I am 42. I am in the sun at least 5 days per week (with sunscreen). I played sports as a kid (no sunscreen). My face is getting major lines, and although I spend very little time on my personal appearance, I am probably a little vain. I just had my first skin cancer cut out of my face, and although it was not too big or too bad, I now must go to the dermatologist every 6 months.
- I am not stoked about how I look (compared to my 30-year-old self…or even my 35 year old self).
- I am concerned about my health.
- I have never worried about any of this stuff before.
The term metrosexual was established, and I never thought of myself in that category. A great friend of mine who is a huge success in the finance world loves to get pedicures, manicures, eyebrow waxes, massages, etc. He is a great guy, but he is not me. I have never done any of those things, and I say that with pride.
That said, I am getting older, and I feel like I must do something. I am taking the next 6 months to explore all things skincare. I just learned that my skin is the largest organ in my body. I never thought of it that way. I better start taking care of it. So, I am going to explore this world of spas, dermatologists, estheticians, and anything else that might be helpful, and I will share my experiences.
I will be honest about my feelings and experiences as I stumble through the world of what I call taking care of my face/skin.
Now, if I don’t exactly know how I feel, it is probably because I am conflicted between my “tough guy” upbringing and my vanity. It is hard for me to share these things. I am a man. I am not supposed to care about the vanity, and I am a bit embarrassed. Additionally, I used to get showered, changed, etc. in about 10 minutes. I really don’t want to take more time getting ready. I can come up with all kinds of excuses as to why I should stop right here.
I am not a dermatologist. I am not very interested in this stuff. I am sure some of the stuff I am doing is not the best way to do it, but, for a guy who never did anything…anything is a step in the right direction. So here we go:
Day 1: After my new tattoos (scars) from the dermatologist, I have a new daily skincare regime. Here it is:
- Wake-up and drink a glass of water. I have been told by many people that adequate hydration really helps your skin look better and defend itself.
- Wash my face and neck (something I did not know was that my neck has been getting the worst abuse of all, because when I started putting sunscreen on my face, I neglected my neck). I use Cetaphil facial cleanser and warm (not hot) water in my shower or sink. I don’t have one of those fancy skin cleanser things, like these Clarisonic cleansers and brushes, because I am not quite ready for that level of commitment.
- Apply SPF 15 Keihl’s daily moisturizer/sunscreen
- Apply lotion to the rest of my body. Ok, this was a weird one for me. The last time I even saw people do this was my college locker room. All the black guys used Jergens lotion to keep their skin from getting “ashy”. Because I am not black, I never really had to worry about getting “ashy”. So, I forgot about any kind of moisturizer. If I ever showered right before bed, my skin would get dry and itchy. I never used any moisturizer and just figured it was me, and I needed to tough it out. Now, I apply body lotion to my body after every shower, and it feels great. My skin is never itchy, and I never knew that this would feel good.
Evening Before Bed:
- Wash my face (again) with Cetaphil facial cleanser.
- Apply Kiehl’s eye cream. Who knew that your eye skin is different from your other face skin?
- Apply Kieh’ls face cream.
- Once per week: Use prescription Retin-A followed by face cream. Retin-A is prescription only, so please check with your doctor before using it. I am using it only to help reduce wrinkles. Also, because I am in the sun so much, I only use it on a night when I am not going in the sun the next day.
- Apply moisturizer to the rest of my body.
That is it.
Other grooming stuff:
I shower every day. I like Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap to wash my body. I like the smell and feel of Sun Bum shampoo and conditioner. **The owners of Sun Bum are great people and our kids surf in the same surf contests. They also have several great sunscreen products. Check them out here. They are a big supporter of the youth surfing community in Southern California, and I love supporting their Company by buying their products.
I shave about 3-4 times per week, and I also use a Keihls aftershave moisturizing lotion after I shave.
I shave between my eyebrows about once per week to keep from looking like Anthony Davis.
I would never get a kiss from my wife if my nose looked like I was a fire-breathing dragon. I trim my nose, ear, and other unwanted hair with the Norelco Bodygroom hair trimmer.
Now that I write it all down, that is a lot of bullshit. I am not sure that it is worth it, but I’ll keep you posted.