Five Tips to Refresh Your Skincare Routine
Ready to refresh your skincare routine? Here are Dr. Goldstein's five tips to refresh men's skincare routine in 2021.
Tips for Dry Hands
A great skincare routine goes beyond the face. We're talking about our skin here, the body's largest organ. So let's talk about hand health. To help with dry hands, use a mild lotion cleanser rather than a harsh soap. Each time after you wash your hands, try using a great barrier repair cream. These creams can help restore your hands bringing them back to health. After each hand washing, using one of these creams can help to prevent chapping, red or irritated skin on your hands. Consider trying out the Cerave barrier repair cream as a great affordable starting option. If your hands are really really dry, you can apply aquaphor ointment generously to your hands, sleep in cotton gloves or vinyl/nitrile gloves (if they don't make your hands too sweaty) for a few nights. There are plenty of prescription treatments to help you get out of any misery. Know there is hope!
Hand needing help
Dry hands much? We know that frequent hand-washing and use of alcohol hand sanitizers are key to staying healthy, but it can lead to dried out hands.
Mask irritation may show up as red or dry spots on your skin.
Tips for Mask Irritation
Instead of acne, you're experiencing discomfort that arises as a result from wearing masks so frequently. Mask irritation may show up as red or dry spots on your skin.
For a better skincare routine, try looking into a moisturizing lotion each evening, such as Cerave. If you have a few irritated spots from the mask rubbing on your skin, try cutting hydrocolloid bandages (available at your local pharmacy) to apply before wearing your mask to prevent the irritation.
Tips for mascne
If you have sensitive skin consider using a mild cleanser followed by an alternating routine of salicylic acid 2%, adapalene gel and benzoyl peroxide 2.5% every few nights to your tolerance. If you feel your skin beginning to get irritated, back off. If your skin is dry or sensitive, look at applying a cream like the Cerave moisturizing cream or lotion each night. This is a great recommendation for mask irritation with or without acne issues. You can mix it with the adapalene to help keep the adapalene from being too drying or irritating.
For men with normal or oily skin, a better skincare routine may include using a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide 2.5-5% (of note, it can bleach your towels and clothes, so don't apply around your nicest T-shirts) followed by a retinol or Vitamin A derived product such as adapalene gel.
Unfortunately, wearing masks is staying with us through 2021, at least for a little while.
Blue light exposure
We all spend too much time in front of our screens. In addition to eye fatigue, repeated and prolonged exposure to this type of light can result in hyperpigmentation, meaning our skin has spots that are irregular and uneven.
Tips to Keep it Simple
Look for products that pack a punch. You really don't need a separate moisturizer from sunscreen in the morning unless you have specific medical conditions. When choosing products, look for ones with ingredients that are safe, in that they avoid harsh chemicals and are cruelty free. Specifically, there are great, multi-purpose options for your moisturizer with SPF.
SPF is one of the best ingredients to get started with. Its ability to protect, repair and prevent is a trend we can get behind in 2021. One more Derm tip? Look for SPF options that have both sun protection alongside moisturizing and soothing ingredients.