Male skin is very different from a female’s skin since it
- is on average 25% thicker and tougher, primarily as a result of testosterone stimulation
- has a higher collagen density, although the benefits are not always obvious because men, on the whole, tend to be less careful about sun care
- is oilier, producing more sebum (oil) with larger pores and more active sebaceous glands
However, despite differences in the skin, the male skin care routine should actually be quite similar to the female routine. Here are our top tips for great male skin:
Like female skin, male skin care also starts with cleansing, particularly because of the generally inherent oily nature of male skin. Cleansing helps remove the dirt, grease and pollutants from the skin and helps prevent pore clogging (which leads to blackheads and pimples).
Cleansing should be done at least once every day, preferably twice, using a water soluble cleanser rather than soap.
(2) Careful shaving
Shaving products (razors, foam/gel/cream and after shave lotion) are the most important male skin care products. Serious skin care requires
- a proper selection of shaving related equipment and products
- using products in the way they are intended to produce the most effective results
When buying shaving products choose
- products which are suitable for your skin type (since the degree of oiliness differs)
- good quality razors (swivel-head razors are preferable since they are known to reduce cuts)
- products which have natural ingredients – aloe vera, sea salt, coconut and natural antiseptic oils like lavender and tea tree
It’s not enough to just have the correct shaving equipment; you also need to be sure that you use it properly. Therefore
- be gentle when using your razor
- do not scratch it against your skin
- use a soft and smooth action (after all it’s a matter of removing hair, not the skin behind it).
Regular shaving means that skin can easily become dehydrated so moisturisers should be an integral part of male skin care.
Apply moisturising gel or cream
- after shaving (some shaving foams/gels have an in-built moisturising effect too so find out what works for your skin)
- by gently patting the product over your face and massage it gently using upward strokes
Aftershaves can complement a clean shave but, on the whole, try to avoid alcohol-based aftershaves which can be harsh on your skin. Consider opting for a scented and soothing balm.
(4) Be Sun Safe
Although male skin is less susceptible to skin cancer caused by UV radiation, using a sunscreen is also an important skin care measure. You can use a moisturiser that combines sunscreen with the moisturising effect.
Male skin care is not as difficult as a lot of men think. It just requires a few minutes every day in order to give you healthy skin for the present and for the future.