men's skincare summer

When it comes to the summer months (especially here in San Diego), increased temperatures and glaring sunshine can wreak havoc on your skin, causing dryness, irritation and potentially burning. Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news! There are a number of techniques and quick tips you can use if you want to breeze through the summer season with ease – and come out looking like a champ on the other side.

Exfoliate more

Arguably more imperative in the summer months than during winter, exfoliating is essential this time of year: when the sun begins beaming, your skin’s temperature will rise, leading to increased sweat and oil production. This sweat and oil can build up in your pores, causing whiteheads, ingrown hairs and a generally unsightly complexion – not what we’re going for! Keeping on top of your exfoliating routine can keep the excess oil at bay, preventing the nasty buildup of anything unwanted.

Choose a quality exfoliator and, if you’re really going for it, grab some exfoliating gloves for an added bonus. Combined with a scrub and other moisturizing men’s products, it’ll leave your skin looking far healthier – trust us.

Use sun protection

Though it sounds like a broken record, way too many guys forego this during the summer. Not a good idea if you’re looking to prevent premature wrinkles, sun spots, and other unsightly signs of aging. Even if you’ve already got an SPF-infused moisturizer on hand, it’s still worth adding a little more sun protection.

If your moisturizer doesn’t have any SPF built-in, try mixing in a little sunscreen with it each time you apply. It’s generally recommended to wear at least an SPF35 every day to prevent sun damage. Reapplication is key if you’re out all day!

Befriend a gentle daily cleanser

Lastly, while exfoliating a couple of times a week will scrub away and remove any dead skin or oil buildup, the continued use of a quality cleanser will minimize your chances of any buildup in the first place.

Wash your face twice a day with a gentle face wash specifically for men. While many unisex options will do the job, a dedicated men’s cleanser will contain ingredients that’ll work best on men’s skin: minimizing oil production and typically containing more rigorous, guy-friendly ingredients than that of the fairer sex. Most of them are unscented, and you can find some pretty solid options at your local drugstore.

Find a hydrating moisturizer

While most guys will take a ‘grab the cheapest’ approach to selecting their moisturizer, you could be doing yourself a greasy disservice by not opting for one specifically tailored to withstanding summer sun or oily skin. It really pays to do your research and take your time when choosing a moisturizer – do it once, then it’s just a matter of picking a new one up every time it runs out.

There are two main factors to consider. First up is sun protection: most daily moisturizers now come with at least SPF 15 mixed in, so keep an eye out for that. Secondly, you should be keeping an eye on the ingredients list to spot beneficial additions. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid (exfoliating), aloe vera (cooling), and vitamin C (brightens complexion). Picking up a great moisturizer is a super-easy way to take care of your skin – just let it do all the work!

To keep your skin in extra great shape this summer, visit 18/8 Men’s Salon San Diego for a facial! 45 minutes of relaxing exfoliation, massage, and hydration will leave your skin feeling smooth and supple. Coming in just once a month or every two months will make a noticeable difference in your skin.