Skincare for men: Many men already use skincare products. Men often use products they have ‘borrowed’ from women. For example from their sister, mother, girlfriend or wives. While borrowing women’s skincare products can work overall. Men’s skin is different from a woman’s skin and has different needs. So perhaps its time to think about buying your own men’s skincare products.
How is men’s skin different?
First of all, men have more facial hair than women which is thicker and faster growing. Growing a beard can help protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV light. On the other hand, regular shaving can aggravate and dry facial skin.
Men’s skin is thicker than women’s due to hormonal differences, specifically testosterone. Men’s skin is approximately 25% thicker than women’s. This means that moisturizing products such as facial cream need to penetrate deeper on men’s skin to provide optimum benefits. Try and choose skincare specially made for men.
Men have more pores on their faces, and they tend to be wider than the pores on women’s faces. This is tied to testosterone production which also means that men sweat more than women, and produce more sebum. The production of sebum and opening of pores when sweating makes pores more prone to clogging which can lead to acne and muddy looking skin.
Given these differences between men and women’s skin, what are the basic go-to skincare products for men?
If regular shaving irritates your skin try using a natural shaving cream containing aloe vera and hydrating botanical extracts. After lathering, leave it on your skin for a few moments to soften the hairs before shaving. The shaving process is very drying to your skin, so using an organically based moisturizer after shaving will also help prevent irritation. A moisturizer with SPF will help protect your skin against harmful UV light reducing your chances of both wrinkles and skin cancer.
Using a moisturizer regularly is the best way to reduce the effects of ageing and keep your skin looking smooth and youthful. During the day, a specifically formulated men’s moisturizer with SPF will penetrate your skin to provide moisture while protecting against the effects of exposure to the sun. In Australia, it is difficult to avoid exposure to the sun regardless of your occupation, so it is always best to use some protection. If you work outdoors, or for those outdoor adventures on weekends and holidays, a dedicated sunscreen product is best. SPF ratings go as high as 50+ and many products are water-resistant for periods of several hours. Even if you are not engaging in water sports, remember that long times working outdoors will lead to perspiration which means you will need to reapply sunscreen at regular intervals.
Cleansing is an important part of skincare. Your skin will benefit from daily cleansing to remove the dirt, grit, sebum oil and perspiration from everyday life. A naturally formulated foaming cleanser can be used easily in the shower and will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean. Using a facial scrub once every few days or once a week will exfoliate your skin, removing build-up that can lead to clogged pores. This is particularly important if you are prone to acne, but remember, gentle is best.