MEN ARE MUSCLING IN ON FACIALS
It is said Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but when it comes to wanting to take pride in our appearance, there’s a new Planet forming in the middle.
Men, just like women are concerned with issues like ageing, pigmentation, sensitivity, and acne, they always have been, but over the last 10 years it has been slowly becoming more acceptable for Men to talk about it.
Maybe not down the pub over a pint, but with a skin therapist. Trends in male plastic surgery also reflect these changes. Men are getting nipped and tucked more and more, but why now? Maybe it’s the social media effect, constant selfies and dating websites, This has put a pressure on men once only reserved for us women. The look of ‘Youth and Health’ are still the overriding factors when choosing a mate, or being seen as successful or powerful.
But before you book yourself in with a surgeon, there is a lot you can do without any scalpels and downtime. Step forward your Skin Therapist.
Forget the fluffy slippers and 3 sizes too small robe of old, Clinics and Spas now offer specific treatments just for men because men’s skin is different from women’s.
Skin damage from your shave routine or the sun can’t be fixed with the soap and water you need targeted products to help protect and restore the balance of oils. And with the fashion of more Men shunning the razor and embracing the facial hair, then cleansing your beard and skin properly is a must, (No woman finds a grubby looking beard attractive).
So taking all this into account PLUS Men are usually more likely to not use a sunscreen then probably more men need facials then women, thanks to their coarser skin, larger pores, hairy faces and increased chance of sun damage.
Why MEN need to see a specialist.
More Oil and Larger Pores
In general, men have higher testosterone levels than women, which helps explain why men seem to age better than women because they produce more oil. When not cleaned properly, oil will clog your pores and can lead to blackheads, which can lead to spots. Look for treatments that say deep cleanse or ask your skin therapist to do ‘extractions’ during a facial, which is the very precise removal of oil and dirt that’s clogging pores. Don’t try doing this yourself at home you risk scarring the skin.
Part of the reason why you should invest in seeing a professional (Just like a mechanic for your car) is that they will understand your skin type and its needs. For dry skin types, you’ll need a facial that leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized. If you have oily skin, you will need a facial that decreases your shine, shrinks your pores and exfoliates your skin.
The continuous dragging of a razor across the facial skin can cause irritation. Razor burn, inflammation, and irritation from shaving are all common place. A facial will deep clean bumps and soothe irritated skin. The combination of exfoliation, oils, masks, and moisturizers will address shaving’s side effects and make your skin smoother than ever. The smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shave. Even if you aren’t worried about wrinkles, this is one of the best reasons to slap on some moisturizer once or twice a day.
Learn From The Pros
Skin therapists or beauty therapists use higher strength, more effective products that can’t be picked up from the supermarket along with your 6 pack. The therapist will be able to recommend products bespoke to you and what your skin needs. They can show you techniques on how to apply products, the order in which to use them, and explain why. Use this opportunity to ask questions.
Looking after yourself and the health of your skin is not a one off affair. Commit to a facial every 4-6 weeks use professional products daily and you will be amazed at how you look and feel. We love Edward James spas in London website: www.edwardjameslondon.com | twitter: @ejlondonaveda
Totally top at home tips:
- Use a good cleanser at home. (No more soap and water). We like Moosehead, Australia’s number one male grooming brand has expanded its hugely successful range to include two new skincare products exclusive to Primark. Facewash £4 www.primark.com
- If you have facial hair use a sonic cleansing brush and a beard oil. We like The Ultimate Beard Oil For REAL Men by our fav’s The Bluebeards Revenge. This is what Tom Selleck’s moustache must smell like. £
- Routine. Twice a day. Cleanse, Moisture, Protect. We like Zenii’s Micronutrient Night Repair Cream to pack a powerful punch. £85.00 from www.zenii.co.uk
- Use a SPF everyday. We like Heliocare 360˚ Oil Free Gel £24.99 at www.facethefuture.co.uk
- Don’t forget to keep the body moisturised too. We like Nivea Rich Nourishing Cream which features twice the volume of natural almond oil – delivering superior nourishing abilities that leave skin incredibly soft upon first application. 400ml with pump RRSP: £5.99 from www.boots.com