If you are a young bachelor who cares about their appearance, it can be a struggle finding and sticking to an affordable skin care regiment that actually provides results.
Most of the heavily advertised products are simply too expensive and if you’re under 25 odds are you are spending most of your money on dates, drinks, food, and (if you are smart) investing in yourself.
So we aren’t going to try and sell you some crazy “anti-aging” cream or “miracle lotion” but what we do have is a tried and true set of mostly natural options you can buy at your local grocery store for a few bucks.
The first step to any good skin care regimen is a solid facial wash that will cleanse your skin of dirt and grime and leave it feeling fresh and clean so that your toner and moisturizer can do their work.
Our personal favorite is an inexpensive bar of soap called Nubian Black African Soap. With a natural formula containing oats, aloe, and vitamin E, nubian black soap is perfect for skin of any type and will help clear up everything from eczema to acne.
With a four pack costing around $15 on amazon and each bar lasting more than a month, your total cost per month for your facial cleanser will come to around $4, almost one-tenth of the cost of a normal prescription acne cleanser!
If you have skin that is a little bit more prone to acne and you want something to target your zits a little more specifically, you can always try out the acne.org cleanser. Although we prefer the nubian soap, some of you may prefer a more pharmaceutical grade cleanser for your skin.
So now that your face is good and clean, it’s time to exfoliate the dead skin cells and remaining dirt and grime. To accomplish this, you have a homemade and store bought option.
The first option is a homemade coffee ground exfoliant. That’s right, coffee grounds baby! If you are brewing your coffee at home simply take the leftover grounds from your coffee each morning and toss them into a bowl.
Mix about 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds with a glug of olive oil and a dash of sea salt, mix it up and you are good to go. This accomplishes around a hundred different things with one mixture!
The caffeine in the coffee grounds will perk your skin up making it look and feel younger and more vibrant, the salt will exfoliate away the dead skin cells and leftover dirt particles.
The second option is simply to buy an all natural exfoliator from your local grocery store. We like Burt’s Bees exfoliators as they are gentle on the skin, made with great ingredients and make you feel great.
One of the simplest options for a great toner, outside of finding a cheap store bought option, is to mix apple cider vinegar and witch hazel.
While this may sound like some sort of weird old wive’s recipe, this mixture truly does work wonders.
The apple cider vinegar helps control the Ph of your skin and the witch hazel helps to “tone down” the harshness of the apple cider vinegar and leave you skin feeling tighter and clearer.
If you don’t want to walk around smelling like fish and chips, you can always just use this mixture at night and use a store bought option during the day.
While you certainly can find great at home options for moisturizers with different oils and other crazy concoctions, we have found that the easiest thing to do is simply to go with a cheap store bought one.
Our personal favorite is the Neutrogena Moisturizer for men. Not only does it work well to moisturize your face, but it also works well as an aftershave and contains sunscreen for UV protection.
Coming in at only $10 it’s a hard deal to beat and will last you for ages.
While the grooming market continues to try selling you $200 of crap that you don’t need, skin care is simple and straightforward. And when done properly; cheap.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to look good and with this guide, it will be even easier than you think.