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How To Start a Skincare Routine

How To Start a Skincare Routine

How To Start a Skincare Routine



Hey dude, your skin is a train wreck, and chances are, it’s probably your fault. 

Sorry to hit you with a heavy truth bomb, but someone needed to say it. Patches of dry, flaky skin, oils spot, and breakouts are all characteristic skin signs that need a little more attention. 

Be honest, when was the last time you actually bought a skincare product that was made to help your skin look good, not just scrub away dirt?

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to start a skincare routine. It’s easy, and the team at Disco has you covered. 

We’ll cover what you need to know about your skin, why you need a skincare routine in the first place, and give you some recommendations for products that really work.

Why You Need a Skincare Routine

Besides the fact that every person needs to take care of their skin to keep it clean and healthy, there are a myriad of skin-related issues you can develop if you don’t take good care of your skin. Here are just a few.

Dry Skin

Dry skin happens when your skin is dehydrated in the deepest layers. It can also occur because you aren’t using the correct products. Some acne-treatment products can dry out your skin, leaving it peeling and chapped.

A skincare routine can ensure that your skin is not only being treated for any blemish-related issues you might have but also keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. 

Oily Skin

Oily skin is another skin issue when you don’t take good care of your skin. Surprisingly, oily skin is often due to dehydration, similar to dry skin. 

When your skin is seriously dehydrated, it sends a message to your sebaceous glands to go into overtime, producing more sebum (skin oil). That excess oil can make your skin feel greasy and can lead to breakouts. 

If you feel like your skin is already oily, you might be tempted to wash it more frequently, but don’t do it. Over-washing can have an adverse effect on your skin, making it oilier and causing more irritation. 


We all get them, but if you’re just riding the acne wave and not doing anything about your pimply skin, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to live with pimples, and ignoring them isn’t making them go away. 

The problem is, a lot of skincare products focus on drying the skin to prevent pimples. Sometimes this just doesn’t work. It can cause more irritation, more sebum production, and make your acne worse. 

The better way is to use a consistent skin routine with natural ingredients that work synergistically with your skin to help clear it, hydrate it, and clarify it. 

Skin Sensitivity

You’d never admit to being sensitive, but your skin definitely is. Redness, irritation, dryness, and itchy patches of sensitive skin can make it virtually impossible for you to get relief. 

Your skin remains uncomfortable no matter what you use, and if you have tried skincare products, you might have found them to be too harsh. 

It’s okay. You just picked the wrong ones. 

You probably grabbed a product from store shelves that was formulated for women and marketed to men. Most of the skincare products you find that claim to be made for men are often just repackaged women’s products. 

Never fear, Disco’s here. With a full lineup of easy-to-use products formulated to work perfectly with the pH balance of a man’s skin. 

Skincare Basics

At Disco, we like to keep it simple. We know you aren’t going to spend half an hour on your skin every day, even if you have the time to spare. As such, we made our skincare products:

  • Simple
  • Effective
  • Powerful
  • Fast

All the things you love about whiskey, but make it for your skin? Done. 

Here’s what you need to know about starting a skincare routine from scratch. 

Wash & Repeat (but Only Twice)

Washing your face is more than just grabbing the bar soap you use on your ass and sliding across your mug. Not only is it arguably not sanitary, but bar soap also doesn’t do your skin any favors. 

Soap can be drying and can cause your skin to become irritated. Instead, opt for a gentle cleanser that is formulated to cleanse your skin without stripping your skin barrier of moisture. Whatever you do, don’t wash your face more than twice a day. 

If you have an extra sweaty gym sesh, an extra wash won’t hurt. Just remember your skin can become dry or oily if you wash it too frequently. 

Disco’s Charcoal Face Cleanser Stick. Our face cleanser stick is easier than signing your name. Pop off the cap, slide it across your face, lather, and rinse. 

Our cleanser stick keeps your skin clean and hydrated with coconut oil, which has antimicrobial properties and helps balance your skin’s natural moisture levels. 

