Guide to Men’s Facials
Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you don’t need to care about your skin. Everyone’s skin, regardless of your gender, is important to take care of if you want to look and feel your best. An argument could even be made that men’s skin care is more important than women’s, since men’s skin tends to be oiler and more problematic.
One way to take care of your skin is to go to a professional and get a facial treatment. Facials are professional-grade skin care treatments that focus on the skin of the face, and are specialized for your particular skin type and specific concerns. They’re also relaxing, and a great way to treat yourself after a long work-week.
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Although you might find facials that are specific to men (like ours! Check out Athré Med Spa’s “MANdatory Facial”), most facials aren’t gender-specific. They are, however, skin-specific. Men typically face issues such as razor-burn, ingrown hairs, acne, and sensitivity, so this is what a facial for a man might target.
If you’re getting a men’s facial, the scents and essential oils used might have a more musky or masculine scent, such as cedar and amber rather than lavender or rose.
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During a facial, an esthetician will deeply cleanse your skin and then exfoliate. The exfoliation will get rid of dead skin cells, excess oil, and other debris that collects on the surface of your skin. Some facials will use steam to gently open your pores, before performing extractions to clear clogged pores, and often include massages and custom masks, scrubs, moisturizers, or other skin care products. Facials usually last between a half hour and a full 60 minutes, but it depends on the spa and service.
This is a great time to speak to your esthetician about which products would be best to incorporate into your everyday skin care routine, and any tips and tricks for specific concerns or beard-care.
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To Shave or Not to Shave
If you typically wear a full beard, don’t feel like you have to shave your face bare before your facial. A lot of the products your esthetician might use during your facial could even benefit your beard, making it shiny and soft, as well as protecting the skin underneath.
Skin care for beards differs from bare-faced skin care for men, since you need to think about razor burn, ingrown hairs, and other irritation caused by facial hair.
When to Schedule Your Facial
If you usually sport a clean face, make sure to shave the day before your facial rather than the day of your treatment to avoid irritation during your facial.
So you’ve gotten your facial and are a new convert to taking care of your manly skin — how often should you schedule the treatment? If you’re looking to incorporate these relaxing, rejuvenating facials into your routine, commit to booking a facial once a month. This will allow your skin cells to go through their life cycle and be ready for renewal.
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Athré Med Spa’s “MANdatory Facial”
Interested in trying out a men’s facial? Contact Athré Med Spa today and schedule our “MANdatory Facial”. This facial will deeply exfoliate and nourish your skin with our special formula of peptides and hyaluronic acids, and even helps the skin combat the adverse effects of aging! Visit our website for more info.
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