If you think a good sloughing is only for guys with dry, flaky skin, you've got it all wrong. Regular exfoliation should be a mainstay in any man's regimen. From reducing oil build-up to preventing wrinkles, getting rid of dead cells is essential for creating a clean canvas for your skincare products. Follow this easy three-step regimen for a happy, healthy, and younger-looking face.
1. Clean Out Your Pores
It's a fact: men's skin tends to be thicker and oilier than women's. Male hormones (called androgens) are responsible for oil production, and while they're present in both men and women, men have more (duh). That means dead skin cells accumulate at the surface of your skin in an extra-thick layer. Mix that with excess oil, and you have yourself one nasty cocktail.
Pro-Tip: Don't make things worse with a harsh, irritating cleanser. Try an acid-based exfoliator (yes, acids are good for your skin) like Jack Black DIY Power Peel two to three times a week to help clear skin and fade old spots. Ingredients like salicylic and glycolic acids are perfect for gently clearing away dead skin and keeping oil production in check.
Clockwise, from top left: Raw Materials Skin Grit, Billy Jealousy Liquidsand, and Jack Black DIY Power Peel.
2. Slough Before You Shave
The trick to getting a close shave sans ingrown hairs is to use a scrub right before you put a blade to your face. Raising your whiskers up keeps your razor from tugging at them and will get you a much smoother, less irritating shave.
Pro-Tip: We like Raw Materials Skin Grit, a fine-grained, all-natural scrub that gently loosens dead skin cells and grime from your face while lifting hairs away from the skin.
3. Exfoliate Away the Years
Wondering why your skin seems duller as you get older? Quick skin-cell turnover is responsible for bright, fresh-looking skin, but as we age, our cells don't turn over quite so fast. This means that sun damage, dark spots, and wrinkles start to rear their ugly heads. Exfoliating, however, is the way to turn back time.
Pro-Tip: Use a daily exfoliating cleanser with lactic acid like Billy Jealousy Liquidsand to help eliminate fine lines and sun damage, leaving skin with a youthful glow. It also helps the moisturizers and anti-aging serums you're applying after cleansing to penetrate your skin more deeply so you get better results.