Exfoliation for Men
For men there are three major areas in need of regular exfoliation: face, back and chest. Exfoliating your feet and hands is advised, but not essential.
Menâ€™s facial skin is very different from that of a woman's. It contains whiskers, larger pores, more collagen and elastin (fibrous proteins), a denser supply of blood vessels, and it produces more sweat. Putting all these factors together it is clear that a manâ€™s face generally attracts more dirt than a woman's face.
The most important component of any good facial exfoliation routine is the cleanser (foamer). Most of these products contain some combination of granulated pumice, fruit seeds, sea salts, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid, all of which serve to loosen and slough off dead skin cells. Some even aid in the formation of collagen.
To get the most out of a cleanser in exfoliation process it is better to use exfoliating gloves, abrasive sponge or loofah (a sponge made from the dried fibrous part of the loofah plant). A sponge works the same way as gloves, but it has the advantage of whipping the exfoliating cleanser into a richer lather that gets deeper into the pores and the skin's upper layers.
Top 5 Facial Cleansers for Men
- MenScience Daily face wash
- aMENity Gel face cleanser
- Lâ€™Oreal Menâ€™s Expert Power Clean Anti-Dullness face wash
- Niveaâ€™s Double Action face wash for men
- Zia Natural Skincare Hydraclean face wash
Chest and Back Exfoliation
The chest and back regions produce more natural oils than other areas of your body. This oil gets caught in the hair and pores of your skin and can cause unsightly blemishes. That's why it's very important that you keep these areas clean.
Exfoliating the back or chest is not as complicated as exfoliating the face, but it does require to be in the shower. Apply some of your exfoliating body cleanser on the loofah sponge, and gently scrub all over your back in circular motions. There are slight differences between body and facial exfoliating cleansers, so make sure to use one that's made for the body (they are more abrasive). Do not be afraid to really scrub hard on the back.
You can exfoliate your torso (shoulders, chest, stomach) the same way you would your back, but scrub more gently. The skin on your stomach can be thinner and more sensitive.
Hands and Feet Exfoliation
To exfoliate the hands you can use a pumice stone (just rub it around your digits). There are also different kinds of inexpensive, traditional methods that can be used as well. For example simply mixing sea salt with lemon juice and rubbing gently will do the job.
As for your feet, the same rules apply. Exfoliate with a pumice stone or use an exfoliating mask.