Skin care matters. Men and women, young and old alike, should know how to take care of their skin. It’s the biggest organ in the body. Not to mention, it protects your body from harmful things in the outside world such as moisture, heat, cold, germs, and toxic substances. It does a lot of work protecting you from possible health problems. So, why shouldn’t men be as concerned about their skin as women?
In this day and age, unless you’re a model or celebrity, you wouldn’t find plenty of men concerned about their skin. And what is that? Why do men feel that they have to take care of their skin as much as women do? Don’t they know what health problems they could be facing in the future if they don’t take care of their skin? The skincare routine experts demand men should follow isn’t as complicated as women’s. In fact, they only want men to do three things, which are the holy grail of skin care: clean their faces, moisturize, and apply face lotion with SPF during the daytime.
That Indestructible and Macho Feeling
Men don’t even go to the doctor until they’re feeling something or when they reach their mid-30s. For them, there’s no need for someone to tell them not to eat something or to go on a diet, or to drink a particular medicine. Men have a feeling of being indestructible and macho. The same goes for how they look at their skin care. They don’t need it because it isn’t manly to care about such things.
The lack of concern about skin care is due to how society dictated men should act. Think about your dads and granddads. Can you imagine them telling their sons to apply SPF before they go hunting or whatever activity men want to do in the past? Girls, on the other hand, will usually learn from their mothers (and even their fathers) not to stay too much under the sun and to clean their faces before going to sleep.
This difference brought men to where they are now: they don’t think skin care is that important that they have to spend on it, much less care about it. For them, showering is their version of skin care. As long as they clean their faces when they showed, they’re good to go. Why should they care about what the sun does to their skin, after all?
Why Men Should Invest in Skin Care?
Skin cancer, pimples, and wrinkles are some of the things that people are trying to prevent when they take care of their skin. Not only does having a proper skincare routine make you look younger and fresher, but it also protects you from a range of health problems. Plus, don’t you want to grow old gracefully? People who don’t take care of their skin are at risk of looking older than their actual age.
Prevent Sun Damage
The simplest reason why men should have a skincare regimen is to protect their skin from sun damage. When men don’t apply sun protection on their skin, they risk getting sunburned and developing dark spots and actinic keratosis. This could be dangerous at times. Some of these could be an early sign of skin cancer. Why would you risk such health problems in the future if simply applying sunblock will resolve them for you?
Women may be more concerned about having wrinkles, but that doesn’t mean that men shouldn’t. Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by the loss of collagen, that elasticity that creates supple and young-looking skin. There are many reasons for this, though the main reasons are age and sun exposure. Men should care about looking younger than their age or at least, their age.
Pimples, acne, and blackheads are due to excessive oil and bacteria in the pores. Most think they are just aesthetic, but these can be infectious, too. They can also physically hurt when inflamed. Not only that, but men surely want to look good, too, since studies showed they’re as vain as some women are. But how can they look good with blemishes on their faces? A standard skincare regimen is all they need to prevent these.
Some guys claim that they don’t have enough time to take care of their skin. If you have time to go to the gym and drink with your buddies, you should have time for a simple facial wash, moisturizer, and SPF. Skin care is not complicated. What’s complicated is facing a lot of skin problems now and in the future.