For years, commercials and magazines have been advertising to women about skincare making it appear that only women had to care for their skin. So it is not a shock that it was easy for men to think this was a feminine or vain thing to do. But like so many things that were once only permissible for one gender but not permissible for all, skincare is good for us all for may reasons.
Ranking highest on must-have skin care practices: exfoliating and moisturizing.
Do you exfoliate?
DeAndre Hopkins does. Pharell does. Rob Lowe does.
Has the peer pressure worked yet? If not, here are some facts.
What is exfoliation?
It is the process of removing dead skin cells typically by using a gritty scrub ot tool. This should be done 2 times a week, and ideally, before shaving.
Exfoliating leaves the skin glowing and refreshed. New skin is constantly growing. Old skin is constantly dying. Dead skin on your face can look flaky, dry or discolored.
Exfoliating also helps prevent ingrown hairs by keeping your follicles clear for hair to grow nicely.
The grit of an exfoliator does a deeper clean than daily cleansers. Our skin secrets an oil called sebum. Sebum is mostly responsible for blotchy dark spots.
Using an exfoliating scrub will help you get a closer shave. Because it removes dead skin from your face, exfoliators allow the razor to get closer to your skin, and they also prevent the razor from becoming clogged with dead skin.
DeAndre Hopkins’s routine: Using his knuckles in a circular motion, Hopkins exfoliates using a kelp and French clay scrub. After that, he splashes cold water on his face. This is meant to close up the pores.
Don't Forget to Moisturize
Hopkins also moisturizes regularly. He has partnered with a skincare company called Oars and Alps. Oars and Alps offer environmentally friendly and natural products, a huge reason for Hopkins's choice of partner. But he also chose to support this startup because it is female-owned, and he wanted to support women striving to honor his single mother.
There is more that makes this a great partnership. On their website, Oars and Alps has a Latin proverb that says “if the wind will not serve, take the oars.” To them, DeAndre Hopkins embodies this saying overcoming personal and professional challenges through resilience and hard work.
Here are your facts on the benefits of moisturizing.
Moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated. And hydrated skin does not get ashy.
Shea butter is a great option for black skin. There is only one ingredient, so it is simple. And you can find many awesome black-owned companies to buy from.
Shea butter is great for melanin-rich skin because it helps reduce dark patches caused by scars, burns and bruises. Shea butter also helps the symptoms of eczema, athletes foot and other skin rashes.
Shea butter will not only reduce and relieve sunburn, it also has some UV protecting properties (though is not recommended as a substitute for SPF).
A good quality shea butter will be unrefined, organic and 100% virgin shea butter.
A skincare routine does not need to be complicated or time and money consuming. With the right products, you and your skin and hair can look happy and healthy!