Caring for Men’s skin and achieving an even complexion
Selfcare being a taboo is now a thing of the past. With Christmas and New Year round the corner, many of us might have become more aware of our appearance. Afterall, who would not want to look their best during the festive reason? There’s no secret that the easiest and most reliable way to look well rested and rejuvenated and full of energy is consistency.
If you’re looking a little dull and stressed, a few tips and recommendations from the team can help you or your man freshen up in time for the holiday season. Apart from the distinct physiological differences between men’s skin and women’s skin, it is also important to take into consideration the varying typical lifestyle choices made by men and women.
How does man’s skin differ?
In general, men have thicker skin and more active sebaceous glands (which explains for the genetically larger pore size). Men also have stronger facial muscles and hence often develop stronger expression lines despite having fewer fine lines. Oilier skin and facial hair or the shaving of facial hair can often also wreak havoc and cause acne outbreaks, closed comedones, irritation, and dehydration or dryness. It is worth noting that your skin can be oily while being dehydrated. Symptoms often manifest themselves as extremely oily skin while showing signs of irritation and tightness/dryness.
How do I take care of my skin without having too many products?
Admittedly, everyone’s skincare goals and expectations are different. Many men shy away from beauty counters for the fear of being pushed to purchase products they do not feel comfortable using. We firmly believe this should not be the case and that everyone should only use products they want to use and feel comfortable using.
An extensive or simple skincare routine can both produce satisfactory results depending on the individual’s expectations and skin type. The most important factor is using skincare products appropriate for your skin type and using them correctly.
We have curated a page featuring our recommendations for men. First and foremost, a cleanser formulated for facial skin is important as “soap” (often containing sodium laureth sulfate) is alkali and contains chemicals that strips the skin of its natural oils and hence, dries the skin and causes a pH imbalance. This can lead to inflammation which leads to acne, ageing, and could aggravate other skin conditions.
After cleansing, a serum and/or moisturizer should be used. This step dramatically improves your appearance by hydrating, plumping and protecting the skin. If your skin is oily, opt for a lighter weight moisturizer or use a hydrating serum.
Sunscreens are a must; up to 90% of visible ageing is caused by UV rays. Use a sunscreen everyday as sun damage is cumulative and manifests itself in ways you may not expect such as facial redness, dark spots(hyperpigmentation), broken veins and capillaries, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity, rough skin – yes, even enlarged pores.
Lastly, exfoliating can give you a fresher appearance. Be careful not to over exfoliate. Men have thicker skin and hence may be able to exfoliate more frequently, limit this to twice a week.
We have created a customised facial aimed at targeting men’s skin concerns. As part of every facial, we will first access your skin and more importantly, your skincare goals. Apart from working on your skin for the duration of the facial, we can also offer you further advise on caring for your skin at home to maintain the post facial results. In the long run, expect an improved skin appearance and a more even and refined complexion.