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Why it is important for men to have a skincare routine

Why it is important for men to have a skincare routine

 

Men Need Skincare Too

Let’s get this straight — skincare is not exclusively reserved for women. Period. While the trends have been gradually shifting throughout the past years, the stigma associated with men using beauty products is still prevalent (in most communities). 

To build a sufficient skincare regimen that suits your needs and lifestyle, it’s essential to understand the WHYs and HOWs. Education is key. We get it, the world of skincare and beauty can be intimidating at first, so let us guide you through the process. Here at krio, we did a deep dive and combined our findings to make this journey easier for you. 

Do men and women have different skin?

Yes. It is scientifically proven that men’s skin is structurally different from women’s. Testosterone stimulation is what primarily determines the characteristics of male skin. Testosterone is a sex hormone found in all humans but considered to be a “male” hormone as a women’s system produces around 1/10th - 1/20th of the amount found in men’s bodies.

What are the characteristics of men’s skin?

Thickness 

One of the most prevalent distinctions between men’s and women’s skin is that guys most literally have thicker skin. The male epidermis is approximately 20-25% thicker than females. In addition to thickness, men’s skin is firmer. 

You might assume that thicker skin requires less attention as it’s naturally more resilient, but that’s a crude misconception.

Photo Credit: @terrellbritten

Photo Credit: @terrellbritten

Collagen Content

Thicker skin texture stems from higher collagen content, the most abundant protein in our bodies (it makes up 30% of the total protein mass). Collagen is an essential building block of the bones, muscles, and, of course, skin. The dermis (outermost layer of the skin), where collagen is stored, needs this protein to regenerate cells, remain firm, and maintain its structure. 

As humans age, collagen levels in our bodies irreparably decline. For men, collagen regression occurs at later stages, but it happens rapidly. So, don’t wait until the first wrinkles take the stage, consistently nourish your skin from a young age. It’s impossible to reverse aging, but with proper care, the process can be delayed.

Men have oily skin 

Men have oversized sebaceous glands. Simply, that means that males organically produce more sebum. Sebum is an oil generated by our bodies. It shields our skin and hair from moisture loss and environmental damage. Sebum keeps our bodies hydrated and healthy. 

Enlarged sebaceous glands lead to an excess of oil contributing to greasy skin and buildups. Nourished and dewy skin makes us appear youthful and radiant, but a waxy and oily face looks sloppy and ill. Plus, excess oil clogs pores. It is even more problematic for men since pores are larger and already accumulate more toxins and dirt from the environment. As a result, males experience frequent breakouts, whiteheads, and long-lasting skin issues such as acne even after puberty. 

Building a routine

First of all, keep in mind that an effective skin care regimen does not have to be complex and fancy - all you need is a solid foundation and consistency. As we know from African beauty - all that’s required is a minimal set of products that do wonders together. 

Step one: Cleansing

Reflect on this - every day, you brush your teeth in the morning and at bedtime, on autopilot. This habit has been embedded in our brains since early childhood. Maintaining oral hygiene, and perfect teeth is fundamental in our society. And just like your pearly whites require consistent cleaning to remain picture perfect and healthy, so does your skin. 

Why is cleansing important?

When you wash your face and body, you refresh the skin and let it breathe. Cleansing removes all of the accumulated dirt, sweat, extra oil, and environmental pollution which accumulates on the skin surface. If you neglect this step, it may potentially lead to dehydration, nasty breakouts, and poor complexion. 

Also, keep in mind, we are still wearing masks. That extra layer of the fabric increases the amount of moisture on your skin, eventually causing clogged pores and the dreaded “maskne”  

When should we wash the face?

According to specialists, it is necessary to wash your face and neck twice daily. Implement it as a part of your morning routine, and at the end of the day. For individuals prone to oily skin, a splash of water throughout the day is recommended to remove sweat, sebum, and unnecessary shine to refresh the appearance.

Cleansing should be the base of any skincare routine to prep the skin for the following steps. Once the epidermis is clean and fresh, it is easier for moisturizers and serums to penetrate the pores. Also, cleansing primes your skin for shaving by softening the hair.

What is the best cleanser to use? 

Generic bar soap won’t cut it...sorry, folks! Most commercial bar soaps contain harsh ingredients which cause dryness and irritation of the epidermis. We recommend opting for gentle formulas created with natural ingredients which suit your skin type and concerns.

