How to Look After the Male Skin
It is no surprise to hear the majority of women look after their skin and spend an average of £2462 a year (according to an article by the Huffpost Lifestyle) on the latest creams super serums and fashionable clothes, but what about the male species?
Although times are changing and men are becoming more aware of their skin, still sadly the majority of male clients I see on a daily basis have no skin care routine whatsoever! The use of shower gel when washing ones face shockingly seems to be pretty normal for a lot of blokes out there.
So men it’s time to make some serious changes in your life take inspiration from your wife or girlfriend and start looking after you skin today!
I can ensure you it won’t mean having to get up thirty minutes earlier, following complicated instructions from your beautician or spending a fortune on various products. What it will do is slow down the signs of ageing; banish skin irritations from the use of harsh chemicals, stop your wife or girlfriend from nagging at you to get a facial and of course give you a fresh look which is more appealing to the opposite sex.
The Difference Between Male & Female Skin
When it comes to skin type both male and females were not created equally. Luckily for men they have more collagen and elasticity making their skin more firmer and therefore naturally does not age as fast as the female skin. The epidermis in male skin also is 20% thicker. This means men have tougher skin and not as susceptible to deep lines and wrinkles we women unfortunately have to suffer from. However men are not as careful with their skin as we women are and therefore due to subjecting themselves to the harsh environments of the outdoors without protection or just general neglect they tend to age quicker than they should.
Male skin also has more sebaceous glands and a richer blood supply which keep their skin looking younger for longer, but due to larger pores they are more likely to suffer from congestion, blackheads and break outs. This is why deep cleansing is so important for men. Although the male skin tends to be oiler, constant shaving and again the use of harsh chemicals contained within many shaving products can result in dehydration and dryness dramatically speeding up the ageing process.
Like some women I know men also make the common mjistake of thinking a good moisturiser is the key. And while the use of a good moisturiser is very important deep cleansing is the first step to looking after your skin. There is no point splashing out on a good moisturiser and placing it over the top of a dirty skin. This will only block the pores and create breakouts, plus without the use of exfoliation the product will not be able to penetrate.
Many men think it is ok to use their partner’s products, and while this is certainly better than nothing, as both skin types are very different it is always more beneficial to use products which are suited to your own specific skin type.
Shower gel and soap should be avoided at all costs. Harsh chemicals perfume and too high a PH level will dry the skin out and cause skin sensitivity.
What should you do?
There are many excellent products on the market out there. I use Neal’s Yard Organic products during my facials as I love the natural ingredients and the honest price tag
- Gentle Deep Cleanse morning and evening
- Scrub before shave once a week
- Use a quality shave cream or oil
- Use an after shave balm
Please ladies share this important information with your husbands, boyfriends, brothers or uncles and encourage them to start looking after their skin now. It’s never too late!