We all have skin, but it seems like most skincare advice is still aimed only at women. That mentality is beginning to change in Asia, however, with Asian Pacific countries leading the world in spending on men’s skincare products – 65 percent of the world market, according to Euromoniter International. In comparison, North American men account for just 9 percent of global spending. So what routines are Asian men using to stay looking fresh and young, and what can other men learn from these trends?
Male Skincare Trends in Asia
Trends in Asia have been influenced by cultural influences like celebrity endorsements for male skincare, encouragingmen to embrace skincare routines. China and South Korea are currently the biggest spenders, with men starting to use products like serums, moisturizers, and masks. Men are beginning to realize they can and should take care of their skin, and a cultural shift around this idea is beginning to take place. According to Bulldog co-founder Simon Duffy, “There is a wider idea of skin-care being effeminate in many countries, but in Korea this doesn’t seem to be the case.”
Why Don’t Men Care for Their Skin?
Most men in other areas of the world don’t put much emphasis on skincare. Why is this? It’s not entirely clear, but it probably has to do with a variety of factors. First, there’s the cultural association of specialized personal grooming as being feminine. Second, there are fewer quality products and advice readily available to men. Unfortunately, poor skincare habits can lead to problems like acne, accelerated aging, and more.
Buck the Trends
American men would do well to learn from guys in Asia when it comes to taking care of their skin.The benefits of healthy and young-looking skin are tremendous, and can improve confidence and self-esteem. Young men who start skincare routines early can help prevent problems later on, and have a better chance of noticing early signs of skin cancer.
Not Sure Where to Start?
If you’ve never put much thought into caring for your skin before, then you may be unsure as to where to start. Here are some simple tips for starting your own skincare routine for preserving your skin’s health and youth:
- Find a knowledgeable dermatologist to help you
- Clean your skin gently, using a non-soap cleanser and warm water
- Exfoliate gently and regularly
- Use a light moisturizer, particularly if you have dry skin
- Use sunscreen diligently
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t drink excessively
Following these steps will help you maintain youthful skin and slow down signs of aging such as wrinkling and sagging skin. If you’re already noticing signs of aging, there are many minimally invasive skin treatments to consider that can rejuvenate your skin. These treatments can produce results such as:
- Skin tightening (Ultherapy®)
- Improved tone and texture (Laser treatments)
- Reduction in wrinkling (Botox®, Fillers, and Laser treatments)
Not sure if anti-aging skin treatments are right for you? Need advice on caring for your skin? Dr. Stacy Chimento and Dr. Diane Walder, expert cosmetic dermatologist, are standing by to help you keep your skin looking great. Both are authorities on skincare and trusted resources for several national publications. To get personalized advice, call their office today at 305-866-2177 to schedule your appointment.