If you could have it your way, your skincare routine would probably consist of a splash of water on the face and little more.  Unfortunately, it takes more to keep your skin in great condition.  At bare minimum, you should have a gentle cleanser and oil-free moisturizer on your bathroom shelf.  You might have heard bloggers or beauty companies pressuring you into exfoliating.  On the surface, it seems like something that’s unnecessary.  Isn’t that something women do?  Isn’t washing and moisturizing enough?  While the fairer sex may have beaten us to the punch with the finer points of skincare, exfoliating isn’t just for women.  If you add it into your routine just once a week, you can see a world of difference.

What Is Exfoliation?

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from your face and body.  Your body already has its own process of getting rid of those dead cells.  But the body’s natural process takes about a month, and in that time, the dead cells clog your pores.  This causes acne, irritation, redness and all-around dullness.  Whether you think exfoliating is girly or not, no guy wants to have a face full of pimples.  Exfoliating is the best way to prevent that.

How Do I Exfoliate?

Exfoliating is easy.  You can use a gentle scrub.  These are usually made of natural products that include some type of gritty scrub particle to scrape the cells off.  It’s important to go gentle with these scrubs.  They might feel soft but they’re actually taking your skin through the ringer.  Gently massage small amounts evenly around your face for no more than 20 seconds at a time.  Start out doing this once a week to see how your skin adjusts.  Once you get accustomed to the process, you can add in more sessions if needed.

If the thought of a scrub seems like too much work, you can opt for exfoliating wipes.  The sensation is like taking a wet tissue across your face.  A few passes with a wipe can do the same work as the scrub.  These wipes are usually soaked in glycolic acid to increase their effectiveness.

What’s the Benefit of Exfoliation?

The greatest benefit is good skin.  You can clear out all those dead skin cells before they have a chance to do damage.  The result is an even complexion that’s acne and irritation-free.  If you’re saying to yourself, “So what?”, think of it this way.

When you have clear skin, your confidence shoots through the roof.  Guys who suffer from skin problems tend to engage less with others whether it’s in the office or at a bar.  With skin problems in your past, you’ll enter every room on cloud nine.  You’ll be ready to chat up the girl of your dreams or power through that big presentation.

If you thought exfoliating was a thing for women, think again.  Men and women alike have dead skin cells and need a way to get rid of them.  Exfoliating is the best way to do the job.