The best skincare routine for men: why less is more

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Consistently showing up every day will always get you the best results.

And the key to consistency? Keeping it simple.

We’ve designed a skin care routine for men that is so easy you can’t say no, so fast you will always find the time.

Below are the 3 ridiculously easy steps to getting your skin looking really good - with minimal effort.

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There are no shortcuts!

If you want the results you’ve got to be consistent. Whether you want a fit body, a successful business, or glowing, healthy skin … you’ve got to stick with it.

The secret of LeBron’s success

LeBron James, one of the greatest athletes of his generation, doesn’t give many interviews, and when he does he keeps it short and sweet.

When asked about the secret to his phenomenal success in a rare interview on the Tim Ferriss Podcast he was pretty clear…. the answer is consistency!

Whether it’s training his body, recovering from injury, eating well, sleeping or keeping his body very clean, he credits consistency as the reason that he is still top of his game.

And If you want great-looking skin you’ve got to apply the same principle… stick to a routine and show up every day.

There is no ‘silver bullet’, no magic cream, that will instantly make you look ten years younger!

But a consistent skincare regime that you follow every day will get you healthy, younger-looking skin that others will notice.

Fast results

If you follow the routine below every day you will get results. And the best news is that it won’t take long for those results to show.

A successful skincare regimen takes a bit of discipline but sticking to a routine that works for you will keep your skin clear and your face smooth and glowing.

There are going to be many times when you'll be challenged… those mornings when you’re running late, or evenings when you’re too tired to even brush your teeth!

But stay disciplined and your skin will always look great (even on little to no sleep).

A simple, straight forward routine

The best way to keep at something every day is to make it so simple and fast, you can’t say no.

So here are the three essential steps for your morning skin care routine:

  1. CLEAN & EXFOLIATE
  2. HYDRATE
  3. PROTECT with sunscreen

And in the evening it’s even easier. Just repeat, but with no need for the sunscreen.

  1. CLEAN & EXFOLIATE
  2. HYDRATE

Job done!

Why less is more

The beauty of this routine is you won’t overload your skin with so many different product ingredients. The more products your skin is exposed to the more risk there is of chemical overload which can cause major sensitivity and breakouts. This is especially important if your skin is already sensitive or prone to acne.

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Breaking it down

No matter what your skin type these straight forward steps will get your skin in excellent condition, really fast.

STEP 1: CLEAN & EXFOLIATE

Clean skin is the basis of everything. It’s essential to looking good and keeping your face looking clear and fresh.

On top of that you need to exfoliate to eliminate dead skin cells, accelerate cell renewal and stimulate your skin’s natural repair mechanism.

The best thing is to find one product that will do both.

An exfoliating face wash, which includes natural chemical exfoliants, will do double-duty - cleaning and exfoliating in one step.

And for a man, an exfoliating face wash, like our Daily Face Wash, which includes a gentle natural exfoliant (Lactic Acid), is by far the best way to go. You can use it before you shave without risk of damaging your skin with a grainy scrub, and if you have a beard it won’t leave particles in your beard like a scrub can.  

CLEAN: Cleaning your face every day will wash away dirt and excess oil that has built up on your skin. It will also unclog your pores.

But simply washing your face is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you have oily skin. Using plain soap and water will dry out your skin, leaving it feeling tight. Paradoxically this causes your skin to produce even more oil than before, resulting in irritation and breakouts.

A gently exfoliating, ph-balanced face wash is much better than soap and won’t leave your skin feeling itchy.

Try using one that includes a high level of glycerin, like our Daily Face Wash, which will clean your skin without drying it out. It was created with men’s skin in mind so it also includes Tea Tree Oil to help regulate excess sebum,  Aloe Vera to soothe and regenerate your skin, and an antioxidant (Black Tea Extract) to defend your skin against the daily damage caused by free radicals.

This face wash works even if you have sensitive skin.

EXFOLIATION: Exfoliation will noticeably improve your skin’s texture - giving you a glowing complexion, stimulating cell renewal and removing dead skin cells.

It’s the build-up of these dead skin cells that lead to unsightly razor bumps and ingrown hairs, so exfoliating goes a long way towards preventing them from developing.

But exfoliating with grainy facial scrubs is too harsh for your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. The grains cause damage and irritation. The last thing you need before you shave, dragging a blade across your face, is a face that is already damaged and sensitized.

