The world is advancing and skincare has transcended the boundaries of gender stereotypes. While the beauty industry has traditionally been associated with women, men are now stepping into the spotlight, embracing skincare as a vital aspect of their grooming routine. But let's not rush, men's skincare is not like women's skincare. The products that might be working for your partner are not designed for your skin.
Guys, your skin is different and it has different needs and the skincare industry has finally started paying more attention, developing products specifically formulated for a man's skin. The good news is, high quality skincare for men is now widely available, and using it can help you look and feel your best. The basics still apply; cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize, but the formulations are tailored to men’s skin.
So are you ready to learn about what makes men's skincare different and how to choose the best products for your needs? Keep reading, because this guide is for you.
Why is men's skin different from women's?
Men's skin differs from women’s in several ways. While all skin requires care and hydration, men skin has some unique characteristics that make their skincare needs different.
Oiliness and acne
First and foremost, men's skin tends to be about 25% thicker than women’s, due to higher collagen density. Plus, it is more oily. On a hormonal front, testosterone plays a significant role in men's skin health, leading to increased oil production and potential susceptibility to acne. This means you may be more prone to acne and clogged pores so opting for lightweight, oil controlling products labeled “for oily skin” or “non-comedogenic’’ is your best bet. Moisturizer, cleansers and toners made for oily skin can help prevent skin and breakouts without clogging your pores.
Shaving also impacts men's skin, and can irritate your skin and cause redness, bumps, and ingrown hair. A good pre-shave oil, shaving gel for sensitive skin and a quality aftershave balm or toner can make a big difference. Look for hydrating, soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile and vitamin E, found in the Leovard aftershave Tonic, helping to keep razor bumps and ingrowns at bay, leaving you with soft and smooth skin.
Wrinkle and aging
Men and women both have the same aging process, however men’s skin tends to age at a slower rate due to higher collagen levels. However, since most men particularly don't take care of their skin well, they can be more prone to premature aging. Prolonged sun exposure, smoking and other external factors can contribute to this.
The bottom line is men need specific skin care products tailored to their needs. This includes cleansers, moisturizer, and sunscreens designed to address oiliness, hydration, and protection from UV rays.
To establish an effective skincare routine, keep these tips in mind:
Keep it simple
The key is to not be overwhelmed by seeing your partner have a 10 step skincare routine. For men it's different and it's more important to have an effective routine rather than a routine that has many steps. Start by focusing on the basics and then add more products to your routine as per your skin type and skin concerns.
Cleansing is crucial for removing debris, excess oil, and dead skin cells. Use a men's facial cleanser morning and night. Consider Leovard Multicleanser with salicylic acid to prevent acne, soothe inflammation, and exfoliate for clean pores. Its green tea and lactic acid ingredients aid in skin cleansing. Gently massage onto your face and neck, rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry with a paper towel—avoid harsh rubbing.
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Doing it a few times a week unclogs pores, smoothes skin texture, and allows moisturizers and treatment to absorb better. Use a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid but be sure to be gentle and not overdo it.
Limit sun exposure
Too much time spent in the sun can also damage your skin, and can lead to premature aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. Limit the time you spend in the sun during the peak UV hours and don't forget to wear a cap and SPF. Use a broad spectrum with spf 30 or more and apply it generously before heading outside.
Prepare your skin for shaving by washing your face with warm water. Use a sharp razor and choose a shaving cream or gel suitable for your skin. Consider a quality shaving kit like Leovard, made with durable materials such as surgical steel, zinc oxide alloy, and acrylic for an exceptional shaving experience. After shaving, apply an alcohol-free aftershave with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or witch hazel to moisturize and reduce irritation.
Finding the right skincare products for your skin type
Finding skincare products tailored to your skincare type is key for men. Whether you have oily dry or sensitive skin, using products formulated for your skin type will help you achieve clear, healthy skin.
For those with oily skin, selecting skincare products requires careful consideration. Opt for items designed to control oil, marked as non-comedogenic, and suitable for acne-prone or oily skin. Look for key ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Prioritize hydrating and gentle products to avoid skin irritation, and choose a lightweight moisturizer to prevent pore congestion. Alway patch test for new products to avoid potential irritation.
For dry skin, prioritize hydrating products to nourish and repair the skin barrier. Seek formulations with hyaluronic acid and glycerin for effective moisture retention. Opt for a mild, moisturizing cleanser, steering clear of drying ingredients like alcohol. Hyaluronic acid, present in serums, moisturizers, and masks, acts as a potent humectant. Incorporate ceramides from moisturizers and cleansers to reinforce the skin barrier and retain moisture. Consider shea butter, found in creams and balms, for its rich moisturizing properties, promoting softness and protection.
For sensitive skin, opt for fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products containing ingredients like niacinamide, chamomile, or aloe vera. Niacinamide, found in serums, strengthens the skin barrier and reduces inflammation. Chamomile, present in toners, lotions, and masks, provides soothing and calming effects.
So there you have it, guys. We covered everything you might need to know about how your skincare is different from your partner’s. Men’s skin differs in composition and texture from women’s, necessitating targeted products and practices. So forget the notion that skincare is just for women—your skin deserves attention and care too.
Next you’re shopping for skincare, look for products targeted specifically for men. Your skin will thank you, and you’ll be on your way to establishing a simple yet effective skincare routine.