Regardless of what marketing schemes or pointless gender norms would have led you to believe in the past, it is important to recognize that skincare for everybody is important – not just for female bodies! Everyone’s skin is a significant part of their body system; it is a living tissue that needs to be nurtured.
Everybody has different requirements for care and what will work best in terms of routines or treatments. For male-identifying people, skincare needs are different than what is advertised for other types of skin. Keep reading to learn more about how you can take care of your skin, and how your garden can help you to do so.
Why Take Care of Your Skin?
It is important to recognize that the skin needs to be nourished and maintained in the same way that we take care of the rest of our body. Our skin literally is the one layer of our body that protects us from the outside world – that is no small job.
Building a daily skincare routine is a great place to start in terms of taking better care of your skin. Keep in mind that you want to cleanse and moisturize during your routine. Take a look at this article by Healthline to learn more about Taking Care of Your Skin.
The Differences in Skin Between Males & Females
Male-bodied people have quite different skin than female-bodied people, and this is not something that is discussed often enough. See the list below for a few of the differences in these skin types.
- Male-bodied people have more active sebaceous glands which produce oil. This means that the pores are larger and the skin, overall, is producing much more oil.
- Shaving the skin causes extra stress. While facial shaving is by no means just for male-bodied people, it’s imperative to recognize that shaving exposes younger skin to the world, which is more sensitive to external forces.
If you are looking to find more skincare tips that are geared towards men specifically, you will find this awesome article, Skincare for Men – Why It’s Important & How You Should Do It, by Fabric, to be super helpful.
Where to Start
When you are just starting with a skincare routine, it can be overwhelming – that’s okay! Start small, and as you learn more about what your skin needs, you can add it to your routine over time.
Here are some tips to keeping up with your skin’s health:
- Do it Every Day
- All you really need is to cleanse and moisturize
- Wash your face in the morning and at night
- Stay hydrated
Remember, slow and sustainable change is the name of the game; if you stress yourself out over adopting a new skincare regimen, you will be doing yourself, and your skin, a great disservice.
Take it easy, and enjoy the opportunity to learn more about your body.
How to Use your Garden for Skincare
Believe it or not, you can grow specific herbs and plants in your garden to be used in your skincare routine.
While this is an advanced option, we love to encourage anyone to try growing their own routine – quite literally!
When you are growing your plants and making your products at home, you know exactly what goes into them, and there is less of a chance of a mysterious ingredient causing irritation to your skin.
Plants and skincare are linked very closely to one another; indeed, most skin complaints can be aided by the use of plant-based, herbal remedies. For example, chamomile can work to soothe eczema, thyme has the ability to kill the bacteria that are responsible for pimples, rose petals create a purifying skin toner, and lavender promotes healing of the skin.
You can use your plants to make inspired cleansers, oils and salves for your skin. While you’re at it, don’t miss our complete DIY Guide to Herbal Skincare. This guide includes an abundance of information regarding how different herbs and plants can help your skin, as well as what you can do to create your own products – check it out.
There will never come a time when you should feel comfortable with the idea of discontinuing your growth. If you have never had a skin routine, take this as your sign to start the learning process and begin taking better care of your protective layer. While you’re at it, start your own herb garden; it will bring you joy, calmness, and even some extra ingredients to make your own, extra-customized skincare routine.