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Should Men Exfoliate?

Should Men Exfoliate?

There’s an extensive list of men’s exfoliating products but do you need them at all?

Exfoliating once again brings us to compare your face to a deck. You can absolutely just slap a coat over the old deck. Will it do the job? Sure but it’s going to look like rubbish.

Taking the time to sand the deck back allows it to look more presentable and more easily absorb the benefits of the deck oil as well.

Your mug follows a pretty similar pattern ( besides not being made out of wood). Exfoliating is the first crucial step that allows your skin to

Guys should exfoliate regularly. The process removes dead skin cells and helps to unclog pores. Not only dose it leaves your skin smooth and clean, it also helps your skin to better absorb moisturisers, making it a crucial part of any skincare routine.

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That’s why today, we are going to dive and look at what exfoliation actual is, how it works and dive deep into the benefits of it.

What is exfoliating and how is it done?

Exfoliating is the process of removing grime, dead skin cells and other build-up from the outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum.

Our skin is at it’s healthiest when it is working to prevent water loss and provide a barrier to both allergens and bacteria. When we don’t exfoliate, we allow an excess of dead skin to build up.

When our skin has the excessive build of grime and dead skin cells it can lead to inflammation, which at a minimum causes red itchy skin and at it’s worst can lead to acne and skin scarring.

By exfoliating, not only do we avoid build-up but we also get a lot of befits. Exfoliating leaves your skin with a bright glow, aid in stimulating collagen production and help you to absorb more active ingredients from your moisturisers and serums.

Types of Expoliating

When discussing men’s exfoliating, There are two types of exfoliating: Chemical & Physical. both work to achieve the same goal of removing dead skin cells but they go about it in different ways.

Chemical exfoliation methods ‘‘include acids, non-acid peels, enzymes, or other agents.” The main acids used are Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), examples of these are citric and lactic acid.

Another example of a chemical exfoliant is enzymes, they digest the dead skin cells on your mug. Our Primary Man moisturiser is an enzyme-based used both pineapple and papaya to not only dissolve dead skin cells but also provide antioxidant properties.

A physical exfoliant can be made from natural materials, such as coffee grounds.

Physical exfoliation: This type of exfoliation is what most people are familiar with. Physical exfoliants can contain a number of familiar ingredients, from charcoal to coffee grounds and even oats.

These exfoliants work by having the abrasive substance, such as oats, scrub away the outer layer of the skin. there are also brushes, sponges and even stones that can be used as well.


How often should men exfoliate their skin?

You can have too much of a good thing and exploitation is no exception. You absolutely do not want to exfoliate every day. This is especially true with physical exfoliants.

By over-exfoliating, you can actually take away the skins naturally produced oils, which help our skin to stay healthy.

The most outer layer of our skin is made up of multiple layers, these layers naturally cycle through to the top (average turnover rate of skin is 25 to 30 days).

If we over-exfoliate, we expose layers of skin that have not hardened enough to endure the external environment. this can lead to the skin drying out, causing more fine lines, which eventually turn into permanent wrinkles.


Choose the right men’s exfoliator for you

Men’s Exfoliating products can vary and choosing the right one requires we consider a few things. When choosing an exfoliator, it’s really important to take into account your skin type, as well as what your skin goes through every day.

For example, if you have extremely sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid aggravating it with a physical exfoliant and go for a more skin-friendly option like an enzyme exfoliant.

Using the wrong type of exfoliant can lead to damaged and irritated skin.

If you have oily skin, you’ll find that dead skin cells don’t naturally fall away as often, as they are ‘stuck’ due to the excess sebum on your skin. This results in an excess build-up, that can lead to irritated skin.

An exfoliant is something that can help to reduce this but as we said above, you don’t want to over-exfoliate, so in this situation, a mild acid-based exfoliant 2-3 times per week would do the trick.

For those of us that are constantly outdoors and exposed to the elements, a physical body can help to with dead skin, removing dried on patches of skin.


As always, we appreciate you taking the time to read through and learn more about how better to look after your mug. Men’s exfoliating products are a big category and hopefully, now you’ll have a better understanding of the how, when and why.

Have you used an exfoliator? did you find it worked? let us know below.

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