Skin Care for “Real Men”

by | Dec 16, 2020 | Image consulting for Men

Men who value looking youthful, awake and energetic at work, know to care for their facial skin.


A skin care regime above and beyond washing and shaving is as important to a professional man as the pressing and cleaning of his clothing.  And since the face is where so much our attention lies – especially in this time of countless Zoom calls, top-of-their-game professional men are including a higher level of facial skin care into their routine.

I am not a dermatologist, but I do know enough of the value of skin care both over time, and immediate results to encourage your attention here.  Skin care products fulfil the following important professional men’s grooming needs:

  1. SPF daily protects you from skin cancer
  2. SPF reduces wrinkles
  3. Moisturizers maintain a supple skin appearance
  4. Retinol and Vitamin C products plump from under the skin surface
  5. Exfoliators remove dead skin cells and brighten up your face
  6. Anti-puffy eye serum will reduce jet lag and that too little sleep look
  7. Toners will reduce acne flare ups
  8.  Vitamin creams will reduce the (too-much booze?) broken capillaries on your nose.
  9.  And probably many other reasons I would know if I were a Dermatologist

Men who have great looking skin have a long standing practice of simple skin care steps.  These are fast, can be quite inexpensive and really make a difference.  Want a deeper dive with linked products?  Here is a GQ article, Everything You Need to Know to Start a Skin Care Routine that should suffice, but in the meantime, these are my top 6  “real men” (AKA beginner) skin care tips:

  1. Buy a facial cleanser to keep in the shower and use on your face in the morning
  2. Buy facial “wipes” for a super easy, fast cleansing off of the day before bed (no splashy rinse water needed)
  3. Buy an exfoliator scrub to keep in the shower and use twice a week on your face and lips
  4. Buy an eye cream (don’t get product #5 in your eyes- stings like heck)
  5. Buy a day moisturizer with SPF of 30 – apply to your throat as well
  6. Buy a serum to use as a soothing night product

Note: rub excess product on the back of your hands, rather than a towel.  In 10 years they will thank you for it.

Have a few SPF Burt’s Bees lip balm in your winter jacket pockets and car.

Are you sitting down?  Quarterly, or at least twice a year, get a men’s facial. Seriously, a proper facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin to promote clear, well-hydrated skin. The esthetician also will perform extractions, give suggestions on blemish control and help you with eye bags or circles. And trust me – it feels great!

If you are a beginner, you can pick up everything I listed above in the skin care section of your local CVS, or better yet, at a Sephora or Ulta.   And yes, if your head is spinning – just call me. 🙂

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