Let’s be honest, 2020 is not it. Together we have been through a surreal coronavirus global pandemic, a needed change of the justice system, and countless other historical events. Our skin can suffer from stress with normal everyday life, so imagine what’s going on with it now. Since Covid-19 has caused severe disruptions to our routine lives, millions of Americans have lost their jobs. We understand you or someone you know is suffering financially due to the pandemic. Your skin shouldn’t have to suffer too. Not to mention, it’s almost summer! With the less restricting laws allowing us more freedom to go out, it is time to impress again. First impressions are everything, you know that from your Tinder profile you made while in quarantine. Let us help you to illuminate with more confidence and achieve an increase of right swipes. Since so many of us are struggling financially and in our appearance, we have carefully created this list of an affordable skincare routine for men. Share it with friends or family in the same boat, help a brother out.
1. Exfoliate, Shave, & Wash
You read that heading and said “What? That's 3 steps in 1”. Keep reading, my curious little friend, and you will see how to achieve these 3 all in one go. The first thing you should do when you wake up after scrolling through your ex’s Instagram profile, is shave. This is a great natural and gentle way to exfoliate the skin. What does exfoliating actually mean or do, you ask? It is simply removing any excess oils, dirt, dead skin cells, and other harmful impurities. These are all the components of what causes acne and dull skin. We are all eager to get back outside and work off our gained 15 pounds from quarantine munchies. With the heat of the sun, the sweat dripping down your face, and wiping your sweat off your top lip, this promotes oil buildup and harmful bacteria to grow. It is important to mention the salt in our sweat can be a great natural exfoliator, as well. However, you must wash your face to avoid the piling up of acne-causing debris. So, after your workout, be sure to rinse off all the sweat from your face. Better yet, just take a shower, your roommates stuck with you will thank me later.
We want your lives to be easier after all the stress you are going through. This is why we recommend our Boldnine Shave While You Wash 2-in-1 Shaving Cream and Face Wash which is all natural, cruelty free, and priced under $15. This all natural dynamic duo is both a smooth shaving cream and a cleansing face wash. That knocks out 2 steps of an average skincare routine for men in 1 simple step. Don’t have a beard to shave or simply love your extra hair? No problem; this can be used alone, as just a face wash, by lathering it up and rinsing off with some water. The most noteworthy ingredients in this revolutionary product include Aloe, coconut extract, glycerin, and palmitic acid. These three power ingredients are what to look for in an effective skincare routine for men.
As you may know, Aloe is a highly-acclaimed plant for its healing abilities. Not only does it contain numerous healthy vitamins, but it is profoundly anti-inflammatory. When rubbing a sharp razor on the skin, inflammation is bound to happen, then, inviting razor burn to the party. However, the coconut extracts in this product work to prevent dryness and ingrown hairs. The Aloe in our Shave While you Wash will prevent any razor burn-inducing irritation. All you have to worry about it getting rid of those thick sideburns you grew out competing with the boys while bored in isolation. Now that we don’t have to worry about dryness and inflammation in our skincare routine, let's move on to how we can retain moisture in our skin with this carefully formulated product.
Glycerin is renowned for its abilities to halt or even to reverse aging. Since the sun is incredibly drying and a main factor of aging, it is important to be careful this summer. You think I’m scamming you by saying it reverses aging? Well take it from numerous plastic surgeons who mention, “[Skin] Barrier repair is best performed with the delivery of moisture through humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid...”. Our skin's barrier is extremely sensitive, yet is the shield between harmful impurities and our face. It is also responsible for producing moisture to avoiding dry, cracked skin. Dry skin is what causes premature wrinkles and fine lines to appear. I’m sure you’d much rather avoid playing the part of Benjamin Button in the sequel, so keep your skin moisturized and follow this skincare routine for dry skin.
