A Simple And Essential Skincare Routine For Men

The three basic steps for your daily skincare routine

When it comes to a good skincare routine, there are three steps that are non-negotiable for achieving healthier skin. This bare minimum regimen includes cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting from sun exposure.

Although there are many other products that can be added to address your specific skin concerns and advance you in the quest for healthier and more attractive skin, these are the basic necessities. Whether you are a skincare newbie or have been trying to attain better skin for years, it is important to have these fundamental steps down.

Step 1: Cleansing

You should wash your face twice at day – once in the morning and again before going to bed. Cleansing removes the dirt, sweat, pollutants and bacteria that have been accumulating on your skin, either throughout the day or while sleeping.

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Wash Cleanser
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

Bonus Tip: Facial wipes are an easy and convenient way to cleanse when you are on-the-go, after you work out if you don’t have time to shower right away, or after a long night out when you can’t quite muster up the energy to go to the sink. I keep a bag next in my gym bag and next to my bed.

Step 2: Moisturizing

Every time after cleansing or exfoliating, it is necessary to rehydrate your skin, as your natural skin oils have just been removed. A good moisturizer hydrates and helps rebuild your skin’s natural protective layer without feeling greasy or heavy.

| OUR PICKS | Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light 24-Hour Intense Rehydration Moisturizer, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream

Bonus Tip: If you want to streamline your morning routine, you can use a face moisturizer that also contains SPF. However, you will need to have nighttime moisturizer that doesn’t have SPF.

Step 3: Sun Protecting

Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun is the number one factor for skin damage and premature aging. The UV rays penetrate skin and cause free radical to form inside of cells. These free radicals then go on to damage cells so they don’t function properly and can even lead to skin cancer. SPF should be used every morning, even when it is cloudy as UV rays can penetrate through clouds.

| OUR PICKS | Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair UV Face Moisturizer with SPF 30, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30

Going shopping for skincare products can be overwhelming, to say the least. There are tons of products all with a variety of ingredients that claim to cure your skin problems. However being the scientific guy I am, I believe that before trying to add a new product into your routine, it is important to control as many other variables as possible.

For me, that means using non-irritating and fragrance-free products that are effective at doing their job but gentle on the skin. Using products like this allows you to better see the root issues your skin may have and how to best treat them going forward.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Jordan Martin
He Spoke Style


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  • Mark Johnson

    As someone with some skin sensitivities I’ve found Cetaphil moisturizer works pretty well for me. Doesn’t have sunscreen though.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I’ve used a couple of Cetaphil products in the past and actually using the moisturizer in my current routine. You’re right though – no SPF.

      • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

        Actually, check that. I am using one with SPF 15.

        • JonathanH

          Just saw a “Men’s” Cetaphil product with moisturizer and SPF 30. All blue packaging.

    • Jordan Martin

      Mark, Cetaphil products are great, but I am more on team Cerave haha. But both brands are effective, gentle, and highly recommend by dermatologists. Cetaphil makes two regular facial moisturizer with SPF (SPF 15 and SPF 50) and an oil control one with SPF 30. I would suggest the higher SPF one if you don’t need the lighter, oil control formula, as most people don’t put on enough product to get the advertised sun protection.

  • asian_dapper

    It’d be wise to get a moisturizer that have UV protection as well so you only need to cleanse and moisturize – the way I’ve been doing it since forever.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Agreed. One less step.

    • Jordan Martin

      A moisturizer with SPF definitely simplifies things, and the majority of the time that works fine. However whenever you have extended sun exposure or are sweating a lot, you need to reapply SPF but maybe don’t want to add more moisturizer. This is when having just a sunscreen is nice. A more in-depth SPF post coming soon!

  • Alex Trambitas

    Make sure you get a sunscreen with zinc in it.

    • Jordan Martin

      I love sunscreens with zinc oxide! It can be difficult to get a formula that doesn’t cast a white hue, but zinc oxide is the best for sensitive skin. SPF post coming soon!

      • Alex Trambitas

        I like EltaMD. It does leave a bit of white, but it’s basically what gets caught in my facial hair and doesn’t immediately blend. Goes away quickly.

  • JonathanH

    Thanks for the post. Just bought the Cerave items. This blog has been a constant go-to for the last 2 years.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Appreciate that, Jonathan. Thanks for the continued support!

    • Jordan Martin

      You won’t be disappointed, Jonathan! Cerave makes some great products.

  • Zack Evar

    I’ve added to my routine a weekly mask by Beau Brummell for Men. Its a charcoal mask you leave on for 10 minutes. It dries up really nicely and makes my face super tight and firm!