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Men's Skincare Myths

Myth: Men Have Thicker Skin

This one actually is true. In general, men have thicker, oilier skin than women. This leaves their skin well nourished and protected, and their skin is showing the effects of aging less visibly.

The pitfalls? Overly oily skin can lead to blackheads, breakouts, or just a greasy feel. Harsh soaps, daily shaving, unprotected exposure to sun, wind and cold will compromise male skin and take its toll. Skin can feel rough, dehydrated, blotchy - and look tired and dull.

Do you have to live with that? No way. A simple skincare routine targeted to your skin and lifestyle will keep your skin feeling great, and it will show.

Myth: Men Don't Need Skincare

Have you read the first paragraph? Men tend to ignore the necessity for proper skincare. But it doesn't have to be complicated. A cleanser that leaves the skin clean without stripping it of its protective barrier. An anti-oxidant rich hydrating lotion that replenishes moisture and combats cell damaging free-radicals from exposure to sun, pollution and stress.

Outdoors a lot? SPF is a must. According to the American Academy of Dermatology one in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime: both UVA and UVB rays are carcenogens. Regardless of your skin tone, exposure to the sun increases the risk of cancer.

Every tan is the skin’s attempt to protect itself from the sun’s damaging rays. Even if the skin doesn’t show a burn, the sun causes subvisual inflammation.

Reddening of the skin is a reaction to UVB ’burning’ rays alone – it tells you little about what damage UVA ‘aging’ rays are doing: UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are associated with wrinkling, leathering, sagging, and photo-aging. UVA rays penetrate not only clouds, but also glass.

Remember: the more time is spent outside, the more important it is to prevent ongoing skin damage. In fact, it is men over the age of 40 who spend the most time outdoors, and get the highest annual doses of UV rays.

Myth: Men Don't Care For Facials

A facial is not a fluffy hour in a beauty parlor. A professional skin treatment will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean, tight and calmed. Regular facials will help address specific concerns from battling breakouts to tackling the signs of aging and stressed-out skin. Look at it this way: while I work, you get to relax and look and feel good afterwards.

In my experience, once guys have come through the door, they are actually really good at switching off, relaxing, and giving into a little manpering. Go to and you are three clicks away from your first facial.

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