Palmitic acid sounds scary, but it is actually your friend. Palmitic acid is known to remove excess oils and other free radicals all while retaining moisture to keep your skin's barrier resilient and healthy. Think of your face as the Earth. The pollution we create tears apart Earth’s barrier, or as you may know, Earth’s blanket. Until we start being more green, we are more vulnerable to harmful organisms, just like our skin with bacteria. According to The Derm Review, “It is also theorized that palmitic acid benefits the skin by helping to restore the skin’s natural barrier function”. Therefore, it is a no brainer to add and use our Boldnine Shave While you Wash 2 in 1 Shaving Cream and Face Wash to your skincare routine for optimal results in glowing, strong skin. Why cause more stress on yourself during this time when you can do two steps at once?
Another possible shaving cream to look into is The Art of Shaving Shaving Cream. With its classic barber shop looks, it is for those who like being adventurous and using a straight razor. The great thing about this cream is it can be used with a shaving brush. A shaving brush helps the hairs get lifted up, allowing for a closer shave. It also contains hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and coconut acid. These will keep the skin supple even after trimming your new quarantine caveman beard off. However, a con to this shaving cream is its thick consistency can feel tacky on the skin. One customer reported, “the gummy texture makes it impossible to run a blade through it efficiently”. If you cannot afford replacing your shaving blades or a brush to help the lather, this $23.72 shaving cream may not be the best fit.
2. The Serum Theorem
Don't worry, this has nothing to do with math. We just like witty rhymes here. However, although frequently overlooked, serums are an important part of any skincare routine for men. Harvard Medical School explains it perfectly when they say, “’A skin serum is not a moisturizer, like a lotion or cream’, says Dr. Abigail Waldman, instructor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. ‘Rather, they are highly concentrated formulations that are designed to sink into the skin quickly, delivering an intensive dose of ingredients that can address common skin complaints’”. Depending on your skin concern, you can find the correct serum to target that problem, or make a concoction of serums to target multiple problems. I’ll make it easy on you since that’s what Boldnine is all about. Since summer is approaching and our arch-nemesis, the sun, will be hitting us with its drying and aging UV rays, along with the pore-clogging oils it will make us sweat out, I will recommend some ingredients to help find a skincare routine for dry skin and aging, as well as tightening pores found in some serums.
First up, a skin care routine for dry skin and aging. These two go hand-in-hand. The reason the sun causes dry skin is because the UV rays are actively killing skin cells. This will cause our skin’s barrier to overwork itself as a means to protect, but ultimately result in thick, desert-like skin texture and irritation. Dry skin then leads to premature aging. Do you ever count how many chins you can make for fun? Let’s not add wrinkles to that weird flex. The reasoning behind dryness causing wrinkles and fine lines to appear, is because our skin is not as plump and will not bounce back like it did when filled with moisture. To understand how to prevent or even reverse aging, check out our blog, “10 Ways for Men to Impede Aging and Keep Skin Looking Young”. Now, a serum best to add in your skincare routine for dry and aging skin is one with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, Vitamin E, niacinamide, or glycolic acid. All of these components aid to providing and retaining moisture to the skin keeping it young and supple. The key word is “retain”. What good is a solution if it does not keep the problem from recurring?
The next serum to add in a skincare routine for men targeting gaping pores, is something we can all use this sweltering summer. Our pores are where bacteria breed to create acne or just dull-looking skin. When oils build up, it creates a film over the top layer of skin and makes it appear less vibrant. So, after properly cleansing the impurities out of our pores, it is important to make sure they close back up to avoid buildup again. Also, who wants giant craters in their face? According to Bustle, main ingredients to look for in serums for minimizing pores are “antioxidants like Vitamin C, retinols, or exfoliating acids” such as salicylic, lactic, glycolic. These acids are perfect when looking for a skincare routine for acne as they go deep under the pores to push out all the gunk but should be used in moderation to avoid any possible irritations. Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and is non-comedogenic, which prevents the production of oils that cause blackheads. So, if you’ve been looking to find skincare for acne, Vitamin C will soothe and reduce the inflammation it creates, prevent blackheads from popping out your nose, and even has the ability to reduce the appearance of scars. Retinol is a type of Vitamin A that removes dead skin cells, unclogging your pores, and resulting in clear, smooth skin. For more knowledge on how to minimize the appearance of your pores for an effective skincare routine, read our blog, “5 Easy Ways for Men to Minimize Large Pores (What Causes Them and How to Get Rid of Them)”.
