Recently there has been more focus on the gendered nature of skincare. That it is only marketed as something available for women. But this is not the case. Skincare is a form of self care and hygiene, and therefore it is important for us all to take better care of our skin. In this blog, we will discuss the ways men can look after their skin and the various facial treatments available for those looking for more targeted treatments.
The different types of facial treatments
There are many different facial treatments available, regardless of gender. This, in turn, can be somewhat confusing for a newbie who is not sure about the types of treatment and what skin concerns each one targets.
Chemical peels are one of the most common facial treatments available and, due to the wide array of facial peels, there is a treatment for each skin concern such as a retinoid, vitamin A peel for those looking to tackle signs of premature ageing, declog the pores and reduce breakouts. A chemical peel works by applying the solution to the face, and the acid removes the top layer of the skin (a type of exfoliation) and encourages the growth of new skin cells, a fresh layer of skin.
Microdermabrasion is another common facial treatment which is an abrasive procedure which exfoliates the top layer of the skin, usually using crystals. This treatment can be beneficial for those looking to target fine lines, mild sun damage, the goal of this treatment is to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. A course of three to six treatments is usually recommended with microdermabrasion to see the full benefits and it can take up to three months to see results from the treatment.
Laser skin resurfacing is also a popular facial treatment in London. The treatment works by directing a laser beam onto the face skin targeting skin concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring. Much like microdermabrasion and chemical peels, laser resurfacing, as the name suggests, exfoliates and removes the outermost layer of the skin whilst encouraging collagen production and wound healing. Laser treatments come in the form of ablative and non-ablative treatments. Ablative works by removing the top layer, the epidermis, of the skin, exposing the dermis layer and encouraging new skin cells to develop on top. Whereas, non-ablative does not remove the epidermis layer but targets the dermis. This treatment is therefore more suitable for those with brown or black skin, due to the fact that darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation and discolouration with more aggressive treatments, such as ablative.
Why should a man take care of his face?
At the most basic level, a man should take care of his face for the sake of hygiene and maintaining good health. Just as washing your body is important, having a shower and cleaning your body, the same notion can be applied to the skin on your face. Through exercise, touching your face regularly, working in the city and being exposed to environmental pollution, all build up as sweat, oil and dirt on your face. Especially if you are working out regularly, sweating and/or working in the city exposed to air pollutants, then it is even more important to take care of your face. The skin on your face and neck can be the most sensitive parts of your skin and therefore deserve more attention and a consistent skincare routine which repairs current skin issues and protects against other skin concerns.
Furthermore, self-esteem issues due to skin concerns such as acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation, can also affect men, especially for young boys in their teens who are more prone to breaking out due to hormonal changes and fluctuations. This is all completely normal. However, the appearance of our skin can affect your mood and confidence. And therefore taking care of your face with a skincare routine by identifying the issues you are dealing with, whether that be sun damage, acne, scarring, dryness or oily skin which results in a shiny, and sometimes greasy, appearance, is the first step towards taking better care of yourself.
How can a man take care of his face?
Creating a consistent simple skincare routine is the first step to taking care of your face. A basic routine should consist of a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. It is recommended to use a separate moisturiser and sunscreen as the amount of sunscreen required to protect the face is usually a teaspoon size serving whereas you only need a dime-size amount of moisturiser.
Additionally, following a balanced and varied diet can aid in taking care of your skin by balancing hormone levels. By cutting down on highly processed foods and sugars, you may see improvements in your skin’s appearance, especially if your skin is prone to breaking out. Reduction in inflammation, spots, and uneven skin texture are all things which have been noted in patients who have turned to a more wholefoods orientated diet with less fried and sugary foods and drinks.
As mentioned above, wearing sunscreen daily and avoiding the sun at peak times (between 10am-4pm), seeking shade, is also a useful tip for those looking to take care of their face. This is due to the fact that the sun is the biggest factor in premature ageing and can also aggravate current skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. It is also important to avoid the sun, not simply for aesthetic external reasons, such as anti ageing, but also for internal health reasons, such as the increase in susceptibility to skin cancer. Thus, if you are spending time in the sun, topping up on sunscreen and wearing a hat to protect your face is the best way to go to lessen environmental aggravation to the skin and body overall.
What are the most effective facial treatments for men?
Osmosis Vitamin Infusion
The Osmosis Vitamin Infusion, also known as the Osmosis Rough Skin Facial, is the best facial treatment for those suffering from dry, dehydrated skin in need of added moisture and hydration. This treatment is also great for those seeking to resolve any current sun damage and protect against possible UV damage through the inclusion of a 2% vitamin A infusion. Vitamin A is known for its ability to protect against UV damage and slow signs of ageing. This treatment offers exfoliating benefits, removing the top epidermis layer of the skin to encourage new healthy cell growth and collagen production, healing current skin damage caused by environmental aggressors such as the sun. The Osmosis Vitamin Infusion is also a great treatment for those looking to relieve tensions and stresses built up in the face which can affect the blood flow to the skin. The lymphatic massage included in the treatment is great to relieve any pent up muscle tensions in the face and boost circulation and blood flow to the face.
PCA Facial Peel
This is a great choice for those looking to reduce the appearance of pores, uneven skin tone and texture such as fine lines and discolouration. This treatment contains an enzyme peel which works to shed and remove dead skin cells, built up oil and dirt deep in the pores and refine the appearance of pores and blackheads. This is followed by a 10% retinoid booster which encourages the skin’s cell turnover and collagen production which is key after a chemical peel shedding the outermost layer of the skin. Retinoid in this treatment also works to fade discolouration and promote a more even skin tone, providing an overall brighter and even appearance to the skin.
The key benefits of having a facial
A facial, especially regularly getting facials, can benefit the skin’s condition in many ways. Through regular facial treatment, the skin can become less congested of built up oil and dirt and therefore be less prone to breakouts. Therefore great for those who suffer from frequent breakouts and inflammation on the skin. Overall, a facial can be great for improving the skin’s texture and tone, reducing discolouration, enlarged pores, and the frequency of acne breakouts. More consistent treatments over time can reduce the appearance of issues such as fine lines and wrinkles and sun damage.
Should a man shave before a facial?
Shaving can leave the skin sensitive, red or irritated therefore it is advised to avoid shaving the day of a facial and instead aim to do so the day before your planned facial. If this is not possible, however, then leaving at least six to eight hours between shaving and having a facial treatment is recommended.
What is the best age to do facials?
There are some professionals who suggest starting as early as 14 with facial treatment, as this is the age when, due to hormonal changes, the body may react and we see common issues such as acne and sebum overproduction in the skin. However, the best age to start getting facials and creating a consistent skin care routine is now. There are different skin concerns that can appear at every age and therefore there is no concise age to declare as the best age. If you are dealing with more severe skin care concerns which cannot be treated through drugstore products in your current skincare routine, such as acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, persistent breakouts, then it may be an idea to find a dermatologist or skincare clinic and get professional advice on how best to take care of your skin.
How often should a man get facials?
It is recommended for a man to get facials every four to six weeks. If this is not possible then getting a facial with every seasonal change can also be beneficial to check in with your skin and analyse any changes to the skin’s moisture levels especially going into the more extreme colder and warmer months which can easily throw off the skin’s natural barrier.
I hope this blog has been a useful tool for understanding why it is important to start taking better care of your face and how easy it is for each of us to incorporate a little self care in to our daily lives in the form of a simple skin care routine which protects and repairs our skin from the daily stressors and aggressors we are all exposed to.
Author: Melody Day