyond! Be sure to check out my night time skincare regime which goes hand-in-hand with this article.

Just know that no matter your skin type, the below steps won’t change, only the products will. This is sage advice passed down from my friends that I discussed in the intro video, who’s entire job it is to make my client’s skin look movie-star good. So don’t take my word for it, take theirs!

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Step 1: Rinse Face

Regardless of whether you take a shower in the AM or PM, (I suggest showering at night) there’s no need to wash your face with cleanser in the morning since you should have gone to bed with a clean, moisturized face. Unless you’re a heavy night sweater or your dermatologist recommends washing two times a day, just splash some cold or luke warm water on your face to remove anything that accumulated on your face overnight and pat dry with a towel. That will be plenty, I promise.

Step 2: Eye Cream

Like I mentioned in my men’s night time skin care routine article & video, if you’re in your late 20’s and beyond, then using eye cream is very important as a preventative measure if you’re younger, or a maintenance measure if you’re older.

Quality eye creams are expensive, but will easily last a year or two since you’re using so little (a pea-size amount, at most), so don’t worry about running out quickly.

Life Pro Tip: Keep it in the fridge when not in use so the chilled cream can help reduce puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning. 

Take a little on your ring finger tip and dab it around the orbital bone area, including your upper eyelid, until it blends in. This is demonstrated in the video at the top.

The Best Eye Creams For Men

$37 – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate – Good, entry level anti-aging eye oil if you’re under 30 that works very well for the price.
$49 – Filorga Optim-Eyes – This one we tried on a whim after a French pharmacist highly recommended it and it was really good for the price.
$340 – La Prairie Luxe Eye Lift Cream – If you’re an older gentleman (age 30+) this stuff is a game changer and well worth the price. You’ll notice a huge reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, as this cream delivers intense hydration and firmness. After a year of daily use, you’ll still have 50% of it left – so it goes a LONG way.

Step 3: Spot Treatment

This step can be skipped, but it’s such a small, 5 second step that it’s really worth the minimal time investment. Spot treatments get rid of pimples quicker, as opposed to doing nothing or popping them.

Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxides are great spot treatments for getting rid of zits or blemishes before they’ve formed or been popped. In testing, subjects responded better to one or the other, so give each a try for about a week or two and from them on, only use the one that worked best.

If you’ve already popped the zit, don’t put either the Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatments on them. Instead, use an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin because the skin has been broken and now you’ve got to treat the literal wound. If you put the acid or peroxide on it, or just leave it alone, the zit will be redder longer and possibly leave a scar, which you can avoid or diminish significantly with an antibiotic ointment.

Whether you’re using a spot treatment or antibiotic ointment, take a little and dab it onto the problem areas and move on to the next step after about a minute.

The Best Spot Treatments

$5 – Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment – Benzoyl Peroxide
$18 – Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Spot Treatment – Salicylic Acid
$4 – Neosporin Antibiotic Ointment

Step 4: Daytime Moisturizer w/ SPF

The last step of your morning skincare routine is crucial. You should be wearing a daily SPF moisturizer on your face, ears, neck and arms – every.single.day and irregardless of whether you work indoors or outdoors. If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time or participating in outdoor activities, then you should be using a more heavy-duty sport sunblock on your exposed skin.

I go into extensive detail about why sunscreen is so important and the best ones to use here. If you want to use a separate moisturizer without SPF, then put a sunblock on your skin after the moisturizer has been absorbed.

Best Moisturizer w/ SPF

$28 – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 – for dry to normal/combo skin
This is hands-down the best moisturizer and SPF combo for it’s price. It’s a broad spectrum, chemical blocker that blends into your skin nicely. If you buy the 8.5oz bottle, it should easily last a long time for daily use.

$25 – Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 – normal to oily skin
This moisturizer is super lightweight and absorbs quickly. They offer two different versions – with or without SPF.

$27 – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 – dry skin
It’s super hydrating, evens out your skin texture, and isn’t greasy feeling. I can’t recommend this one enough. There’s two different versions – with or without SPF.

$350 – La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo SPF 30 – for dry to normal/combo skin
This is the king of moisturizers with SPF.  If your budget allows or you’re an older guy, DO NOT hesitate to get it. It  goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, evens out your skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and protects really, really well, without making your skin shiny. Every one of my test subjects that tried it loved it.

The added bonus is that it also comes with a powerful anti-aging night cream, which I go over in my night time grooming routine article/video.

Moisturizer w/o SPF

Check out my night time skincare routine for recommendations on these.

 

I hope this helped! Join me in the comments of the video and tell me about your favorite skin care products.

The Best Men’s Sunscreens/Sunblocks

As part of my Men’s Grooming Series, I want to show you the best daily moisturizers with SPF as well as the top sport sunblocks for men.

