There are so many myths about men's skincare, the biggest being that caring about how your skin looks is weird for guys, but at MESOA, we can assure you it's not! Men are finally breaking into the beauty market after many years of being scared to try a product, embarrassed to ask for help or too intimidated to talk about it but now, we're bigging up all the modern men who choose to let go and embrace selfcare.
Like anything that has been taboo for some time, there's often misunderstood stories, almost fiction, about how it works, the rights and wrongs, and how it can be applied, and men's skincare is no exception.
We're all about sharing here at MESOA, and we want to get the facts straight! So here we're debunking some myths that many men still cling on to so if you need help navigating through your self-care journey, read on.
Myth 1: Men age better than women.
Fact: We wish! It's true that the ageing process hits men later in life compared to women, but when it does happen, it occurs at an accelerated pace with deeper wrinkles! Over recent years, men have become wise to ageing skin and have jumped on the skincare bandwagon in a bid to rewind time. Whilst we're not all Marty McFly, we can 100% adapt to an anti-ageing lifestyle and look our best for as long as we possibly can! MESOA Three and Easy: Face is all you need to get started to combat the creases and lines, and don't forget to stock up on yummy antioxidant foods, which are great for your health and your appearance!
Myth 2: If you wash your face a lot, it will dry it out and not look so oily.
Fact: Washing our face too much isn't a great move. It's counter-intuitive, you will dry out your skin, and your glands will produce more sebum, making your skin oily. If you have experienced this, fear not, MESOA's Peppermint & Tea Tree Reviving Face Wash will add essential oils and vitamins back into your skin to cool, soothe, protect and cleanse.
Myth 3: Blackheads are the result of not washing your face.
Fact: Not true. Blackheads form when a hair follicle in the skin becomes clogged. Dead skin cells and excess oil collect in the follicle's opening, which produces a bump and, with the air exposure, makes it look black in colour. Blackheads aren't caused only by a build-up of dirt, but just to be safe, check out MESOA's Deep Cleansing Exfoliant, which will deep dive into your pores to clear the grime and thoroughly cleanse.
Myth 4: Wash your face with bar soap to prevent acne.
Fact: Stop. Stay away from the soap! Washing your hands is fine but using soap on your face is a no no. Soap is drying and can be abrasive and irritating on your skin. You need moisture on your face and most traditional soap bars don't have the ingredients your skin needs. To keep your skin hydrated and help prevent acne, use MESOA's Cleansing Face Wash instead of soap and feel and see the benefits as it revitalises, soothes, and moisturises your complexion.
Myth 5: You don't need to moisturise if you have oily skin
Fact: People mistake oil for moisture. Although the excessive build-up of sebum can lead to oily skin and acne it doesn't mean that the skin is well-hydrated. The very act of stripping away these oils promotes the loss of moisture. MESOA Revitalising Moisturiser will not only hydrate your skin, but it will also help to protect it from the elements that can lead to dryness and wrinkles.
Myth 6: Acne only occur in adolescence
Fact: 100% not true. Acne, pimples, blackheads, rashes can and will happen to the best of us, no matter our age. Fluctuations in hormones, stress, habits, the way we live our lives all influence our physical health, mental health and our skin's health. Our skin needs essential oils and vitamins and MESOA's Peppermint & Tea Tree: The Daily Duo is a good option for acne treatment with its antioxidant and antibacterial properties leaving you looking healthy, fresh, and acne-free.
Myth 7: Coldwater closes your pores and hot water opens them
Fact: Wrong. Pores are not made like a door that you can open and close whenever you want, however, using cold water will tighten your pores and hot water will loosen them. Pores are actually very important to us; they allow us to sweat. If we can't sweat, we can't maintain a safe body temperature. When our pores are open, this is the best time to fight back and clean them out. Now is the time for a tag team of MESOA's Revitalising Moisturiser and Deep Cleansing Exfoliant to rid your skin of dirt and grime and shrink the appearance of pores.
Myth 8: Popping a pimple is the best way to get rid of acne fast.
Fact: Step away from the pimple! Do not pop it! Popping a pimple can leave behind a long lasting mark. Would you rather you have a temporary zit or a potentially permanent scar? Yeh, thought so. Applying MESOA's Peppermint & Tea Tree Nourishing Moisturiser with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties will fight the nasties and leave your skin soft, soothed, and cool without irritation or inflammation.
Myth 9 – If you don't see results immediately, give up and try another product.
Fact: Good things come to those who wait, there's no such thing as an instant fix. If you've only just started your skincare routine, it will take time. Expect to start seeing results in a few weeks. But don't get discouraged, just make sure you're consistent with your plan, you're using the best (MESOA!) products and your skin will do the rest!
Myth 10: You should set up a skin care routine and repeat twice daily.
Fact: Yes! Winner! A skincare routine should be constant, unvarying, and predictable! Set up your morning routine. Gym, shower, shave or beard care and your skincare and repeat that last step before bed too. Great skin is not in your DNA, it needs work and setting yourself daily habits will have a big impact on what you see in the mirror and on your mindset. Caring for your skin is personal and cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising twice daily is the most basic and essential step of any routine, whether you're starting out or an established, mature groomer.
Be sure to pick up all your essentials here at MESOA, read more in the Community and watch our videos on how to apply the products correctly to maximise the effect. MESOA cater for all skin types so you can't go wrong with any product you choose.
Enjoy your journey!