Blog: 7 Ways Men Neglect Their Skin
17 August 2017
In the health industry, skincare used to be perceived as a predominantly female domain; just a few decades ago many men wouldn’t know what to do with an exfoliator, let alone where to find one in the shop. Thankfully attitudes have shifted over time and most men now take their skincare seriously.
As a spa that welcomes nearly 100,000 men through our doors every year*, we’re big supporters of men who take care of their health and wellbeing, especially their skin. After all, men’s skin is laid bare to stress, caffeine, pollution and the weather just like women’s. Here are seven common ways that men may mistreat their skin - along with suggested remedies from our expert therapists.
1. Bad shaving habits
While men are often prepared to spend good money on items like aftershave or cologne, they can be less diligent when it comes to replacing disposable razors, overusing them until the blades are blunt! The negative effects of overusing razors range from razor bumps to infection from those nasty bacteria laden blades.
Therapist’s fix: Replace disposable razors after 3-5 shaves. Thermae Bath Spa’s Vitality Facial for Men will also treat ingrown hairs and shaver rash.
2. Avoiding sunscreen
We all know sunscreen is necessary, and yet many of us still forget to apply it in the morning, especially in cooler weather when we are more likely to forget about harmful UV rays. Sustained exposure to sunlight without applying sunscreen can lead to wrinkles, pigmentation, a breakdown of collagen and elasticity, and increased melanoma risk.
Therapist’s fix: We’d advise using a daily moisturiser containing an SPF of at least 15, and a higher SPF when the UV index is high.
3. Not using a daily moisturiser
A moisturiser aims to achieve three objectives: Hydrate, Protect, and Renew. In short, this will make your skin look energized and firm, while protecting it from environmental toxins. Regularly applying moisturiser can reduce the signs of dry skin, especially during the winter months.
Therapist’s fix: Taking into account your skin type, research and purchase a daily moisturiser, preferably with an SPF.
4. Cleansing with soap and water
It might be the most straightforward way to wash while you’re using soap in the shower anyway, but washing the face with soap and water can irritate and even damage skin. This is because soap contains a higher pH than products that are formulated specifically for cleansing the face, so it has a drying effect, which is bad for the long-term health and look of the skin. On top of this, a high pH is optimum for bacteria breeding, which can lead to a build-up of impurities.
Therapist’s fix: With your skin type in mind, invest in a gentle cleanser to wash your skin.
5. Never exfoliating
Exfoliating helps remove the dead skin cells, revealing the fresher, younger cells below and restoring skin’s natural clarity and brightness. However beware of over exfoliating, as more than two times a week is too harsh for the skin and could strip it of its essential oils.
Therapist’s fix: Treat yourself to a Vitality Facial for Men offered by Thermae Bath Spa, which includes a thorough exfoliation using natural products. We also recommend investing in a suitable exfoliator for use at home. Make sure to cleanse your face before exfoliating to open the pores, and to moisturise afterwards.
6. Not knowing your skin type
Skin type – arguably the most crucial piece of information to know when formulating a skincare regime. Without knowing this, you’re in danger of purchasing and using the wrong products, and using the correct products is crucial in order to keep your skin happy and healthy. Make sure you research the best products for your skin type before you make a purchase.
Therapist’s fix: Find out if your skin is oily, normal, dry or a combination, and then purchase your products accordingly.
7. Neglecting the skin underneath your beard
Neglecting the skin underneath your beard can result in beard dandruff, or ‘beardruff’. This is one of the many nuisances of the bearded man’s life, especially in colder spells - it can come on very quickly and it’s not always easy to get rid of.
Therapist’s fix: Use a beard brush to exfoliate the skin underneath before cleansing. This will bring dandruff to the surface, making it easier to get rid of in the shower. Cleanse the beard, preferably with a lactic acid cleanser to further exfoliate any rough, callous bits of skin. Finally use a beard oil, which will nourish and condition the hair whilst hydrating the skin underneath and preventing future flaking.
At Thermae Bath Spa, we encourage all men to adopt a suitable skincare regime using the tips laid out above to treat your face with care and attention.
For an extra session of facial pampering, why not try our Vitality Facial for Men? This facial is designed specifically for men that care for their skin.
Please click here for more info on the full range of facials we offer.
*Last year out of 290,000 visitors to Thermae Bath Spa, 34% (98,600) were men
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