With skincare, there are are some golden rules that work for everyone, and choosing products to suit your skin needs is more important than picking products by fragrance or the gender it is marketed for.
However, there are some differences between men’s and women’s skin that stem from various factors: lifestyle habits, biological makeup, and environmental factors– and these may need a slightly different approach to skincare as compared to women.
Given that most skincare products and tips are often targeted to women, let’s delve into the few differences that men should take note of while following general skin care guides.
As men’s sebum production is typically double that of women, their skin is oilier and shinier than female skin. This leads to more blackheads and acne breakouts if left unmanaged. The pH of male skin is also lower, which makes it more susceptible to impurities and acne.
While this also means they age more gracefully than women, oil control should be a crucial part of their routine to keep breakouts at bay.
Male skin is, on average, approximately 20% thicker than female skin. As a result, they may be able to exfoliate every day safely without damaging skin.
This also means that dead skin builds up quickly, so without regular exfoliation in their skincare routine, pores can become clogged and additional skincare products may not be as effective.
Exfoliating more often every week will help reduce clogged pores and stimulate cell renewal for better skin in men.
Lucky, lucky, men! They have higher levels of collagen production compared to women, so collagen boosters will not be as much of a priority in their routine. On average, men’s skin contains more collagen and has a tighter, firmer appearance.
However, they are less likely to apply sunscreen, which squanders this natural advantage they have. To keep skin looking young and fresh, SPF is still a must!
Adult males are less prone to dry skin than adult females. The extra sebum produced helps men’s skin retain moisture content. Again, this extra moisture is a boon against combating ageing.
However, men should still take note to ensure their skin is both hydrated AND moisturised– if oil is not properly managed, a build-up of sebum can lead to an impaired barrier function, leading to dehydrated skin that will age faster than that of hydrated, rejuvenated skin.
Generally, men are less likely to use a range of products to build up layers of hydration and stick to one moisturiser, if used at all. Layering with a serum or hydrating mist adds hydration to parched skin and leaves less of a ‘tacky’ sensation that is often cited as a reason for not using regular skincare products.
Shaving, if done properly, can be just another form of exfoliation in the outer layers of skin for a more youthful appearance (no wonder they say a beard ages a man!).
A good shaving cream should minimise friction between your skin and the blade and will let the razor ‘glide’ over skin with no irritation or tugging sensation.
However, if not done carefully or with dull, old razors, shaving can irritate skin and lead to bumps and ingrown hairs that may become infected. While it may seem like an extravagant expense, it is generally advisable to change one’s razor/ razor blade after three shaves (for cheap disposable razors) or immediately when you feel any tugging or pulling at your skin Of course, if your blade shows signs of rusting, throw it away immediately.
To lengthen the longevity of your blades, make sure to dry your razor after use and avoid storing it where it is exposed to water or condensation.