Debbie Bernheim

You may have thought getting a facial as something a little too fussy. The soothing music, someone rubbing creams and oils on your face might not appeal to you. But the real impetus to get your skin handled by a professional is the same reason you have a mechanic work on your car: They can do it better than you can.

Sun damage, aging skin and shaving issues can’t be fixed with the soap and water. Redness fades, but the underlying problems don’t. It’s equally important for men to get facials thanks to their coarser skin, larger pores, and increased chance of sun damage. (Oh yeah, guys are usually more likely to skip that application of sunscreen.) Consider these 3-points for treating your face to a facial.

1. Men Have Oiler Skin
As a rule, men have higher testosterone levels than women, which helps explain why men produce more oil. When not cleaned properly, oil will clog your pores along with dead skin cells which lead to blackheads and pimples. Most estheticians will perform extractions during a facial, which is the very precise removal of oil and dirt that’s clogging your pores. Do this yourself at home and you can risk skin damage however, In the right hands the result is clean, clear and leaves you with healthy skin.

Just because men produce more oil doesn’t mean all men have oily skin. Part of the reason facials are so effective is that estheticians understand your skin type and its needs. For dry skin types, you’ll need a facial that leaves your skin hydrated, exfoliated and moisturized. Oily skin needs a facial that will decrease shine, shrink pores and exfoliate skin.

2. Would you like a Smoother Shave?
Whether it’s every day or every two weeks, the continuous dragging of a razor across sensitive facial skin can cause irritation in the form of razor burn, inflammation, and irritation. A facial will deep clean your pores and soothe irritated skin. The combination of exfoliation, essential oils, masks, and moisturizers that an esthetician typically applies will address shaving’s side effects and make your skin smoother and healthier than ever. The smoother your skin is, the better and less painful shaving will be. Even if you aren’t worried about wrinkles, this is one of the best reasons to slap on some moisturizer and sunscreen once or twice a day.

3. The Pros Can Teach You
As a rule estheticians in a Medical Facility 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 and how they will benefit you. Chances are you’ll be relaxed and feel like you’ve done something good for your body. You can use this opportunity to ask questions about the frequency of facials and what products are best suited for your skin type and outdoor activities.