It’s not just women who need a good skincare regime. Men do as well. Men’s skin tends to differ from women in two main ways, not only is it thicker, but also hairier. This increases the quantity of sebaceous glands. These little glands sit underneath your skin surface and secrete an oily matter into your hair follicles as a form of lubrication.
- Having thicker skin means men can usually afford to use harsher skin products without adverse reactions.
- An increased amount of sebaceous glands means more oils will be released onto your skin and can give more natural moisture. It also means that men’s skin is less prone to dehydration and scaling.
- Men’s skin tends to have a bit more collagen in it than women’s, meaning it should age a lot better, if it is looked after correctly.
- Men tend to have more pores that are enlarged.
- The skin is far likelier to clog and have a sweaty and oily appearance.
- This puts men at a higher risk of getting black and white heads.
Here’s what you should have in your skincare toolkit:
Using a simple bar of soap is as bad as doing nothing at all, as this can leave your skin feeling tight and thirsty. Use a cleanser that strikes a balance, that is suitable for all skin types, strong enough to cut through those overactive sebaceous glands, yet gentle enough for everyday use.
A granular scrub should be used two to three times a week to exfoliate and dislodge that embedded dirt. A scrub will help smooth your complexion, leaving you with a clearer, cleaner look. It also softens the skin.
A must every day. The truth is that every guy, even ones with oily skin, needs to replenish the moisture content of their skin. Something as routine as showering or washing your face with hot water opens up the pores, and allows for dehydration (a huge ager). A basic moisturiser with SPF will restore moisture, protect your skin from the sun, reduce razor burn, and even prevent against premature aging.
Yes. Everyday. Make sure you use a lotion with an SPF of 30 and above. And if you are outdoors, doing sport, or spending much of your time in the car – make sure you reapply during the day.
A shower gel is more effective and sanitary than that cracked, germ-laden bar of soap. Granular scrubs are also important to use one to two times a week for exfoliation and deep-cleaning.
It’s easy to neglect this area around your eyes: this soft thin layer of skin is prone to developing fine lines. Whether you are 20 or 40, you should be using an eye-cream.
No, these are not just for women. A quick 10-minute regime one a week that will help to deep clean your face. Removing dead skin helps to promote cellular regeneration, as well as reduces excess oil and shine.
Skin on your lips is thin and lacks oil glands to regulate moisture content as well as melanin to shield the sun — this makes them particularly prone to dryness, burning and subsequent cracking and bleeding. All of which can lead to the development of fine lines over time.
But not all shaving creams are created equal. A cooling gel that develops into a thick lather is best for almost all skin types. Gel-based formulas tend to be denser and provide better cushion and glide for a pain-free shave. If your skin irritates easily, shave during or after a shower while pores are wide open.
Today’s post-shaving balms actually provide soothing relief. Most formulas contain a hint of menthol to cool the skin, but if you’re prone to irritation, make sure to steer clear. Menthol can aggravate sensitive skin. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E are also beneficial in promoting healing.