Why Men Should Have A Skincare Routine
Hi guys! Today's topic is men's skincare: why men should be taking care of their skin; the differences between men and women's skincare; and some of my recommendations for a male skincare routine.
I think that most men overlook skincare. Obviously there are many who do not, probably some of you reading this now, actually. However it's not likely to be the first thing on your average butch lad's mind, and when I asked a few guys to help me out with this post they said no simply because it 'isn't manly', which I completely disagree with.
Men may have stronger skin than women and they may age more slowly than women but that does not mean that skincare should be overlooked. Not only could it improve their skin short-term but it will slow down the ageing process and improve the appearance of their skin in years to come. Also, something I think could be a good way to sway the man in your life to think about skincare is that it will improve their shaving routine. That means a closer shave, fewer ingrown hairs and less of a chance of snagging the skin.
There are a lot of things that men can do for their skincare routine such as serums, eye treatments, masks and all of the things us beauty lovers use. Realistically I don't think your lazy boyfriend is going to want to go the whole hog so I personally think that the absolute minimum for a skincare routine would be to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise.
I've picked out a few items which you could purchase for the man in your life (and yourself) which might tempt him into caring a bit more about his skin.
The first is the MAC Green Gel Cleanser*. This cleanser is perfect for all skin types and it's also perfect for both men and women. I thought this product would be good firstly because you can use it too (so if he gives up it is not money wasted) but also because the packaging is quite simple and I thought that might appeal to men. It has a refreshing and subtle scent which I think they would secretly love, and I think the fact it is foaming might make it a bit more exciting. Like trying to get a child to eat fruit. I've tried it out and liked it a lot - it certainly did do a good old cleanse. The only thing I will say is that if your water isn't hot enough, it won't foam as much. When I used it in the shower it foamed a lot more. I got a friend's brother to use it and he said that he liked the smell and also the texture of the product.
Cleansing is essential to any routine as it will get rid of all of the dirt and oils from the day. Just because they're not wearing makeup (which some may be) doesn't mean they don't need to cleanse! And a bar of soap is NOT a good thing if it isn't specifically designed for the face as it's just going to strip away all of the goodness and make matters worse.
Secondly in the routine I selected the Ritual Face No. 2 Gentle Face Scrub* which is an exfoliator specifically designed for shaving to get smooth skin, resulting in a much closer shave and smooth skin. It's not harsh at all and the exfoliating beads in it are very fine so it won't irritate the skin. It also has that typical male smell which I'm pretty sure would stick for a good few hours. This scrub is going to prevent those in-grown hairs in bearded areas and also help to remove any oil and dirt left behind after cleansing. Obviously I haven't tried this as I do not want to smell like a man but other than the smell I really liked the texture because it seemed so gentle and the beads are very fine. I will say that this one was a hit with the friend's brother who gave it a whirl! He was amazed at how soft his skin could feel.
Pictured: top - mac green gel cleanser, bottom - ritual face no. 2 gentle face scrub
Moisturiser is just as important as cleansing and exfoliating, even if your man has very oily skin. In fact, if you are a man with oily skin and you're not moisturising, the likelihood is that your skin is going to try to make up for the oils stripped away during cleansing (or washing your face with a bar of soap, or whatever you do) by producing more oil. It's a vicious cycle. Moisturiser will give you softer, smoother skin which will age more slowly than skin which is not moisturised. This should be an absolute essential in any routine, I think even above cleansing and exfoliating.
I also think that it would be a great idea to introduce them to some kind of cleansing system since that can make such a massive difference and I feel like if there was an electronic device involved men might be more inclined to do something with their skin. The one pictured is from Magnitone* and I think ties in nicely with the green theme of the skincare products but there are also many others out there such as this Clarisonic one. A cleansing system would be more of an extra to enhance a skincare routine rather than an absolute essential.
So those are all of my recommendations of products for male skincare and as much advice as I can give about why MEN SHOULD HAVE A SKINCARE ROUTINE! I don't know why some of them think it isn't manly because I don't think they'd say that if they understood how much of a difference it could make. There are so many products out there which are specifically designed for men and so many which are suitable for both men and women and I think men should start thinking about skincare more. House of Fraser have got a whole range of skincare products on their website or in-store which are perfect for men and I don't think there's any excuse for not looking at them!
So if you are a man or you have a boyfriend or brother or friend who doesn't have a skincare routine already, now is the perfect time to start! Skincare is NOT JUST FOR WOMEN! Hopefully this post helped you out.