Is men’s skin really that different than women’s? Yes, there are many similarities, and many of the same products and treatments used for women still work very well on men’s skin, but there are some key differences to be aware of.
Men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s, meaning it is also tougher. Men also continually battle shaving-related skin issues. When a man shaves, his face experiences a fairly intense exfoliation, therefore leaving it more prone to breakouts, razor burn, dryness and ingrown hairs if not treated correctly.
Men have a totally different hormonal makeup, produce more sebum, have larger pores, and grow more facial hair than women. Some studies have even shown that men’s skin has a lower pH level then women.
With the differences in the acid mantle, the pH level of the cleansers and topicals becomes an important factor. Products with a higher pH may elevate the overall skin pH and disrupt the acid mantle, which serves as an important protective barrier.
Testosterone also regulates men’s skin. In the epidermis and dermis, it is responsible for increasing the number of granular cells, collagen production and blood flow, stimulating the production of sebum, and toughening hair in the follicle. For any treatment or formula to be effective, it must address sebum, hair growth and sensitivities, as well as the thicker epidermis and a lower pH.
Now are you convinced that men need a good skin care routine?
Now that we have that clear, now what? I hope you can see why a simple skincare routine for men is essential. I’ll break it down and go over, simple steps that any man can do.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you that you need masks, serums, or toners. If you are looking for clearer, younger-looking skin, all of those will help, but they’re more for the enthusiasts out there. Instead, I’m here to teach you the basics with the essentials. You won’t add more than a few minutes to your daily routine, but that time spent can make a world of difference and keeping you looking younger, and for the long haul.
Step 1: Cleanse twice daily
When you wash your face, you remove the dirt, grime, and excess oil that has settled inside your pores and your skin. Men’s skin is generally oilier than that of majority of women which can lead to acne issues. Cleansing will prevent clogged pores, breakouts, and will minimize shine.
It’s also important to cleanse before using any other products, otherwise you’ll limit the effectiveness of a moisturizer, exfoliant, or mask. Think of it this way: You need a clean surface before you start putting anything on it. Do it when you wake up—to clean the grime you accumulated while you slept (since your pillowcase it a hotbed of bacteria). And then once again before bed, to flush away the day’s buildup.
Using face gels helps to prevent the same and is highly recommended. Facial gels also help you avoid pigmentation and blemishes.
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Step 2: Moisturize twice daily
If you’re not moisturizing, you’re missing out. After cleansing, it’s time to hydrate and protect your face. Though men have a higher collagen density than women, it’s important because moisturizing delivers soothing vitamins and nutrients to the skin, while also creating a barrier atop the skin so as to shield you from complexion-compromising toxins, AKA pollution.
Apply it in the morning to recover from lost moisture during sleep, as well as before bed to maximize the potency of the skin-strengthening nutrients while your body’s cells regenerate.
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Step 3: Condition your facial hair
In the past few years facial hair has morphed into the ultimate style accessory – and one that’s not just an adjunct to your overall look but an expression of the inner you, too. But it is so important to not only use that cleanser on your facial hair, but also use a beard oil to help soften & condition not only the hair, but the skin beneath.
Beard oil is hydrating to the skin and helps soften and tame beard hair, which means it is also a great styling agent. The ideal beard should look shiny and groomed, and not dusty, flaky and shaggy. Beard oil keeps facial hair flake-free and smelling fresh. Thanks to moisturizing oils, a little beard oil is just enough to tame those flyaway hairs and eliminate flakes (a.k.a. beard-druff)
The best time to apply beard oil is right after washing your face. Get in to the habit by putting it on beard oil first thing in the morning after showering or cleansing. That way, your hair follicles and pores are open and can easily absorb the oil. Just rub the beard oil into your hand, then massage it throughout your beard.
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I hope that after reading this article, you can see how adding these simple 3 steps can make a big difference for all of you men out there! I have to be honest, I am excited about providing you with products designed just for you, it’s about time! Elevate your skincare with advanced skincare for the modern day man! And incorporate classic products with proven results designed for every man.
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