Misguided Skincare Regimens

A recent Men's Journal article suggests that everything we believe about what healthy skincare is may actually be damaging
Skincare for Men

Boys, we’ve been lied to. We have been treating our skin entirely wrong. After reading an article in Men’s Journal, I am no longer sure what the correct way to treat our skin is. I’ve read numerous articles about skincare, but this is the first time I am finding out we are treating our skin all wrong.

Yes, you heard me right, but the misunderstandings stop right now. I am not saying, Jennifer Goldstein, the author of the article, is. And from what I’ve researched and read over time, I agree with a lot of what she wrote.

When I heard the word ‘clean’ in relation to clean your skin, I was under the impression it meant scrub with suds until the face feels squeaky clean and refreshed. In essence, I’ve been scrubbing until my face ended up being dry. However, from her article, that’s no way to treat a living organism.

“In fact, it’s the exact opposite of how you should be treating your skin. Now we know better. Experts have developed smarter, healthier skin-care practices that can make a huge difference, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetics and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s department of dermatology. It means a 40-year-old guy today has the opportunity to have better skin than a 40-year-old guy in 1990, he says. A few daily adjustments are all that’s required — and they won’t include a medicine cabinet of overpriced lotions or waking up a half hour earlier to perform a routine. This is your simple guide to skin that looks and feels better.”

The article clearly has me reconsidering my daily skincare regimen. I found a few topics from the article interesting, especially when it comes down to exfoliation verses exfoliators. Exfoliation, Yes. Exfoliators, No. Exfoliators have been given the green light by many skincare professionals but it appears to be a big fat no-no.

“Grooming brands are peddling an ever-increasing number of these face washes and scrubs, and their gritty formulas can irritate and inflame, says New York City dermatologist Rebecca Kleinerman. What should you use, then? A washcloth to gently wipe your face is exfoliation enough, Kleinerman says. Swipe (don’t scrub) the cloth over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin in a circular motion for a few seconds. For the rest of your skin, a once-over with body wash and a loofah is all the sloughing you need.”

Don’t wash your face with soap is something we’ve heard before. However, we all do it and use whatever’s in front of us. Washing your face with soap is another big no-no. “Products labeled “soap” are often alkaline and contain ingredients such as sodium tallowate (animal fat mixed with harsh lye) that can strip all-important lipids from your face. If the bar or liquid you’re using makes your skin feel tight or filmy, it likely has these harsh ingredients.”

From this point, I was frustrated because everything listed within the article is something I believed to be helping my skin when it may have been damaging my skin. Which is why when I read, “nix antibacterials” I started to question the integrity of the article until reading the following, “the word antibacterial is basically marketing bullshit. Recent research shows that all cleansers remove bacteria, regardless of how they are labeled.”

It was shocking to find out that antibacterial products contain triclosan, which studies have linked to allergies, and an increase in endocrine-disrupting hormones. Just another alarming fact that we haven’t been taking care of our skin properly.

If that isn’t enough, facial oils won’t make your face oily. I’m still not sure what this all means but Mark Broussard, a Houston-based cosmetic chemist says that it is untrue.

“Facial oils help regulate your skin’s natural oil production system by replenishing what’s stripped away when you wash your face — the lipids, triglycerides, and essential fatty acids at the surface. This keeps skin softer, smoother, and less likely to overgenerate sebum (oil). Applying a facial oil posts have also soothes razor irritation. Look for products made with plant oils, like jojoba, avocado, and hemp and chia seed, Broussard suggests, because they more closely mimic the fats and compounds in your skin. For even application, apply a few drops on the pads of your fingertips and gently rub the oil over just-washed skin.”

Trying to capture all the misguided regimes is impossible. We suggest heading over to Men’s Journal to find out what else you’re doing wrong to take care of that handsomely stunning skin.


Founder, Co-Owner & Managing Editor. Corey has experience in the corporate financial services, training, brand development, and when he is not writing he's at home dancing nude with a glass of wine.

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