Skincare 101: Five Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Consider

 

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Age is a funny thing. It’s something that can’t be avoided. And yet, it’s fought against vigorously until the bitter end. And although using a high quality face cream is a great way to maintain the moisture balance in your skin, it can only do so much; after all the empty promises, it’s still just a face cream, not a magic wand. So when its time to step-up your game, these five skincare treatments are guaranteed to keep you looking like you, longer.

Botox: Complexion Perfection

I am a big fan of Botox, and for good reason: it can knock off a few years in a matter of a few days. Botox is a neurotoxin protein that temporarily freezes overactive facial muscles. It can be applied to various places in and around the face. The most popular areas for treatment are the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows, the lower jaw (for jowls), and the ‘tree rings’ around the neck.

The treatment is quick, painless, and requires no down time. The procedure is moderately inexpensive and usually costs between $8, on the very low end, to $12 per unit. Men typically need to apply more Botox due to the thickness of their skin. The majority of patients notice improvements in their skin in as little as three to four days and the full treatment lasts three to six months depending on location.

Peel the Years Away

It’s rather pointless to spend a small fortune on Botox and other time-erasing procedures if your skin is riddled with discolouration. A chemical peel is a great way to improve sun-damaged and wrinkle prone skin. The treatment uses a light acid to safely remove the upper layers of the dermis stimulating collagen and elastin. The skin is left revitalized, smooth and spot-free.

Although relatively painless, there may be some redness, light peeling, and mild tingling after the treatment. Results will vary and the procedure typically costs $140 (figure from NewDermaMed) per session. Peels can also be applied to the neck and hands.

Blastoff With Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is far lighter than a chemical peel and is often included in many of the super facials that have gained popularity recently. Tiny crystals are sand blasted onto the face to buff away the outer most layer of the skin. After the treatment, the skin will be brighter and smoother, and will appear more youthful. Although there may be a bit of redness after the treatment, it will subside quickly. An average microdermabrasion treatment will cost around $140 per session.

Laser Where it Counts

If you’re looking for a relatively quick procedure with highly noticeable results, opt for a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers are used to remove layers of the skin at a far more precise and deeper level than your average chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment. Your skin will look younger, tighter, and be more resilient.

You can have your youth back but it will cost you. A typical micro laser procedure will set you back at least $600 (figure from NewDermaMed) and will only go up from there. Four or more sessions are recommended for optimum results.

Hard at Work: The Super Facial

The super facial ($118 Blitz Body Bar) is a relatively new hybrid of skincare that combines a little bit of everything. These high quality oxygen infused facials deeply clean and exfoliate the skin but with an added kick. Think of your regular facial treatment on steroids.

Super facials often include a mix of microdermabrasion, facial steaming, blackhead extractions, a mask or two, and lymphatic facial massage. The results are immediate and will leave your skin incredibly hydrated, smooth, and polished.The treatment works well on various skin types and is ideal for monthly maintenance.

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Hey Dude, Pass the Botox

Written by Alexander Sauve

Botox during their lunch hour, Chemical peels every few months, fillers once a year. When it comes to wrinkles and aging skin–men in greater numbers are opting for Botox and other nonsurgical procedures to strengthen their prospects in today’s competitive job market.

You’re aging. I am aging. We are all aging. It’s something that cannot be avoided. But luckily for you, there is a wide range of cosmetic procedures to give you back what time has taken away. Today’s nonsurgical procedures give men back their youth, which doesn’t hurt their chances in today’s cutthroat job market.

A procedure most often associated with women, Botox (OnabotulinumtoxinA) or Brotox (as known in some circles) has become increasingly popular among men who have the desire to look rested and appear more youthful. Botox is used to temporarily relax or paralyze the muscles in the upper portion of the face. The wrinkles on the forehead, the lines around the eyes, and the furrow lines between the eyebrows virtually disappear within days. The procedure can be done during your lunch hour. Is quick and painless. And is finished in less than twenty minutes.

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According to statistics released by the American Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Botox remains the most popular nonsurgical procedure for both men and women. In fact, the number of men “flocking to plastic surgeons for surgical and nonsurgical procedures continues to increase and are up 43 percent this year alone.” Since the ASAPS began collecting statistical data in 1997, the number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed on men has had an increase of 273 percent over last decade and a half.

The pressures of navigating a competitive and sometimes ageist job market can be difficult. Now, men in various stages of their lives and careers are getting Botox to maintain their appearance and feel better about themselves in the process.

Tanner Bradford, 43, an educator from Toronto Ontario, exercises and watches what he eats, gets plenty of rest, and takes regular walks with his dog, and by all accounts describes himself as an active, moderately fit guy. Except when he looks in the mirror.

“I would see the bags and wrinkles under the eyes, a little drooping in the cheeks. My colleagues and friends would ask me if I was tired or sick when I wasn’t. I would look in the mirror and wouldn’t recognize myself. It was brutal,” Bradford recalls.

He didn’t want to look ten or fifteen years younger, he explains, “I just wanted to look as young as I feel and feel comfortable in my own skin again.”
So over the last few years, Bradford has opted for Botox a couple of times of year to look and feel rejuvenated.

“At first glance, everyone thought I had a haircut or had a lot of sleep over the weekend” he recalls (laughing).

Toronto’s NewDermaMed Cosmetic and Advance Laser Clinic estimates 20 percent of its clients are male. “We are seeing a general increase in male interest for cosmetic treatments such as Botox, Fillers, Scar Removal, Skin Rejuvenation, and Under Eye Circle Treatments,” states Clinic Director Alin Gharibian.

The increase of men opting for Botox and other nonsurgical procedures have helped remove some of the stigma associated with men getting these treatments. “There is a (fleeting) stigma attached to cosmetic procedures in general; this is likely born out of an idea that cosmetic procedures presents a false appearance,” states Gharibian.

With Botox and other similar procedures gaining popularity in recent years–men are mainly opting for this treatment because of its effectiveness, little downtime, and its affordability. Although there are varying reasons why more men are opting for Botox and other anti-aging treatments, most men are still very conscious and want the changes to be subtle.

“Every client is unique; their individual reasoning for having a certain treatment is personal and we value that privacy. However, a general trend toward a lifestyle more conscious of health and physical appearance is very apparent and males are no exception to this. Advanced technology and non-invasive cosmetic procedures offer no recovery time for treatments, which is another factor contributing to rising male interest.” States Gharibian.

For guys considering Botox but are still somewhat apprehensive–don’t be. I am a client at NewDermaMed and have Botox done once or twice a year. In my thirties and just beginning my career, I completely understand why so many men opt for Botox and other procedures. Your resume and qualifications will get you in the door, but if you don’t look the part, and someone else does, guess who gets the job.

Having the procedure done reaches far beyond vanity and trying to look younger. At this point in my life, I want to look as good as possible–for as long as possible. Botox softens my appearance but at the same time doesn’t change the way I look. If men got past the ideology that Botox is something only women do, more men would be apt to add Botox to their grooming routines.

We live in a culture where beauty and youth are prized and celebrated–often at any cost. Should you decided to jump on the Brotox craze–and let’s be honest, none of us are getting any younger–discuss the results you’re hoping to achieve with qualified doctor who is experienced in treating male patients.

Men have begun to adopt an open and more proactive attitude towards their appearance. We are currently in an age where male beauty and grooming have gone mainstream with no indication of slowing down. If your goal is to look better, and appear more rested and youthful–Botox may be the answer for you.