You’ll also get a good little dose of anti-aging with phytic acid, which helps accelerate the skin cell turnover process. Trust us, “Future You” will thank you for investing in your fine line and wrinkle treatment. 

Charcoal helps dive deep into pores to lift out the gunk that could clog them and cause blemishes. 


Yes, you need to exfoliate. No, exfoliation isn’t hard. Exfoliating simply means removing the top layer of dead skin cells and debris so that newer, healthier skin can take center stage. Exfoliating only needs to be done once or twice a week, and it’s a straightforward process. 

You can exfoliate at home with a scrub or with chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids, but make sure the scrub or gel you choose doesn’t contain harsh ingredients that could damage your skin. Some scrubs contain granules that are too large and can create microtears in your skin. Instead, opt for scrubs that contain small particles and hydrating ingredients. 

Disco’s Exfoliating Face Scrub. Our face scrub cleans away dead skin, dirt, and oil -- leaving your skin feeling as smooth as a freshly paved highway. 

We include aloe in our scrub to help keep your skin hydrated and soft while you’re exfoliating. Gentle papaya helps lift away dead skin particles while apricot oil hydrates and restores. 

The result? Skin that feels softer, looks sexier, and is entirely touchable. 


If we notice guys skipping out on one major step of their skincare routine, it’s this one. Guys will skip a moisturizer faster than they can cut a rep at the gym. 

Moisturizer isn't just for sensitive skin or dry skin. Seriously—no matter your skin type or specific skin concerns, moisturizer is a must. Your moisturizer keeps your skin deeply hydrated, works to improve your skin’s texture, and helps keep it protected from free radicals. 

Remember, even if you think your skin is oily, the real problem could be dry skin. Using a moisturizer that is specifically formulated to work with the pH balance of a man’s skin can help bring your natural moisture levels back into balance. Just slap on a moisturizer after cleansing, and kiss your oily t-zone goodbye. 

Disco’s Hydrating Face Lotion. Our lotion is easy to apply and absorbs lightning fast, so you can get out of the bathroom quicker and get on with your day. Hydrating vitamin E not only nourishes your skin and keeps it deeply moisturized, but it also helps condition your skin. 

Vitamin E

Got rough patches of skin that never seem to soften up? Vitamin E is an emollient that helps smooth over your skin, fill in cracks, and keep your skin incredibly soft. 

We also use macadamia nut oil in our hydrating face lotion. Macadamia nut oil is a plant-based oil that helps hydrate and fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Vitamin C in our lotion helps protect your face from free radicals (damaging particles that make you look old) and keep your skin looking bright and awake. 

You can grab all three of these products in our Starter Set and begin using a daily skincare routine that is fast and incredibly effective. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about harsh chemicals or toxins in our products. 

Our commitment is never to include ingredients in our skin-care products that could cause you harm. We wouldn’t do you like that. 


No skincare routine is complete without sunscreen. You need SPF to protect your skin from UV rays, help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, and keep your skin looking youthful. 

Sun damage from UVA and UVB rays can even cause dark spots or worsen hyperpigmentation on your forehead, cheeks, chin, and anywhere else. While sun damage doesn't show up until your 30s or 40s, you should start thinking about this stuff in your 20s or earlier.

Mineral sunscreens are safer and more effective, and Disco’s Mineral Sunblock gives you the protection you need without any strange, chemical ingredients you don’t.

Let’s Disco

Your skin may look like a train wreck now, but you can clean it up in no time. You don't need fancy eye creams, face masks, toner, or even a visit to a dermatologist to have sexy, touchable skin. Your skin-care regimen can be as low maintenance as you are and still pack one heck of a punch.

It’s easy and worth it to start a daily skincare routine, and you owe it to yourself (and honestly everyone who has to look at you) to take better care of your skin. 

There’s no better way to rescue your skin than by adopting a healthy skincare routine from Disco. 



Dry skin - Symptoms and causes | Mayo Clinic 

How to control oily skin | 

Acne: What you need to know | 


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