On the most basic level, in your day-to-day life, you should be wearing a daily SPF moisturizer on your face, ears, neck and arms. If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time or participating in outdoor activities, then you should also be using a more heavy-duty sport sunblock from head-to-toe. Think you don’t need sunblock, even if you’ve got darker skin? Keep reading.

Difference between unprotected skin vs. protected skin

Take a look at this truck driver who had half his face in the sun and half in the shade throughout the course of his career. This is also how his face would look with half protected by sunblock, the other half unprotected.

Skin cancer is one of the easiest types of cancer to prevent and according to the National Cancer Institute, the number of cases are increasing yearly. It drives me crazy when guys don’t wear sunblock – especially if they’re my clients – because there’s nothing manly or attractive about sun spots, wrinkles, biopsies and chemotherapy.

I don’t care what your skin color is – sun damage affects everyone.

Before I show you my favorite sunscreens, let’s first go over some points to understand:

Use SPF 20 to 50

The SPF number indicates how long you can theoretically stay out in the sun before you burn, compared to your skin without sunscreen. So with SPF 20, your skin can be exposed to the sun for 20 times longer before it burns, but that’s in a perfect scenario without sweat and water washing it away. So don’t ever think you can go all day without re-applying sunblock if you’re outside doing extended activities.

Anything over SPF 50 Is Unnecessary

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and Skin Care Foundation, an SPF 30 blocks up to 97 percent of UVB rays and an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. So don’t think that the higher the SPF, the better it is. It’s a pretty arbitrary number after 50 that’s more used for marketing purposes than anything else.

Use ‘Broad Spectrum’ Sunscreens

SPF only measures UVB rays, but scientists have learned a lot about how UVA rays adversely affect skin and can contribute to certain types of cancers. You need a product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, also known as “broad spectrum.” If this isn’t listed clearly on the label, it isn’t a broad spectrum sunscreen and should be avoided at all costs.

Physical vs. Chemical Blockers

There’s still not a wide consensus about which type is better or safer for you in regard to cancer causing ingredients – the kind that absorb into your skin, known as chemical blockers, or the kind that sits on your skin, known as physical blockers.

Chemical blockers are more effective because they’re harder to wash or rub off, but they’ve been criticized for being pollutants that make their way in the ocean and large waterways.

Physical blockers are better for the environment, but less effective since they physically sit on top of your skin and can be rubbed off. Also, they can sometimes leave a subtle white film on your skin.

Best Daily Moisturizer + SPF

$28 – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20

This is hands-down the best moisturizer and SPF combo for it’s price. It’s a broad spectrum, chemical blocker that blends into your skin nicely. If you buy the 8.5oz bottle, it should easily last a long time for daily use.

$350 – La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo SPF 30

This is the king of moisturizers with SPF. If your budget allows or you’re an older guy, DO NOT hesitate to get it. It really lives up to all the hype – goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, evens out your skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and protects really, really well, without making your skin shiny. Everyone of my test subjects that tried it loved it.

The added bonus is that it also comes with a powerful anti-aging night cream, which I go over in my skincare grooming routine.

Sport/Body Sunscreens

If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time, then you’ll need to use these sunscreens from head-to-toe and re-apply a few times throughout the day, depending on how sweaty you get or how much activity you’ll be doing.

$15 – Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+

This is, by far, the best sport sunblock. It’s pretty much bomb-proof and you’ll probably be whiter than you were before going outside.

The one downside is that it leaves a subtle white hue to your skin because of the Titanium and Zinc Oxide, but it works VERY well. I recommend getting this no matter what, and use it only your body if you want to avoid the white hue on your face and then get the face version, as well.

$19 – Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology, SPF 50

Absolutely fantastic chemical blocker that absorbs nicely into the skin, protects against UVA and UVB rays (broad spectrum), and has a pleasant light scent. They also sell this in bigger bottles, so it will last a long while for a great price.

$36 – La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen

Another really good sport sunblock that goes on easily and blends in perfectly and it’s not a physical blocker so no white hue. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, then this one is for you since it’s fragrance-free. They also make a spray version if you prefer that, but just make sure you rub it in after you spray it on. Check the video above at the top of the page to see what happens if you don’t rub it in.

Hope you enjoy!

Men’s Summer Essentials Ebook

In this ebook, I’ll detail the items you need for summer, why you need them, and where to get them – in designer and budget-friendly options.

These items will work very well with the rest of your year-round essentials, so if you haven’t seen that series, check it out first.

My goal is to ensure you’re comfortable, wearing appropriate colors and items for the season, while looking amazing and not like a douchebag.

So download the book, pour a glass of… something (I prefer rosé) and let me show you the good stuff!