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Do men really need a skincare routine?

Ever wondered what you can do to help the men in your life look and feel their best? Well, let's talk about how skincare can help. Men might not always admit it, but they need it just as much as we do. Whether it’s for your husband, father, brother, or any special guy, a good skincare routine can make a world of difference. So, let's get into it!

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Why men need skincare

First things first, why should men bother with skincare? Their skin faces daily challenges like shaving, environmental stress, and natural oil production. Without proper care, these factors can lead to issues like acne, dryness, and premature aging. Good skincare can help maintain healthy, vibrant skin and boost their confidence. If men are working outside, they are more susceptible to sun damage if they aren't wearing SPF every day. More sun damage = aging quicker!

Everything he needs: simple yet effective products

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1. Cleanser

A quality cleanser is the foundation of any good skincare routine. It helps remove dirt, oil, and impurities, preventing clogged pores and breakouts.

My favorite for men is Brightening Facial Wash because it has AHAs and BHAs in it to gently exfoliate and polish the skin. It removes both the day's impurities and dead surface cells, leaving skin clean, hydrated and smooth.

If he has sensitive skin, Gentle Foaming Cleanser is a great alternative. It gently and effectively cleanses skin with a rich, velvety foam while also calming and moisturizing skin leaving it smooth and soft.

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2. Exfoliant

An exfoliating toner might sound like a luxury, but it’s actually a game-changer. Y'all already know, my ride-or-die recommendation: Tonic.

It helps remove dead skin cells, promotes cell turnover, and can help prevent ingrown hairs after shaving. A couple of swipes after cleansing can instantly improve skin texture and clarity.

Another reason it's great for men is it targets pore size and blackheads - especially around the nose where men often struggle with the most.

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3. Retinoid

Incorporating a retinoid is great for targeting signs of aging - think forehead wrinkles, crow's feet, and signs of aging on the neck. RET+ is the #1 product I recommend when it comes to retinoids. It's gentle enough for sensitive skin and contains retinal which is MORE potent and LESS irritating than retinol (win win)!

He can use this nightly, and follow with a moisturizer. He may notice purging at first, but encourage him to push through! The purging is getting all of the junk out of his pores and should only last for a few weeks. For more info on purging vs breakouts, you can read the blog post here!

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4. Moisturizer

Keeping the skin hydrated is crucial. I always say dry skin is aging skin! A good face cream will lock in moisture and protect the skin from environmental stressors.

The product I always recommend to my male patients is DEJ Face Cream! It's an anti-aging and skin-renewing moisturizer inspired by the Dermal-Epidermal Junction (DEJ), a critical factor in skin aging, that helps improve the visible signs of aging from multiple pathways and features Prebiotic Innovation to promote a healthy Microbiome.

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5. SPF

Sunscreen is non-negotiable. Protecting the skin from harmful UV rays prevents premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Encourage him to use it daily, even on cloudy days.

A lot of men don't like the white cast of sunscreen, which is why I recommend Intellishade Clear. It is a non-tinted SPF that corrects, protects, brightens and hydrates the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula.

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