Guys, we get it.
Taking care of your skin isn’t just for women and shouldn’t be complicated. Your skin is designed to help regulate temperature, act as an environmental barrier, participate in your immune response and provide sensory information. Creating your own skincare routine that matches your lifestyle is key to your skin performing and looking its best.
But first let’s take a look at the subtle differences between men and women’s skin that affects how you age and your specific skin care needs.
Men’s skin is around 25% thicker with larger pores and double the sebum production when compared to women’s skin. This extra sebum makes men’s skin more oily and prone to acne, and generally less prone to dryness or dehydration. Male skin also has a higher density of collagen that degrades slowly over a longer period of time. This results in less pronounced wrinkles and a less noticeable aging process.
Given this information, it is still important to identify and understand your skin type.
Dry skin- flaky, itchy or rough
Oily skin- shiny and greasy
Sensitive skin- prone to redness and inflammation, often stings or burns after using products
Normal skin- balanced oil production and doesn’t react to products
Knowing your skin type gives you the foundation for selecting the right products for your skin. When building out your routine, keep the following recommendations in mind:
- Wash your face daily and after exercise. The extra oils on your skin can hold onto dirt and grime, clog your pores and cause acne. Set aside the regular bar soap for a mild facial cleanser. Bar soaps are often too harsh and can disrupt your lipid barrier, causing your skin to produce even more oil.
- Go easy on your skin when shaving. Razor burns, bumps and ingrown hairs are all signs of shaving too close or with multi-blade razors that work a little too well. Shave after you get out of the shower when all of the dead skin cells and excess oils have been washed away. Use a shaving cream or oil on warm, damp skin and always shave in the direction of your hair growth. Don’t leave your razor in the shower where harmful bacteria can thrive on the blades, and be sure to replace it after 5-7 uses.
- Moisturize daily when your skin is still damp from showering. This will help trap water in your skin, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and boosting cellular hydration.
- Wear sunscreen whenever outdoors (including the top of your head if you have hair loss there!). Let’s be honest, sunscreen is the best anti-aging product there is and 70-year-old you will thank you for it.