Purpose and Benefit Of Scrubbing Your Face Regularly With An Exfoliator
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Your skin as you are aware, is a living organ that needs to be taken care of. Your skin is always in the process of constantly shedding dead skin cells to make way for new fresh ones.
Men’s skin is starkly different from that of a woman’s. While we elaborate on it a bit more in this post, to summarize, we naturally have far thicker skin and way more collagen than our female counterparts.
Unfortunately, since we do such a poor job taking care of our skin, we will begin to form wrinkles, get dark spots, and just generally will appear much more tired at a far earlier age than if we invested in a proper skin care routine.
When you exfoliate a few times a week, it acts as a process to rid your tough and thick skin of the dead skin cells remnants.
This release process of the old skin will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and give your skin a much more brighter and healthier glow.
But not only will it make you appear much brighter and healthier, there are a few other benefits you will realize when using an exfoliator:
Reduced Appearance Of Large Pores
When it comes to your face, and especially your nose, the build up of oil and dead skin cells will make your pores appear way larger than what they are (to the point that it almost looks like blackheads). When you exfoliate regularly, you should be able to shake these pores clean and ultimately get a much more even pore size appearance.
Reduce The Occurrence of General Acne
At the base of every one of your hair follicles, you have these tiny little ducts called sebaceous glands. These sebaceous glands excrete a natural oil called sebum oil. If your pore is clogged due to oil or dead skin cells, the sebum oil will back up and form a white head. Exfoliation can help to reduce this occurrence.
Therefore, men with mild to severe acne, may notice a drastic reduction with regular exfoliation.
A More Even Appearance To Your Skin
If you notice that in some parts of your face that look slightly more red or irritated than others, regular use of exfoliation may help to even out your skin tone for a more balanced look that will be pleasing to others.
Be sure to use an exfoliator that contains witch hazel or burdock root in order to evenly tone your skin.
How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Skin?
When it comes to exfoliating your face, most expert dermatologists recommend exfoliating anywhere between one and three times a week.
Too little exfoliation and you may not be doing an effective job at clearing out the dead skin cells from your face. Too much exfoliation and you run the risk of completely throwing off the natural balance of oils, skin cell growth, etc. on your face which may lead not only to irritation, but in severe cases severe dryness, redness, and perhaps even more sensitive skin.
Therefore, what we like to recommend men to do, especially when first trying out an exfoliator is to do it only once a week.
Chances are that it shouldn’t be too much for your skin to handle.
After doing it once a week for a couple of weeks, gradually work it up to two and then three times a week – just don’t go beyond this limit.
Other Steps To Proper Skin Care
While exfoliating regularly is key to a healthy looking face, there are other steps that you should consider when achieving the perfect skin care routine:
Using a wash that is specifically formulated for your face will be gentle on your skin while helping to maintain a fresh look between exfoliations. While there are some great multi-use body washes on the market, we do strongly recommend that you pick up a product that is designed specifically for your face for best results.
These products will be absent of any sort of pumice, walnut powder, and other fine materials that are slightly more abrasive in nature.
Face creams (or moisturizers) are responsible for making sure that your face looks healthy throughout the day. If you live in an urban area (i.e. NYC, LA, etc.), a face cream will help to ward off general environmental pollutants. If you are looking for additional protection, be sure to pick up a face cream that has SPF protection.
Your eyes are the insight to your soul (or at least I think I heard my mom say that before).
The skin around your eyes is even more delicate than the rest of your face. When you go out partying or are getting older (or both), they will be the first tell-tale signs to your health. To help ward off dark circles or crows feet, working a separate eye cream into your daily regimen is ideal.
Method To Scrubbing Your Face Thoroughly And Effectively
When it comes to the actual process of using an exfoliator on your face, it’s important that you don’t scrub in the same manner that you may be used to when scrubbing the rest of your body.
The adage ‘less is more’ rings true when it comes to exfoliators.
Since an exfoliators purpose is to get deep beneath the surface of your skin to jiggle dead skin cells free, you need to be sure that you don’t scrub too aggressively.
Scrubbing too much in any one application will likely lead to nasty side effects including dryness and irritation.
Remember: Exfoliators contain abrasive ingredients such as pumice (volcano rock) and will do more harm than good if you scrub too hard.
Therefore, when applying an exfoliator to your face in the morning or evening hours, you want to be sure that you apply it in a gentle and circular motion.
When it comes to the actual application of the exfoliator, men can use either their fingers or a loofah. Loofahs tend to provide a much more even application as opposed to your fingers – sure it may look feminine on your counter, but it gets the job done!
Once you are done applying your exfoliator, you will want to gently rinse off the solution with warm water and pat dry (don’t rub dry).