Not to toot our own horn, but theBoldnine Energy on Your Face Moisturizer includes ingredients in both recommended serum types for dry and aging skin as well as open pores: hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, and Vitamin C being a key ingredient. We’ll talk more about that soon.
3. He Puts the Lotion in His Hands. He Puts the Lotion on His Skin.
I apologize for the creepy reference, but, moisturizing is important...I guess Buffalo Bill wasn’t all that crazy...just kidding…. We mentioned it multiple times, keeping the skin moisturized is the single most important part of a skincare routine to keeping you young and healthy. To reiterate, dry skin reduces the elasticity and creates premature fine lines and wrinkles. Many people with darker skin pigmentation often think they do not need to lather up in sunscreen since it is more difficult to burn. However, even on cloudy days, “up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and cause damage to your skin," according to QSun. Furthermore, the average person only looks for sunscreen with UVB protection. As mentioned in our blog, “10 Ways for Men to Impede Aging and Keep Skin Looking Young”, UVA protection is more looked into for anti aging prevention, as UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper, causing more long term effects. So, one should take both SPF and PA into consideration when looking for protection from the sun. Check out that blog to understand what level of PA to look for and why.
As mentioned before, sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging. The signs of aging can be short-term and/or long-term. Trust me, it is not worth flexing your abs at the beach over. Paula’s Choice Skincare claims, “The sun can dry out skin and deplete its levels of essential fatty acids, leaving skin looking and feeling dry, flaky and wrinkled, over time. Sun damage slows down the rate skin cell renewal, causing a build-up of old, dead skin cells that result in dull, congested skin.” As you can infer, this will just lead to more complications and have you wishing isolation was mandated for an even longer time so no one can see you.
Now, don’t just get any affordable priced moisturizer. It is crucial to invest in a soothing moisturizer with only healthy ingredients to strengthen your skin’s barrier. It is a plus to target problem areas. Since we said the summer heat will promote sweat in the pores and pimples from forming, one should indulge in a moisturizer that tightens pores. Remember how the Vitamin C in a serum can do that and how it is the main ingredient in our Boldnine Energy on Your Face Moisturizer? Ya, you’re welcome. An affordable priced moisturizer that is all-natural, cruelty-free, free of sulfates, parabens, and color additives, non comedogenic, non-greasy, filled only with healthy ingredients and for under $20 sounds unreal. The best part of it is, it is real and will be healing to your sunburnt skin. Along with all the other noteworthy ingredients, this affordable priced moisturizer has toning abilities to combat uneven skin tone. To add on to that, (I know, how much better can it get?) the Vitamin E, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and adenosine are all extremely powerful in keeping your face youthful and plump while remaining sensitive to the skin. In case you were not aware, hyaluronic acid has been a sought out ingredient in skincare routines. It is capable of repairing skin damage, reducing wrinkles, redness, and keeps skin supple yet tight. This is perfect for treating skin damage due to extended periods of exposure to the sun or treating razor burn. Niacinamide will also help to reduce inflammation and redness from acne or excessive dryness like eczema. And if you’ve been thinking about saving up to get Botox, don’t. This moisturizer contains an ingredient that has earned the title of the “natural Botox”. Acmella Oleracea extract has incredibly powerful anti aging benefits which relax facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient is an affordable way to reduce wrinkles and is highly recommended to add to your skincare routine. The ingredients in this moisturizer will have you prepared to take on the day.
