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The Ultimate Guide To Men’s Facials

"Where are you headed to?"

"I'm just going to get a facial"

"Why? Are you a woman?"

Or better still, "Are you Beyonce?"

You may have heard these a couple of times. People tend to think anything skincare-related is for women only. This is a very common misconception. Who made that rule anyway? Facials are for anyone and everyone. A facial is a series of skin care treatments for the face, which consists of cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extraction, moisturizing, peels, facial masks, and massages which can be done in beauty parlours, spas, or even at home.

Facials are very good for the skin whether you have skin problems or not. Facial treatments lift pollutants from the skin. It removes dead skin cells, which rejuvenate the skin and improves skin texture and tone. This results in brighter and more youthful skin. Let's not forget it is a way to de-stress and relax. So, if women can reap the benefits of facials, why can't men enjoy it too? Who says men can't have facials too?

Facial treatments should not be reserved for special occasions alone, neither should they be seen as a luxury. They should be incorporated into a regular skincare routine. Facials unlock a boatload of benefits for the skin. These benefits are not reserved for women alone. So, dear men, it is time to buckle up and up your skincare game.

With different types of facials that serve various purposes, it may be a bit confusing to know what works for you. But don't worry. This article is the ultimate guide to facials for men. So, if you want to improve your skin care regimen, read on.

Guide to Men’s Facials

We have already established that facials are not reserved for only women. Facials are for everyone. Just because you are a man does not mean you don't need to care for your skin. Skincare is very important both for women and men. We can even say that skincare is more important for men because men tend to have more problematic skin due to more oil production.

Facials for men typically include cleansing, exfoliating, steaming, extraction, face masks, toning, massage, and moisturizing. Let's take it one step at a time.

  1. Cleansing

The process of facial treatments begins with a deep cleansing of the pores. You need to start on a clean slate, and this is the function of cleansing. Cleansing the face removes sweat, makeup, dirt, excess oil, and impurities from the skin. It removes the buildup of unwanted debris from the skin. Cleansing is important to lift pollutants from the face.

  1. Exfoliation

This is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every thirty days or so to make room for new cells. Sometimes, the skin doesn't shed dead skin cells completely. This can result in dry, itchy, flaky, and clogged pores. Exfoliating unclogs pores and draws out impurities from the skin, which leaves the skin brighter and increases collagen production. Collagen promotes skin elasticity which minimizes skin sagging and the appearance of fine lines.

  1. Steaming

This is a very important step in the process of facial treatments. Steaming the face helps open up the pores. When your pores are open, your skin is fully optimized to receive the maximum benefits of facial treatments. Steaming the face opens up your pores, allowing the skin to release dead skin cells, bacteria, and other impurities that clog the pores. It releases sebum trapped in the skin.

Sebum is a natural oil that the sebaceous glands produce to lubricate the skin. When sebum gets trapped in the skin, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria which causes blackheads and acne.

Steaming cleanses the face by opening the pores to loosen buildup. Steaming softens blackheads which makes them easier to remove. It helps the skin absorb skincare products better and promotes better blood circulation, resulting in a healthy glow.

  1. Extraction

After steaming the face to open the pores, the next step is extraction. Extraction involves removing dirt and grime from the pores. Even though this process may be a bit uncomfortable for some people, it is so worth it. There are impurities and debris in the face like blackheads, sebum, whiteheads, and ingrown hairs. These have to come off the face. Though the extraction process may not be so comfortable, you'd definitely love the result. 

  1. Massage

A relaxing massage soothes the face. Any remaining dirt or debris on the face's surface will be removed with oils or other treatments suitable for your skin type or skin problem. These treatments soothe, heal and nourish the face. Massaging the face enhances circulation. This improved blood flow to the face leaves the face with a nice healthy glow.

  1. Face masks

Applying face masks to the face is a very important aspect of facials. Face masks penetrate the skin deeply to lift impurities while infusing the face with vitamins and nutrients to rejuvenate it. There are different types of face masks like clay masks, cream masks, and others. Any can be used. It just depends on your skin type or skin issue.

  1. Toning

When getting a facial, steam or warm water is used to open up the pores. When the pores are open, dirt can easily enter. To prevent this, the pores need to be closed. Toning tightens the pores. A toner is applied on the areas of the face that are acne-prone, like the forehead, nose, and cheeks. This tightens the pores, so dirt doesn't easily enter.

  1. Moisturizing

The final step of a facial is moisturizing. A deeply hydrating moisturizer will ensure that the skin is well hydrated. This will prevent the face from looking ashy and give it a supple glow. Don't forget eye cream. You need to hydrate the skin around your eyes to prevent or reduce the appearance of eye bags and fine lines.

Conclusion

This is everything you need to know about facials for men. Do take note that it is not advisable to shave before a facial treatment. This is because shaving would leave the skin sensitive due to the exfoliation that is done in the process of shaving.

So, now you know that facials aren't just for women, hormonal teens, celebs, or brides, feel free to indulge. Facials are for anyone who wants to have and maintain clean, clear, healthier, and younger-looking skin. So go ahead and implement facials in your skincare routine.