Large pores, blackheads and acne are common skin problems that men face. And as you age, you’re not immune from the problems that women will face – a depleting supply of collagen and an increasing supply of wrinkles – making your skin look much the worst for wear.
But maybe you don’t want to be like a girl and have 20 jars of creams for every hour of the day, night, and in between. Instead, follow these four fundamentals to keep your skin looking ruggedly handsome year after year. Or day after day at least.
Choose a cleanser that will effectively remove dirt and oil from your skin without drying it out like a raisin. That inevitably means moisturising it as well. See step 3. Do this twice a day.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and allows new baby cells to emerge from your epidermis. Apply an exfoliant evenly to avoid making your skin look like a tie-dye shirt. And don’t scrub so hard that all your facial features threaten to be rubbed clear off of your face. The trick is to be gentle, yet firm. Do this once a day.
And to remove blackheads, hold your face over hot water to open up your pores, and then squeeze them out if you can stand the pain. If not, see point 4. But remember to follow up with toners to close the pores back up.
Rejuvenation isn’t a dark art. All it takes is to close up your pores with a toner after cleansing or exfoliating, and moisturise your skin well and often. Moisturise often, because this is what keeps youth
sealed in your skin
Apply a facial mask to tighten your skin and prevent wrinkles from setting in prematurely. Do this once a week. Masques absorb excess oils, tighten pores and remove impurities from the skin. And given your man-sized pores, you’ll benefit more from them than women will.
That’s basically it. And if you shave, well, that’s the subject for another story.