My 50th birthday has just come and gone so I thought that this would be a great time to reflect on what Ive learned in my first 50 years. While I've given a number of subjects a lot of thought, I'd like to share with you the most important things I've learned regarding men's skincare so here goes:
1) Men are lazy when it comes to their skin. Although men are lazy when it comes to a lot of things, they are especially lazy when it comes to skin care. They want simple, straight-forward products that work.
2) Not using products to protect and care for your skin does NOT make a man "more of a man"...it simply makes him stupid.
3) Even if your skin currently shows no sign of aging ...it will so get a jump on caring for your skin now. Just like planning for your retirement, investing in a good skin care regiment now, will pay off big dividends as you get older.
4) Eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, moisturizing daily and using SPF are simply the best things you can do for your skin.
5) Most mens skin care lines are simply ineffective and confusing. Find one that actually works and doesnt require you to use 20 of their products to see results (visit any major department store's men's skin care section and you'll know exactly what I mean).
6) If you've never used a body powder after showering, you don't know what you are missing.
7) Using the right razor along with a shaving gel that leaves your skin MORE moisturized than when you started, is the key to the unpleasant task of shaving.
8) Most of the sales people trying to sell you skin care are, just that, salespeople. They simply don't know much about what men truly need to take care of their skin (nor have they probably tried the products that they are trying to convince you to purchase).
9) Less is more. Find a few products that protect and care for your skin. You'll be more apt to stay with them.
10) Unlike your underwear, if you find a product line that works for you, don't think you have to change it regularly. If it works...it works. Remember: "new" does not always equal "more effective".
10a) Only use a product if it make you look / feel better about yourself. There is a certain confidence that you will gain when you know that you are using something that makes a difference.
It took me 50 years to come up with the list above and I hope that this knowledge is of some benefit to you.. I look forward to sharing my updated list with you in the year 2063.