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Natural Skincare for the Modern Man


medically reviewed by Dr Naveen Chandran

Dr Shahnaz Fathima A

Updated on November 17, 2023

How much experience do men have in the skincare department? Or is that a cliched thought? 

Today's modern men are equally embracing skincare as women. 

Let's explore a natural skincare routine for men in this blog.


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Understanding the Male Skin

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The first step to skin care for men is understanding the male skin. Women and men do not have the same skin. There are differences that must be understood before adopting any skin care regimen.

Thicker Texture

Male skin is known to be thicker than that of women. It also has a denser collagen network, which makes the skin firmer and less prone to sagging. This thick skin often proves to be an advantage for men as it often delays the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. It also means that the male skin is more resilient and can be less responsive to a skincare routine. 

Increased Oil production

The male skin tends to produce more oil. This is because of elevated levels of sebum in men. Sebum helps keep skin moisturized and hydrated. However, excessive production can cause various skin concerns. Men often face acne issues in their teenage years and early adulthood due to their oilier skin.

Common Skin Concerns Faced by Men

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Men do not get to escape from common skin issues. Like women, they also have to deal with skin problems often stemming from skincare habits, lifestyle or even genetics. 

Let's see what these concerns usually are.


Come teen years, and puberty shows up in various ways. Not just puberty, acne can tag along till early adulthood and even later. Excess oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria on the skin can cause acne in the form of blackheads or whiteheads and pimples.

Razor Burn

A common experience for men, razor burns happen, especially after shaving. They are characterized by redness, irritation or small red bumps on the skin. 

Signs of Ageing

Ageing affects everyone, and men are not exempt. Over time, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin can become more noticeable. Factors like sun exposure, smoking, and a lack of skin care can exacerbate these signs of ageing. 

Different Kinds of Skin

Dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin can pose various problems. Dry skin can cause flakiness and rough structure, oily skin can cause excessive shiny complexion with acne breakouts, sensitive skin can cause redness and irritation, and combination skin can deal with all the abovementioned issues. 

Given male skin's specific characteristics and concerns, it's crucial to tailor skincare routines to address these needs effectively. Natural skincare can be a game-changer, as it's gentle on the skin and doesn't contain harmful chemicals. 

The Essentials of Men's Skincare

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An effective skincare routine is a must-have if you wish to maintain healthy and radiant skin. A few basic key steps address the specific needs of the male skin. Let's dive deeper into what they are

Step 1 - Cleansing

The Why Behind It

The skin is constantly exposed to impurities, environmental pollutants, and its own oil production. This causes dirt and grime to accumulate on the face during the day. It's essential to eliminate this for the skin to breathe freely. 

How to Do It

Use gentle, natural cleanser morning and night. Apply the cleanser to damp skin, gently massaging in circular motions to ensure a thorough clean. Rinse with lukewarm water and dry your face with a towel.

Pro Tip - Use natural products like oatmeal or chickpea flour as a cleanser. 

Step 2 - Exfoliating

The Why Behind It

The skin sheds dead skin cells, which need to be removed. With exfoliation, you can get rid of the dead skin cells and unclog pores. It can also promote cell turnover. As men have thicker skin, exfoliation helps prevent dullness and a thick texture. 

How to Do It

Exfoliate only 2 - 3 times a week. Over-exfoliation can irritate the skin. Use an exfoliant with natural ingredients. Gently massage damp skin with the exfoliator in a circular motion, paying more attention to rough areas, then rinse thoroughly with water.

Pro Tip - A herbal scrub with Triphala can gently exfoliate, promoting skin renewal without irritating.

Step 3 - Moisturising

The Why Behind It

For hydrated and balanced skin, moisturizing is essential. It ensures that water is locked in to keep it healthy. Thicker male skin can benefit from the added hydration. 

How to Do It

Apply a natural face moisturizer morning and night after cleansing—ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and hyaluronic acid, which hydrate without clogging pores.

Pro Tip - An Ayurvedic face cream containing Aloe Vera and other herbs like Ashwagandha or Manjishtha can nourish and moisturize the skin.

Step 4 - Protecting

The Why Behind It

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays is crucial for preventing premature ageing and reducing the risk of skin cancer. This step is often overlooked but vital for maintaining youthful skin.

How to Do It

Apply a natural sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection every morning, even on cloudy days. This should be the final step in your morning skincare routine.

Pro Tip - A sunscreen enriched with Sandalwood can protect from the sun while keeping the skin calm.

Tips for Building a Skincare Regimen

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  1. Understand your skin type. Choose products that suit your skin. If you are still determining your skin type, seek help from a dermatologist.
  2. Keep your skincare routine simple. Refrain from overloading with too many products that can, in turn, cause harm to your skin.
  3. Ensure your routine is easy to follow every day. If you don't see immediate results, don't be discouraged. Being consistent will show up on your skin.
  4. Before introducing new products to your skincare regime, always patch-test them. 
  5. It's not just external products that play a role in skincare. A good diet, proper hydration and good sleep directly impact your skin.

Wrapping Up

Natural Skincare is a lifestyle choice that can improve the health and appearance of your skin. By understanding the unique characteristics of male skin, tailoring your skincare routine, and using natural and organic products, you can unlock the secrets to healthy and radiant skin. 

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