You may be turning 40 this year and worried about signs of ageing. You may have decided to tackle that excess facial shine. Perhaps you’re embarrassed by a dry skin problem or your prone-ness to redness. No matter your issue, it’s important to maintain a regular skincare routine in order to keep these common problems at bay.
For most men, the products they use will depend on their skin type, however there are a few tips you should keep in mind no matter your age.
Skincare expert Katina Tsangaris explained that facial and skin issues are far more common than most men think, but that nearly all of them can be reduced with specialist products and routines.
Tsangaris explained that these problems begin occurring with men who are just not doing enough.
“That’s one of the biggest things we have… that men are just minimalists in nature,” explained Tsangaris. “Most of our guys are using products like body soaps and body lotions and things like that on their face, so they’re just cleansing with one thing head-to-toe before hopping out of the shower, or maybe using a moisturiser and that’s it.”
Specialist skin products play an extremely important role in preventing skin issues, with Tsangaris stressing that using the same product for your entire body is just not enough.
“Your face is not the same as the rest of your skin. It behaves differently, due to hormonal reasons and external stresses. Things like the sun, humidity, all those kinds things affect your face so different to the rest of your body.”
The same applies to sticking to one type of moisturiser your whole life. As you grow older, you will begin to notice a change in the way your face reacts to different products, and with that, you’ll need to change up the type of product you are using.
“With someone in their 20s, their skin is a little healthier naturally, and it can regulate itself a little better. Men in their 30s need to start using deep cleansing products, and they need products that will help with things like oil control. Someone who is 35 plus should be looking at more anti-ageing products, that hydrate and have more active ingredients.
Tsangaris explains, “Another important reason against using the same product your whole life is thatskincare can go out of date, like anything else, because of the preservatives that are in them. You can actually notice a change in smell in skincare that is out of date.”
“At the back of most products, there should be a little half open lid that’ll have a number in there, and that’s how many months the product is valid for. Usually they say about 12 or 24 months after opening, anything after that we recommend you throw it out, because the preservatives can actually cause skin irritation.”