Why Do Men Need to Care for Their Facial Skin
You might think that men’s facial skin is more resilient than women’s, and that it has a sturdier protective layer. That might lead you to believe that you don’t really need to use facial skincare products – but you’re a bit misguided. Here’s why.
Men’s and women’s facial skin are different (and we’ll get to that in a second), but regardless, you need to care for your facial skin for the same reasons you need to care for your hair, your teeth, and your digestive system – because lack of care accelerates the effects of aging.
Our skin is a living tissue. It is vulnerable to harmful effects of air pollution, dietary habits and, unfortunately, to the passage of time. You should be relieved to know, however, that skincare products have a real, noticeable impact. They protect the skin, they boost blood circulation, and they are loaded with active ingredients, vitamins, and fatty acids that nourish the skin. Well-nourished skin is healthy skin. On top of that, today’s best formulated skincare products reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and spots.
The bottom line is that it is vital for men to take care of their facial skin if they want it to be healthy and look its best.
Main Differences Between Male and Female Facial Skin
These surprising facts might make you realize that facial skincare is just as essential for men as it is for women:
1. More active sebaceous glands and bigger pores
The most crucial difference is that men have more active sebaceous glands, which means more and larger pores. This means two main things: men’s facial skin is more prone to the effects of free radicals in the air (larger pores – bigger ‘doors’ to the skin) and the skin is oilier and shinier. That alone serves as a wakeup call for all men; you need to better protect your skin and get rid of excess oils.
2. Signs of aging come in a bang
Signs of aging appear later for men, but when they do, they occur more quickly and more fully formed. So taking a preventative approach here is incredibly important. Don’t wait for your facial skin to start aging, because at that point it’s already too late. Nourishing your facial skin on a regular basis will diminish the appearance of aging when it comes.
3. Shaving stresses the skin
Every shave removes the upper layer of skin cells, exposing ‘immature’ skin that is more sensitive to external factors. Over-sensitive skin demands more pronounced care. And if you’re thinking that growing or having a beard relieves you from skincare, it is totally the opposite. Having a full beard elicits a whole range of different challenges when it comes to facial skincare.
The First Step: Making the Right Skincare Product Choices
Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated, but you do need to pick the right products for your routine to be effective. We all wash our face, but few of us do it with the right product. Many of us might just reach for our go-to body wash and lather away, but that isn’t doing our facial skin any favors – it’s only drying it out. What we need is a product that was designed especially for face cleansing, as well as a complimentary moisturizer that seals in hydration for optimal skin wellness.
Skincare Tips for Men
We’re not going to get into the nuts and bolts of how to apply the different skincare products. For that, please refer to our Tips for an Effortless Regimen post. Here we wish to cover a few more general skincare tips.
1. Care for your skin
It might sound obvious, but the road to skin wellness begins. If you care for your facial skin in any way, you’re half way there. The difference between using skincare products and not using them (meaning, just using your ‘regular’ body wash for your facial skin) is huge. Our facial skin is much gentler and more temperamental than our body skin, thus it requires different care. Choosing specialized men’s skincare products for your face sets the foundation for your skincare regimen.
2. Be consistent
Consistency is key – it leads to results. Following a daily routine is crucial in achieving a fresh and healthy facial skin. Just like you brush your teeth, take a shower, and eat breakfast every day, you need to take care of your skin on a consistent basis. Commit to it.
3. Use quality products
We’re not saying to buy the most expensive products on the market, but do a bit of research and purchase from a brand that you trust. It won’t hurt to check the ingredients list to make sure you’re using clean, toxin-free products. Your facial skin will thank you for that.
4. Use warm water to wash your skin before & after
Cold water causes your pores to contract and your blood vessels to tighten. Then, when you apply your face wash, the effectiveness of the active ingredients is downgraded because they aren’t able to absorb well. So even on those steamy summer days, work up the courage to wash your face with warm water, before and after applying your face wash.
The Essential Skincare Products for Men
Here at Fabric, we like to keep it simple. Our entire skincare methodology is built around a straightforward, easy-to-follow skincare regimen. So what is essential? Two things: Cleanse and Moisturize, or as we call it, Wash & Hydrate. You can do that easily with our Standard Set that includes our Honesty Face Wash and Integrity Moisturizer.
You need to clean your facial skin as thoroughly as possible and provide it with the nourishment it needs. Then you need to provide it with extra moisture to keep it from drying. Repeat once or twice daily for the best results. Washing and hydrating your facial skin is both essential and sufficient. It truly is all your skin needs.