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5 Best Men’s Face Scrubs for Better Skin

5 Best Men’s Face Scrubs for Better Skin

5 Best Men’s Face Scrubs for Better Skin

 

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Hey man, scrub your face.

The grime and grease on your face is more than just the day’s dirt. It’s a build-up of dead skin cells, environmental muck, and anything else your skin has come in contact with over the course of the past month.

If you aren’t exfoliating your face, you’re just letting all that garbage live on your skin rent-free. You’re also preventing your skin cells from turning over (aka making newer, healthier skin) as rapidly as they should. 

Using a daily face scrub can help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, but it’s important to use the right one. Grab a face scrub that’s chocked full of exfoliating granules that are too large and your skin could end up red, irritated, and even raw. 

Scrubbing with a washcloth or loofah is equally bad. It’s ineffective and can leave your skin damaged. The safest way to exfoliate your skin is with a mild (yet effective) facial scrub. 

Put down the loofah, and we’ll talk about the benefits of using a face scrub (in case you’re still not convinced you need one), give you some recommendations for the best face scrubs available, and cover some tips and tricks for using them correctly.

I Have a Great Cleanser, Do I Really Need a Face Scrub?

You do. A cleanser is great, but it can’t exfoliate the way a face scrub does, even if it contains some exfoliating ingredients. To really dig deep into your pores, you need something a little more heavy-duty. 

You don’t necessarily need to use a face scrub more than once or twice a week, but your mileage may vary. In other words, you might need more or less depending on your own skin and activity level. 

If you’re still using soap and water for your skin care routine, it’s time to join the twenty-first century. Exfoliating is part of a basic skin care routine, and we’ll tell you why it’s beneficial for every skin type. 

Benefits of a Face Scrub

What does a face scrub do that your cleanser doesn’t? A lot. In fact, there are numerous notable differences and benefits. Here are just a few. 

Face Scrubs Exfoliate

Most of the time, your facial cleanser (assuming it’s more than just a bar of soap) isn’t going to exfoliate your skin. It may have an exfoliating ingredient, but a cleanser designed for daily use won’t contain ingredients to exfoliate. 

Exfoliating twice a day (the number of times you’d use your cleanser) would probably be too harsh for most skin types, which is why your cleanser isn’t going to contain these types of ingredients. 

Face scrubs fill in the gaps and help you remove dead skin cells a few times a week. Most scrubs will contain granules that gently lift away dead skin, dirt, and oil to reveal healthier, more vibrant skin beneath. 

Exfoliating helps to kick start your skin’s renewal process, sending the message to your skin cells that it’s time to renew. Skin renewal = newer, healthier skin. 

Face Scrubs Help Fight the Signs of Aging

The gunk that collects on your face loves to settle in your pores and hide out in fine lines and wrinkles. Not only does this make signs of aging look more noticeable, but it can also stall your skin cells’ collagen production

Collagen is a building block of your skin and helps it look more youthful and firm. Exfoliating helps stimulate collagen production. You may not care about it now, but the You at age forty will be happy you took care of your skin as a young lad. 

Face Scrubs Help Prevent Free Radical Damage

Your skin is in constant warfare against free radicals. 

Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that latch onto healthy skin cells and cause damage. Skin cell damage usually appears in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and overall lack of elasticity (saggy skin). 

There are numerous sources of free radicals: ultraviolet rays from the sun, smoke (from your own or someone else’s cigarettes), pollution, and even household cleaning products can all give off free radicals. 

Your skin needs antioxidants to protect itself against free radicals. Antioxidants act like a shield for your skin cells, taking the hit from the free radicals and keeping your skin cells safe. 

Face scrubs are usually a great source of free radicals (provided they have the right ingredients), which is a great way to protect the new skin you’re revealing by exfoliating. 

5 Best Men’s Face Scrubs for Better Skin

Ready to get better, healthier, sexier skin? Then you’re ready to check out our list of the five best face scrubs you can get for better skin. 

1. Face Scrub +Apricot Seed Powder

If you’ve ever used any type of face scrub, it probably said it contained apricot seed. Apricot seed has had a monopoly on facial scrubs since forever, but the irony is that most exfoliating products that claim they contain apricot seeds actually contain crushed walnut shells

A better option? Apricot seed powder. Apricot seed powder is finely ground and provides a much safer alternative to larger exfoliating granules. You’ll still get great exfoliating power, but without skin irritation. 

2. Face Scrub +Papaya Extract

Papaya extract is an all-natural, plant-based exfoliant that works by breaking down dead skin cells and helping them to lift away from your skin. Papaya extract contains, papain an enzyme with exfoliating properties. 

This adds a double layer of exfoliating power without adding additional abrasion which could be too harsh for your skin. 

3. Face Scrub + Aloe

Aloe is the OG of skin soothing agents, and it’s a great addition to any facial scrub. Even though the face scrub you use should be gentle enough to not irritate or damage your skin, aloe helps calm and soothe away irritation if it develops. 

Likewise, if you feel like your skin is chronically irritated (and if it is you probably need better skin care products), you can still use a facial scrub as long as it contains a calming ingredient like aloe. That’s great news for guys with sensitive skin because it means exfoliating is definitely back on the table. 

Aloe also helps protect your skin from environmental pollutants, boosting your skin’s resilience and ability to fight off free radicals. 

4. Face Scrub + Apricot Oil

You can’t scrub your face without making sure you hydrate, and apricot oil is our go-to for exfoliation hydration. Apricot oil is a great oil for all skin types and is generally well tolerated. 

Apricot oil is a powerful antioxidant, is fast-absorbing, and has restorative benefits that help keep your skin moisturized. That means your freshly exfoliated skin is also hydrated, healthy skin. 

Apricot oil also has anti-inflammatory properties, so using a scrub that contains it can help irritated skin settle down. 

5. Face Scrub + Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil is an excellent facial moisturizer. It works differently than other hydrating ingredients because it helps increase your skin’s ceramides. 

Ceramides are lipids naturally occurring in your skin that help your skin retain moisture. Eucalyptus oil helps increase your ceramides, so your skin stays hydrated longer than it does with other moisturizing ingredients. 

Eucalyptus also has bacteria busting power, which can help you avoid breakouts. Keeping bacteria off your skin can help you see fewer blemishes and keep your skin in better shape. 

Where to Buy the Best Men’s Face Scrubs

Disco, of course. Our skin care line is formulated to keep your skin safely inside its perfect pH balance range. Most skin care you find in the store is formulated for women’s skin. 

Our Exfoliating Face Scrub is powerful, yet gentle enough to use several times a week. Packed with aloe, apricot, chamomile, and papaya, our scrub has everything you need to exfoliate thoroughly without the use of harsh granules or irritating chemicals. 

Use our face scrub after cleansing and before using your moisturizer to ensure your pores are squeaky clean. 

Let’s Disco

Why our skin care instead of your sister’s? It’s made for your skin, bro. Our entire product line was dermatologist developed and tested to ensure it worked best for men’s skin. We also avoid the use of harsh chemicals, known toxins, parabens, and sulfates. 

Our products are cruelty-free, all-natural, and plant-based, and sustainable, so you can have a clean conscience while you get clean skin. 

If you aren’t using a good skin care routine, it’s time to level up. Grab our starter set and scrub one out for better skin.

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583892/

https://www.glamour.com/story/st-ives-apricot-scrub-lawsuit

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764

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