I answered this question on my main blog and I thought I’d put it here, since it really belongs here.
andrewschiver asks: I was going to ask you something on Skin Is In, but I noticed you haven’t done that in a while, so I’m going straight at you with this: I am a dude that knows nothing about makeup, and who doesn’t really want to LOOK like he knows anything about makeup. BUT ALSO, my skin is kind of a splotchy mess right now, and I really want something light that will help to even out my skin tone. Suggestions?
Ohmigod hi! Thanks for pointing out that I haven’t written on Skin Is In in a while. I’m the actual worst, and I’ve honest-to-god just been too busy to keep up on it. There are like, 30 unaddressed asks in that inbox. Le sigh.
I’m happy to help you with your dilemma on my much-more-frequently-updated blergh right here, though. Especially because you’re a dude.
To start, I’m going to ask you some really annoying questions right now:
- Do you drink enough water? (But really, do you?)
- Do you get enough sleep?
- What is your diet like? Do you eat enough raw produce (things that have vitamins) and nuts and fish and the like (things that have oils that are good for you)?
- Are you super-stressed out?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink a lot of alcohol?
- Do you wash your face before bed?
- Do you moisturize your face before bed and during the day?
- Do you wear sunscreen on your face when you’re outside for more than, like, 15 minutes?
- How often do you wash/change your pillowcases?
Yikes. That’s a lot of questions. What I’m trying to get at here is this: before you think about what product you should use to help your skin, you should really think about your lifestyle and habits, because they will have a far greater effect on your skin’s health and look than one product will. You want to make sure you’re drinking tons of water, getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night, eating lots of good-for-you food, not smoking, and not drinking excessive amounts constantly.
That’s all the inside-your-body stuff. Then there’s also the exterior stuff, the environmental factors. So many men don’t wash their faces before bed… because they don’t wear makeup. Which, I get. But when you’re out and about all day, there’s a lot of stuff that gets in your pores. Having dirt, oil, etc. in your pores and then sleeping all night with that in there is going to cause splotchy skin. Also, the dirtier your face is when you go to sleep, the more frequently you need to wash your pillowcases.
Be sure to wear sunscreen when you’re outside. Even if you don’t get a sunburn, the sun will cause your skin to look “uneven.” And, you want to make sure to moisturize your face after washing it, which leads me to this:
If you change even half of your bad habits (and I’m just assuming you have bad habits because everyone has them), you will be amazed at how different your skin looks. If you’re still having issues, you might want to use a toner after washing your face, before you moisturize. This can help even out your skin tone as well.
I have faith in you! Now go forth and have an awesome(r) face.