As a society, we have long been taught that taking care of your skin is a predominantly feminine activity. For men, it’s often considered taboo or even shameful to engage in any skincare routine beyond a quick wash in the shower. But the truth is, there’s no shame in men’s skincare, and it’s time we started breaking down the stigmas and taboos surrounding it. Fyi, I have not paid attention to my skin for long, and it shows. I run, bike, row, and am learning to swim well, and I didn’t realize until later when someone pointed out that the texture on my face is significantly darker than the rest of my skin.
First and foremost, taking care of your skin is a form of self-care. Just as we exercise, eat well, and prioritize our mental health, we should also tend to our skin. And this has nothing to do with one’s masculinity. The idea that taking care of your skin is a “girly” thing to do is simply a social construct that we have created, and it’s time we moved beyond it.
Another sensitive topic when it comes to men’s skincare is body shaming. Men, just like women, can experience shame and anxiety over their appearance, particularly regarding skin issues. It’s a way of saying that it’s okay to have acne, fine lines, or wrinkles – we all have skin issues, and there’s nothing wrong with taking care of ourselves to address them.
Moreover, a skincare routine can also positively affect our mental health. I’m not saying it changes my life from night to day, but it takes time and patience. One day at a time. Taking a few minutes each day to care for our skin can be a form of self-love and self-compassion, improving our overall well-being. The benefits of self-care are numerous, and taking care of our skin is just one aspect.
One of the most critical aspects of skincare for both men and women is wearing sunscreen. Skin cancer is a real threat, and men are just as susceptible to it as women. It’s essential to stress the importance of wearing sunscreen and protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. This is particularly important for men who spend much time outdoors, either for work or recreation (like me).
Finally, it’s essential to emphasize the benefits of a consistent skincare routine. A skincare routine can help prevent premature aging, reduce acne, and improve the overall appearance and health of the skin. Encouraging men to establish a consistent routine can have long-term benefits.
In conclusion, there is no shame in men’s skincare. Taking care of your skin is a form of self-care that has nothing to do with one’s masculinity. There are so many stigmas and taboos surrounding men’s skincare, but I hope it changes slowly.