Updated: Dec 21, 2020
What do men think about skincare? Most people assume men do not care to look after their skin. For some, skincare is associated with being feminine. After speaking with a few different men on the topic, that stereotype quickly eliminated itself. Skincare is not just about looking good, but to keep it healthy. This article does not discredit women’s skin issues to men's. It is obvious every individual, both men and women, have their own skin issues. Instead, it helps elevate men’s perspectives on the subject, and to end the conversation about men not caring for their skin. We are way past gender roles and such to not want to keep our skin healthy. Did you know men’s hair is 20%-30% thicker than women’s? As a result of thicker hair, men are more prone to oily skin. Most men with beards are forced to make an effort on their skin because of how natural it is for their skin to breakout from underneath the hair on their face. Like women, guys can also have combination skin, which is having both oily skin areas and dry skin areas on your face. Men with beards usually deal with combination skin.
I was able to talk to the following men: Wonyae Korli, Wayne Bright, Brandon Soum, and Nick Okerholm. Although these men have different stories, they all agree that it is important for men to care for their skin. Whether it is Wonyae in his music videos, Brandon with his food review channel, Nick with his modeling career and tiktok videos, or Wayne working behind the camera at a photoshoot or creating a new makeup look, they are all in touch with their own skin. They all have some experience behind the camera.
"That self love has nothing to do with anybody else
Bright said working as a photographer has definitely made him more skin aware. He said the effort you take to care for yourself helps self-esteem, and can also keep you grounded. In addition to photography, Bright enjoys doing his makeup. Because of it, he has learned how to keep up with his skin routine. Bright washes his face twice a day, once or twice a week will use a face mask, and uses beard oils and balms almost everyday.
“How far a camera lens can zoom in shows how much damage we do to our skin,” said Bright. “It has been very eye opening to me and helps me understand the deep layers and beauty that is in clear skin, but helps me do what makes my skin look good.” Wonyáe Korli is a singer, song writer, and model from Massachusetts. Knowing that you have to look good in front of the camera, Wonyáe goes the extra mile to groom himself to his liking. Although his skincare routine is sweet and simple. Wonyáe uses shea butter for his body, and other products such as witch hazel, rose water, and after a sweaty workout, he uses sea breeze. For his beard, he uses beard butters and oils as well for growth and overall appearance.
“That self love has nothing to do with anybody else but yourself,” said Wonyae. He acknowledges that your hair looks fuller, darker, and grows longer when you take care of it. It is important to keep in mind that men can groom themselves however they please and still keep it healthy.