Should Men Exfoliate? Why Should I Exfoliate

Some men are committed to a complete skin care regimen, and others don’t do much more than wash with the same drug store face soap they’ve been using for 10 years. Whichever camp you fall into, there’s a skin care step we want to talk to you about: exfoliating. If you don’t think your skincare routine should take more than 5 minutes a day, you probably have not considered exfoliating an important step. But hear us out… men should exfoliate and we’ll tell you why. We promise this is NOT a skincare step that’s going to take hours a week. Besides, it makes a big difference especially as we get older.

Exfoliating 101

What does exfoliating mean?

Exfoliating means physically removing the dead skin cells that make up the top layers of your skin. This process means you’re taking away the oldest skin cells, which allows the younger ones to come to the top. When someone gets a facial, exfoliating is an important part of that treatment. However, you do not need to go to a spa, or sit through a 20 minute process, to exfoliate at home. The key is having the right exfoliating face wash.

Why should a man exfoliate his face?

Remember back to 8th grade science when you learned that your skin is your largest organ? It’s true. It’s estimated that an adult has something like 8 pounds of skin covering about 22 square feet! This matters because your skin is constantly losing layers and creating new layers. The turn-over of skin cells is good. It’s what keeps us looking younger. When we exfoliate, we’re getting rid of the oldest cells and letting younger ones come to the surface. It’s important to take care of your skin well, because the skin is a complex organ. For instance, did you know that each inch of your skin has about 650 sweat glands? That’s plenty of potential for skin trouble. When a man keeps his skin clean and well taken care of, that also helps keep sweat glands from getting clogged. The oldest skin cells can do more than just give your skin a flaky or aged look. They can also clog your pores which can lead to acne, and allow for more ingrown hairs.

Should Men Exfoliate?

Is exfoliating only for a man’s face?

Nope. Exfoliating the skin on your face is arguably the most important exfoliation, but remember we’re talking about many square feet of skin on your body. All that skin is prone to getting clogged pores, wrinkles, and ingrown hairs. Exfoliating all over your body can help prevent these ingrown hairs, dry or flaky skin, and older-looking skin.

How long does exfoliating take?

Exfoliating does not take long at all if you have the right product. You really just need a few minutes, and that will let you exfoliate your whole body. If we’re just talking about your face, you could get it down to 1-2 minutes.

What is the best exfoliator for a man?

If you’re looking for the best exfoliator for a man, we highly recommend our Daily Power Scrub, which has an exfoliator built in. This product saves you time by combining your daily face wash with your exfoliator. You literally can wash your face and exfoliate it in 1 or 2 minutes. We’ve formulated this exfoliating wash so that it is both gentle enough to use everyday, as well as strong enough to combat oil, dirt, and irritants. You can get the benefits of more youthful looking, clearer skin, without the drag of buying separate products and committing to a longer daily routine.

How do I use a man’s exfoliating product?

With our exfoliating face wash, the best part is that we’ve created this product to do the work for you. You do not need a fancy exfoliating brush, or a lot of time. It’s just like washing your face, because we’ve combined a facial wash with exfoliating ingredients. Here’s what you’ll do:
  1. Wet your face and hands with warm water.
  2. Put a small amount of the face wash in your hand (about the size of a quarter)
  3. Rub the face wash in your hands to create a lather.
  4. Rub the lather into your face using a circular motion.
  5. Rinse really well.

With harsh exfoliators, you can only use them one or two times per week. However, Rugged & Dapper’s exfoliating face wash is designed to be gentle enough for everyday use. Most men use our face wash before shaving in the morning, and again at night. Easy.

Why Should I Exfoliate?

What do our customers say?

If you’re still wondering “why should I exfoliate,” take a look at a few opinions from guys who use our exfoliating face wash:
“I've tried every high end men's facial scrub (e.g. Kiehl's, Jack Black, Baxter's, etc.). This is by far my favorite… It does not irritate my skin at all after weeks of daily use, and the scent is great. I highly recommend.”
“EXCELLENT My face continues to be noticeably less oily than it was throughout the day after just two days of use. Plus it does a great job exfoliating and not leaving my face dry or tight. The moisturizer is also amazing, no shine no flakes. Neither caused me any acne or irritation. Excellent product.”

DOs and Do NOTs for exfoliating

  • DO use a product that is designed for men’s skin.
  • DO exfoliate regularly. With a gentle exfoliator, daily use gives you the best results.
  • DO follow your exfoliation with a moisturizer. A good one is Age + Damage Defense Facial Moisturizer.
  • Do NOT rub really hard. The product does the work - you do not need to scrub your skin.
  • Do NOT try to save a few bucks by picking a bargain product. Your skin is worthy of quality.
  • Do NOT choose an exfoliator with artificial ingredients.

“Exfoliating” sounds fancy, but it’s not. We’ve basically done all the work for you by creating a product that combines a face wash with an exfoliator. Our exfoliating wash contains potent vitamins and minerals that regenerate damaged skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and can help prevent the telltale signs of aging. You can learn more about our top recommended exfoliating face wash here.

Why Men Should Exfoliate