Grown Man's Guide to Skincare: 5 Essential Things to Know

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

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If you’re looking to step up your skincare game, this is for you. There’s more to it than buying products, but there’s no need to be intimidated. Below, you’ll find just enough information to get you started—it’s ok to take your time. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of things and be handling skincare like a pro.

Know Your Skin Type

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I've found this to be a helpful guide to determining your skin type.

Look for Active ingredients

This can sound intimidating to some, but it’s not rocket science. Active ingredients do the work that the product you’re using promises. Each product claims to address particular concerns for your skin type, but the active ingredients in the product are what get the job done. This, of course, depends on the formula, the amount of ingredient used, and quality. Every ingredient is used to combat a different skin issue or to promote a desirable result. Think of it as you would medicine—you wouldn’t take Pepto for a headache, so with skincare, you learn what ingredients work best for your skincare concerns at any given time.

It can be useful to do a little research and learn as you go, but in general, know that antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, green tea, and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) can protect and brighten your skin, while retinol can help with skin texture, acne, and wrinkles. Using those most likely won't steer you wrong (though retinol can cause sensitivity so always use it at night or with SPF). It’s not necessary to learn everything at once and mistakes will be made. What’s important is that you get to know your skin and what it needs. Some helpful resources:

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