Not many people are aware that men's skin is completely different to women's. Male-specific treatments are much more than just a marketing gimmick – different products and techniques are needed to treat male skin and its differing concerns.
Sometimes a guy’s skin needs more than a slap of moisturiser at the start of the day. Did you know that a bloke's complexion is significantly thicker than women's? Men also have a higher collagen density to women – and lose collagen at a slower rate to women whilst aging. Plus, guys tend to have a more textured skin type, which means they are often prone to more longer-lasting acne.
Then of course there’s facial hair. Daily shaving can take its toll on skin, resulting in shaving rash, in-grown hairs, or nicks and cuts, and a professional skin treatment can work wonders.
With that in mind, we've rounded up the very best bespoke skincare offerings for men at the UK's top spas – because the fellas deserve a little pampering, too…
This hard-working facial is particularly effective on congested, aging or dehydrated skins – working to maximise cell regeneration and unclog pores. Your therapist will use dynamic facial massage techniques to sculpt and boost circulation, as well as using steam and extraction to give a deep clean feeling. Any irritation from shaving will be calmed with soothing, nutrient-rich products – while the eye area is also paid careful attention to, leaving it smooth and awake. Clients will also be treated to a relaxing foot and scalp massage.
A men's version of The Grand Hotel's signature Classic Facial, this personalised treatment gives powerful exfoliation to tough male skin types with a mineral-rich moor mud, which removes dull surface skin cells. Next up is a luxurious hand and facial massage, deep-cleanse and nourishing botanical finishing products to leave the skin soft and supple.
The ideal facial for fellas with the most typical of male skin concerns, this signature Clarins treatment balances and smooths the complexion, softening shaving bumps and clearing any congestion. Any stress, tiredness or greyness is instantly lifted with bespoke techniques for each client's lifestyle and skin type. Finally, a calming chest, neck, face and scalp massage will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.
Book it: Ragdale Hall Spa, Leicestershire
This intensive treatment is described as the ideal ritual for 'the morning after the night before'! Using concentrated techniques for a very thorough facial that tackles male skin texture, any rough skin is left smooth, soft and re-energised. The treatment begins with a SkinVision™ analysis to ensure products and techniques are tailored to the client, followed by a deep brush cleanse to prep the skin. A pumpkin enzyme peel will ensure all dead skin cells are swiftly removed, while a facial massage using cooling rose quartz crystals tones and sculpts the skin. A real treat with incredible before-and-after results.
Book it: Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, Suffolk
This facial was designed for the busiest of blokes who don't take time to decompress. Just as much time is taken cleansing and working with the complexion as massage techniques to remove tension from the shoulder, neck and jaw areas. Ideal for men of all ages, this bespoke facial is unique to Elite Hotels' Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club.
Since male skin is more prone to congestion, texture and longer-lasting acne, the ESPA Deep Cleansing Facial is ideal for guys that are concerned about breakouts or oiliness. The treatment includes a double cleanse - to ensure any surface dirt is completely removed – plus exfoliation, steam and extraction if necessary, facial massage and a bespoke mask. While the mask does its work, clients are treated to a soothing scalp massage. A really hard-working facial that focusses on results and tried-and-tested techniques.
Decléor's male offering is specifically put together to target shaving bumps and other everyday irritations that are common in men. A refreshing and hydrating oak and green clay mask is applied to decongest and re-energise the skin, while stress-releasing massage techniques sculpt the complexion and give a boost to fight the signs of aging and fatigue. Finished with the cult Aromessence™ Homme Super Serum with active clove oil, the skin is left smooth, plump and healthy – this treatment can even help reduce beard growth.