According to Mt. Sinai dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, wash your face twice-a-day — once in the morning and once at night. Men have a larger number of oil glands on the face and also oil glands that are larger in size compared to those in women, so the sweat and dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin can block pores and lead to a dull complexion or a greasy face. "If you were to miss one of those [morning or night], I think it's more important to wash your face in the evening because you'll want to get rid of the dirt, the oil, the sweat from the day before you go to sleep," Zeichner says. For men with more oily skin, look for a foaming cleanser that contains salicylic acid. For dry to normal skin, a hydrating cleanser that contains glycolic acid will work well.
"Oil content in the skin is a separate issue from water content and hydration," Zeichner add. "So you actually can have oily skin yet your skin can be lacking hydration." Use moisturizers on an as-needed basis if skin becomes dry, flaky, or itchy. But not everyone needs moisturizers. They're primers that improve hydration and skin barrier function, and also prevent irritation from other products, like acne medication.
Shaving is an interaction between the razor, the hair, and the skin, so it's important to make sure your face is well-hydrated and soft. Shave after a warm shower with the proper tools. "You may want to think about investing in a good shaving tool," Zeichner says. "There are huge peaks and valleys in the surface of your skin. It's not like shaving a piece of paper so you need to adjust to those contours."
Using aftershave will help keep the skin smooth and reduce irritation. Unlike classic aftershaves designed as antiseptics to prevent infection after cutting, aftershaves today are used as hydrating balms and no longer contain alcohol that burns the skin.
A small amount of trimming of nose hair and eyebrows will keep the face looking clean and groomed. Use a small pair of scissors to trim visible nose hairs in the mirror with your head slightly tilted back. It doesn't take much to mess up or misshape the eyebrows when trimming with a tweezer — less is more.
Pull hairs quickly and as close to the root as possible can help reduce pain. Avoid using a razor when tending to unibrow prevention, as the skin can become irritated. Ask your barber or hair dresser about the best way to shape your eyebrows with the structure of your face and haircut. Once he or she shows you, you can easily maintain that shape at home with a couple of quick tweezes each month.