Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Real Men Get Facials Too

For whatever reason, men tend to not get facials. In my 25+ year history giving facials, I’d say anywhere from 5-10% of my clientele has been male. Usually those men are husbands, boyfriends, or are related to female clients I am already seeing. Granted, women historically tend to take very good care of themselves in terms of getting facials, manicures/pedicures, and massages, therefore they know first-hand the benefits facials can bring.

Just so you know, skin is an equal-opportunity organ! There really is very little difference between treating male skin and treating female skin during a facial. I approach each person as a unique individual—male, female, black, white, young, or old. Everyone has several combinations of characteristics that make up his or her skin. There are, of course, certain qualities to men’s skin that make it distinct.

Dare I say, when it comes to skin care, the main difference between men and women is apathy. Men—generally—don’t pay much attention to their skin. I don’t think this is because they don’t care. It’s often a matter of exposure (or lack of). Classically men are not exposed to proper skin care techniques (and products) the way women are throughout their lives.

Recently a gentleman came in to see me for the first time. He has basically good, no-problem skin, is in his early 50s, and has only had a few facials over the years. Before leaving my salon, he told me he not only loved the way his skin looked (healthy) and felt (so smooth), but he was surprised at how relaxing the treatment was. In fact he was glad he drove his car vs. his motorcycle because he wasn’t sure how he’d do driving home on the bike—he was so relaxed!

I encourage any of you guys out there to give facials a try. They can go a long way toward easing tension from your face; keeping your skin clean, smooth, and free from problems; as well as helping you relax, which is always a good thing.

Here are a few artlicles to help you better understand how to take care of your skin at home: