4 Skincare Myths Men are Still Believing
“Men have skin too!” is what I have repeatedly preached to the men in my life. Why is it that men can remember to brush their teeth AM and PM without fail, but cannot remember to put on skincare? Up until the last few years a lot of men thought pedicures, manicures, facials, and other spa services are just for women. Well, guess what guys!? Those spa services not only feel heavenly, but they help keep your feet, hands, face, etc. looking and feeling their best!
I have noticed our guy clientele growing more and more in recent years and I hope this trend continues as more guys start to know a thing or two about skincare. No more using your wife or girlfriend’s products in the shower (and hopefully outside of the shower). Instead having a simplified routine specifically for your own skin needs, not your significant others. If you are still using old spice as your body AND face wash, listen up!
Myth 1: Face and body skin are the same.
Fact: Yes they are both skin, but no they are in fact different. The skin on your face produces more oil, is thinner, and ages quicker when not taken care of. Not to mention your face sees more sun and is exposed to other elements more than your body. Face products like facial cleansers, face SPF, facial moisturizers, facial scrubs all say “face/facial” on them for a reason. Body wash/bar of soap is way too drying for the face and can lead to irritation, redness, flaking and breakouts.
To simplify: Leave Body for the body and face for the face. We love Revision Skincare Gentle Cleansing Lotion as it is a hydrating cleanser that still deep cleans but you can also shave with it! Boom. Guys love a good 2-for-1.
Myth 2: If you have oily skin you don’t need to moisturize.
Fact: YES! You absolutely do. If you have skin, you need to moisturize! This myth is common across both men and women alike. Even I as a young acne prone oil slick teen was guilty of it! Thinking eh, wearing a moisturizer will only make me oilier. WRONG! Our oil glands are made to keep the skin balanced. If you skip the moisturizer you are stripping that skin of its natural oil and leaving it dry. Thus, having your oil glands produce more oil to compensate. More oil = more problems.
To simplify: Always follow up cleansing with moisturizing. If you have oily skin, use a thinner moisturizer. Something to balance and hydrate without leaving you feeling oily. We love Skinceuticles Daily Moisture. It’s a great light weight moisturizer that also helps minimize the appearance of pores. Genius!
Myth 3: Men age better than women
Fact: You wish! Although it may feel like it sometimes, especially when men get crow’s feet and they look distinguished yet us women just look tired and old. However, men tend to develop deeper wrinkles faster than women. Men in fact postpone the aging process longer because of their thicker and oiler skin, but when it does happen it occurs at an accelerated pace. Because of this, men are jumping on the skincare/self-care anti-aging bandwagon. Botox, Hydrafacials, and skincare are growing in popularity amongst men.
To simplify: Everyone wants to look their best for as long as possible. Preventative is easier than corrective. SPF is your BFF! Sun exposure is the leading cause of premature aging and is more common in Men as they tend to be outside more often. Get you an SPF that you like wearing every day instead of just when you are “going to be outside”. We love Revision Skincare Multiprotection SPF 50 as it is an anti-aging moisturizer with SPF! Making your morning routine simple with just one product! (after you cleanse of course)
Finally (my personal favorite) Myth 4: Aesthetic treatments are a girl’s thing.
Fact: I’ll say it louder this time for the people in the back, MEN HAVE SKIN TOO! You don’t have to have a 10 step Korean skincare routine or announce to the world that you get facials. You do however need to cleanse, moisturize, and use SPF. Just like your diet is 75% and working out is 25%, what you use on your skin at home is 75% and in office treatments are 25% of great results. Once you have mastered the routine of both brushing your teeth and doing your skin care AM and PM, you are ready for in office treatments.
To simplify: If you do not know where to start, let us help! With no judgement on what you are currently using, we can help guide you to products and/or treatments to keep you feelin’ fresh and youthful. We even help educate you on why you should not use certain products or how to use the products you do have. Seriously though, try the Hydrafacial. It is not “girly”, it feels amazing and you are in and out in 40 min!
I realize there are many more myths out there, but I could go on and on so I’ll leave it at this. Just because the packaging is black and says “MEN” on it, doesn’t mean you have to use it. Spas, Med Spas and Nail Salons are not just for women. We welcome everyone with open arms and are here ready to help you begin your skincare journey.