Step two: Moisturising 

Men’s sebaceous glands produce more oil, so there is no need to invest in moisturizers, correct? No, absolutely NOT. Moisturising is an essential step in achieving that healthy, glowing look. As we age, our skin gets drier and loses elasticity, providing it with an extra boost of hydration can smooth out wrinkles and let you age more gracefully.

Should men moisturize? 

It sounds counterintuitive, but moisture reduces oil surplus. As explained previously, our bodies release sebum to hydrate and combat dryness. So, if you forgo applying moisturizers, you strip your skin of the essential nutrients and water supply. In response, sebaceous glands go into stress mode and overcompensate the lack of hydration by supplying excessive amounts of oil. As a result, you mutate into an oily-looking mess.

What are the effects of shaving?

On average an adult man shaves 20,000 times per lifetime, and 90% of men shave at least once daily. You use a razor each morning without realizing that it puts stress on the skin. As you trim down those naughty hairs, the lipid layer of the epidermis is disturbed as well. The epidermis is responsible for locking in hydration and nutrients. Putting a razor against your skin is a form of exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and prevents clogged pores. However, if done excessively it makes the skin too tender and prone to dryness. As a result, you suffer from ingrowns, redness, razor burn, and other irritations. 

Which moisturizer is the best? 

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Luckily, there’s an array of moisturizing products available on the shelves today. Before grabbing and tossing one in your shopping cart, learn about your skin type and concerns. For best results, choose natural products without harsh chemicals and toxins. Many of our male clients enjoy River No.2 Face Oil, it’s rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants, and has anti-inflammatory properties. For full-body hydration - Tacugama Body Oil is the winner in our books. Tacugama has a velvety, lightweight texture that provides long-lasting hydration without leaving a greasy residue. Bonus points to these products for their organic, mild aroma; so, they won’t clash with the scent of your favorite cologne. 

The neglected essential: Sunscreen 

Before we dive deeper, let’s get one thing straight - SUN PROTECTION IS NOT OPTIONAL. 

Certainly, bad habits such as smoking, overindulging in alcohol, an unbalanced diet harm our internal health and eventually appear on the skin. Environmental factors such as pollution, air quality, climate, etc. take a toll on our health as well. But the greatest enemy of a youthful, fresh appearance is the Sun. Over time, exposure to UV lights leads to irreparable skin damage, accelerates aging, and raises the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Photo credit: @itstaylorrashad

Photo credit: @itstaylorrashad

Does skin cancer affect the young? 

In the past decade, doctors all over the country reported a disturbing rise in skin cancer patients among young men, white males aged 15-39 appear to be the most vulnerable demographic. Guys which fall within these parameters are 60% more likely to die from melanoma than others. 

How can we protect the skin? 

In addition to applying sunscreen, routinely examine your skin for spots and any irregularities. Do not skip your annual screening at the doctor’s office. Even if you don’t experience any issues or notice any visible skin damage, yearly checkups are an absolute must. Among men, melanoma often occurs on hidden body areas like the back and around the scalp. If detected at an early stage, melanoma is highly treatable. 

When should we apply sunscreen? 

Every single day, 24/7,  7 days a week. (ok, maybe not at night) What we are trying to emphasize here is that the sun does not take days off. Rain or shine, we are exposed to UV radiation. Did you know that 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds? That’s why products with SPF must be applied daily. Sunscreen is not something you occasionally slap on at the beach or the golf course. 

Even if you spend hours behind the wheel, these sneaky sun rays penetrate through the windshield and run straight for your skin. 

Another misconception is that in the colder months applying sunscreen is unnecessary. Be honest, you don’t even consider applying sunscreen in the winter, do you? Well, we are about to burst your bubble: UV rays are harmful throughout the entire year. 

How to properly apply sunscreen? 

Photo Credit: @irontheworld

Photo Credit: @irontheworld

A tiny drop of sunscreen dabbed on the tip of your nose won’t cut it. First of all, be sure to cover all areas exposed to the sun; both on your face and the body. Most men don’t bother applying SPF on the ears, back of neck, lips, feet, and scalp, but these body parts are vulnerable to getting sun damage. 

One last comment - sunscreen is a necessity for everybody. Even if you “don’t burn easily”, have darker skin, and tend to spend little time outdoors. Applying and reapplying SPF is vital in avoiding sun-related problems and lowering your risk of developing skin cancer. 

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