Men and Moisturisers
It’s no secret that mens skincare is a rapidly growing market. Most major skincare brands now have a seperate range of products that cater to the differing needs that male skin presents compared to female skin.
It would be a foolish man nowadays that ignored the pantechnicon of ranges available to him from the high street or the internet. All budgets, tastes, skin problems and skin sensitivities are catered for.
At the beginning of this trend there was some consternation amongst gentlemen about using skincare products. Does using moisturiser reduce your alpha male status? Which leads to the obvious question: what is a alpha male ? And the obvious answer: an alpha male is a gentleman who knows how to look after himself, and this includes his skin.
Male skin and female skin have a number of differences. Male facial skin tends to be thicker and oilier as in general it has more sebaceous glands and larger pores than female facial skin. This makes sense if you think about it, as sebaceous glands are usually connected to hair follicles and, well, gentlemen have beards and moustaches or shaving to contend with on their chins. And of course, with frequent shaving comes the potential for dry or irritated skin on that particular area.
These differences of course mean that whilst men could quite happily use products designed for female skin, they might not necessarily be strong enough to combat these problems effectively. It certainly means that for most women male products will be overly harsh on their skin. Which is disappointing for the ladies as often the male ranges of high end beauty companies are a little cheaper than their female counterparts!
However for men, it means that a good skincare regime is easily attainable. For specific advice for your type of skin its always advisable to visit the beauty department of a chemist or department store (or a dermatologist if you have serious allergies, sensitivity or other issues) But to start, here are a few basic rules to get you going:
Don’t use hand soap on your face- it is seriously drying!
A cleanser or facial scrub are excellent (and easy) to use in the shower
Moisturiser need not be expensive but ideally should contain an SPF or be combined with an application of suncream to help protect your skin.
The delicate skin around the eye really needs a product designed specifically for it, not just extra moisturiser…
Gentlemen, you have your basic skincare tools. Go forth and have beautiful skin!
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