Should Men Get Facials? 3 Benefits Every Man Needs to Know.
A lot of men realise the benefits of getting a facial – man now make up 47 percent of spa-goers, up from 31 percent less than a decade ago. And it’s no wonder! Men’s skin is coarser, the pores are larger and the risk of sun damage is increased. If you’ve never had a facial before, soon you’ll find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering why you haven’t done this before. This experience is not only relaxing, but it also provides visible results.
Can you do it at home by yourself? Maybe to some extent. However, there are things you can’t get from your daily grooming routine – a professional esthetician can assess your skin’s needs and design a personalized skincare regimen for you.
What’s the difference between men’s and women’s facials?
Men’s facials are formulated to the unique needs of men’s skin. They deal with razor burn and ingrown hair, dullness, and sensitivity. Some target skin that’s been damaged by sun and wind, and some target acne or aging.
The basic steps of a facial include cleansing and analyzing your skin, exfoliating away dead skin cells, performing extractions to clear out clogged pores, and moisturizing to add a healthy, hydrated glow. Essential oils are usually infused with masculine scents (musk, cedar).
Benefit #1: No more blackheads and acne
Did you know that man’s skin is 25-percent thicker than women’s? It also tends to have larger pores and more oil which makes it prone to acne and blackheads. Clearing out your pores will prevent future breakdowns but it will also reduce your enlarged pores.
Eliminated blackheads at home might be tough because home care products typically only reduce clogged pores. However, most facials include a form of exfoliation using ultrasound or bio abrasion which is an effective form of microdermabrasion.
Benefit #2: Healthy skin
During your treatment, an esthetician will give you professional advice, skin tips, and tricks. You can take this knowledge home and apply it to your lifestyle. By doing so you might solve your skin issues in the long-run.
The esthetician knows and understands your skin type and its needs. He/She will point out you toward moisturizers, serums, and toners specifically formulated to male skin and its unique problems.
Benefit #3: Improved shaving experience
Shaving can cause razor burns, ingrown hairs, breakouts, and redness. Exfoliation prepares your skin to release ingrown hairs below the skin but it also removes dead skin cells which can improve the shaving experience. Think of it this way: the smoother the skin – the better
If you have a full beard and don’t want to lose it, keep in mind that the esthetician probably won’t work in that area. If you’re thinking about shaving, make sure you shave 24-48 hours prior to your facial for better results. Even your esthetician will appreciate it because touching the stubble can irritate the hands.
How Often Should You Get a Facial?
The frequency of your facials depends on your skin. It usually takes five or six weeks between the treatments and it takes about a month for skin cells to go through their entire life cycle. Make sure to establish a regular exfoliating routine at home so you’ll be able to go longer between facials.
Extra pro tips:
- Gentle exfoliation is recommended prior to shaving to reduce irritation
- Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to prevent building excessive dirt
- Don’t use scrubs/enzymes 3 to 5 days prior to your facial.