Skincare isn't Just for Women...It's for Men Too!
The first thing you need to know if you're a man who wants to get into the skincare game: Is your skin oily, dry, or a mixture of both?
I was scrolling the internet, which many of us often do, and I came across an article that caused quite an uproar. The article, “The Skincare Con,” argued that the quest for perfect skin is irrational and all the skincare brands are scamming women due to the fact that skin will never be “flawless.”
This article blew up all over Twitter and other social outlets, which resulted in a battle. A skincare war almost. Some agreed with the article stating that having skin without flaws is impossible and is a "want" society places on women. However, a majority of people disagreed with the article. A counter article even debated that dismissing skincare is condescending to women.
All this banter online was rather interesting to me. All the articles and comments were about skincare’s effect on women, whether it’s good or bad. However, none of the arguments mentioned men.
I’m aware that skincare products mostly target women as their demographic, but why not men as well? I believe skincare is a form of self-love and can be equally rewarding, as it is relaxing. So why isn’t it more universally targeted toward men in our society?
I could probably go off on a tangent regarding society’s obsession with masculinity and how harmful it can be toward men...but I won’t. At least not right now.
If you’re a man that is interested in investing in skincare but do not know where to start, here are three simple tips:
Find Out Your Skin Type
Is your skin oily, dry, or a mixture of both? Once you determine your skin type, it will become easier to purchase products to properly nourish your skin.
Invest in Sunblock
It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, sunblock is always great to have and put on your skin. Even if you are not outside, the sun's UV rays come through windows and could possibly damage your skin. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Wash and Moisturize Your Face Before Bed
Just like brushing your teeth, washing and moisturizing your face should become part of your nighttime routine. Wash your face with a cleanser (it doesn’t have to be fancy) and then apply your moisturizer. Your skin will thank you.
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