Why men should be exfoliating (if they aren’t already)

Most men would argue that exfoliating is an all-gender thing.. most of them think it’s a girl thing, but  it’s not! While plenty of men have heard the term “exfoliation,” not many of them know how to exfoliate. To help you figure out how to exfoliate, we’ve put together this list of men’s exfoliation tips. These exfoliation do’s and don’ts will help you make the most of your men’s exfoliating products and avoid any exfoliation mistakes.

What are exfoliants?

Exfoliants are skincare products that remove old or dead skin cells on your face and body, keeping your skin fresh and soft. However, it’s important to understand that like many other skincare products on the market, the type and amount you should use heavily depends on your skin type.

Exfoliating can help you out if you have oily skin, as well as allowing your moisturizer to penetrate properly. But, as good as it seems, it’s really important not to exfoliate every day as your skin will end up more sensitive and red than ever.

To get the specifics, we spoke to Mankind’s Katina Tsangaris, in a recent Facebook live interview, about the dos and don’ts of using exfoliating products.

How often should you exfoliate?

“You can use exfoliation anywhere between 1-3 times a week depending on your skin. For most guys, the max would be maybe twice a week,” explains Tsangaris. “You shouldn’t be using something with granials or beads in it everyday as it’s far too much and your skin doesn’t need it — it’s not just about feeling the grit.”

“Just because you can feel it doesn’t mean that it’s working any better. So my suggesting is grab an exfoliant that has really small beads in it so that you get a higher surface area — it should feel more like a buffing rather than a scratching.”

What product should I use after exfoliating?

Tsangaris always follows up his exfoliating routine with some additional products to ensure his skin remains hydrated, and isn’t stripped completely of its natural oils or moisture.”I also usually follow up with a mask after an exfoliation. If you’re exfoliating once or twice a week, you should use your mask directly after that.”

How do you exfoliate?

While exfoliation turns over the fresh skin cells, and makes us look great, we always hear of men over-exfoliating, and according to Tsangaris, it’s all about a gentle technique rather than just pushing it in.

“I always recommend circles and small circular motions rather than that up and down sideway scrub,” adds Tsangaris.

“You can also have exfoliants that are based on enzymes so they work very gently.

What are the best exfoliating products I should buy?

As for making the decision of what other products to buy, Tsangaris has some key tips.

“I would say definitely a cleanser, that’s really important. A cleanser can be anything from just a standard gel base to a lathering cleanser.

“If you have sensitive or dry skin, you should use a cream cleanser, whilst a cleanser that has active ingredients like glycolic acid and salicylic acid works best to combat oil, which is important as men’s faces are generally slightly oilier than women’s.

If you want to test the waters of exfoliation at a salon, there are some clinical strength treatments that skin specialists can create according to the characteristics of your skin.

“I have access to 5 to 10 different kinds of exfoliants which I can layer, using one after the other to really push my client’s skin and get the best possible results. We wouldn’t advise you to do that at home because you don’t know when to stop, generally speaking. And you end up with over exfoliation, which is a problem.”

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