The answer to the question is a resounding ‘Yes! Men definitely require a different skincare regimen and different skincare products than women. This is because men’s skin is very different from women’s and thus has different needs and requirements.
Here are some of the characteristic features of men’s skin:
Men experience less hormonal activity as compared to women. Therefore, they are less likely to develop hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on their skin.
Men’s skin is thicker than women’s. So, they need exfoliate more frequently than women without the risk of damaging their skin.
Men’s skin is more oilier skin than that of women because they have more sebaceous glands.
Because men’s skin produce more oil, they also have larger skin pores and are more prone to the development of blackheads and whiteheads.
Men generally shave everyday. And regular use of razor makes their skin hard and coarse.
Because of this, men need a simple and more unique approach to skincare and specialized skincare products as well because women’s skincare products would not be effective. Here are some skincare tips for men:
Don’t Wash your Face with Soap
Soap bars generally contain harsh ingredients with a very high pH balance. It might be suitable for your body but since the skin on the face is much thinner than that on other body parts, soap bars can strip off its moisture and natural oils. This causes the facial skin to become dehydrated and lead to increased sensitivity and acne conditions. Use a mild facial cleanser that removes all the impurities from within the skin pores without stripping off its natural moisture. Try Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser.
Use Emollient-based Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin
If you have sensitive skin that is prone to bumps and ingrown hairs, then consider using a emollient based shaving cream in place of a regular one. Emollient based shaving creams soften the hair and follicle thus ensuring a smoother and irritation-free shave.
Avoid using Aftershave with SD Alcohol
SD Alcohol is not a good skin care ingredient. It causes dead skin cells to build up on the skin surface and keeps the hair strands trapped in the skin. This leads to the development of ingrown hair and increased skin sensitivity. Therefore, instead of using an alcohol based aftershave, try using a calming, oil-free moisturizer that soothes the skin after the abrasive shaving process. Kinerase Hydra Boost Intensive Treatment is light oil-free moisturizer that hydrates the skin without making it greasy.
Use Sunscreen Daily
Sunscreens are very important to keep your skin protected against the UV radiation of the sun. Even if you don’t spend more time in the sun, you are still at risk of incidental sun exposure. The sun’s rays can affect your skin while you are walking in your lawn, through the car windows when you are driving and so on. Thus, make sure you wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen at all times. You can also consider using combination products like moisturizers with SPF. Try the La Roche Posay Anthelios SX. It is an excellent non-greasy moisturizer with sunscreen benefits as well. Or if you are too fussy about suing lotions, you can try the iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen.
Men are more prone to clogged skin pores and the subsequent development of blackheads. This makes it important for them to exfoliate regularly. Regular exfoliation scrapes off the dead skin layer on the surface and also removes the accumulated debris from within the skin pores. This unclogs the skin pores and the skin becomes smooth and fresh. Nia 24 Physical Cleansing Scrub removes dead skin cells effectively and calms, hydrates as well as soothes the skin. It contains Pro-Niasomes that wash away visible imperfections on the skin as well. In addition to regular exfoliation, it is also advisable to go for occasional facials to get your face cleaned professionally.