Skin care is an afterthought for many men—especially the skin on their faces. They haven’t been trained to think about it, as women have. Some men don’t think it’s manly to pay attention to their skin, and they simply wash in the shower. They’d rather suffer dry skin with big pores, pimples, ingrown hairs and oily patches than admit they use cleanser and moisturizer every day.
However, more men than ever are interested in personal grooming, including taking better care of their skin. The media has made them increasingly aware of reasons they should take care of it. More products for men’s grooming or “manscaping” are also available, from men’s facial cleansers, toners and moisturizers to shaving supplies and men’s hair grooming accessories.
Behind Men’s Skin Care: An Essential Organ of the Body
The skin fulfills essential functions: body-temperature regulation, elimination of perspiration and toxins, and more. Skin is the body’s first line of defense against sickness, germs and disease. Taking care of their skin can help men avoid the discomfort of dryness and irritation. And it’s hard to argue against the benefits of men’s skin care in avoiding the effects of aging.
Skin care isn’t exactly the same for men and women. A man’s skin is approximately 20% thicker than a woman’s, and typically firmer because it’s richer in collagen and elastin. However, because of more active sebaceous glands, men’s skin tends to be much oilier. It is more prone to dehydration because of daily or regular shaving. Men also tend to get dirtier and sweat more.
On the other hand, men have less wrinkling than women. The skin aging process is the same, but for men it occurs later and is more marked. A man’s skin is more resistant than a woman’s to the sun and environment.
A Men’s Grooming Regimen
Just as for women, men can prevent and correct the signs of aging with appropriate skin care. First of all, men’s grooming and skin care is supported by a healthy diet, exercising and drinking lots of water. In addition, men should practice a skin-care regimen twice a day, just as many women do.
Start with a men’s skin care regimen of basics: deep cleansing, protection, and conditioning after shaving. Once you have a basic routine, then add products to help you accomplish specific things:
• Daily shaving can dry skin and cause razor burn. Shaving creams provide better protection than foam. Look for a soothing moisturizer or after-shave balm to match your skin type.
• Men’s sensitive skin is more prone to razor burn, pimples and other imperfections. Choose products that are made for your skin to avoid further irritation.
• Men who are outdoors a lot should look for sunscreens or moisturizers with an SPF of 15 or higher for best protection.
• Men with oily skin and acne tend to run from moisture or oils applied topically to the skin. The use of the correct oils for oily and acne prone skins can be very helpful.
• Mature men’s skin types obviously needing more hydration and antioxidants to protect skin, especially around areas prone to wrinkling such as the eyes and mouth.
Don’t make men’s skin care an afterthought. Spend just a few minutes a day taking care of your skin, so you’ll be more comfortable and feel great about the way you look.