When you think about skincare, the usual thought bubble includes women washing their faces, removing their makeup, and putting on face masks and other products that make them glow the morning after. But good skincare is also very important for men whose skin experience almost the same beating on a daily basis, if not more.

So if you’re one of those who haven’t started your skincare routine just yet, this is your guide:

Wash your face before you shave. If you’ve been wondering why your razor doesn’t glide well on your face, it could be because you haven’t washed it. Men are especially more prone to oily skin and that excess oil can cause your skin to be sticky, thus the difficulty in shaving. So before you take care of your beard, take care of your face first by washing it with water and your product of choice to make sure that it’s free of any oil and blockage that could irritate your pores and cause breakouts.

Prepare yourself for shaving. Some men shave their faces directly without using any shaving cream or mousse. But that’s actually very important because it keeps your skin protected and moisturised while you shave. Another great tip is to actually shave while you’re in the shower because the humidity will keep your pores open, making it easier to remove the hair and your skin is also moist for a smoother shave. Find products that work well for you and stick to them.

Invest in a good moisturiser. You may never understand your wife’s constant need for a good moisturiser, but you actually need it to. Experts say that men should moisturise day and night to keep their skin hydrated. Interior designer and TV judge Darren Palmer has this to say about his skincare routine with his husband Olivier Duvillard: “My favourite product for men is the Ultraceutical UV Daily Moisturiser SPF 50+. It’s the one thing that I tell straight up all people, if you’re using one thing at all then you have to pick this.”

Choose the right razor. The options for razors could be overwhelming. You have four blades, battery-powered blades, and just about any product you could think of promising to give you the best shave there is. But at the end of the day, it’s all about what type of facial hair you have. For instance, if you have sensitive skin that gets easily irritated by multiple shaves, a multi-blade razor is your best option. On the other hand, you should use a two-blade razor if you have ingrown hairs.

Finding the best skincare routine actually takes a lot of trial and error. Whether it’s in the products or techniques you use, you have to understand your skin first to know what will work best for you. It would also help to expand your knowledge on skincare and other self-care topics by reading blogs like Beauticate. You’ll be amazed at how much you could learn from high profile celebrities and personalities that you can apply in your own routine.