Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare: Common Myths and Misconceptions Debunked
Alright, it is now fully and officially 2023, which means there is no excuse for men not to be included in discussions about skincare. We all have skin, we all use and abuse it, and we all age, so we ALL need the best advice and tips to take care of it the best we can.
Building a skincare regimen is baked into puberty for most women but is skipped over for most men. Men were given a bar of soap and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and told to get going. But here is where that stops.
Taking care of yourself and using anti-aging strategies efficiently is a sign of self-respect. Below we break down some of the most pervasive anti-aging myths for men’s skincare. The only way to build a better future for yourself is to examine the past and make better decisions tomorrow.
So, let’s get into it!
Myth #1: Body Soap Is Okay for the Face
For this myth, imagine the typical bar of soap, and to understand why this isn’t a good choice as a face wash, let’s look at what is in it. Bars of soap typically contain long-chain fatty acid alkali salts with a pH between 9-10 and other standard ingredients, including detergents. This cleans the skin but increases and disrupts the pH level. When this happens, the skin barrier is compromised, resulting in irritated, dry, flaky, red skin.
Short answer, body bar soaps are bad for washing your face. However, if you prefer using a bar to clean your face, there are products designed for the face that come in bar form.
Myth #2: Oily Skin Does Not Require Moisturizing
Wrong! No matter your skin type, you need to moisturize. Men and women with oily skin usually have dehydrated skin. The skin is oily because it is trying to compensate for the lack of water. If you continue not to moisturize, you deprive your skin of its basic needs, and it will respond with clogged pores and acne breakouts. If you have oily skin, reach for lighter products with effective ingredients that won’t lead to excess sebum, like products that contain hyaluronic acid.
Short answer, ALWAYS moisturize and choose your moisturizer based on your skin type.
Myth #3: More Foamy Shaving Creams Are Better
It doesn’t actually matter if your shaving cream or foam is frothy enough; what matters is the process. A traditional barber uses quality foam or cream, a shaving brush, and very warm water. They apply the foam or soap in circular motions and add water as needed. The process takes several minutes with the goal of opening the pores, softening the beard, and relaxing the facial muscles. It is this long, careful process that makes for a good shave.
Although that is all true, we lead busy lives and may not have the times to perform all of the above. So, just know that the main difference between foam, cream, and gel is the amount of product and the distance it creates between your skin and the razor. Too much foam, or too much product, hinders the ability to achieve a close shave without any nicks or cuts.
Short answer, foam can get in the way, so monitor how much product you use.
Myth #4: Over Scrubbing Is a Good Thing
Scrubbing, or exfoliating, is the process of sloughing away dead skin, resulting in glowy, fresh skin. Depending on the target area, there are a lot of tools and products you can utilize. The number one rule of exfoliating is never to go hard.
It may seem counterintuitive, but vigorously scrubbing the skin does not clear out the dirt and grime more thoroughly; it is just harmful. Using too much force leads to microabrasions or cuts. Use light to medium pressure when exfoliating, and never fixate too long on a particular spot.
Short answer, no, scrubbing is not a good thing.
Myth #5: Anti-Aging Products Are Not for Men
Anti-aging products are for EVERYBODY because everybody ages! Women definitely get more attention when it comes to anti-aging, but men are more than welcome to join the party.
Anti aging for men looks very similar to what is available for women, and the best anti aging products for men often feature vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
Can men use retinol? Absolutely, yes! Retinol is traditionally marketed to women but is effective for both women and men! Men can use retinol to increase collagen and elastin production to help reduce pores and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are many over-the-counter options, but you can always talk to your doctor or dermatologist for direction.
The best men's anti aging treatment is Dermaclara. Dermaclara utilizes silicone technology to clear away imperfections. Unlike other brands that rely on harsh ingredients, Dermaclara stimulates what is already there with a non-invasive, chemical-free, dermatologist-approved approach.
When you apply Dermaclara, the silicone patch creates a microclimate between the seal and your skin. The environment captured in the seal boosts moisture and the production of collagen and elastin. This process rolls back time, clearing fine lines and wrinkles, erasing stretch marks, and tightening loose skin.
The patches are reusable and can be used up to 30 times and applied anywhere. So, you definitely get more out of one Dermaclara patch compared to a jar of cream or serum.
Below is a step-by-step guide for integrating anti-aging skincare into your routine.
Step 1: Prep
Clean your face with Claraprep, our soft and gentle cleanser. Claraprep will help clear away dirt, sweat, and makeup.
Step 2: Apply Patches
Dermaclara patches are dynamic and can be applied wherever you want to see change. Apply the forehead, eye, mouth, neck, or chest silicone patches. Set the timer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 3: Peel-Off Patches
After the time is up, gently remove the patches and clean them with Patch Prep. Let them dry before reapplying them to the backing card.
Step 4: Moisturize
Finish off your skincare routine with the best anti aging cream for men, Clarasome. This moisturizer is specially formulated to support collagen production with lightweight ingredients.
Results are apparent after just one session, but you will see a permanent change after three to six months.
Short answer, Anti-aging products are definitely for men, and if you want to get started, turn to Dermaclara.
Myth #6: Men Don’t Need Sunscreen
This myth is almost laughable. Everyone needs sunscreen! UV light is the primary cause of premature wrinkles. It breaks down collagen and elastin fibers leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. So, limit your time in the sun and wear sun protection like wide-brim hats, long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses. Sunscreen is not just for holidays! You should be applying sunscreen every day and throughout the day. Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours.