Why Generic Men’s Skincare Products Don’t Cut It
Using the right skincare regimen can help you look better, feel better, age better, and lead to better overall health. With all of those benefits, why is it that most men continue using generic skincare products that use a one-size-fits-all mentality? More so, these products generally contain a lot of filler ingredients that don’t necessarily provide any benefit to your skin, rather they are the “empty calories” of proper skincare.
Here’s why generic men’s skincare products don’t cut it, and how you can figure out which products would be best for you and your skin.
Know Your Skin Type
The first step to finding the right skincare product for you is to get to know your skin type. Someone with oily skin is going to have different needs than someone with dry skin, and someone with combination skin will want something in between.
So what type of skin do you have? Here are the options:
- Dry Skin (Xerosis)
- Oily Skin (Seborrhea)
- Eudermic Skin (Normal & Balanced)
- Combination Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- Aged Skin
- Skin Prone to Acne/Breakouts
The Dry Pat
With this method, you’ll simply want to wash your face and then pat it dry with a clean towel. Do not apply any lotion or moisturizer. Wait fifteen to thirty minutes and then check your face. Is it shiny? Is it tight? Wait for another twenty to thirty minutes and check it again. Generally, if you have oily skin, your face will be shiny all over. If you have dry skin, it will be tight. And if you have combination skin, then your forehead and nose may have some shine to it, but not all over.
If method one didn’t work for you, or if you simply want some additional evidence, you can try the blotting method. For this method, you will need to acquire blotting paper. Once you have it, you simply blot the paper on your face, ensuring to get good coverage of the different areas. After you have done this, hold the sheet up to the light to look for oil residue. As with the dry pat technique, if the blotting paper is oily all over, you have oily skin. If the blotting paper is dry, then you have dry skin. And if the blotting paper is only oily on your nose and forehead area, then you likely have combination skin.
Knowing whether you have sensitive or aged skin will be determined through experience. Some men get crows feet and skin aging younger than others, and much of this has to do with sun exposure, lack of a proper skincare regimen, genetics, and stress. These are things to consider when selecting a moisturizer that is right for your skin.
Use the Right Skincare Product
Now that you know your skin type, it’s time to make sure that you’re using the right product. Good moisturizer (face lotion) generally comes in smaller amounts that go further. For dry or combination skin, we recommend using our Beach Care men’s moisturizer which contains beeswax, coconut, tea tree, argan, and jojoba oils, leaving a sweet and fruity scent.
For those with oily skin, you’ll want to look for a light-weight, gel-like lotion that nourishes and heals your skin without adding too many oils to your already oily face. For oily skin, you may also want to consider a cleanser (face wash) that gently removes the oil from your face prior to applying moisturizer.
If you have aged skin, a good under-eye cream is nothing to be afraid of, and can generally be applied to the outer-eye and forehead as well. Men who are prone to breakouts can also experience clearer, healthier skin with the use of a quality cleanser and moisturizer, including our Beach Care collection, which is tough enough to treat but also sensitive enough to complement most skin types.
So if you’ve been using the same generic skincare product your whole life, it’s time to try something different. First, take a moment to get to know your skin type. Second, try a quality moisturizer, and be consistent. Your skin will thank you.