Skincare for men – facial serums 101

Skincare for men - facial serums

Over the years, men’s opinion of themselves has changed dramatically. Maybe not for all men, but a large number are now paying more attention to their body, their fitness, clothes and their skin.

Whilst it is not all about appearance, you have to admit that feeling good about yourself gives you a big boost in life. So this brings us to skincare for men, because with so many men now heading off to cosmetic surgeons to help fight off the ravages of time, it’s about time that men got a handle on their skincare.

Facial serums for men

men's skincare - facial serumsYou might already of tried or be currently using men’s face lotion or a face moisturizer for men, but have you given any thought to facial serums?

If you don’t have your ear to the dermatology world, you might not have realized that the skincare industry absolutely loves facial serums, because they are so much better than moisturizers or lotions.

To begin with, serums are generally cheaper than men’s moisturizers or lotions and last a lot longer as well. So they are seriously cost effective right at the start.

The main reason that facial serums are so popular is that the size of the molecules are so much smaller than in either moisturizers or lotions. This means that serums can penetrate your skin better than these other formats and so work much better.

You can still use your men’s face cleanser, moisturizers or lotions, but including a facial serum before you moisturize can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your skin.

What type of facial serum is best for men?

facial serums for men - men's skincare productsFirst of all, don’t waste your money searching for men’s facial serums – because they are as common as hen’s teeth.

You might find a few facial serums that are marketed exclusively for men, but there if the ingredients are the same – there is no difference between facial serums for men and women.

So if you are looking for a facial serum, just go with the best facial serum you can find and don’t worry about it being marketed to women.

So having said that, there are 3 groups of facial serums that can easily be incorporated into your daily morning routine: a hyaluronic acid serum, a vitamin C serum or a glycolic acid serum.

Hyaluronic acid serum

Hyaluronic acid can hold more than 1000 times it’s own weight in water, so this is one of the best ingredients you can have in a facial serum, if you suffer from dry skin. 

The small sized molecules deliver a powerful punch of hydration deep within your skin’s tissues, re-hydrating your skin within days. Not only that, but as well as being a super hydrator, hyaluronic acid is essential for the production of collagen.

facial serums for men - men's skincareSo if your skin is looking tired and dry with a lack of definition (this happens as we become older), then a hyaluronic acid serum is the best serum for your problem.

You will definitely feel a big difference in the texture of your skin if you include a hyaluronic acid serum in your daily routine.

Another benefit of hyaluronic acid is that because it hydrates your skin and helps to stimulate the production of collagen, it also helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles – because it plumps up your skin. You just can’t beat hyaluronic acid for being an awesome serum that makes a huge difference to your skin.

FYI: Some serums have hyaluronic acid as their main active ingredient, other serums contain a variety of different ingredients, all of which will have a variety of positive effects on your skin. You can read more about the most popular facial serum ingredients in a previous postPopular Active Ingredients in Serums.

Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C serums are great for men who have sun damaged skin or skin that looks dull, tired and drawn. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which fights the damage caused by free radicals in foods, in air pollution and the sun’s UV rays.

ATAL hyaluronic acid serum is chocked full of vitamin CSo if you have a few sun spots or age spots, or your skin could do with brightening or simply looking fresher and healthier, then a vitamin C serum is perfect for your problem.

Antioxidants are also necessary in cellular repair and maintenance and in supporting our immune system. So with a vitamin C serum you have a a potent mix of nutrients, which help to reverse the signs of sun damage and give your skin a much more healthier look.

If your skin is both dry, tired looking and sun damaged, you can either use a combined hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum or you can use both. If you decide on using both serums, then use the hyaluronic acid in the morning and the vitamin C in the evening before you go to bed – because vitamin c makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Glycolic acid serum

Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliant, so these serums are perfect for acne prone skin or skin with large pores, blackheads or blocked, clogged pores. Some of these you can use daily, but some of the stronger concentrations need to be used less often – weekly or bi-weekly.

Whichever glycolic acid you decide to use, you will not regret your decision. These are awesome for removing the top layer of your skin’s dead cells and revealing the fresher, healthier skin lying underneath.

Their exfoliant properties also help to unclog blocked pores, remove blackheads and clear up acne. Men tend to have larger pores than women, particularly during their teens, so glycolic acid serums are perfect young boys in their teens who suffer from acne and large blackheads.

Just like vitamin C serums, glycolic acid serums make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you should always wear sunscreen during the time you are using this serum and for a few weeks afterwards as well – just to be on the safe side.

How do you use a facial serum?

These are a no-brainer – all you do is wash your face as normal and pat it dry. Leave your skin just a little bit damp and then massage a few drops of the serum into your face and neck. 

Most facial serums are very watery and come with a dropper delivery system. So put a drop of serum on your finger, massage it into your skin and then use another drop for the next area on your skin.

You should only use 3 or 4 drops at the most each time – so you can see how cost effective facial serums are, even if the serum you buy is one of the more expensive brands.

The serum will absorb into your skin very quickly and once it has been absorbed, you can follow up with your favorite men’s moisturizer.

Glycolic acid serums are very similar, just read the instructions that come with the serum – because the frequency of use will be different, depending on the concentration of glycolic acid in the serum.

Selecting the right facial serum for your skin

Don’t be put off because many of these facial serums are marketed to women. All this means is that they come in pretty packaging and lovely looking bottles. The serum works for both men and women, so make your decision based on the nature of your skin’s problem.

So if you have dry, dull looking skin – use a hyaluronic acid serum.

If you have sun damaged skin – use a vitamin C serum.

If you have acne prone skin, blocked pores or lots of blackheads – use a glycolic acid serum.

My top hyaluronic acid serum for men

Body Merry hyaluronic acid serumBody Merry hyaluronic acid serum is my top pick of the facial serums, because it contains the potent antioxidants – vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea, as well as jojoba oil, geranium oil, witch hazel and aloe vera.

It is also free from parabens, fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, skin irritants and alcohol, made in the USA, is not tested on animals and is suitable for vegans.

My top vitamin C serum for men

best vitamin c serum reviewsMy top vitamin C serum is the Nicci Marie Vitamin C Serum, which contains 20% vitamin C, which is a professional grade and the most effective percentage for maximum effect.

This serum comes as an airless pump dispenser, rather than a dropper system and is free from parabens and sulfates, made in the USA and is not tested on animals. It contains vitamin C, as well as hyaluronic acid and L-Arginine.

My top glycolic acid serum for men

Sublime Beauty Glycolic Acid Serum - alpha hydroxy acidMy top pick for the glycolic acid serums for men is by Sublime Beauty. This serum contains 2% glycolic acid and 3% salicylic acid and is suitable to be used frequently. 

This facial serum also contains aloe vera and witch hazel, and is free from parabens, bot tested on animals and made in the USA.

Facial serums are one of the best skincare products for men and with all of this information, you should have no problem in selecting the best men’s facial serum for your skin.

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