How to Exfoliate as a Man and Why You Totally Should

               6  Tips  On How To Exfoliate As a Man

 

 1. Wash Your Face or Body with a Gentle Cleanser

It’s a common misconception that an exfoliator or facial scrub is also a cleanser, but the two serve different purposes. A cleanser clears away surface dirt, and oil from the skin, while an exfoliator scrubs deep into your pores.

Even though an exfoliator might lather, that doesn’t mean it can be used in place of a cleanser.

Also, the order in which you use these two products is important. Always cleanse before you exfoliate.

If you were to exfoliate before cleansing, the dirt and grease on the surface of your skin can get into the pores you just cleaned out, effectively doing nothing for your skin.

When you cleanse first, you remove surface-level dirt and debris, which gives the exfoliator better access to your pores and dead skin cells.

After this, you basically have a clean slate for the rest of your skincare routine to be maximally effective.

 2.  Apply Your Exfoliator

Now that you’ve cleansed your face, it’s time to exfoliate.

The method of using chemical and mechanical.

3.  Always Cleanse Before you Exfoliate

Your face needs to be clean before you exfoliate. Otherwise, excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells can get trapped in the pores you just cleaned out and cause acne breakouts or irritation.

4. Scrubbing too Hard

Many mechanical exfoliators are referred to as “face scrubs”, which gives the impression of a forceful scouring of your delicate visage. Don’t do this!

When you apply the exfoliator to your face in gentle, small circles, you don’t need to press at all. The abrasive material in the exfoliator will clear away unwanted particles just through the circular motion during application.

Scrubbing too hard can cause small cuts across your skin, which can lead to irritation and acne breakouts.

5. Exfoliating Too Often

Since exfoliating is a slightly rough process, you only need to do it once a week, or twice a week at most. Any more than this and you run the risk of damaging your skin, causing acne breakouts, or making your skin overproduce oil.

6. Avoid the Eye Area

When applying the exfoliator, avoid the eye area. The skin beneath your eyes is super delicate and can become easily irritated by exfoliation. Also, getting acid or microbeads in your eyes sounds like the opposite of fun.

Get Scrubbin’

Now that you know the massive benefits of exfoliating and the best ways to do it, there’s nothing standing between you and the youthful, glowing skin you’ve always wanted.

While adding an exfoliator to your skincare routine makes the whole routine longer, it’s well worth it, and you only have to do it once per week.

 

                          Why You Should Exfoliate As A Man

At one point or another I’ve dealt with just about every skin ailment under the sun.

High school was riddled with pimples and enough oil to call the Environmental Protection Agency, while college went as far as possible in the opposite direction to dry, papery skin.

Post-college, my skin normalized to a certain extent, but then came signs of premature aging and giant, black pores.

I had a decent skincare-routine at this point, but knew it was lacking some crucial element. We all have that one friend with skin that’s clear, bright, and enviably young, so I asked my token friend what his secret was.

His answer was simple: exfoliate.

I’d seen this 4 syllable word more times than I cared to admit, and like most of you, chose to ignore it and its potential benefits. At this point, I knew I needed to plug an exfoliator into my existing skincare routine, so I did some research to find the best possible product.

Want to find out how to exfoliate and which exfoliator you should be using? In this article, I’ve put together five reasons why men should exfoliate, and a few simple tips for how to do it right.

What Is an Exfoliator?

These abrasive materials are often plastic micro-beads, oatmeal, crystals, or some other type of grit, and when they’re rubbed onto your skin the friction removes dirt and unwanted particles. Hence, the designation as a ‘mechanical’ exfoliator.

Chemical exfoliators rely on gentle acids to strip away dead skin cells and debris, and I have to emphasize the fact that these are gentle. When my wife first told me she was basically pouring acid on her face to remove old skin, I can’t say that sounded like a fun time.

But don’t worry, you’re not going to end up looking like the Joker after he falls into a vat of hot acid. Chemical exfoliators are super effective at removing unwanted debris from the surface of your skin and promoting new, healthy skin growth.

There are some exfoliators that combine the best of both worlds and act as both a mechanical and chemical exfoliant. One which uses microcrystalline cellulose and a variety of gentle acids to clean and nourish your skin.

       5 Reasons Why All Men Should Exfoliate

1. To Remove Dirt and Debris from your Pores

The primary reason to use a chemical or mechanical exfoliator is to remove dirt and debris from your pores. While most of this happens at a microscopic level, sometimes it gets so bad that your pores can become enlarged and unsightly.

I’ve got a cartilage-heavy nose, and my pores used to be easily viewable because of the black gunk blocking them up. An exfoliator makes quick work of this issue.

If you struggle with frequent blackheads, exfoliators will help to break these open and clean away the dirt and oil. Even better, exfoliators prevent the formation of blackheads in the first place since your pores will be regularly scrubbed out.

2. It Helps Remove Dried, Dead Skin

Similar to dirt and debris being removed from your pores, it’s also important to remove dead skin particles from the surface of your skin. Not only can dead skin clog up your pores, it can also block moisturizers and serums from penetrating deep through the layers of skin to have the maximum positive effect.

Once you scrub away these dead skin cells, your skin is primed to absorb serums and moisturizers with maximum efficiency.

Additionally, dead skin often has a rough, dry texture. By removing these old skin cells, your skin will look clearer, less rough, and have a smoother texture.

3. Fewer Ingrown Hairs and Razor Bumps

If you’re like me, getting a close shave always comes at the risk of ingrown hairs and annoying razor bumps. Lucky for us, exfoliating can help with this too.

Especially in the case of mechanical exfoliators, the abrasive material helps to soften rough, hard skin that’s keeping hair trapped. Without these tough spots that keep hair below the surface, you should have noticeably fewer instances of ingrown hairs.

This isn’t exclusive to the face and neck region, either. Many exfoliators are meant for use on the face and body, so this benefit can be applied to ingrown hair problem areas anywhere you shave.

4. It Encourages the Growth of New, Healthy Skin

Another significant benefit of exfoliating is the growth of  healthy skin. Clearing away dead skin cells doesn’t just help to unclog your pores and improve the texture of your skin, it also triggers the skin’s regeneration process.

In many cases, this can mean clearer, younger-looking skin and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation is basically a manual kick to speed up our skin’s cellular turnover process, and these new skin cells help to soften signs of premature aging. When you combine these benefits with the optimized serum and moisturizer absorption that exfoliating also offers, it’s hard to pass up.

5. Men’s Skin is Thicker and Rougher than Women’s

As we’re all aware, men have this fun little hormone called testosterone that enables us to do really cool things like lift cars and look like muscular Greek statues, but also sometimes causes us to partake in acts of sheer stupidity. Case in point: the entire Jackass movie series.

When it comes to skincare, testosterone actually leads to thicker, rougher skin. On average, a man’s skin is 25% thicker than a woman’s, which can explain the ingrown hairs.

Exfoliating helps to break down unnecessarily rough, thick skin, leaving you smooth, softer skin that your partner will have a hard time keeping away from.

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