There is absolutely no reason why men should feel uncomfortable using skincare products of any kind. If that changes in the future, we’ll be sure to let you know. The old mindset that men don’t need to take care of themselves doesn’t have any place in today’s world. And we aren’t talking about homemade, hipster beard butter either (unless you use beard butter in which case good for you, my man).
We are talking about using a once-daily moisturizing cream to keep your hands, elbows, feet, and anywhere else hydrated and healthy. Here are just a few reasons why all men should use moisturizer every day.
Moisturizing Takes About 10 Seconds per Day
What else is there to say? It doesn’t get much simpler than using skin cream. We recommend using moisturizing products directly after your daily shower to allow for maximum effectiveness. Using moisturizer on already slightly damp skin allows some of that water to remain trapped on and beneath the skin’s surface.
If you have the time to shower, shave, and put on deodorant, you have time to slap on some daily moisturizing cream.
Men are Susceptible to Dry, Cracked Skin
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, men are more prone to dry skin than women. This may seem counterintuitive as men also have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles. One of the underlying reasons is that thicker skin with a larger surface area is more difficult to keep hydrated. Therefore, men’s skin dries out faster.
Most men can tell you this is true from their own personal experience. Whether you are lifting weights, spending a day in the sun, or just living through a cold, dry winter, men are far more likely to develop dry skin and to not do anything about it.
Instead of suffering for absolutely no reason, consider using a once-daily moisturizing cream. It is dead simple to use, affordable for just about everyone, and it really works. As another fun fact, dry skin is actually dead skin cells clinging onto your body. So unless you want a layer of dead snakeskin, we recommend just using some damn moisturizer.
Dry Skin is Weak Skin
A common line we hear when men hesitate to use moisturizer is that “it will make my skin too soft” or “it will make my hands smell girly”. Neither of these are true if you are using the correct moisturizing product. Moisturizers work by essentially feeding your skin the nutrients it needs while simultaneously keeping in all of the available water (more on this below).
To understand why hydrated skin is stronger, consider the tensile strength of leather. If your leather belt is bone dry, a small tug on either side might rip that belt in half. If your leather belt is properly oiled, sealed, and has a proper moisture content, the tensile strength of the belt will be dramatically improved.
The same concept certainly applies to your skin. Dry skin can become cracked, leaving it exposed to the elements. Dry skin is more likely to develop cuts or other forms of wounds. Dry skin is also more likely to become damaged from the sun and other outside factors. Instead of thinking of moisturizer as a softener, think of it as a way for you to maintain strong, healthy skin.
How Moisturizer Works for Men’s Hands, Elbows, and Feet
- Occlusives seal in moisture. The natural moisture of your skin is sealed in by occlusives, which are sealing ingredients similar to something like Vaseline. This helps your skin to maintain its hydration throughout the day, and is the reason why applying skincare after showering is a great idea.
- Humectants draw moisture to the skin. Almost like a magnet, humectants are able to draw water to the skin’s surface for maximum hydration. A powerful humectant is glycerin, which is found in potent moisturizing creams.
- Emollients repair skin from within. Finally, emollients work to fill gaps left by dry, cracked, and damaged skin. This restores your skin strength from the inside out.
HEFF Daily Moisturizing Cream for Men
HEFF is a men’s moisturizing cream developed for dry, cracked hands, elbows, and feet. We believe in providing the strongest possible product for men who work hard. Our non-greasy formula harnesses the power of essential amino acids to heal your skin without leaving any nasty residue! Purchases of HEFF support the United States military through Operation Gratitude and our ongoing military donation program.
If you are in need of some serious dry skin relief, look no further! Our products are available in major retailers across the country, online, or you can feel free to contact us directly with any additional questions.