For men who are only just starting to realize the importance of having (or maintaining!) great skin, a 10-step skincare routine may be too complicated and daunting. Even walking into a drugstore and being met with an array of skincare products can send your average Joe right out the door and towards simpler pursuits, like a pint of beer. A skincare kit for men should start with the basics for a routine that’s fuss-free and done in minutes. Below we list those essential items – and maybe a few bonuses for good measure.
Step One: Cleansing
A facial cleanser that addresses your specific needs is the first step to better skin. It’s recommended to wash your face twice a day for best results: once in the morning and again at night before going to bed. This is done in order to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells on the surface of your face. Innisfree’s Forest For Men Deep Cleansing Foam contains all-natural phytoncide ingredients that relieve skin stress and fatigue. These ingredients are sourced from native pine, cedar, and cypress trees from the famous Jeju Island in South Korea. Plus, the menthol and micro-granules featured in this cleansing foam deeply exfoliate the skin, leaving it feeling clean and fresh.
Step Two: Toner
A toner picks up any residue, oil, or dirt that may still be sitting on the surface of your skin after cleansing. It also helps prepare your skin to absorb the good stuff from the rest of your skincare routine. It can also help minimize or shrink the size of your pores. A good all-around toner is Innisfree’s Forest For Men Fresh Skin Toner. In addition to the all-natural phytoncide ingredients featured in the product, it also contains natural amino acids that will lightly moisturize the skin without the sticky feeling. For men with oily skin, you may want to look into the Forest For Men Oil Control Skin Toner, which is especially formulated for your skin type.
Step Three: Lotion
Using lotion after your toner helps mattify the skin, making it shine-free, as well as imparting more moisture. Innisfree’s Forest For Men Sebum & Trouble Zero Lotion is a gel-type product that’s derived from the native trees in the Gotjawal Forest in Jeju Island. It relieves the skin of fatigue and stress and absorbs excess oil and sebum which may cause pimples and breakouts. It also has natural salicylic acid from willow bark extract that keeps your skin clean and reduces the risk for skin troubles.
Step Four: Moisturizer
Hydration is the key to skin that looks young and wrinkle-free. Applying moisturizer is the final step in a basic skincare routine. Moisturizers lock in moisture and help keep your skin soft and smooth. Try Innisfree’s Forest For Men Ultra All-In-One Cream – it’s a thick moisturizer formulated to reduce dryness, firm up the skin, and relieve itching for a softer, smoother face. This cream is quickly absorbed by the skin and dries down matte, and is suitable for all types of skin, including combination. For those looking for more of an anti-aging effect, try the Forest For Men Premium Cream. It whitens and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to the cedar leaf extract ingredients that provide vitamins and natural antioxidants.
Optional Step: Sunscreen
Harmful UV rays can be the cause of sun spots, premature aging, and discoloration of the skin. Protect yourself by using a dedicated sunscreen product, or using a moisturizer that includes sunscreen. Innisfree’s Forest For Men No Sebum Sunblock is SPF 50+, certified PA+++, and is enriched with bergamot extract that provides more than enough daily protection from the sun and harmful UV rays.
Adopting this 5-step skincare routine is a great move for men who want to maintain the youthful quality of their skin. You may have to go out of your way to keep this habit up at the beginning, but your skin will thank you for it in the years to come.