If you’ve been skipping out on skincare, it’s time to talk. Looking after your skin needn't be overwhelming or left to the ladies, caring for the skin is crucial to everyone's health. Our skin is our biggest organ and is vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution, dietary habits and, unfortunately, the sands of time.
Healthy skin not only looks good and stays looking good longer, but it also helps keep us free of diseases and infections, boosts blood circulation, regulates body temperature, helps filter out toxins and nourishes the skin. Well-nourished skin is healthy skin.
A big misconception is that men and women have different skin and therefore a daily skincare regimen should be left to women. These surprising facts from Fabric Skincare for men might make you realise that facial skincare is just as essential for men as it is for women:
Main Differences Between Male and Female Facial Skin
1. More active sebaceous glands and bigger pores
The most crucial difference is that men have more active sebaceous glands, which means more and larger pores. This means two main things: men’s facial skin is more prone to the effects of free radicals in the air (larger pores – bigger ‘doors’ to the skin) and the skin is oilier and shinier.
2. Signs of ageing come in a bang
Signs of ageing appear later for men, but when they do, they occur more quickly and more fully formed. So taking a preventative approach here is incredibly important. Don’t wait for your facial skin to start ageing, because at that point it’s already too late. Nourishing your facial skin regularly will diminish the appearance of ageing when it comes.
3. Shaving stresses the skin
Every shave removes the upper layer of skin cells, exposing ‘immature’ skin that is more sensitive to external factors. Over-sensitive skin demands more pronounced care. And if you’re thinking that growing or having a beard relieves you from skincare, it is totally the opposite. Having a full beard elicits a whole range of different challenges when it comes to facial skincare.
At Back 2 Nature we believe that proper skincare doesn’t have to be difficult or require a bunch of different products. It just needs to be a consistent part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth. A daily skincare routine for men should include cleansing your face, applying a daily moisturiser, and sunscreen. It may add a few extra minutes to the time you spend getting ready, but it is worth it.
Skincare Tips for Men
1. Choosing the right skincare products
Many of you might just reach for your go-to body wash and lather away, but that isn’t doing your facial skin any favours, our facial skin is much gentler and more temperamental than our body skin, thus it requires different care. What we need is a product that was designed especially for face cleansing like our Detoxifying Face Wash with Kaolin Clay, Rooibos and Tea tree, as well as a complimentary moisturiser like our Face Food - All Day Moisturiser that seals in hydration for optimal skin wellness. By moisturising damaged skin and applying a natural sunscreen like our Mineral sunshield or Active Zinc, you can protect your skin from not only ageing quickly but also from burning UVA and UVB rays that can cause sunburn, ageing and possibly lead to skin cancer.
We also know that most men want to stay away from overly 'feminine' or florally scents and packaging. The Back 2 Nature range is made up of all-natural ingredients free from artificial fragrances, so you can enjoy a natural fresh scent with packaging you'll be happy to have on display.
2. Be consistent
Consistency is key – it leads to results. Following a daily routine is crucial in achieving fresh and healthy facial skin. Just like you brush your teeth, take a shower, and eat breakfast every day, you need to take care of your skin consistently.
3. Use quality products
We’re not saying to buy the most expensive products on the market, but do a bit of research and purchase from a brand that you trust. It won’t hurt to check the ingredients list to make sure you’re using clean, toxin-free products. Your facial skin will thank you for that. At Back 2 Nature we have made sure to use only the best natural ingredients sourced as sustainably as possible and packed with the nutrients your skin's craving.