There's a common misconception amongst us men. Too many guys believe that face and body scrubs are best left to the opposite sex.
But this couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is, if you want clear, smooth skin - you need to exfoliate regularly. And that means embracing skin exfoliation for men.
And we're not just talking about your face. The skin on your body needs TLC too! This blog explains what face and body scrubs are and how to integrate regular exfoliation into your weekly grooming routine.
Should guys exfoliate their face?
In a word - yes.
Your skin is up to 30% thicker than women's and also produces more oil. Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped on the skin's surface, leading to clogged pores, dark spots, rough skin texture, wrinkles, dullness, dryness, and flaky skin.
Regular exfoliation removes these dead skin cells to reveal smoother and brighter skin.
Skin exfoliation for men benefits:
- Unclogs pores
- Reduces blackheads
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Softens fine lines and wrinkles
- Controls excess oil
- Brightens dull skin Improves overall tone
- Softens skin texture
- Irritates skin
- Causes breakouts
- Deprives your skin of its natural regeneration capability
When should men exfoliate?
As you age, the rate at which your body sheds dull and dead skin cells begins to slow down.
When you're younger, your skin will naturally renew itself every month. When you reach the age of 30, the process begins to slow down even more.
But it's never too late to start. If you notice your skin is dull and flaky - start exfoliating ASAP.
Should you exfoliate your face in the morning or night?
Exfoliate your face in the evening to clean your pores and remove accumulated dirt, pollution, and grime from the day.
How do men exfoliate their face?
Follow these steps:
- Use warm water to wet your face, ensuring complete coverage. Avoid hot water (it dries out your skin and scalds you, leaving your skin irritated and red).
- Apply a nickel-sized amount of your chosen face scrub onto the palm of your hand.
- Gently rub your hands together, spreading the scrub on both palms, then apply to your face and neck area.
- Massage the scrub into your skin gently in circular motions. Be careful not to rub too hard. If your skin moves, you're too rough!
- Gently rinse the scrub, being careful not to get any in your eyes or mouth.
- Pat your skin dry with a soft clean towel and continue with the rest of your skincare routine.
Do facial scrubs damage your skin?
Any men's face scrub that contains large, irregularly-shaped particles can damage your skin by causing micro-tears in its surface.
Examples of these particles include fruit pits, volcanic rock and plastic micro-beads.
What does a body scrub do?
A body scrub exfoliates the thicker skin below your neckline, leaving it smooth and soft. A good body scrub uses an abrasive material — usually sea salt or sugar — mixed with some massage oil.
Do body scrubs work?
Unlike our faces, we often neglect our bodies. Just like the skin cells on your face, the cells on your body regularly shed to reveal new, healthier skin underneath. Skin cell turnover slows as we get older.
The exfoliating granules in body scrubs help to scrub off dead skin. The rubbing action boosts circulation and helps clean your lymph nodes (which help your body fight infection) by increasing blood flow to the skin's surface.
Body scrubs also allow the moisturizer to soothe and hydrate your skin.
Do you use a body scrub before or after body wash?
Use a gentle, natural body wash or cleanser first to clean away the dirt and debris from the surface of your skin, then apply your body scrub.
How do men exfoliate their bodies?
- To avoid burning your skin, only shower with warm water. Warm water opens your pores, which maximizes the effectiveness of exfoliation.
- Apply a grape size amount of body scrub and massage it in circular motions, avoiding your face.
- Rinse and follow up with a body moisturizer.
Do not use a body scrub if your skin is irritated or you have sunburn or a rash. Use a gentle body wash and follow with a moisturizer or after sun to help your skin recover.
If you shave your body (for example, your chest, shoulders, or back), you may experience ingrown hairs. This happens when your hair grows back and gets stuck under dead skin cells.
To reduce the risk of ingrown hairs, exfoliate with body scrubs before shaving to avoid a stinging sensation on irritated skin.
How often should men exfoliate their bodies?
Use a body scrub two or three times a week to help remove dead skin cells that get trapped in your pores and to increase circulation and encourage cell turnover.