For a long time, facial treatments were thought of as for women only, but today, it’s more accepted for even the most rugged man to care for his skin.
You don’t need to spend big bucks to revitalise your face at an expensive spa, though – you can find great products for DIY treatments instead.
To help you, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that’ll have you looking as good as new in no time …
#1: Prep Your Face
The first step in your DY facial treatment? Cleansing.
This is a simple but important part of the process: you need to get rid of any oils, dirt, or other grime that might be hitching a ride on your skin.
Give your face a gentle scrub with a cleansing cream, and leave it on for a couple of minutes – this gives it a chance to remove the bad stuff effectively.
After this, wipe your face with a tissue or cloth.
#2: Exfoliate Yourself
If you’ve never exfoliated your face before, be prepared for just how smooth your skin feels afterwards!
This is essential to remove any dry skin on your face, and encourages proper blood-circulation for a healthier glow.
First, splash water on your face to get it moist, and then rub a small amount of a scrub onto your skin (go easy around the eyes, though, as that’s a delicate zone).
Be careful not to get too hooked on exfoliating – doing it too often can affect proper growth of fresh skin cells. Once or twice a week is fine, but anything more could be bad.
#3: Get Steamy
To treat your face to an effective clean, you need a little bit of help from steam.
This works wonders especially if you have blackheads or whiteheads – as steam opens your pores, pulling grime and gunk from them becomes a lot easier.
Fill a bowl with boiling water, and lean over it with a towel over your head (this encourages the steam to wash over your face). Stay like this for around five minutes.
Now comes the weird part: get a mirror with a magnified side, and start pinching blackheads clean with far more ease than you’d expect.
#4: Mask it Up
If you’ve never used a face mask before, the first time might feel pretty strange, but stick with it. These are terrific for drawing impurities from deep inside your skin, unclogging pores and releasing bacteria.
There’s a huge range of facial masks out there, but be sure to choose one best-suited to your skin. For oily complexions, go for a mask designed to exfoliate, or a clay-based option.
If you have dry skin, use a moisturising mask instead – you want your face to feel refreshed and revitalised, not dried out.
Follow the instructions on your mask’s packaging, and you’ll be fine. Peeling it off is the best part!
#5: Shut those Pores
Okay: step five in our guide to a DIY home-based facial treatment is pretty simple.
All you have to do is splash cold water on your face. This will close your pores after they’ve been opened up by your mask; the longer they stay open, the more chance bacteria has to get back inside.
Dry your face gently with a soft towel or cloth – pat, don’t scrub.
Optional Step: Adding Toner
Facial toner is ideal for soothing your skin and removing any remaining oils, not to mention making your pores look smaller. It’s especially handy if you’re prone to recurrent blemishes and / or acne.
However, if your skin’s naturally dry, feel free to skip this stage, as toners can leave your face even drier than normal.
#6: Easy on the Eyes
No DIY facial for men would be complete without treating those eye bags – with a cream or gel, you can reduce the puffy dark rings under your eyes.
Rub your solution of choice into the delicate skin gently, taking care to avoid the eyes themselves. Stick to circular movements for proper coverage.
#7: Refresh Your Face with Moisturiser
Now that you’ve finished your first at-home men’s facial treatment, give your skin a bit of hydration with a generous helping of moisturiser.
Your skin will be dried out, so replenishing its moisture is key to leave it soft, supple, and glowing. Rub it in gently, and pat any excess away with a cloth.
That’s it – you’re done!
Men! Have you ever done your own facial treatment at home, and did you feel better after? Tell us in the comments!