Skincare for Men?

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When I hear the term ‘skincare regimen,’ my thoughts immediately turn to the book, and the film adaptation of American Psycho. If you have watched the movie (my first exposure to the story), you might recall that iconic scene at the beginning of the movie, where Patrick Bateman (excellently portrayed by Christian Bale) gives his opening monologue while revealing his ‘morning routine,’ which includes a very strict skin care regimen.

While there are many things wrong with Patrick Bateman and the world he lives in, which is a reflection of our own, there is one thing he did get right, the value of having a morning routine and more importantly, a skincare regimen.

My thoughts about having a proper skincare routine were at best indifferent for a long time. But, after a conversation with some friends on skincare, I decided to pick myself and give it a try for a couple of weeks, to find what I was actually missing out.

Why skincare?

Of course, one of the biggest parts of my discussion was the reason behind having a skincare routine in the first place. Taking all that time and effort, as well as spending the money for good products that work for you, is it all worth it in the end, rather than using soap?

Well, turns out that there are some benefits to having a routine to follow for skin care. One of the biggest is being able to prevent early signs of ageing. Although not something as widely marketed as women, ageing doesn’t discriminate, and although most men might be indifferent to it, I’m sure everyone can agree that the fewer wrinkles on our faces, the better in maintaining some youthful radiance. Not taking enough care of your skin well enough can get in the way of that, and soap can strip away the natural oils that keep the skin healthy, which can be pretty bad. Using good products and caring for your skin just helps you stay healthier overall.

Taking the time to care for your skin also helps in maintaining good hygiene and keeping your skin healthy. The pollutants and dust we are exposed to every day aren’t doing anything good to our skin, and by taking the time to address them, we minimise the chance of our skin reacting to them in various breakouts.

There’s also the confidence factor. It’s good to feel good about yourself and to be comfortable in your own skin. Additionally, grooming yourself has been known to be very relaxing, and taking the time to follow a structured regimen can help you start the day with the best foot forward, confident in how you look and feel.  

The plan

I decided that I was only going to do the bare minimum to see if it did have any actual effect. I decided not to go full ‘Patrick Bateman’ on what I was going to do, but instead follow a routine that didn’t take a lot of time or effort that included a simple cleanser, some moisturiser and something to exfoliate once a week.

The results

A couple of weeks later, I was pleasantly surprised at the results of my ‘experiment.’ The results were immediately after the first instance. Although I don’t recall looking all that different, it felt as if my face was refreshed, as if it got a break after a really long time. Not only that, my skin had never been smoother.

I also have to mention how relaxing it is to take a few minutes to focus on this task, and my skin while going about it. It definitely helped me relax, especially on days I had a large workload to complete, and overall, I’m impressed by the beneficial effect following a skincare routine had on me.

Although I failed at maintaining a daily routine. Turns out that my friends who recommended I try getting into a skincare routine were onto something.

My experiment has been completed as of my writing this, sitting in front of my desk. But I don’t see myself stopping my skincare regimen anytime soon. I’m definitely not as dedicated as I was during the testing two weeks, but I’m going to try to make it a regular practice in my life moving forward.

In the rare chance, you don’t have a skincare routine of your own, I highly recommend you give one a try and find out what works for you. It’s definitely worth giving a try, and if it’s not what you were looking for, that’s perfectly fine. 

By Shanuka Kadupitiyage