The Grooming Manual
As guys get older, they tend to wax nostalgic. They say things like, “Nothing lasts anymore.” Does that apply to your skincare products? How long do they actually last?
The answer depends on various factors - including the ingredients in the product itself, how it’s been stored, and how it’s been used. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting the most benefit from your men’s skincare products. And to avoid any issues (or lackluster results) from outdated products.
Check for Expiration Dates
Some skincare products - such as sunscreens - have active ingredients with specific expiration dates. Always check the date - both when you buy it and whenever you’re feeling doubtful about how old the bottle might be.
You may not find expiration dates on all common skincare products, such as face washes and moisturizers. In most cases, creams and lotions are good for up to one year after being opened.
Store Your Skincare Products Properly
You should always reseal your skincare products after using them. If they’re left open, they can be exposed to bacteria.
Skincare and grooming products do best when stored in cool, dry places. You don’t want them to be in the direct sunlight or to experience extreme temperatures that could alter the product’s ingredients, consistency, or effectiveness.
After you use a product, clean off the bottle or jar. This prevents any excess from collecting on the edges or at the opening. That way you won’t get dry, crusty chunks forming around the bottle. And the product will seal properly each time you close it, ensuring it lasts as long as possible.
Follow a Daily Skincare Routine
The best way to make sure you’re not using expired or out of date products is to follow a men’s daily skincare routine. That’s also the best way to get the results you want from your skincare products. Here’s an example:
Our Daily Advanced Face Care Routine includes three products:
To get the best results, you use the face wash and moisturizer twice daily in the morning and evening. Use the face scrub every other day in the morning. You don’t have to use much to enjoy the benefits of these products. You only need about a quarter’s size amount of each.
If you follow this routine daily, each product will last about two months. That’s much shorter than the maximum life of each, so there’s no concern about any of them expiring before you use them.
Consistency Is Key
A common mistake so many men make is not staying consistent with their skincare routines. Why is this such an issue?
You already know this, but a reminder is helpful: inconsistent efforts can only bring shoddy results. It applies in many areas of life - business, fitness, health, and yes, skincare.
Have you noticed that you have a few half used skincare products and can’t remember when you bought them? Maybe the issue is that you need to get into a better routine of taking care of your skin each day. Here are some ways to do it:
- Leave your skincare products out where you’ll see them each morning.
- Set an alarm or reminder on your phone to tell you to follow your skincare routine before you leave the house.
- Find skincare products for men you love. Ours have received thousands of five star reviews and are recommended by skincare and grooming experts.
- Focus on the results. Remember why you want to make skincare a priority. Think about the confidence boost you get, the youthful glow your skin takes on, and how satisfied you feel when you know you start and finish each day in a healthy, productive way.