You shave, shower, and manscape regularly — now it’s time to go the extra mile with your skin. Maybe you’re dealing with breakouts, oiliness, or severely dry skin. Or, maybe you’ve noticed your skin is looking dull and lackluster. The truth is, your skin is your largest organ, and everything from oil production to sweat activity to hair growth can affect its overall quality and health. The good news? Incorporating two basic products into your routine — a face cleanser and a face cream — can make all the difference in how your skin looks and feels.
Here are four benefits using a face cleanser and face cream pose for your skin.
1.Face cleansers help treat (and prevent) breakouts.
Dealing with an unfriendly visitor or two? Cleansing your face twice a day can help alleviate frustrating breakouts and ward off future ones. “Facial cleansing helps re-move the buildup of oil, dirt, and debris, and reduces the overgrowth of microorgan-isms on the skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Erum N. Ilyas, MD. “By cleans-ing routinely, removing this buildup can help reduce the chances of it settling into the pores.” Clogged pores ultimately trigger comedones or blackheads, which are the first stage of acne, notes Dr. Ilyas. If you have skin that’s prone to oil, you’re more likely to experience breakouts — choose a facial cleanser with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to fight excess oil and prevent acne.
2. Face cleansers increase efficacy of other products.
“Facial cleansers can help serve as a basis for a good skincare routine,” says Dr. Ilyas. By getting rid of the dirt, oil, and impurities on the skin, they help create a clean canvas for your other products to sit on top of. If you have normal skin, a gen-tle cleanser can be used for daily maintenance. Try Press Skincare Men’s Facial Cleanser, which is formulated with organic plant extract and grapeseed oil to keep your skin balanced and your pores clear.
3. Face creams can fight signs of aging.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and general loss of skin elasticity are all signs of aging skin. Face creams, in addition to hydrating the skin, can also help make these signs of aging less apparent, especially if they have SPF. “Face creams with SPF can reduce the tendency towards fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the ability of UV to break down collagen and elastic fibers in the skin,” notes Dr. Ilyas. When it comes to mois-turizing at night, this helps repair any damage that was done to the skin during the day. A good rule of thumb is that your morning moisturizer works to prevent dam-age while the nighttime moisturizer works to repair damage and restore skin.
4. Face creams brighten the skin.
Dull-looking skin can be caused by a number of factors — environmental conditions and lack of a proper skincare regimen among them. “Face creams can help hydrate and add turgor to the skin allowing it to reflect light evening, which gives the skin a glow, lessening the appearance of dullness,” explains Dr. Ilyas. A face cream with kakadu plum, like Press Skincare’s Men’s Facial Cream, can be especially helpful, asthe ingredient is said to be a more potent form of vitamin C, and is chock-full of an-tioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.