• Jan Baker

Can men have a facial?

Short answer, of course! This is why...

All skin is slightly different and therefore women's facials are going to be different to men's but there is absolutely no reason why men can't be as concerned about their skin as women. They go through the same ageing process, and have the same wrinkles, sagging, pimples, and flaky or dry skin issues. Where men's skin typically differs is around beard and hair growth issues. Men traditionally have larger pores than women, and their skin tends to produce more oil. Having said that, it doesn't necessarily follow that all men will have spots or won't suffer with flaky or dry skin.

Skin concerns and facial issues for men therefore tend to focus more around ingrowing hair, razor burn and beard or moustache maintenance. A good facial will definitely help the uncomfortable feeling of shaving over bumps and will soothe irritated skin from razor burn, and should for this reason, never be discounted out of hand.

There are typically 9 steps to completing a facial for a man. Facials can be between 20 minutes and a hour, depending on how much you want done during the session.

  1. Cleansing - double cleansing is always recommended to ensure that as much pollution is removed from the skin as possible.

  2. Skin analysis - this is important for using the correct products, so tell your therapist about your skin.

  3. Steam - used before exfoliation to open the pores.

  4. Exfoliation - this is where dead skin is sloughed off the skin by using a small amount of a slightly abrasive product.

  5. Extraction - if there are pimples or whiteheads etc. at this point these can be tackled. Be warned though, this can be painful!

  6. Massage - A facial massage is wonderful for helping remove toxins from the face. More blood flow to the face means more oxygen to the skin. And this means means more nutrients are brought into play, which helps product collagen (the bit that makes your skin elastic & wrinkle-free. Of course, it also means more muscle tension is released, which is always a great thing!

  7. Face mask - These are great for reducing fine lines, to help even out your skin tone, give you firmer skin, increase hydration (water), and, of course, it helps you relax.

  8. Toner - I usually use to ensure that all products are removed properly before continuing.

  9. Moisturiser - Moisturisers help draw water into the skin and keep it there, thereby "plumping" them up & reducing the signs of ageing.

If you are looking to book a facial, I would recommend not shaving immediately before your appointment, as this can make the skin more sensitive than normal. Try de-fuzzing the night before! Facials can be adapted to benefit each and every skin type, so as long as you let the therapist know about your specific requirements at the start of the treatment, you should get the most out of it.

A good therapist will also use sponges not cotton wool to cleanse the face, and will wipe off any products in the direction the beard grows. It can be very uncomfortable if your therapist goes against the way your facial hair grows. This is done to avoid the hair being pulled. Beards and moustaches will not normally be treated with products, although you can have a beard oil applied if you wish.

If you have any specific skin conditions, it is be better to discuss treatment of these with your therapist before booking a facial.

Your facial should leave you with a healthy glow that should last you between 48 and 72 hours. You should also feel less stressed. And less stress, means healthier, younger looking skin. So, what are you waiting for? What's not to love about that!?

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