Although in the past, men’s skin care was considered a feminine habit, nowadays interest in this area has increased. Today there are complete ranges of skincare products on the market, exclusively designed for men. Why you may ask? Because men’s skin differs from women’s, which is why they need products specially designed for them.
So what are the differences between men’s and women’s skin?
Characteristics of a man’s skin
Although men can face the same problems as women when it comes to their complexion (such as acne, wrinkles or sensitive complexion) their skin is more resilient because it is influenced mostly by the testosterone hormone.
Due to testosterone, men’s skin is almost 20% thicker than women’s. Aging and wrinkling is a slower process for men, many enjoying wrinkle-free skin by the age of 35.
Another difference lies in the production of sebum. A man’s skin produces twice as much sebum, which predisposes him to more severe acne than women. For this reason, men should use products without an oily base and creams with non-greasy textures.
Facial hair is perhaps the most important factor to consider. After shaving, the skin is prone to irritation and feeling rough, and the risk of clogged pores and ingrown hairs under the skin is very high.
4 Skin care tips for men
The skin care routine for men should contain products that fight excess sebum and clogged pores, as well as irritation. It should also include products that help remove dead skin cells, soothe the skin and restore moisture levels. (Cosmetics that intensely hydrate the complexion).
1. Cleansing your skin is the basis of a perfect complexion
Skin that is not cleansed daily tends to look heavy. Cleanse your skin twice a day, morning and evening, and immediately after your workout, with warm water and a skin cleansing foam specially designed for men’s needs that removes impurities and leaves your skin hydrated.
2. Use an exfoliator
Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and clogged pores and helps prevent hair from growing under the skin.
3. Moisturize your skin
It’s good to moisturize your skin immediately after cleansing, when the skin is still moist. This replenishes the skin’s lipid barrier and keeps it moist. Moisturizing cream is also very important if you shave every day. After this process, your skin can remain dry and irritated.
4. Avoid alcohol-based aftershaves
Irritation occurs immediately after shaving, especially in the chin and neck area, and affects men with sensitive skin who have dermatitis or acne. Skin irritation can spread if you shave everyday. The first thing to do is to put the razor away for a few days and then apply dermatological lotions specially designed for irritation.
Alcohol-based products dry the skin and intensify the burning sensation. Products with too much fragrance in them also fall into the same category. To avoid the discomfort of shaving, choose products containing essential oils (sandalwood, musk, patchouli or sage).
Dabbing the face with talcum powder immediately after shaving is another method that is beneficial to the skin.