If you were asked, you would probably say facial treatments are luxuries that suit only women. We hate to break it to you, but that opinion is amiss, and here is why:
Facials are multi-step skin treatments designed to prevent premature skin ageing or treat skin conditions such as sensitivity, dryness, oiliness, acne, etc. How is this a luxury? And who says only women deserve clear and beautiful skin? Why can’t men have facials? No rules state that facials are taboo for men.
So back to the question, do men need facials?
Yes, men need facials just as much as women. Men’s skin is slightly different from women’s skin, which means that men have skin concerns that women don’t typically have to deal with.
Chances are that a lot of men do not understand what facials are about. So, what is a facial treatment?
A facial will start with a skin consultation where your skin will be analysed and when you can voice your concerns.
The first step of the facial will be the deep cleansing of your skin, including exfoliation and removing blackheads if necessary. This is followed by a relaxing massage, then a mask is applied to treat whatever skin concern/condition you may have, following which, a moisturiser is applied to complete the facial.
Now that you understand what facial entails, let’s see why facials are essential to keep your skin in top healthy condition.
Three Reasons Men Need Facials
1- Deep cleansing of your skin
The cleansing step is not just about removing impurities from your skin. The exfoliation step goes deeper and removes dead skin cells.
If you have blackheads, your therapist can extract them through manual extraction or by using a gentle peel.
Some men have issues with ingrown hair, and microdermabrasion might help hair come out.
2- Pore unclogging & reduction
Men have more testosterone than women. And they should because the hormone is primarily male. Testosterone stimulation means thicker, tougher skin with larger pore, and unfortunately, it also means more active sebaceous glands leading to oilier skin.
Now, combine the oil production with large pores, and you have more chances to get blackheads, clogged pores, and even pimples.
Fortunately, facials can help with the pores and oil. How?
First, facials unclog your pores. In other words, your skin will be free of dirt and impurities. As a result, you will be less likely to have issues like breakouts, pimples, and ingrown hair.
3- Self-esteem boost
After a facial, your skin will look fresher, younger and you will feel more relaxed.
Overall, your skin will attain a new level of glow and appearance. Who would not feel a boost of confidence with such radiant and healthy skin?
Furthermore, by having facials, you will learn a lot about skincare from the therapist who is doing your facial. In particular, you will learn:
- how to care for your skin
- diverse facial treatments that you may have to treat specific skin conditions
- how to use skincare products and differentiate which is best for your skin
In the end, your skin is the first thing people see about you, and you should know everything you can to keep it healthy. Having facials is one way to go about that!
How often should men get facials?
A facial once every 4 to 6 weeks should suffice to see and keep the best results.
At least, try to have one at the change of each season to keep your skin in good condition.