A Beginner’s Guide to Facial Skincare for Men - Battle Razor Burn & Other Common Issues

If you’ve mastered your skin type, started to build your skincare routine and invested in the right products then you’re already on the right track to achieving great skin. However, there are some common skincare concerns that men come up against in their daily routine, especially when it comes to shaving.

Let’s talk about some of the common issues you’ll hit in your routine and what you can do day to day to avoid them.

Razor Burn

If you’ve ever had razor burn, you’ll know it’s red, itchy and can be uncomfortable. The great news is that it doesn’t just need to be part of your shaving routine - there are some simple tips that you can follow to avoid razor burn when you shave your beard:

  • Exfoliate your skin before you start shaving to remove oil, dirt, ingrown hairs and dead skin. This provides a smooth, fresh base for your razor to glide over.
  • Use a good quality razor with a fresh blade to avoid drag or having to press too hard
  • Always use a shaving cream to help the razor pass over your skin easily and lock hydration into your skin
  • Don’t press too hard with your razor, let the razor do the work for you
  • Avoid going over the same area again and again as this can irritate your skin

If you’re struggling with the effects of razor burn, a clean cloth soaked in cool water can help relieve the irritation. Then, moisturise your skin with a soothing gel that won’t irritate your skin any further. Razor burn should disappear with time, so take it easy rather than feeling stressed by it.

Post-Shave Skincare

Shaving can make your skin feel dry as it removes some of the cells and oils from the surface of your skin. Ensure that you use a post-shave balm or moisturiser after you shave to replenish oils and moisture back into your skin after you shave. Use a light, daily moisturiser after shaving to avoid clogging your pores and ingrown hairs. Make sure that you exfoliate regularly as part of your routine to keep your skin in great condition.

Skincare Products for Anti-Redness 

Red or puffy skin can be caused by a few different things. It could be temperature changes, the environment, sunburn, lifestyle, stress, allergies, using the wrong products or applying pressure - all of these are caused by dilated blood capillaries under your skin. 

Some people’s skin is more sensitive than others, so if you’re prone to redness it’s best to try and work out why first. Try sensitive skincare products that avoid alcohol and harsh ingredients that might cause your skin to react.

You can also use products that have been specifically formulated to keep redness at bay. These work to calm and soothe the skin as well as reduce redness. Try Recipe for men Anti-Redness Gel or the MMUK Man Anti-Redness Moisturiser.

Face Masks

Face masks can really give your skin a boost when you need it, usually with instant results. If your skin looks dull, dry or needs some TLC then a face mask is the perfect way to bring it back up to its best at short notice. There’s a face mask out there for almost every skin concern so whatever your skincare struggle is, you can find your perfect face mask to combat your issue and leave your skin looking and feeling on form.

Facial Skincare Routines for Men

Some types of skin and hair are more prone to razor burn, redness or dryness. It’s important to build a facial skincare routine that works with your skin, your needs and your lifestyle rather than trying to correct and work against it. Whatever your skincare concern, there’s a skincare solution out there to try - everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their skin.

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