How to exfoliate – a man’s guide - Alpha Male Nation
One’s beauty care routine includes several steps. Exfoliation is one of them. Since it’s very important to include it in our beauty rituals, we’ll use our today’s post to cover the steps to follow when exfoliating. So, here’s our man’s guide to how to exfoliate.
Skin and taking care of it
Just like in the case of women, a man’s skin needs several various products and rituals in order to stay and look healthy. Before talking about exfoliation, it is very important to underline that one’s skin translates one’s eating habits and overall lifestyle. Therefore, in order to reveal a healthy skin, you need to take care of it from inside. This means making sure your get your daily dose of nutrients, you stay away from smoking, drinking and sleep-skipping or any other bad habits. Plus, regular exercising is part of a healthy lifestyle and your body will show it if you make it part of your schedule.
Besides paying attention to the above-mentioned, you must be careful with the beauty and skincare products you use. We’d recommend you go for natural ones and thus avoid using harmful ingredients. All the products you apply to your skin are absorbed and get into your body. The use of chemical-based products might come with side effects.
Exfoliation –what you need to know
Skin cells regenerate and new cells are formed in the lower layer of the skin. In time, these new cells gradually die and rise to the surface. This is when you get the dry, uneven and flaky skin and why exfoliation is needed. The exfoliating process removes the dead skin cells leaving you a fresher and younger skin.
Benefits of exfoliating
Exfoliating is just helping your skin regenerate easier and look better. Even if you go for daily face wash, your skin needs a deeper cleansing on a regular basis. Exposing yourself to toxins, dust and other such elements will lead to the accumulation of grime and the formation of black heads if your pores are open. A simple face wash won’t help you remove the grime. A face scrub will do that though leaving your skin cleaner and ready for your moisturizer.
Then, when there’s excessive sebum (natural oil of the skin), your skin will get spots and black heads easier because this sebum causes clogged pores. Clogged pores are very hospitable when it comes to spots, blemishes and black heads. Using a face scrub will unclog your pores and thus clean your face. Again, a simple face wash will only remove the dirt superficially.
Flaky skin is very much of a problem especially after you’ve tanned or during the cold season. Many of us tend to apply more moisturizer when this problem occurs. The thing to do is not moisturizing excessively but exfoliating. Through exfoliation you will remove those tiny bits of flaky skin and thus get an even skin. Once you’ve removed the flaky skin, apply the moisturizer and your skin should stay flake free for a while.
Exfoliating is a must pre-shaving treatment since it not only cleans your face but will also remove the dead skin cells which will result in a smoother shave. By exfoliating before shaving you will also prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs since this treatment will expose your facial hair cuticle.
Plus, removing dead skin cells will enhance tired aging skin. One’s skin repairs and regenerates once every 30 days or so. This process slows down a bit after the age of 30. When you exfoliate, you help your skin regenerate and you will get a younger and fresher look.
How to exfoliate
There’s nothing challenging about exfoliating. It’s as easy as 1, 2, and 3. Here’s what you have to do to get your skin one step closer to perfection and keep it clean:
- Start by washing your face with your favorite face wash. Rinse your skin using lukewarm water.
- Take a small amount of face scrub in your palms and apply it to your face.
- Now massage your face gently using circular motions for about a couple of minutes. You don’t need to be too hard as the composition of the face scrub will do its job, clean your face and remove dead skin cells.
- Once you’ve massaged your face for 1-2 minutes, rinse it with lukewarm water. Pat your face dry and apply the moisturizer as the skin might feel drier after exfoliation.
How often should I exfoliate?
Exfoliation should be part of any person’s beauty care routine. The frequency of it depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, you’ll need to exfoliate more often. People with sensitive skin should go for exfoliation more rarely. It is best to see your dermatologist and see what goes perfectly for your skin since too much exfoliating might make things worse.
The market offers a large variety of exfoliating products. Your dermatologist will help you pick the one that suits you best. If you don’t see your dermatologist and pick your exfoliate by yourself, make sure it’s one that matches your skin type. Follow the instructions on the product.
Remember that exfoliating is just one part of what beauty care routine involves. Make sure you take care of other steps like massaging your face, using a good moisturizer and other such things. Plus, don’t forget about the food you have and exercising. Smart food choices and sports activities will help you enjoy a more radiant and healthy skin.