Health Team

Men are getting into a skin-care routine

Posted May 21, 2008 5:17 p.m. EDT
Updated May 21, 2008 10:28 p.m. EDT

— Most of aesthetician Sigrid Yorke’s clients are women, but 25-year-old Joshua West recently came to her office at Faces Plastic Surgery in Chapel Hill to get a full facial.

“When I shave, my skin gets really sensitive,” West said.

West is one of many men in recent years who is focusing on skin care.

West’s skin breaks out, which could hurt his chances for an entertainment career.

“Appearance is important. … I think a lot of guys let their manhood get in the way of getting a facial,” West said.

To help ease the sensitivity West experiences when he shaves, Yorke suggested changing from foam to cream.

“It's very popular to use shaving cream as opposed to foam because they're a little bit thicker so they do create a barrier between the blade and the skin,” Yorke said.

Yorke suggests blades instead of electric razors for men. She said men should throw away blades away after three or four uses. She also suggests dipping or spraying the blade in alcohol when it isn’t being used to keep bacteria from collecting on it.

She also suggests not leaving the shaving blade in the shower, where it could collect soap and bacteria that, in turn, could cause skin irritation.

Yorke used a foaming gel cleanser on West’s face. A good scrub lifts dead skin cells, brightening the complexion.

“In that stage, I felt like my skin was just opened up and started breathing, you know?” West said.

A spray toner with essential oils helps nourish the skin and is better than after-shaves that contain alcohol.

A facial massage with nutrient cream wraps up the process.

West has included some of the facial treatments in his morning skin-care ritual.

Yorke said a morning skin care routine for some men may even include makeup.

“I think that it's becoming a lot more common for men to start using tinted moisturizers to give themselves a little bit of color,” Yorke said.

Over time, West said, he has noticed a healthier difference in his skin.

“There's a lot more confidence about me as well, too,” he said.