So do men really need different skincare products than women? Simply put – the answer is no. Do men have different skincare needs than women? Sometimes yes.
Men can have oilier skin than women because their hormones tend to produce more oil in the facial oil glands than women, but if you shave daily you can fix that problem. Actually shaving daily exfoliates the skin so you can even end up drying out your skin. Furthermore, shaving cream is actually a form of soap so its use can lead to dry skin with men. But overall, skin is skin, and men and women will have the same skin issues and problems.
Having said that there are a few skincare issues that men face that women usually don’t have to deal with. One problem many men have are ingrown hairs on their face and neck from shaving. Men can also have irritated or red skin from shaving. Combat this problem by using a pad or lotion with salicylic acid in it to gently exfoliate the area with the ingrown hairs.
Men have a tendency to wash their faces with bar soap. Bar soap is very alkaline and as such it is very drying to the skin. Instead use a gentle cleanser once or twice a day to wash your face.
Two other things that men seem to shy away from (though I really can’t figure out why) are – sunscreen and moisturizer. If you want to stay looking young and want to protect yourself from skin cancer and sun damage you need sunscreen on a daily basis, year round – not just during the summer when you are going to be outside. Choose a sunscreen that is formulated for your skin type or use a moisturizer with spf if your skin tends to be on the dry side. As for moisturizer – if you have dry skin, anywhere on your body, use a moisturizer to restore balance and softness to your skin. I can guarantee you that no one wants to shake someone’s hand who has dry and scaly skin. There is such an easy solution to this problem – moisturize!
Can Men Use Skincare Products Marketed Toward Women?
Yes! Let me say that again – yes! Skincare products marketed toward men are simply that – a marketing ploy. Men usually want straightforward looking packaging and labeling and little to no fragrance in their skincare products. The skincare product lines that claim to be for men are just packaged differently than those for women – the ingredients are essentially the same. Usually men want their skincare regime to clear, concise, and not to have too many steps. This can be achieved with any skincare line. Of course men who shave daily might seek out specific products for that grooming task and use products that are marketed just for that use. (By the way, there are even make-up lines for men) Bottom line – product lines marketed toward men are simply trying to sell something to men that they feel comfortable using both publicly and privately.
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