The right products and regimen for a man’s lifestyle should include some key elements—like efficiency, quality and effectiveness. In Part 11 of our Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook, we offer a thorough guide to creating a daily routine suited to a man’s specific needs and skin type. Get head-to-toe tips for maintaining healthy skin and hair.
“Women are never disarmed by compliments; men always are.” - Oscar Wilde
Men have unique skincare needs, from learning how to minimize shaving irritation to creating a no-frills routine that’s easy to maintain on the go. And their skin has various differences, too. Look to this section for a handy reference guide on anti-aging and acne treatment, shaving tips and hair products for men.
Anti-Aging, shaving & hair care
» Q: I’m a man in my 40s and already noticing age spots on my hands and arms. Is there a way to get rid of them and prevent new ones?
A: You can lighten your age spots using products with hydroquinone, a skin-lighting staple. Professional treatments such as laser therapy, freezing, dermabrasion and chemical peels can remove more serious age spots. Here’s more from renowned dermatologist Nelson Lee Novick, M.D., on removal options. Your best prevention is to avoid sun exposure, and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on a daily basis. Importantly, age spots are usually harmless, but if spots are dark or have altered in appearance, see a doctor to screen for skin cancer.
» Q: Do guys need eye cream?
A: Eye cream is an effective addition to any skincare routine for both women and men. It takes just seconds to apply and minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. Try Anthony Logistics Eye Cream, which contains antioxidants and vitamins.
» Q: What are some tips for shaving properly?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the best way to shave is by doing the following: Thoroughly wet your face, shave in the direction that hair grows and avoid going over the same area repeatedly. For the specifics on getting the closest, most comfortable shave, see our complete guide.
» Q: How can I minimize shaving irritation?
A: Peter Jaret on WebMD suggests using a shaving cream with aloe and softening the hairs by showering just before shaving or applying a warm washcloth to the area to be shaved. You can also apply a pre-shaving oil before shaving. An electric razor is best, but if you prefer a regular razor, avoid multi-blade ones (they only irritate the skin more). For razor bumps, use a hypoallergenic shave cream with salicylic acid or glycolic acid that will “unclog pores,” Jaret writes.
» Q: Should men shave right before a facial?
A: Shaving the day of their facial — or the night before — can give men ultra-sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation. However, too much stubble will get in the way of product absorption. Men ideally should shave two days before the appointment.
» Q: My boyfriend is prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs. He already uses a high-quality shaving cream, but are there other ways he can protect his skin?
A: Absolutely! Have him purchase an exfoliating scrub and use it several times a week, which will help to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Also, before he begins shaving, he should use a warm washcloth to open pores and prepare the skin for shaving; then apply just enough shaving cream so that the razor glides easily over the skin. Lastly, make sure he uses a sharp, clean razor and finishes with a soothing aftershave like Anthony Logistics Aftershave Balm.
» Q: Can you recommend a good shampoo specifically formulated for men?
A: Here are some options you might want to try: Menscience Daily Shampoo, a formula enriched with nutrients and gentle cleansers for all hair types; AHAVA Men’s Mineral Shampoo, which contains Dead Sea Minerals and is an effective anti-dandruff product; or Anthony Logistics Every Day Shampoo-Normal to Dry (also comes in a normal to oily formula), which hydrates, repairs and strengthens hair.
Skincare routine for men
“A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.” - Helen Rowland
» Q: Why do men need separate skincare?
A: Men need separate products specially formulated for them simply because their skin is different from a woman’s. Male skin tends to be thicker and oilier, so they need products that take these issues into account. For the details, see our article on five reasons why men need separate skincare.
» Q: My husband is super low-maintenance. What’s an effective routine that doesn’t require a slew of products or tons of time?
A: Your husband’s skin will benefit greatly from these bare essentials: a soap-free cleanser and a daily moisturizing lotion with sun protection. If he’s outdoors for longer than 15 to 20 minutes, he should apply sunscreen with SPF 30. A shave balm is also a nice addition, especially if his skin tends to be sensitive or gets irritated after shaving.
» Q: Since men don’t wear makeup, why do we need to wash our faces at night?
A: That’s because dirt, oil and pollution accumulate on everyone’s skin, regardless of whether or not they wear makeup. If that oil and grime stay on your face overnight, you’re more susceptible to breakouts and unhealthy skin.
» Q: I’d like to treat my guy to several skincare products. Can you recommend a set that includes all the basics?
A: Anthony Logistics Essentials Starter Kit provides all the basic products to get him started on skincare: cleanser, shaving cream, facial moisturizer, lip balm, body cleansing gel, hand and body lotion, a product-info card and a storage container. If you’d like to go for a smaller set of products, Jack Black The Core Collection features facial cleanser, shaving cream and face moisturizer with SPF 20. Or create your own kit by purchasing key products like face cleanser, shaving cream and moisturizer and packaging them in a travel bag.
» Q: I’d like to get my husband started on an easy skin care routine. What are some basic skin care necessities for every guy?
A: Every guy should begin with a cleanser and moisturizer. If he doesn’t want a separate day and night lotion, make sure his moisturizer contains SPF 15 or higher — most guys rarely consider sun protection, even if they’re outside for long periods of time. If he’s interested in anti-aging products as well, you can add eye cream and an anti-aging night treatment to his shopping list.
» Q: I just bought a face scrub, but since I shave every day, I’m not sure when to exfoliate. Any tips?
A: You definitely don’t want to exfoliate freshly shaved skin — which only increases irritation — so always exfoliate before you shave. If your skin is especially sensitive, try exfoliating the night before. And remember that you only need to exfoliate every few days, not daily.
Most men prefer a low-maintenance approach to skincare — but that doesn’t mean they should sacrifice quality. Fortunately, all it takes is a few easy steps to create an effective skincare routine tailor-made to a man’s needs and lifestyle. Learn how to minimize shaving irritation, care for aging skin, and choose the proper shampoo to ensure healthy, youthful skin without fuss.
Stay tuned for more installments of our complete Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook.
Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 10: Makeup
Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 9: Ingredients
Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 8: Hair
Skincare & Beauty FAQ Handbook – Part 7: Cosmetic Procedures