The Ultimate Summer Skin Care Guide for Men
Fellas, are you looking for some summer skin care advice? You’ve come to the right place! We’re sharing a few tips on how to keep your skin looking and feeling its best all season long, ahead!
Proper skin care is not just for the ladies. It’s an important self-care habit that everyone should adopt—no matter your gender. Of course, caring for your skin should be practiced year round, but a few steps and products should change with the seasons…summer included. As you enjoy the season of outdoor BBQs and beach days, there are a few necessary adjustments you should make as it relates to caring for your body’s largest organ. From Broad Spectrum sunscreen to lightweight moisturizers, we’re sharing the ultimate summer skin care guide for men, ahead!
Tip #1: Cleanse Your Skin
Keeping the skin clean is a no-brainer year-round, but especially during the hot summer months when dirt and sweat buildup can dull the look of our complexion. By cleansing your skin twice per day (morning and night) with a gentle cleanser, you can help remove unwanted oils, dirt, debris, and impurities that can accumulate throughout the day on the surface of skin, giving way to a cleaner, brighter-looking complexion.
If you plan on shaving, cleansing your face beforehand is an absolute must. Reach for an exfoliating cleanser that can help whisk away dead skin cells from skin’s surface and prep the skin for a smooth shave. Need a rec? Kiehl’s Age Defender Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser for Men—formulated with Moroccan Lava Clay and Phytic Acid—is a cleanser you should incorporate into your summer skincare routine. This two-in-one product deeply cleanses the skin while exfoliating to remove excess dirt and oil for a refreshed, younger-looking appearance. For optimal results, use daily as a cleanser or three times per week as a mask.
Tip #2: Don’t Shave Dry
Need to clean up that 5 o’clock shadow? To avoid irritation and any potential nicks, be sure to lather up your scruff with a shaving gel, foam, or cream. These products provide a slick layer of protection and can help provide a smoother, closer shave. Try Baxter’s Super Close Shave Formula, which offers an easy glide when shaving. Plus, the hydrating formula is easy to use! All you have to do is apply the cream to clean, wet skin. Be sure to rinse your blade after each pass.
Tip #3: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
After cleansing, exfoliating and/or shaving, it’s important to hydrate your skin. Since shaving can sometimes lead to skin irritation—especially on sensitive skin—we recommend reaching for a moisturizer that takes into account any post-shaving sensitivity, like Vichy Homme After Shave Balm. Formulated with the brand’s Mineralizing Thermal Water, this alcohol-free balm can help hydrate and soothe freshly-shaven skin to provide additional comfort.
If you’re not shaving and prefer a lightweight hydrator, try SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. This moisture-enhancing gel formula enriched with Vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin without weighing it down, the ultimate benefit for parched summer skin. Feel free to use this gel as you would your regular moisturizer, or as an extra layer of hydration before finishing off with a cream or lotion.
Tip #4: Protect Against UV Rays
Last but certainly not least, stock up on some good ol’ Broad Spectrum SPF. During the summer months when we’re spending more time in the sun, it’s important to keep sunscreen on hand at all times. Start your day by applying a facial sunscreen as the last step in your skin care routine and as directed before heading out the door. SkinCeuticals’ Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is formulated with Broad Spectrum SPF and provides the skin with a layer of defense from harmful UV rays. To use, apply to face and neck fifteen minutes before sun exposure. Be sure to reapply at least once every two hours, every forty minutes if swimming or sweating, or immediately after toweling off.
Editor’s note: While sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin from harm this summer, it’s not the only way to do so. Pair your Broad Spectrum sunscreen applications with additional sun protection measures such as wearing a hat, UV-protective sunglasses, and protective clothing. In addition, we recommend avoiding peak sun hours when the rays are most powerful and seeking shade whenever possible.