Why Is It So Important for Men to Protect Their Skin?

As much as we hate to give in to stereotypes, some can’t be ignored. One is that women tend to take care of their skin more than men. Unfortunately, that’s not just a stereotype – it’s a fact.

According to one survey, 30% of men don’t wash their face every day, and 40% of men have never used a product meant to protect or nourish their skin.

Why don’t so many men take care of their skin the way they should? Several factors come into play similar to the reasons men have a harder time taking care of their mental health. Some believe they are just “indestructible.” Others don’t want to be viewed as weak or less manly.

Some men just don’t want to spend the time going through a skincare routine, or they are overwhelmed by the number of products available.

But, it’s incredibly important to protect your skin. No matter how old you are or how much experience you have using skincare products, it’s never too late to start. If you’re not convinced, let’s cover exactly why it’s so important and steps you can implement into your day to take better care of your skin.

What Damage Can Be Done?

Men are at just as much risk of developing skin conditions as women. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Contact dermatitis

There are some conditions, however, that men are even more susceptible to. Acne is one of the biggest problems. Men have higher testosterone levels, which boosts oil production in the skin and can lead to more frequent and substantial breakouts.

You might also be at a greater risk of developing ingrown hairs or having more sensitive skin than women. This is usually due to shaving, especially if you experience razor burn. It can cause irritation and make you more prone to skin allergies.

Men are less likely to wear sunscreen than women, which can also increase the risk of developing melanoma, or skin cancer. Preventative care is crucial when it comes to skin protection, and men are less likely to look themselves over and check out any moles they might have. Because of these things, minor skin problems can become serious and dangerous very quickly.

Establish a Skincare Routine

So, what can you do to fight back against both common skin problems and higher risks? One of the best things is to develop a regular skincare routine. If that sounds overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing to know is your skin type, and any skin conditions you might have. That will make it easier to choose the right products without doing any damage.

A basic skincare routine should consist of five products:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer

By using the products in that order, you’ll clean your skin and keep it well-hydrated. If you’re washing your face with hard water, you definitely don’t want to skip the moisturizing step. Hard water can clog your pores and cause dry skin. If you don’t have a water softener at home, you’ll need to take extra care to keep your skin hydrated.

Your routine should ideally happen at least once a day, if not twice. If you can only go through it once, make sure you’re doing it before bed to clean off the dirt and grime of the day. This gives your skin a chance to feel refreshed and soak in the moisturizing ingredients you use overnight.

In addition to using the right products on your face, it’s important to live the right lifestyle for healthy skin. Drinking enough water and getting the right nutrition are key factors to healthy skin. Filling your diet with fruits, vegetables, essential fatty acids, and foods rich in Vitamin C will help to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Additionally, pay attention to the things you shouldn’t be eating. If you find that certain skin conditions like acne or eczema seem to flare up when you eat certain foods, you may want to eliminate them from your diet. Dairy and wheat products are common culprits that can cause problems. You might be allergic to these, or other foods. If you’re not sure, consider talking to your doctor and getting an allergy test to determine which foods you should be avoiding.

Protect Yourself and Your Skin

Your daily habits should also include protecting your skin from the sun and other elements that can cause damage. In addition to harmful UV rays, external factors that can harm your skin include:

  • Smoking
  • Pollution
  • Free radicals
  • Airborne allergens
  • Heat/humidity
  • Dry air

So, what can you do to protect yourself? Because the sun is often the most damaging, starting with strong sun protection will make a big difference. It’s especially important if you spend a lot of time working outside or you’re active and you like to take your workouts outdoors. Even when it’s overcast, wearing sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself. It will protect you from getting burned. More importantly, it will reduce your risk of developing melanoma.

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Choose a product that is at least SPF 30 and put it on about 30 minutes before you go outside. If you’re sweating, you should reapply it every 40 minutes.

Every area of your body should be protected when you’re spending time in the sun. That includes your ears, the top of your scalp, and your nose. It doesn’t take long for the skin to burn, and too much sun exposure can actually contribute to age spots and wrinkles.

As a man, it’s important not to give in to the stereotypes or tropes that have been in place for far too long. It’s just as important for men to take care of and protect their skin as women. If you want to experience healthy skin as you age and reduce your chances of developing any unsightly/harmful conditions, establish a skincare routine now, and put protective measures in place to stay safe. As you get older, you’ll be glad you chose to nurture your skin, rather than ignore it.

 

 

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