Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you. Strangely enough, it’s considered the largest organ in the human body, right up there with the intestines, lungs, and liver. It serves many purposes, including acting as our first defense against germs and the environment, and converting sunlight to vitamin D.
So, this begs the question: Why aren’t men taking more care of their skin and embracing the many benefits of getting regular facials?
Getting a facial every month boasts a number of benefits and actually decreases your chances of having to dish out money for expensive procedures or products in the future. And, while we may not always admit it, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, an aging face is one of the most common insecurities men seek to correct.
When compared to more invasion, surgical anti-aging procedures, the humble facial doesn’t look all that pricey. But we get it. You probably still have your doubts, which is why we’re diving deep and extracting what you need to know about facials for men.
What is a facial?
A facial is essentially a multi-step skin treatment performed by a licensed professional and is designed to address your skin concerns. It usually involves cleansing, exfoliation, massage, extractions and a face mask.
And you might very well do those things at home already but think of it in the context of your care. Your at-home skincare treatment is like washing your car at home, whereas getting a facial is like going to the car wash and getting a power clean and your car detailed.
How often should I get a facial?
Most experts agree that you should have a professional facial every three to four weeks because that’s how long it takes your skin to move through the full life cycle of cell growth and exfoliation.
But if you can’t afford to spend the time or money to hit the spa table once a month, try for one at the change of seasons so that you’re starting the season fresh, and you prepare your skin for the environmental changes ahead. That means four times a year at least.
Why should I be getting regular facials?
Men have higher testosterone levels than women, which helps explain why men produce more oil which can lead to clogged pores.
Your pores can become clogged for any number of reasons, though – excess oil resulting from hormonal changes, dry skin, a build-up of dead skin cells or dirt and oil becoming stuck beneath the surface. And when not cleaned properly it will lead to blackheads.
Regular deep cleansing treatments and exfoliation play a very vital role in unclogging pores. Your pores need to be unclogged to prevent acne and scarring to the skin.
Other benefits from regular facials, include:
- A Smoother Shave. Whether it’s every day or every two weeks, the continuous dragging of a razor across facial skin can cause irritation which is not pleasant to anyone. Razor burn and inflammation are common consequences of shaving. A facial will deep clean bumps and soothe irritated skin. The smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shave. Facials will also rehydrate the skin, which will help to improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Helps Maintains Healthy Skin. New skin cells are produced every 28 days. In order to maintain healthy skin, the correct products and treatments should be done every 28 days in order to maintain healthy and vibrant skin. Facials are hugely beneficial for this.
- Can Slow Down Premature Aging. Collagen stimulation is the best way to slow down premature aging. Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) is an extremely good facial procedure to do if you want to maintain youthful skin. CIT incorporates micro-needling technology in order to remodel your skin and then a vitamin-rich pomegranate mask is applied to help soothe the skin.
- Improves Imperfections. Skin imperfections can be improved by using a range of advanced skin facials and peels. We all have those little imperfections that we don’t want, such as acne scars, blemishes, beauty spots and pigmentation and facials can help with that.