When it comes to keeping up appearances, most dudes want to look good without wasting a lot of time and money. They aren’t looking for full-on spa days and $1,000 facials. Nah. Dudes are on the hunt for quick, effective and reasonably priced solutions.
We feel you. And we got you.
That’s why we’re here with a collection of easy-as-hell, inexpensive hacks you can implement to stay looking fresh. No spa trip recommendations here. Nah, we’re catering to dudes DIYing charcoal face masks and getting on with our busy lives.
Without further ado, let’s get into it and suss out some simple solutions.
Soothe Your Tired Eyes
Do you look tired all the damn time? You need to rest up, dude. But in the meantime, you don’t need to wear that exhaustion all over your mug.
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Nix the bags and puffiness under your eyes with an under-eye gel that will make it look like you’re clocking a solid eight hours in bed every night.
Gel’s an easy fix. As far as sleep goes, good luck. Maybe try some meditation before you turn in.
Say Bye to Body Acne
When it comes to skincare, most dudes focus on the face. Of course, there’s a good reason for that. You don’t want to present a flaky, acne-riddled mug to the world. But body acne is a thing, too, and too many dudes simply accept those neck-down blemishes as a harsh fact of life.
But, dudes, the same tools that apply to battling acne on your face, apply to your body. You can all but relegate those frame zits to the dust bin with one simple hack: acne body wash.
Yeah, man. Forget the bar soap. Use a body wash with some acne-busting salicylic acid and you should be good to go.
Wash Your Face the Right Way
Are you frequently pondering how to go about washing your face? You think there’s some magic fix. First thing in the morning? Last thing before bed? Should you wash your face before or after you shower?
Dudes, the fact of the matter is this: It’s not that complicated. Wash your face twice a day with a proper face wash. And when you wash that mug, USE LUKEWARM WATER. Lukewarm is the ticket, man. When it comes to hacks, it doesn’t get easier. Take it from dermatologist Roberta Del Campo: “Warm water is always best, as hot can strip the skin of its natural oils and cold does not allow the pores to open to remove dirt.”
Don’t Let the Sun Toast You
Older folks don’t generally tote around a lot of skincare regrets, but when they do, it always comes back to this: They didn’t protect their skin from the sun.
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Dudes, you have to wear sunscreen.
Day in, day out, there’s nothing more important you can do for your skin than this: wear sunscreen. Lots of guys scoff at safety measures. If you count yourself among the scoffers, go ahead and click this link.
Sun damage leads to all sorts of unsightly damage. It can cause cancer, too.
So do future you a solid and implement this simple hack that can quite literally save your life and keep you from becoming a wrinkly prune before your time.
Ditch Your Dead Skin Cells
Your body sheds an insane number of dead skin cells every day. Some of those dead cells fall from your face and frame, flitting off into the ether. But scores upon scores upon scores of them hang out and clog up your pores. What happens when that happens?
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Your skin can look and feel a little rough, lose a little luster. But those dead skin cells can also lead to our number one skincare nemesis: acne.
Acne is a pain in the ass. What isn’t? Sloughing off those discarded skin cells. All you need to do is exfoliate a couple of times per week. Don’t overdo it. That can lead to skin irritation. And be sure to use separate scrubs for your face and frame.
Use the Right Products for Your Skin Type
Not all skin has the same needs. Some dudes are naturally greasy. Others tend to be dry. Some dudes are in between.
Determining your skin type is an absolute breeze. And once you know what you’re rocking, you can select products that are best suited for your face. Do it, my dude. Because if you’re using the wrong product for your skin type, the mistake will be clear because your skin won’t be.
While we’re on the topic, a note for dudes who tend to have oily skin (if this is you, you probably don’t need a test to tell you): YOU ALSO NEED TO MOISTURIZE. It can seem counterintuitive, but a moisturizer tailored for oily skin will keep your oil-producing sebaceous glands from going hog wild.
And why do you want to prevent hog-wild sebaceous glands? Because excessive oil production all but guarantees breakouts.