The week leading up to Father’s Day is Men’s Health Week. It takes place between June 13th and June 19th this year. Men’s Health Week draws attention to healthcare issues that may disproportionately affect men worldwide. It also aims to get men to become more aware of checking their health and acting on any concerns. One key area in which men may need to pay more attention is skincare. The skin is often overlooked, despite being the body’s largest organ. Though skin care is becoming increasingly important for many men, others still tend to ignore it altogether.
Do Men Have Different Skin?
Men and women do not have the same skin. The differences are due to changes in hormones in the body, for example, testosterone levels. The increased testosterone levels mean men have thicker, oilier skin and larger pores than women. These elements can create a host of problems that makes male skincare needs different. Testosterone triggers the sebaceous glands to produce excess sebum. This oil overload increases the opportunity for clogged pores as it combines with bacteria and debris on the skin. The buildup means men are more prone to breakouts if they do not correctly cleanse and exfoliate.
Along with the biological differences, problems for men’s skin also arise due to shaving. Shaving causes micro-tears in the skin every time the razor swipes across the face. This process puts men at a higher risk for irritation due to the added friction and stress on the skin. Skin irritation is more common if using a dull or old razor. A close shave, which some men have a preference for, also increases the chances of ingrown hairs. Facial hair is pulled and then snaps back below the surface, where it grows. Though shaving causes so many skin problems, having facial hair can be problematic too. Facial hair can lead to burning, hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone. These issues may develop as facial hair prevents a full coverage of SPF on the face. These problems are both uncomfortable and unattractive but can be solved.
The best way to look after your skin and prevent issues is to invest in a thorough, consistent skincare routine. Washing your face with a gel cleanser before shaving will help unclog pores and soften hairs for a better shave. Using a sharp, clean razor each time will also help to prevent any complications. Gently cleansing the face again after shaving and then applying a moisturiser and SPF is the best way to combat the irritation that may occur. The SkinBase Moisturiser with SPF is a great choice to minimise your skincare routine steps and keep your skin healthy. Your skincare products will penetrate the skin easier if you have regular Microdermabrasion treatments.
Microdermabrasion for Men
Exfoliation is a vital part of caring for male skin. Having a regular SkinBase Microdermabrasion treatment will ensure the skin is in its best condition. MD uses a stream of crystals to resurface the skin, remove dead skin cells and debris, and stimulate blood flow and collagen. The treatment will help the skin control excess sebum and clogged pores to prevent breakouts. As male skin is on average 25% thicker, it is also more prone to deeper wrinkles; rather than fine lines. As MD regenerates the skin and boosts collagen, it minimises deep lines and smooths skin. As well as helping with product absorption, MD will also help minimise the risks associated with shaving. The exfoliation process will decrease the chances of ingrown hairs and razor bumps, leaving fresh skin behind.