Finding skincare with the best quality can be difficult to find, or just confusing with all those long words. Fear not; Boldnine did the homework for you. First up, the RUGGED & DAPPER Age & Damage Defense Face Moisturizer for Men has been a popular pick for a natural, simple moisturizer with only a few ingredients. This fragrance free moisturizer for men contains only natural and organic ingredients like jojoba oil, palm oil, green tea, and much more. The reason this is so good for the skin is because it will protect that barrier between impurities and our pores to prevent problems from emerging. Jojoba oil is commonly known to have healing abilities best for clearing up acne and dry patches. Similarly, palm oil is great for combatting dry skin and replenishing hydration. If you find your skin exceptionally dry this summer from all the heat sucking up every last drop of moisture, the jojoba oil and palm oil in this product may comfort your skin with a shield of protection and soothe it. Green tea isn’t just a tasty bubble tea flavor. In fact, it has been used for its healing properties for hundreds of years in traditional Chinese medicine. It is a natural anti-inflammatory with countless benefits. Some of the few are its abilities to reduce acne production, soothe any inflammation caused from dryness or razor burn, and even to help heal sunburn. Green tea is a powerful ingredient we recommend adding to any skincare routine for men. However, a downside of this moisturizer is that due to all the oils, it may feel very greasy to the skin. This is obviously something we want to avoid to prevent clogging pores, or even just the discomfort accompanied with it. After sweating out all day in the sun trying to burn off our new rolls, the last thing we want is to add even more grease to our faces.
Another product in high demand is the JACK BLACK Double-Duty Face Moisturizer. Not only is this an organic, cruelty-free moisturizer, but it also acts as a sunblock with broad-spectrum SPF 20, UVB, and UVA protection. It is not common to find a product with UVA protection, let alone with UVB protection as well. It contains blue algae extract which is becoming more and more popular in skincare and understandably so. Blue algae extract contains a bunch of hydrating and revitalizing antioxidants to keep the skin soft and hydrated. Another ocean-derived ingredient this moisturizer contains is sea parsley…I wonder how that would taste on some pizza. Sea parsley “contains a combination of naturally occurring vitamins (A & C) and minerals, which work together to soothe and help improve skin’s appearance” according to the Jack Black skincare’s website. All of these properties are great when looking to prevent skin damage from the sun while keeping the skin clear, radiant, and hydrated.
While these two products are vitalizing for the skin, this blog is also about affordability in a skincare routine for men. Boldnine products are made to be effective, affordable, and easy. None of the other products mentioned are for the low, affordable price under $20. For example, the RUGGED & DAPPER Age & Damage Defense Face Moisturizer for Men does contain healthy ingredients, yet it is priced at $24.95 for the same amount of product, 4.0 fl. Oz. and may leave your skin feeling more greasy than it was before. On the other hand, the JACK BLACK Double-Duty Face Moisturizer also contains a good amount of refreshing ingredients and SPF 20; however, it is marked at the high price of $28.00 for only 3.3 fl. Oz. For this list about affordable and effective skincare for men, the Boldnine Energy on Your Face Moisturizer, priced as low as $14.99, is the clear answer to all your skin problems and will make your life a little more easy-going.
To wrap this up, we cannot dictate what happens in the world. What we can dictate is our skincare routine and how we take care of our skin. This summer, it is crucial to keep sun exposure in mind. Even if you do not see the damages now, you may in the future. Even on cloudy days or with darker skin pigmentation, you are at risk of skin damage from the sun: the number one factor in premature aging. An effective skincare routine for men should involve exfoliating, adding serums in, and moisturizing. These are basic steps to follow in your new quarantine recovery skincare routine for men. Why spend your hard-earned money on expensive skincare products that do not even have many healthy ingredients when Boldnine makes your life easier, you healthier, and more confident for under $20? It’s a no-brainer. Spend your unemployment on essentials: food, water, and Boldnine skincare products for your new skincare routine to be ready to take on the rest of 2020.
Ariel Tenebruso, Marketing Assistant