Men: It’s time you wash your face
We’ve all seen the plethora of skincare products our wives or girlfriends use lining the bathroom counter and wondered about our own scant personal hygiene arsenal. Is a toothbrush and deodorant enough? It’s been working fine so far. Turns out the answer is actually no, absolutely not. The skin on our faces for instance, is three-times thinner than the rest of our body. If you’re like some of us and use regular old bar soap or even body wash to clean the mug when you’re so inclined, you’re most likely suffering from dry skin. The squeaky clean feeling that follows after you’ve toweled off isn’t actually what a clean face should feel like, and is really the excess dryness that comes from totally stripping your skin’s moisture. Not yet convinced that washing your face should be part of your nightly routine? Read on.
- It’s a Harsh World
The environment is pretty terrible for your face. Dirt, bacteria, and other pollutants stick to your skin’s surface throughout the day and if you don’t wash regularly, these impurities are left to just hang out and clog your pores, leading to a build-up of oil. The bacteria and build-up of oil creates prime conditions for acne to flourish. Washing your face at the end of the night makes sure that your pores stay clear of all the gunk that your skin has been exposed to all day.
- Hey, Guys can Look Radiant Too
Hear us out: we’re not calling for the use of lotions and assorted potions when we say hydration is essential. But skin that lacks moisture feels rough and looks dull. By regularly cleaning, you’ll re-set your skin’s PH levels and help maintain and retain proper hydration, leading to healthy, soft skin. Of course, you’ll be smart to follow-up with a daily lotion to strengthen moisture levels and prevent the over-production of oil, but if daily cleansing is a new concept let’s move slowly.
- Keeping in the Clear
Under your skin there are tiny glands that produce oil called sebum. Sebum is necessary to stop pollutants from penetrating the skin. If there’s too much grime or a build-up of dead skin on the surface, the sebum becomes trapped. And if your skin’s surface lacks that protective layer of sebum, bacteria is free to enter your pores and trigger acne. By properly cleansing, you’ll allow sebum to reach your skin’s surface and decrease the chances of a surprise breakout.
- Your Face Fur May Be to Blame
If you’re like most of the Joe Schmoes out there you’re wearing your facial hair on the longer side these days. We’re not going to tell you to shave it (in this article at least) but your beard hair is essentially a catch-all trap for the aforementioned bacteria, dirt, and grime we talked about earlier. If you’re not washing and conditioning the hair on your face along with regularly washing your skin, this could pose a huge problem not only for the conditions of your own face, but for the face of your Significant Other as well.
While we’re on the subject of your face, it could be a good time to go over your shaving routine as well and make sure it’s at its optimum level to keep that clean skin intact. Dorco’s Pace 6 Plus is a go-to for the daily shaver or the guy that’s returning to the clean-shaven look after a long hiatus. Its moisturizing strip contains vitamin E, lavender oil, and aloe to keep skin healthy and conditioned while the angulated blade platform is designed for easy rinsing between swipes. And with all of this at 35% less than the cost of leading brands, perhaps the savings will have you feeling fancy enough for a daily moisturizer.