If you are a man and pretty much the only skin care products you use are shaving cream & after shave, you are not alone. It seems like it’s mostly women buying the “lotions & potions” for their skin, but it’s time to re-think this. We all have skin, right?! Men need to cleanse & hydrate and care for their skin as well!
A few quick notes about men’s skin:
Men’s skin is thicker than women’s (20-30% thicker, on average). This gives men a few key benefits:
- A little bit of added protection from injury and damage
- More collagen, which is why men seem to age better than women (much to the chagrin of their female spouses/partners!)
Men’s skin produces more oil than women’s. The additional oil is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because slight oiliness can help keep the skin moisturized and looking young. A curse because that same oiliness can lead to acne and blackheads, among other things.
Men’s skin is physiologically different, so what does that mean for skin care? More and more these days, companies are coming out with skin care lines specifically for men, targeting their specific needs and challenges. Is there a big difference? In some cases, yes, but primarily the differences between men’s & women’s basic skin care products are:
This one I’m sure is not a surprise. Women’s products are often made to smell like flowers or fruits or something like that, whereas most men’s products are unscented
Men’s skin care products tend to be more basic. Women’s products often include additional ingredients, such as vitamins & antioxidants, because women tend to have more aesthetic concerns.
Men’s moisturizers are more likely to contain sunscreen. While this is becoming more the norm for all moisturizers, having some SPF protection included is popular in men’s skin care products because men (a) statistically spend more time outdoors and (b) are at higher risk of skin cancer.
June is considered Men’s Health month, so we will be focusing out blog posts on skin care topics & tips that apply to men, including shaving, hair loss/balding, and how to care for men’s skin more specifically. Many of the issues are not exclusive to men, but all will be geared towards men, because we care about you guy’s (literally!) skin too!