When it comes to skincare, let’s face it, men are taught very little about how to take care of their skin, and it’s the main reason men do not prioritize skincare or talk about their problems with other people.
From adolescence, guys are taught the basics: shower daily, wash your face, put deodorant on, and shave, and as a result, we neglect our skin because we don’t understand the importance of skincare.
Skincare is an important part of skin health and a daily skincare routine is essential for maintaining healthy-looking, fresh skin, but every once in a while you need to leave it to the professionals and get a facial treatment.
A facial is a multi-step, multi-purpose skin treatment including steam, face masks, exfoliation, cleansing, a face massage and application of creams and lotions. There are many types of facial treatments, and choosing the one you need depends on your skin type and skin issues. Some are highly moisturizing, others are firming and restoring, while some focus on problem areas and certain skin conditions.
Corey Wesley sat down with Josie Bisetti, a licensed esthetician and the founder of Harlem, NYC’s JoGlo Spa to learn more about skincare, facials, techniques, and services she offers.
As the go-to esthetician in Harlem, what does your own skincare routine consist of?
Every morning, I wash my face and moisturize with a day cream with SPF or a rejuvenating oil treatment, before applying my makeup. I’m also obsessed with sheet masks and treat myself to one once or twice a week.
But, to really pamper my skin, I do a wet Diamond Microdermabrasion every 6 weeks to exfoliate while hydrating my skin. It leaves my skin super smooth and glowing.
What is the number one service or treatment customers come to you for?
HydroFacials are the most commonly requested. It’s very popular with the men because it’s a relaxing, multi-step process that leaves the skin rejuvenated and refreshed. Plus every HydroFacial is unique. First, I perform a deep cleanse, peel, and extraction with a vacuum system. Then for the final touch, I create a custom serum cocktail based on each client’s specific skin needs (such as anti-aging, peptides or brightening serum), and infuse the serums into the skin to work their magic.
What are some skincare hacks or trends you’ve seen that need to go away?
- DIY Lemon juice to brighten hyperpigmentation. The acidity increases your chance of sunburn and sun damage. I was in Marseilles last summer and drank vodka soda with fresh lemon during my holiday. I returned home with strange large red spots around my stomach, which my dermatologist advised was from a combination of drinking lemon juice with the strong South of France sun. Lesson learned, thank you!
- African bar soap. I have a pet peeve with cleansers that do not come from a bottle. A few of my clients have told me they’ve been using African soap but they aren’t seeing results.
My two rules of thumb are:
- If you’ve been using it for a month and see no results, TOSS IT!
- Cleansers should always come out of a bottle. Facial and hand soap can acquire bacteria. So it’s a big hygienic no-no for me.
More often than not, what is men doing wrong when it comes to skincare?
This is a great question. I begin with a 10-minute consultation prior to my facials. I simply cringe every time I ask what my male clients use on their skin, and their response is “nothing” or “I use the shampoo for my face.” So to answer your question, lacking a skincare routine is what they’re doing wrong. Sometimes skincare is just not on men’s priority list. But it should be. I always send them home with a great regimen based on their skin type. No shampoo facial included!
What do you think about the rise in popularity of clean, green beauty and skincare practices?
I love switching it up with organic and non-organic products. Many clients have sensitive skin or are allergic to chemicals. So using organic products that are super effective is a great way to treat them. Organic products have so many natural vitamins, enzymes, peptides that work perfectly without being so harsh on your skin.
You can also ask your esthetician to incorporate other modalities into your facial where chemicals are not involved and are effective in acquiring desired results. Like high frequency, which stimulates collagen, blood circulation, kills bacteria in your skin, or LED Light Therapy facial which has multiple benefits like killing bacteria that causes acne, stimulating collagen, and great for muscle pain.
For those who want to maintain their Botox just a little longer, Microcurrent is a great facial add-on. It re-trains your facial muscles to stay where they are supposed to be! Of course, every modality has contraindications. But, once I analyze your skin I’ll be able to know which will be the right fit to achieve best results.
What’s the first thing we should do to help our skin?
Find a great esthetician! Also, drink TONS of water. It’s free and good for your skin. And of course, try to maintain a healthy diet. Remember, what goes into your body shows on your skin.
Find a skincare routine that works for you. Cleanse every night before bed and exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, making room for skin cell turnover.
What is the one mistake men make when it comes to skincare?
A lot of the things we’ve already covered: diet, hydration, creating and sticking to a skin regimen, having a great esthetician with treatments you simply can’t get over the counter – like a wet or dry Diamond Microdermabrasion & HydroFacials with custom serum blends. I advise my clients to use good AHA’s to slough away that dead skin, and SPF with zinc oxide.
What do you recommend for men who suffer from razor bumps?
There are lots of things to try. Starting with the simplest, and if it doesn’t work, move on to the next step.
- Cleanse & Exfoliate: Cleanse twice a day to ensure the skin is clean. Exfoliate twice a week this will help by also removing that top layer of the skin, allowing hairs to be freed from the derma-layer. 2.
- AHA Wash: Salicylic or glycolic wash. The goal is to remove that top layer of the skin. It helps the skin shed quicker.
- If that doesn’t work, use a sterilized needle and tweezers to release the embedded hair. Always clean your instruments. Insert the needle on top of the bump (puss or bleeding may happen) then remove like a splinter and pluck it out. Please be very careful when doing this so as not to damage or scar your skin.
- Don’t shave the irritated area. Avoid applying products with alcohol. It will irritate your skin further and dry it up.
- Lastly, try aftershave products with lidocaine. Also, Bacitracin is found in Neosporin and kills bacteria. Try these together.
If all else fails, and you continue to experience razor burn and bumps, try laser treatment or electrolysis. Depending on the area, it may not be that costly. Based on your hair type and how much you’d like removed, it could cost $150-200 per treatment with about 6-9 treatments for hair to never grow there again.
With so much concern in the LGBTQ & Transgender community, why should they feel comfortable coming to Joglo?
For as long as I can remember, I have been a lifelong ally of the LGBTQ community. Joglo is a safe, accepting and non-biased place where everyone is welcome. I provide discreet, private one-on-one appointments, without the traffic of regular salons. So we can get our kiki on!
Schedule your next facial with JoGlo Spa (treatments are done in Josie’s home studio): Contact JoGlo Spa