“Dudes don’t get facials”.
That’s what he said… But as he ages like a fine red wine, resting peacefully in an Oaken barrel in the basement of a secret speakeasy, his opinions on what it means to be a “modern man” are ever evolving. Which means, actually yes, dudes DO get facials. All the time.
If your man hasn’t reached this point of modern man evolution, he might consider getting a facial as something a little too fussy for the likes of his rugged, manly skin. The spa slippers, soothing music and cucumber water might not appeal to him. And that’s OK. But the real motivation to get his skin handled by the pros is the same reason he has a mechanic work on his car: They’re so much better at it.
So, hear us out guys. Skin damage from your shave routine or the sun can’t be fixed with the soap and water you use every day. Redness fades, but the underlying problems don’t. In fact, probably more than the ladies, guys need facials, thanks to their coarser skin, larger pores, and increased chance of sun damage. (When’s the last time you put on sun screen?) Without further ado, I present to you, Longevity’s 5 Reasons why you, The Modern Man, should be getting regular facials.
1. Men Produce More Oil
Sorry, but she really IS looking at the blackheads on your nose. “In general, men have higher testosterone levels than women, which helps explain why men produce more oil,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
But, what’s a blackhead? To put it simply fellas, the skin on your nose is made up of hundreds of little holes called “pores”. When excess oil builds up, it sits in these holes and ends up looking black to the naked eye and can even lead to pimples. Most aestheticians will perform extractions during a facial, which is the very precise removal of oil and dirt that’s clogging pores. Do this yourself at home and risk serious skin damage, but in the right hands, the result is clean, clear skin. You end up looking less like a dirty golf ball and more like Sean Connery. Well hello, Monneypenny…
SIDE NOTE: Just because men produce more oil doesn’t mean all men have oily skin. Part of the reason facials are so effective is that aestheticians understand your skin type and its needs. For dry skin types, you’ll need a facial that leaves your skin hydrated and moisturized. “If you have oily skin, you will need a facial that decreases your shine, shrinks your pores and exfoliates your skin,” says Santa Monica-based dermatologist Ava Shamban.
2. You’ll Get a Smoother Shave
Whether it’s everyday or every two weeks, the continuous dragging of a razor across sensitive facial skin can cause irritation. Razor burn, inflammation and irritation from shaving over pimples are common consequences of shaving, says Dr. Zeichner. A facial will deep clean bumps and soothe irritated skin. The combination of exfoliation, steam, essential oils, masks, and moisturizers that an aesthetician typically applies will address and repair shaving’s negative side effects, like ingrown hairs. Facials loosen these hairs so they can be removed through extraction. This goes without saying, but the smoother your skin, the better and less painful your shave.
3. You know why George Clooney only gets better with age? Because he’s not afraid of a good facial. Ever heard of crow’s feet?
These are the wrinkles that extend horizontally from the corners of your eyes and are associated with age; old men have Crow’s Feet – GQ models do not. Regular facials include massage of the entire face, including the muscles around the eye. When these muscles are worked, they become more “taut” and toned, which lessens the contrast effect of Crow’s Feet.
Seems like the most obvious one, doesn’t it? Stress is a killer and we must do all that we can to avoid it. Plus, you never really get how much stress we hold in our faces until you have someone working on said face for 30 minutes. With regular facials you walk in, a pile of rocks – you leave, a melting candle. Enough said.
5. Relieves nasal allergies.
Most of us know that Oklahoma provides some of the worst allergenic conditions of any state in the country. Combat this with pressure-point therapy and massage of the sinuses that are a part of regular facials.
6. Learn a Thing or Two from the Pros
According to Dr. Shamban, estheticians use better, more effective products that aren’t sold over the counter. They can show you new techniques on how to apply products, the order in which to use them, and explain why. You can use this opportunity to ask questions. “What are you putting on my face?” “Why is that product going on first?” They will keep it as simple as you need. Every facial and follow up product is customized to what your skin needs!
Modern men try to get one every 6-8 weeks and look/feel better for it. By the time your facial is over, you won’t know if an hour has gone by or six, but you will know this: The way you look and feel will keep repeating the following truth: There is just no reason in the world to not do this. If you are a sports guy, you should do it. If you enjoy bow hunting and host fight clubs in your barn, you should do it. If you are a professional wrestler who attaches vipers to missiles and straps your missile-vipers to monster trucks and drives them through alligator-infested swamps, you should do it.
If what you’ve read above vibes with your sense of the “modern man”, I’d encourage you to check out what Longevity has to offer.
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