If you google 'moisturizer' you'll likely find pages and pages of products designed for women.
The fact is, there are more women buying skincare products than there are men. As such, finding dedicated skincare for guys can be tricky.
So what's a stylish guy to do? Blindly use a female skincare product and hope it does the job?
Slow up there, buddy. That might not be such a good idea. There are a few things you need to know before you decide to throw in the towel and purchase the first product you see.
In today's article, we're breaking out the differences between men and women's skincare and why you should DEFINITELY invest in products designed for men.
What's The Difference Between Men And Women's Skin?
Ah, the all-important question! And the answer is — a lot!
Let's take a look into the significant factors that differentiate men's skin from women's…
Facial Hair and Shaving
Men have more hair follicles than women and they're also larger and more concentrated on the face and neck area. This is why men usually have more facial hair than women and also explains why it can be difficult to remove it - shaving is often the go-to solution.
Unfortunately, shaving your facial hair regularly stresses or irritates your skin and causes razor burn, cuts, and bumps, so it's important to focus your skincare routine around this!
Thickness and Collagen
In general, men’s skin is typically thicker than women’s skin by up to 30%! Plus, our skin also produces more collagen, making it tighter and firmer. But while collagen levels in us guys reduce consistently over time, female collagen typically reduces dramatically after menopause.
Since men's skin is thicker and firmer, it ages better than the average woman's, retaining its youthfulness for longer.
But here's the catch — when your skin decides it's finally time to start the aging process, the changes occur faster. Men are also more prone to saggy eyes, dark circles, and fully grooved wrinkles.
Men's skin produces more oil (sebum) than females' because they have larger pores and more active sebaceous glands.
This means that guys are more prone to acne and less at risk of dry skin than ladies, so it's important to use products that combat both conditions in the right way and not overload your skin with too many ingredients at once (we know how that goes!).
Is There A Difference Between Men And Women’s Skincare Products?
Since men and women have varying skin needs, it only makes sense that they'll have different skincare products, right? Yes, we know that guy’s products come in simpler packages and less colorful bottles. But is that all there is to it? Absolutely not!
One significant difference between men's and women's skincare products is the ingredients. Men's products often have active ingredients like menthol and mint to help cool and soothe the skin after shaving.
And since men's skin is usually oilier, products also contain ingredients like clay to help control shine and oil production.
Men's skincare products also tend to contain harsher chemicals such as sulfates and alcohol to remove dirt and oil from the skin, but that doesn't have to be the case!
You see, these harsh sulfates and alcohols can actually strip away the natural oils that keep your skin healthy, leading to dryness, irritation, and even breakouts.
So, what's the verdict?
Men need products that address their specific skin concerns, such as oil production and shaving irritation, whilst also being gentle enough for everyday use. We know it sounds like a lot, but don't worry, we've got you covered!
Can Men Use Women's Skincare Products?
The truth is that women's skincare products contain active ingredients that may also work for men too. But just because you can use ladies' products doesn't mean it's a great idea…
Many ingredients in women's skincare products are unnecessary for your skin. They also don't contain the special ingredients that attend to men’s unique skin needs.
Not only that, but you may find that some of the ingredients in women's skincare products are too moisturizing and can clog your pores, leading to more breakouts and overall skin congestion!
So with all that being said, your best bet is to use men's products intended for you!
Best Skincare Products For Men
But with all the products out there, how do you know which ones are right for you? Look no further!
We've listed a few of our favorites below, but be sure to check out our entire lineup on our website!
Face and Body Cleanser
This face and body cleanser for men is the holy grail if you're looking for a gentle yet effective skincare product. It's great for all skin types and can be used both morning and night.
By gently removing excess oil without drying your skin, this product balances your skin PH and maintains your youthful appearance. It also has active antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin healthy and blemish-free!
Men's Face Scrub
Our natural exfoliating face scrub is the perfect exfoliator for sensitive skin. It cleans your pores deeply to prevent ingrown hairs, blackheads, and breakouts without stripping your skin of too many oils.
With its non-greasy formula, this product leaves no residue and is perfect for all skin types! Even better, it contains no alcohol or plastic microbeads that are harmful to your skin and the environment.
Mineral Face Mask
Now, I know what you’re thinking… should men use face masks?! (Spoiler alert - the answer is ABSOLUTELY!)
As the name suggests, our Mineral Rich Mud Face Mask for Men contains essential minerals to keep your skin healthy and toxin-free.
If you're struggling with pimples or acne and have sensitive skin, you'll find this product to be extremely beneficial. With over 35 active minerals, you can expect smoother, fresher, and well-moisturized skin!
Eye Serum for Dark Circles
As we explained before, dark circles around your eyes are one of the most prominent signs of aging in men. Thankfully, you can slow down the process with our men's eye serum for dark circles! It also helps to reduce puffiness and redness around your eyes, making you look more awake and refreshed.
Natural Shaving Gel
One of the simplest and most effective ways to look after your skin as a man is to shave with a natural shaving gel.
Our crystal clear shaving gel makes it easy to achieve the perfect shave with the unique combination of plant ingredients such as Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Vitamin E, and Eucalyptus Oil! But don't just take our word for it... it's also a GQ Best Grooming Awards Winner, as voted by the experts themselves!
There's nothing like finding quality skincare products for men that suit your needs. At VITAMAN, we aim to make your search easier (so you aren't tempted to stick with women's products instead!).That's why we offer a wide range of men's skincare products for your special needs. You can be sure to find whatever you're looking for when you check out the wide range of all-natural products in our collection... You can thank us later!