In the last few years we have had the importance of washing our hands imprinted onto our brains, yet, when it comes to mens wellbeing we rarely hear about the importance of washing our face.
Think about it, any dirt, bacteria and grime that comes into contact with your fingers or your phone are likely to end up on your face.
Touching your face as you read this? Thought so. Let's take a look at why face wash is an important part of your daily routine.
THE BENEFITS OF WASHING YOUR FACE
The short term benefits of using face wash
In the short-term, washing your face is not only good hygiene, it can improve your overall complexion. This isn’t just about your looks. Your skin is your biggest organ and the strongest indicator of your overall wellbeing on the inside as well as on the outside. If washing your face also happens to make you look healthier, then great. You deserve to look as good as you feel.
The mid term benefits of washing your face
In the mid-term, you may notice that your spots come up in the same area each time. Maybe that’s where your toothpaste is left overnight, where you touch the most or where your phone comes into contact with your face. It could also be your skin telling you that you are eating too much sugar, drinking too much booze, or not getting enough sleep.
The long term benefits of washing your face
How about the long-run? Ever notice big, open pores on the nose of older men? This is caused by bacteria stacking up in the pores over a long period of time. The repeat blemishes we spoke about in the mid-term can end up scaring too.
In short, your skin needs a helping hand.
Some skin types may require special attention, so if you do have acne, or any skin concerns then please get in touch with your GP. Your skin might be trying to tell you something.
FINDING THE RIGHT FACE WASH FOR YOUR SKIN
There are several different types of face wash, from foaming to creams and more. In order to work out which type of face wash is best for your skin, first you need to understand your skin type.
What's your skin type?
There are five key skin types that are useful to know when finding the right skincare.
Oily skin consists of greasy areas with large pores, especially around the nose, cheeks, brow and chin
Dry skin may have red, rough or flakey patches
Combination skin is usually made up of an oily t-zone and try areas too
Normal skin refers to a clear, balanced complexion
Sensitive skin will react to certain products and ingredients
What type of face wash is best for my skin?
Each skin type will benefit from a different type of face wash.
For oily skin, consider foaming gel and exfoliating cleanser
For dry skin, use cleaning cream and cleansing balm
If you have combination skin, use foaming gel and exfoliating cleanser
Normal skin will benefit from a cleansing bar and cleansing balm
Depending on the ingredients, cleansing balms can be great for sensitive skin
5 FACE WASH'S FOR MEN'S SKIN
There are a lot of face washes out there, you need just one or two to create the right routine for your skin. Here are our most recommended, tried and tested.
Foaming Gel - Clarins Active Face Wash
Best for / Oily or Combination Skin
Aesop Purifying Cream Cleanser
Best for / Normal to Dry Skin
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Best for / Normal to Sensitive Skin
Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar
Best for / All Skin Types
Heath Face Wash
Best for Oily, Acne-prone and Combination Skin