Although everyone’s skin has some common needs, there are key differences in men’s and women’s skin. If you have men in your life who you care about, read on for simple tips to care for men’s skin.
Have you noticed that men seem to get better looking as they age? Why is that?
Why don’t men show the signs of aging like women do?
Women’s skin is actually about 15 years older than men of the same age. Not fair!!
According to Dr. Diana Howard, men’s skin is 25% thicker than women’s skin. Their skin is naturally better hydrated. Men have larger hair follicles. They produce more sebum due to more testosterone production leaving their skin plumper and more youthful looking. They also have a higher collagen density. Collagen provides integrity, firmness, and elasticity for our skin.
Both men and women lose about 1% of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. But for women, during the first 5 years following menopause, this increases significantly, then slows to 2% per year after that.
Men do have one disadvantage. Women tend to be more educated and mindful of staying out of the sun. Men generally spend more time in the sun and don’t reapply sunscreen like they should. This can make that 15 years difference not as noticeable.
Because men tend to be outside more during the day, men over 50 are twice as likely to develop skin cancer as women.
So how do you get your guy to take care of his skin?
- Make it simple! Nagging isn’t going to help your husband, son or boyfriend take care of their skin.
- Put the products he should use by the bathroom sink.
- The fewer steps or products you give him the more likely he is to follow through.
Include these 3 steps in his daily routine:
- Cleanse. Because they have larger pores cleansing is critical. They are more prone to acne and blackheads. Use a cleanser with salicylic or glycolic acid to break down dirt and oil and help with skin turnover. Cleanse twice daily. Because their skin is less sensitive they can exfoliate more often. In fact, men who shave get regular exfoliation every time they use a razor. Tip: they should dry off their razor blade each time and only use 3-4 times. Willing Beauty‘s Do Over Nourishing Cleanser and willa’s Clear Skin Exfoliating Cleanser or Start Fresh Foaming Facewash are good choices.
- Hydrate. They produce more oil, so their skin is less dry than women’s. But, it is still important for them to hydrate their skin. How many of your guys use body lotion, even on their face? They shouldn’t! Look for a lightweight, noncomedogenic (won’t block pores) moisturizer. Try Willing Beauty’s Daydream Moisturizer or willa’s Zero Shine Mattifying Moisturizer.
- Use sunscreen. Using a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen is a MUST! If they have thinning hair or are balding, they need to apply an SPF on their head or wear a hat too.
If they like to use aftershave be sure to check the ingredients. Many of them contain a lot of alcohol which dries out skin. Have them use a balm instead. If you can, get them to use a green tea antioxidant serum for better penetration.
We love the men in our lives! Many of us need to help them realize the importance of taking care of their skin.
If you have questions about any of the Willing Beauty products let me know. I’d love to help you out!