Best men skincare tips

5 ways to get better skin — and a better shave

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You’ve used a soap and razor for years, but now it’s time to take your shaving and skincare skills to the next level. We found the best men skincare tips and products to help you with every step of you grooming routine.

Prep your face with just one product

Skinfood Black Sugar Perfect Cleansing Foam for Men cleans, refreshes and prepares your skin for a close shave. We like. The dark Brazilian sugar cleans out all the gunk from your pores while drawing moisture from the air. Your skin feels softer and smoother. Now that’s what we call a “clean cut!” look.

Fight the first sign of aging

Most guys freak out when they start seeing lines on their face, but the first sign of aging is actually a loss in texture. When your skin feels rough, dry and flaky, that means your moisture barrier is breaking down. That’s the shield that protects your skin from UV damage, and if you don’t step in now, the lines and wrinkles are going to start appearing faster.

Get a skin toner that repairs your skin barrier. We recommend Laneige Homme Active Water Skin Toner. It uses ocean minerals from seawater to deliver nutrients and hydration.  The subtle masculine scent is a bonus.

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Use a sheet mask before or after shaving

If you think sheet masks are for girls, think about this: Orlando Bloom, Chris Pratt, and P. Diddy have all posted mask selfies.

And here’s one of the best men skincare tips we’ve heard: use sheet masks to prep your skin for a shave.

“The key to a smooth shave is well-moisturized skin,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman says. “A sheet mask will soften the hair and the hair follicle so that when a razor goes across the skin, there is less irritation.”

There are tons of sheet masks to choose from, for every skin concern and budget. Dr. Jart’s Mask Water Jet Hydra Solution is a bargain at $7, or you can splurge on an SK II 6-piece set for $127. Both are hydrating, but SK  II has a unique Pitera™ complex with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that make your skin look radiant too.

Never scrimp or skip on night cream

We know how it feels to be so tired you just want to get into bed and sleep. But just like you’d never skip brushing your teeth, don’t skip your night cream. Your skin repairs itself when you sleep, so it’s the best time to apply the anti-aging ingredients.

We recommend Laneige Homme Active Water Skin Toner, which has a highly concentrated medicinal herb formula that heals even very damaged skin. It’s absorbed really quickly too, so you can go straight to bed without worrying that it’ll smear on your pillows.

Another of the best men skincare tips we hear from real guys: put your night cream next to your toothbrush so you don’t forget to use it. Apply it just before you start brushing — by the time you’re done, the cream will be fully absorbed.

Get a good post-shave oil

Your skin gets irritated after you shave, so treat it to an oil that will reduce redness and relieve itching. And when you get a post-shave oil that can fight wrinkles too, you get double the benefit too!

We like Aromatherapy Associates The Refinery Shave Oil. It has antioxidants and plant extracts that heal damaged skin and anti-bacterial oils that help prevent pimples.

And since best men skincare tips are always about being practical, try this: get more out of your beard oil by using it  whenever your skin feels dry and irritated, like after a day in the sun or after using a clay mask.

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