Guys, This Is Why You Need To Care About Skincare

If you’re not taking care of your face it doesn’t matter how nice your clothes are

Ed. note: Here at HSS, everything we do is built around the idea that if you look good, you feel good. While clothing, accessories and etiquette play a key role in cultivating confidence and personal style, grooming is just as important. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to our new grooming expert and contributor, Jordan Martin.

When it comes to staying healthy, men love to talk about fitness and eating right. We extol the virtues of exercising regularly and we even add supplements to make sure we’re giving our bodies exactly what they need. Too often, however, men neglect taking care of a specific body part that is essential to good health: our skin.

The skin is our largest organ and performs many functions important to good health beyond just making us look good. Very simply, our skin is our first line of defense. It serves as a barrier between our bodies and the outside world. It protects us from germs, bacteria and the harmful effects of UV rays. Healthy skin also regulates body temperature and helps filter out toxins.

So why don’t men talk more about skincare?

Skincare frequently gets lumped into the “beauty” category and, as a result, becomes a topic of only feminine concern. But what about us guys? We have skin, and our skin has specific issues that need to be addressed as well. On top of that, whenever skincare for men does come into the conversation, our products are always centered on shaving, getting clean (and I mean really clean), or making us not smell like, well, men.

This line of thinking leads to many problems and certainly does not aid in the quest for healthier skin.

We get products that are mainly concerned with facial hair, that over strip our skin, and that are packed with skin-irritating fragrances. Men don’t know how to achieve healthy skin, because they don’t possess the knowledge or tools necessary to achieve it. That’s where I come in.

It’s time to go beyond the beard

I am looking to move past all the marketing BS and help inform you about the most essential and most important things when it comes to skincare. Doing this means seeing through the gender-biased marketing and into the cold, hard facts of how to achieve healthy and beautiful (or handsome, if you prefer) skin.

This doesn’t mean you need a bunch of pink and flowery products in your bathroom. Because let’s face it, if these products are going to sit in our bathrooms or on our dressers, and we are expected to use them every day, then we want them to look good. This is HSS, after all, and we always appreciate great style and design. But I am not going to rule out products which have say rose water (learn all about this and other ingredients in future posts) in them or that don’t have packaging representing a clichéd version of masculinity.

As far as I am concerned, skin is skin, and caring for skin is crucial to everyone’s health. Healthy skin not only looks good and stays looking good longer, but it also helps keep us free of diseases and infections. Sub par skincare habits can lead to acne, sores, rashes, and wrinkles. All of these issues affect our appearance and how we feel about our appearance.

Feeling confident in how we look is a critical part of achieving great personal style and our skin plays an important role that quest. So let’s get down to business and begin the conversation of how, and why, men need to care for their skin.

Chime in: What are some skincare-related topics you’d like to see covered in the future?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Jordan Martin
He Spoke Style

Chime In

  • http://www.vipbachelorclub.com W. ADAM MANDELBAUM

    Here’s a tip that doesn’t require a product…stay the Hell out of the sun! Get your D vitamins from a supplement. There’s a reason that leather is tanned, but there’s no reason you should be. Unless you want skin like leather, that “healthy tan” is anything but.

    • Jordan Martin

      Good advice! But sometimes we can’t avoid the sun, plus the harmful effects of UV rays happen on even cloudy days. Look out for a post coming soon on SPF!

  • kongmw

    Would like to see a round-up of men’s skincare brands and their best products.

    • Jordan Martin

      There will definitely be skincare product recommendations coming!

  • Nathan

    Should we avoid parabens? Is it good to look for products that are natural ingredients?

    • Jordan Martin

      Nathan, great questions! Will definitely have posts addressing them in the future.

  • http://lookingoodfeelinfine.com/ James

    I couldn’t agree more, good skin makes a difference.
    James
    http://lookingoodfeelinfine.com/

  • PeterK1

    Yes taking care of your skin is important but as older guy I can say that you will still get wrinkles. Wear them with pride, they are signs of maturity and hard won experience.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I personally agree 100%!

    • Jordan Martin

      Definitely agree that people shouldn’t stress out about wrinkles. We are lucky as men that we are often looked at as getting “more distinguished” with age. However, there are some signs of aging that happen prematurely due to bad skincare. I tend to think about it the same way I think about fitness and health. If you can stay healthier and in better shape (or have healthier skin) longer, it’s better for you overall health. That is as long as you don’t cause more harm stressing out about it haha

  • asian_dapper

    Men should really know how to take care of their skin. Posts like this for sure will give lots of ideas.

    I just hope that this won’t turn into the whole “buy only Baxter’s of California for just $$$ bucks” or “everything skincare-related product from Mr. Porter is the best” type of articles.

    Let’s expand the spectrum and look at products based on all price brackets.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Great feedback, my friend. We’re super excited to have Jordan on board and know that your sentiments are ones that he’s going to embrace! Thanks for chiming in. Lots of great grooming content to come.

    • Jordan Martin

      Thanks for the feedback! I 100% hear where you are coming from! I definitely want to do something different than what is already out there when it comes to men’s skincare, so keep reading!

  • Mark Johnson

    I agree guys should take care of their skin and skin care product advice is helpful. On the other hand, while skin is skin, everyone’s skin is different and what works for one guy won’t necessarily work for another. I can’t tell you how many products I’ve tried that were highly recommended on skin care websites (many of them primarily used by women), men’s health magazines (Men’s Journal, Men’s Health, etc.) that didn’t work out for me personally. Some things (avoiding sun damage, washing your face regularly, etc.) are pretty universal. What products to cleanse with vary by skin type, age, etc.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      We hear you, Mark. Rest assured that the information you get from us is not going to be boilerplate giant publication-type stuff. We’re thankful to have a platform to dive deeper into issues and ingredients with a more personal voice.

    • Jordan Martin

      People definitely have varying skin concerns and react to products differently. I do not prescribe to the idea that there is one fix for all people. We are looking to help educate guys so they can better figure out what products/ingredients work best for their own skin.

  • Aaron

    Hi, thanks for the great article! Skincare is always “looked down” by men. I suggest an article about steps to take care your skin as well as beard care. Would love to follow your page more!

  • RJ Giddings

    Its articles like this why I really, really like HSS. Skin care, for me, has gone totally unnoticed. Need to revisit the entire idea. Thanks, gentlemen.