While we dislike gender assumptions as much as the next girl (who’s not into pink), it’s fair to assume that most guys don’t give two sh*ts about skin care. Are we right, or are we right?
Good news, guys: It’s nowhere near as annoying as you think—but it is important. And to help you get started on your mission to a clearer complexion and smoother skin, we’ve rounded up everything a regular guy needs to know for the best skin of his life.
1. Take the tissue test.
The key to picking the best products for your skin type is—wait for it—knowing your skin type. Fortunately, there’s a ridiculously easy way to ID it, known as the tissue test, says David E. Bank, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
Wash your face with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil, pat dry, and wait five minutes. Then hold a facial tissue to your face for a few minutes, and observe: If it’s bone dry, you’re probably on the dry-to-sensitive side, Banks says. If there’s oil on it, you’re oily (surprise!), and if it’s just a little moist, you’re somewhere in between—combination. Choose a cleanser accordingly.