This article was published on May 3rd, 2014
Standing in the men’s skin care aisle can be completely overwhelming; between cleansers, moisturizers, masks, and exfoliators, what’s a guy in the know to choose? Amy Sahota, founder of the Bare Essentials Skin Bar, has some answers.
For men, she says, cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream are the essentials. “Cleanser takes off oil. Men produce more sebum, which is a sticky oil, than women, so cleansing twice a day is good for their skin.”
Removing oil keeps a guy’s pores clean, which can help reduce breakouts. “If someone has more skin issues, like beard bumps or is more prone to acne, we might recommend that he do a bit more.”
In general, clear skin is healthy skin. In our modern world, where we deal with pollution and medical side-effects that cause skin problems, as well as normal sweat and oil build-up, maintaining the health of skin, the largest organ on the body, is essential.
“Men also need a moisturizer with an SPF built-in,” Amy says. “It protects your skin, and is the best anti-aging product that you’ll ever have.”
Don’t forget to moisturize the skin around the eyes, on the neck, and the back of the hands; many guys don’t use product in these places, and the skin there will show age before the facial skin.
Is home skin care enough to keep your skin healthy and fresh looking? According to Amy, once a month is ideal. “Professional levels of exfoliation and hydration are going to be stronger than anything you can do at home. We don’t sell those products, because someone could actually do more harm than good, if they’re not used properly.”
And, as always, be consistent. If you keep your routine something you can manage every day, you’ll age like Ru Paul and not Sir Ian Mckellan.
Bare Essentials Skin Bar is located at 790 Richards Street in Vancouver, BC, and offers a menu of customizable target treatments with an expert Skintender. Make an appointment today. Call (604) 428-0091.