Gently exfoliating everyday using a face wash that includes a mild Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, like Glycolic or Lactic Acid, is a better and kinder option for your skin.

Head on over to ‘A Man's Guide To Exfoliation: FAQs’ where we answer all of your questions on exfoliation and shaving, how to exfoliate your beard, the different ways to exfoliate and the best times to do it.

What To Do: Firstly wet your face with warm (not hot) water. Squeeze a small amount of face wash onto your fingertips, and massage on to your face in circular movements. Spend about 30 seconds on this with most of your time spent on those areas where you tend to have a build-up of oil or sweat, typically in your T-zone of forehead, nose and chin. Always massage gently. Then rinse, and pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.

When To Do It: am, pm and after sports (to remove excess sweat), and definitely before your shave.

For more on how to wash your face the right way, including how to choose the best face wash for your skin type, check out “Clean: The Best Way To Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh And Healthy”.

PERSONALIZE

Once your skin is nice and smooth and clean, this is the point that you can customize your routine. If it’s a shave day this is when you would shave, if you have a beard, it’s now that you would moisturise with a beard oil, and if you have acne-prone skin, this is the time to apply an acne treatment.  

 

STEP 2: HYDRATE

You already know the benefits of keeping your body well hydrated. Well the same applies to your skin.

Applying a moisturizer to your face every day is essential to improve skin elasticity and help slow down the aging process. And trust us, it won’t make your skin oily!

Hydrating with a moisturizer will reduce fine lines and give your skin a much healthier look.

Try to choose one that provides anti aging benefits, and improves the texture of your skin as well, and you’ve got all your bases covered with one product, one application.

When it comes to anti aging look for active ingredients, like Hyaluronic Acid, which will increase your skin’s hydration level, and peptides to promote collagen production, restore elasticity and reduce fine lines.

OTIS Daily Hydrating Moisturiser includes both of these anti aging ingredients along with Jojoba Oil to nourish and regenerate your skin, Vitamin E to improve the texture of your skin, D-Panthenol to calm and reduce any redness, and Aloe Vera to soften and soothe.

But no matter how many great benefits a moisturizer has, the most important thing is that you use it! Every. Single. Day.

So the way it feels on your skin, and the texture of the product, are the most important things to consider when you’re deciding which one to buy.

If you like the way a product feels on your face you’re more likely to use it every day – and therefore get the most benefits.

That’s why we made sure that our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is extremely light, absorbs easily, and can be used day or night without leaving your face looking greasy. It’s also suitable for every skin type – even if you have sensitive skin.

EYES: We believe that there’s no need to use a separate eye cream. Our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is light enough to be applied to the delicate skin around your eyes and because it absorbs easily, without excessive rubbing, you won’t pull on the skin either

What To Do: Apply one pump of moisturizer to your fingertips, then massage into your face and neck, tapping gently around your eyes.

When To Do It: morning and evening.

 

STEP 3: PROTECT

UV rays from the sun cause premature aging and cellular damage. So protecting your face from the sun is one of the best things you can do for your skin.

Even on cloudy days the UV rays can cause damage, so it’s important to use sunscreen every day.

We don’t recommend relying on a moisturizer with an SPF added to give you adequate UV protection. Depending on the strength of the sun that day you will need to re-apply a sunscreen throughout the day (unlike a moisturizer). 

In fact, we recommend two French brands as the best facial sunscreens on the market - La Roche-Posay Anthelios or Avene sun protection.

Honestly we couldn’t make a sunscreen better than these two. Both are extremely light, they won’t add extra oil, and they won’t make your face look shiny or give your skin a white ghostly look.

And that’s it. A simple skincare routine that will take great care of your skin every day.

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Making more of a difference

It’s not just the skincare products you apply to your face that make a difference to how your skin looks.

Following these FIVE healthy skin care tips will make sure your skin is always in excellent condition:

  1. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
  2. SLEEP WELL - check out our article on "Why men need beauty sleep too: 14 ways to help you sleep better"
  3. EAT HEALTHILY - we've listed "An A-Z of the 27 best anti aging superfoods for men" here
  4. REDUCE STRESS
  5. EXERCISE REGULARLY

So when you look in the mirror remember LeBron… consistency is the key!

Stay motivated by keeping your eye on the big picture – clean, healthy, younger-looking skin!

Keep at it and you will quickly see great results.

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