Many men just default to using their girl’s skincare products. After all, it’s all basically the same, right? Wrong!
Men’s skincare products are very different from those made for women.
Men have naturally thicker skin than women - about 25% more, which require a stronger product designed to penetrate that thick skin. Women’s products just won’t cut it.
Higher testosterone levels mean men produce more sebum (the oily, waxy substance that naturally lubricates your skin) than women. Men’s products are designed to prevent excess oil and keep pores unclogged.
Facial hair makes one's skin fundamentally different. If the pores and hair follicles are larger, there is a need for products made to prevent common shave irritation.
Natural/Organic vs. Traditional Skincare Products
You already know that “you are what you eat.” Did you know that the same rule applies to what you put on your skin?
The skin acts much like a sponge, absorbing the lotions, creams, and salves you rub on it. In fact, the skin absorbs over 90% of what you put on it into the bloodstream. Most skin care products on the market contain a host of toxins, carcinogens, and other chemicals that can harm your immune and endocrine system.
These are some of the most notorious synthetic ingredients found in some products:
Parabens. Chemical preservatives that can mimic estrogen. They've been linked to the risk of breast cancer. Science has shown that regularly absorbing phthalates through your skin leads to significantly decreased fertility.
Phthalates. Used to make plastics softer and more flexible. A 2015 report found that exposure to these chemicals can "contribute to a decline in semen quality." Science has shown that regularly absorbing phthalates through your skin leads to significantly decreased fertility.
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). Used in cosmetics as a cleansing agent. SLS has a “degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties.” In human tests, skin irritation “increased directly with concentration.” Many foaming cosmetics contain SLS.
Should you use anti-aging products or is an everyday skincare enough?
Really, this comes down to your skin type and your skincare goals. If you’re younger and still haven’t noticed wrinkles and other signs of aging, basic skincare products will be effective for you. Use a natural face moisturizer to protect your skin from dehydration.
Using this daily will limit the development of wrinkles, slowing the onset of the aging process. If anti aging is a top concern for you, you can also use anti aging products to help get ahead of future aging.
Guys with aged skin - where wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging have become clear and prominent - should use anti-aging products. These products are made to firm, smooth, and tighten skin that has already begun to wrinkle.
They do more than simply protect the outer layer of skin from dehydration. Anti-aging products penetrate deep into the skin to stimulate atrophied muscles, stimulate collagen product, repair inflammation, and deliver maximum hydration.