There are some distinct differences between a man’s and a woman’s skin and as a result there are differing skincare needs.
In this blog, we’ll provide our dos and don’ts, and share our best skincare for when it comes to looking after men’s skin.
is a man’s skin really different from a woman’s?
Yes! Did you know that due to the male dominant hormone, testosterone, men’s skin is up to 25% thicker than a woman's and has a higher collagen density. Men’s skin tends to produce more oil and have a thicker texture, which might be why you get that oily shine, occasional congestion or even pesky breakout. A man's skin texture is also tougher.
what about acne in men?
Sebum production is far greater in males than females, which accounts for why men have longer-lasting acne.
does men’s skin age slower?
Yes it does, lucky right? Regardless of age, men have a higher collagen density than women. Collagen content is directly related to the signs of skin ageing, and it has been said that a woman's skin is about 15 years older than a man's of the same age. However, men tend not to use sunscreens as much as women, which could help explain why the "15 year" skin age difference is not easily noticed. UV damage from the sun can add years to a man's skin and reverse the benefit of slowed genetic skin ageing.
are there male specific skincare products?
It’s a common misconception that skincare is gender specific. Although there are differences between men and women’s skin, skin is skin! What we know about men’s skin, is it’s typically oilier and therefore experiences congestion, breakouts, and uneven texture. Also shaving can leave the skin vulnerable and prone to redness and sensitivity. When it comes to creating a skincare routine for male skin, it’s about selecting products that help address and balance these particular concerns. or example, if your skin is on the oiler side, opt for a foaming or clay-based cleanser and a light, oil-free moisturiser.
Even though there are shared skin similarities among men, every skin is unique and can experience an array of skin conditions. At Dermalogica, we have an extensive range of products to target multiple skin types and concerns – it’s designed for every skin.
our top skincare picks for male skin:
Special Cleansing Gel: You can’t go wrong with Dermalogica’s most popular cleanser, Special Cleansing Gel. Every skin can use this soap free foaming cleanser – it leaves skin clean, without feeling stripped or sensitised. It loves water, making it easy to use in the shower and it’s fluffy, light consistency means it can double up as a shaving foam. Be sure to only use a small amount of gel and plenty of water, to create the perfect foam. Active Clay Cleanser is another great option – this dual-action, mineral-rich clay and charcoal formula actively cleanses and purifies.
UltraCalming Mist: This cooling, hydrating toner reduces redness fast, making it great to use post-shave and throughout the day.
Awaken Peptide Eye Gel: This firming and hydrating eye gel, featuring Peptides and Caffeine, helps minimise the appearance of puffiness and fine lines. It’ll help you look more well rested in just 10 minutes, but more importantly, it delivers on long term, visible results. Use in the morning on a clean skin when puffiness is most notable.
AGE Bright Clearing Serum: A potent lightweight treatment to help clear breakouts and blackheads and smooth skin. 2% Salicylic Acid helps clear pores and reduce breakouts, whilst Niacinamide works together with White Shiitake Mushroom to promote brighter, more even skin tone. It can be used one to two times a day, applying before your moisturiser.
Calm Water Gel: An ultra-light weight, ultra-hydrating, gel-based moisturiser that quenches the skin like a cooling glass of water. This almost invisible moisturiser contains Dual Hyaluronic Acid technology alongside soothing botanicals, making it a tremendous post-shave remedy and moisturiser in one.
Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50: Mother nature gave men great collagen so it’s only right to prolong and preserve it by protecting against the number one cause of skin ageing – the sun. This daytime moisturiser and sunscreen in one makes sun protection easy. It’s hydrating, non-greasy and packed with ingredients that help minimise signs of skin ageing. UV Rays are present all year, not just when it’s hot and sunny, making sunscreen a daily skincare essential.
- Your go-to moisturiser without SPF for night-time try Active Moist. It is a lightweight oil-free moisturiser for slightly oilier skins. If you are a little drier and you need some hydration, then reach for Skin Smoothing Cream.
professional skin treatments
Just as following a good skincare regime is important for all skins, so are professional skin treatments - regular skin treatments with a professional skin therapist will ensure your skin is in its heathiest condition.
For a complimentary professional skin analysis and recommended skincare routine, reach out to your local Dermalogica professional skin therapist. You can find your nearest Dermalogica treatment centre via our store locator.