Skin-care tips for men on shaving, sweating, sunscreen and more.
Maybe you’ve been told men’s skin is different from women’s skin (hint: it’s thicker and contains more oil glands).
Perhaps you’ve also been advised by a friend, partner or lover that it’s time to start taking care of your skin. That’s especially true in the winter, with its harsh seasonal elements like wind and low humidity.
Where to start? The dermatologists Paul Jarrod Frank and Harold Lancer offer five skin-care tips.
1. Don’t overexfoliate
Frank, who practices in Manhattan and counts Madonna as a client, finds that men have a tendency to overexfoliate. “If you’re shaving, you’re exfoliating your skin,” he says. “You’re taking off the layer of dead skin cells that protects your skin. The dead skin has a purpose: It holds in moisture.”
If you don’t want a beard, compensate for shaving with a pre-shave oil to protect against stripping, such as the organic Olivina Men Shave Prep & Beard Oil ($18 at target.com), with an outdoorsy cedar and bergamot scent.
Skip the astringent post-shave, but do slather on a moisturizer, such as SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture ($62 at
skinceuticals.com), a lightweight cream that offers hydration without greasiness.
2. Clean your shaving tools
Cleansing skin is important, says Lancer, who has a practice in Beverly Hills, California. But be diligent in cleaning the instruments that touch your skin as well, he adds. “For example, every time you use a beard trimmer over your skin, you’re picking up oil and dead skin cells,” he says. He recommends cleaning it out with alcohol each time you use it.
If you’re being extra-cautious, Lancer recommends buying a bag of disposable razors (“the twin blade with an aloe strip is what I recommend to all my patients”) and throwing them away after each shave.
3. Shade the sun
Even in winter, don’t skimp on sunscreen. “UV rays are always present even if it’s gloomy or rainy out,” Lancer says. Skin-care line Ever’s Daylight Radiance Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen ($45 at everskin.com) is a chemical-free SPF 32 that absorbs quickly and lightly moisturizes.
4. Invest in a humidifier
Frank says his top tip has nothing to do with the grooming aisle. Instead, he recommends buying a humidifier for the home.
“Skin is our largest organ, so it’s reactive to our environment,” he says. “Even adding 5 percent more humidity to where you live can make a big difference.”
5. Wipe off sweat
The wellness movement is creating fit bodies, but complexions can suffer. “After a workout, you have to get the salts from sweat off your skin as soon as possible,” Frank says. Nerium’s Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash ($40 at nerium.com) is gentle and fragrance-free.
Frank has seen many cases of rashes caused by sweat. “People think it’s from the workout equipment, but often it’s not,” he says. “When the salt sits on the skin, it’s drying and irritating.”