Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin for Men
For many men, dry skin poses an array of challenges. Dry skin is uniquely vulnerable to irritation, sensitivity, and redness. It can also appear flaky and cause a feeling of tightness. One or more of these symptoms can cause a decrease in self-esteem, as some people might believe their dry skin makes them look worse than they would with moisturized skin.
The days of women caring more about their skin than men do are largely gone. Over time, gender stereotypes have slowly eroded, leaving men to realize the benefits of healthy, good-looking skin. If you’re reading this, you deserve healthy skin that makes you confident to be seen by others.
Whatever your motivation for addressing your dry skin, we have several suggestions that may unlock the secret to a healthier epidermis.
What Causes Dry Skin?
There are countless reasons you might have dry skin. Some people experience it as a result of aging, while others might get it due to side effects from certain medications. Many people with chronic dry skin simply produce less sebum (oil) than others due to genetics. Dry skin is also listed as a symptom of many health conditions.
Simply put, dry skin happens when water and moisture leave the skin quicker than they should. Addressing the root cause of your dry skin is important if you have a health condition. Once you have ruled out health conditions as the cause of your dry skin, consider implementing a new skincare routine.
Say Goodbye to Dry Skin: Men Need Skincare Routines, Too!
When it comes to managing dry skin, men are often left out of the conversation. But that’s not because men don’t get or have dry skin – instead, many men are trained to view skincare as unnecessary or “feminine.”
We’re here to remind you there’s nothing wrong with taking good care of yourself. Skincare is about a lot more than aesthetics, too. Good skincare can help you fend off signs of aging and have healthier, happier skin throughout your life. Remember that your skin is an organ; it deserves time and attention.
Don’t be afraid to branch out and try new things as you learn what your skin likes and doesn’t like. Below are some skincare essentials you should be sure to include in your routine.
Dead skin cells, dirt, and oil love to stick to your skin and burrow deep into your pores. Environmental toxins from the air can also take a toll on your skin. This can be especially problematic for men with dry skin – harsh temperatures or pollutants may exacerbate your symptoms.
Keep your skin clean by using a gentle cleanser twice a day. Stick to lukewarm water for your rinses to avoid drying your skin out even more.
Purifying & Treating
Men with acne can often benefit from targeted treatments with active ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. You can find products like these over the counter, or you can visit a dermatologist to evaluate your needs. Be careful when using any active, though, as many can irritate already dry or sensitive skin.
If you have dry skin, you absolutely need moisturizer. Most products work by drawing in moisture from the water in the air around you and locking it in.
Keep your skin safe from sun damage, which can cause irritation and make dry skin worse, by using SPF every day. That’s right, every day. Even cloudy days can be enough to expose you to harmful UV rays.
What to Put on Your Dry Skin
You’ll find no shortage of antidotes and products for dry skin if you search the internet. With so many choices, many men with dry skin find it overwhelming to choose. Luckily, OffCourt is here to help. We know our unique products can help dry skin by working with your sweat. Athletes and people who work out shouldn’t have to resign themselves to dry skin.
Below are some product recommendations that will help you start your dry skin routine on the right foot.
- Exfoliating Body Soap: A lot of bar soaps, especially those marketed to athletes, focus only on wiping away dead skin and don’t nourish the next layer. Our exfoliating bar soap not only cleanses every nook and cranny but also contains ingredients that hydrate and replenish essential nutrients. As one of the best soaps for dry skin for men, it can also keep you smelling good.
Exfoliating Body Soap - Fig Leaves + White Musk
- Deep-Cleansing Body Wash: If our bar soap doesn’t do the trick, we encourage you to try our sulfate-free body wash. This men’s body wash for dry skin is designed to leave your microbiome and natural oils intact no matter how often you bathe. Like our bar soap, the deep-cleansing body wash exfoliates and hydrates the skin.
Deep Cleansing Body Wash - Fresh Citron + Driftwood
- Lightweight Facial Hydrator: Those new to working out may be surprised to learn that sweat can actually dry out the skin. To help combat this, OffCourt offers a facial hydrator that works with post-sweat skin. Unlike other facial hydrators and moisturizers, this hydrator gets quickly absorbed into the skin once applied to help hydrate from the inside out. This men’s face moisturizer for dry skin has prebiotics and vitamins to help your skin’s long-term health.
Light-Weight Facial Hydrator
- Sunscreen: Long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin dryness, irritation, premature aging, and, in some cases, skin cancer. The best protection against these harmful effects is effective sunscreen. The lowest recommended SPF is 30, though some people may need stronger protection. Additionally, some hydrating lotions shield users from UV rays.
Other Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy
It only seems logical to go straight to the source if you’re experiencing dry skin. We’re confident that one or more skin products can help hydrate and, if not reverse, curtail the drying out of your skin. Healthy skin also comes from within—and above.
Use Good Shower Hygiene
It might seem counterintuitive, but taking long and frequent showers can ultimately do more to dry the skin than hydrate it. You have to find a sweet spot that provides you the most benefits of bathing (besides getting clean).
A few pointers for shower hygiene relating to dry skin include:
- Using warm, and not hot, water
- Closing the door while you shower so you’re surrounded by as much humidifying steam as possible
- Limiting your showers to 10 minutes
- Not using too much soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, or other products
- Gently drying off with a towel, and not excessively rubbing the fabric into your skin
- Applying lotion or moisturizer as soon as you’re dry
Yes, you need to drink plenty of water (at least eight cups, and probably more if you sweat a lot). But that’s not all you should add to your diet if you have dry skin. It’s possible you are deficient in vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. So, on your next trip to the grocery store, try to find foods rich in those vitamins and minerals.
Conversely, you should try to limit alcohol and tobacco use. Some people also get dry skin after consuming high-sugar foods.
Consider a Humidifier
Another strategy to combat dry skin is to place humidifiers throughout your house. If you have to choose one room, your bedroom is probably your best bet, as you probably spend the most uninterrupted time there. Before buying an external one, check if your current system has a humidifying setting.
Men who are experiencing dry skin have many strategies that could hydrate their skin or even address the root cause of dry skin. Some people are afraid to work out or get sweaty due to the potential worsening of dry skin, but OffCourt’s products are designed for those who want to sweat naturally.
Our products are made of natural ingredients and are perfect for athletes on the go who want healthy, pleasant-smelling skin. Give us a chance to impress you some time.