Whether you’re a man or a woman, skin is just skin, right? It is our first line of defense against toxins and harmful pollutants, and it regulates body temperature and manages the amount of water and electrolytes coming in. It performs the same functions for everyone.
And yet there are some key differences between women’s skin and men’s skin — enough that men should consider following a skin care routine and use products specially selected for them.
Is Men’s Skin Different To Women’s?
So, what is the difference between men’s and women’s skin?
“Men’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s and has higher collagen density in their skin,“ says Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alana Henrikson. That said, nature has not been completely unfair to the “fairer sex”: Collagen levels do go down for men as they get older too, but it does so at a constant rate. In comparison, women’s collagen levels remain steady and then suddenly plummet after menopause.
“These are a couple of the reasons why men tend to age more slowly or the changes may not be as noticeable,” says Alana. Men also sweat more than women and their skin has more sebum because of testosterone. Excess sebum production makes men more prone to oily, shiny skin, large pores and acne. Lastly, shaving brings with it a whole set of skin problems women don’t have to face, like irritation, inflammation and sometimes, infection. Men are also more likely to develop rosacea, which makes blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, causing redness.
A Simple Skin Care Routine For Men
So, what kinds of skin care products and daily regimen are best to achieve clear skin for men? Like women, men need to do all the basics: cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing, eye care and sun protection. Everyday skin care should also include a variety of more potent serums, concentrates and oils that double down on specific skin care benefits. And a facial mask once a week reinforces the good work your everyday routine is doing on your skin.
Stone Crop Gel Wash is a gentle cleanser that works for all skin types. Infused with stone crop and shea butter, it washes away impurities without over-stripping your skin. For those with normal to oily skin, our Charcoal Exfoliating Gel Cleanser is loaded with charcoal, malachite gemstones and blue matcha. Rich in antioxidants, this gel lather unclogs and deep cleans pores.
In the morning, follow up cleansing with a healthy spritz of Stone Crop Hydrating Mist. You’ll feel hydrated and refreshed all at once! Oilier complexions would do well with the Lime Refresh Tonique. Lime juice, green tea and lavender minimize the appearance of pores and restore moisture. Freshly squeezed lime juice works as a natural astringent to balance the skin, green tea helps target the visible signs of aging and lavender rejuvenates to restore a balanced-looking complexion.
After the cleansing and toning steps, exfoliate to remove impurities. The Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™ has microgreens, stone crop and rice flour to de-gunk clogged pores and protect against the visible aging effects of environmental stressors. Simply add water to see it transform from powder to foam.
Reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes requires a daily use of the Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum. Neroli oil, coconut water and the green apple ingredient are designed for the eye area, targeting delicate skin. The Marine Flower Peptide Eye Cream helps with dark undereye circles — this formula uses plant peptides and innovative algae extract to visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness and to provide extra hydration.
Serums And Oils Before Moisturizing:
Follow up your exfoliating step with a selection of oils and serums — choose one, or many! A drop of the lightweight Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum firms and plumps the appearance of skin and reduces the look of redness and inflammation. With star ingredients like Vitamin C, leafy greens (kale, spinach, broccoli sprouts), Vitamin E and botanical ferulic acid, the serum targets the signs of aging and improves the appearance of skin elasticity. A thin layer of our Bamboo Firming Fluid’s deeply hydrating coconut, bamboo and Swiss green apples delivers tauter, tighter and younger-looking skin. And for intense hydration and protection, the Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil contains jojoba, rosehip and sea buckthorn oil to help fight the signs of aging, smooth out wrinkles and hydrate the skin.
More men are realizing how essential moisturizers are for maintaining skin health. The trick to finding the right moisturizer is knowing your skin type. For those with normal to oily skin, our Stone Crop Hydrating Gel is a popular go-to moisturizer. Men with skin that errs on the dry side can try the Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer or the lightweight Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator for Face & Body. Rosemary and rosehip repair dry skin and redness while menthol and camphor provide a cooling sensation that feels nice after shaving.
Before heading out for your day, finish off with the Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30. Sporty types like its non-greasy texture and water resistance, staying protective even if you perspire.
Weekly Face Mask:
Enhance the effectiveness of your daily skin care routine with a once-a-week face mask. Just emulsify a small quantity of the mask with a few drops of water on your palm, apply it to your face, and leave on for five to 10 minutes before washing off.
Again, your skin type determines which one is best. For normal skin types, our Allure 2020 Best of Beauty Award winner, the Eight Greens Phyto Masque – Hot, is your best bet. Men with dry skin will enjoy the Bamboo Age Corrective Masque which makes the skin look and feel firmer and tighter.
These are just some pointers to better skin care for men. To find out about the right product or ingredients to suit your needs, use our Spa Locator to find a spa for in-person or virtual professional consultations on our men’s skin care products. And, let us know in the comments below, or on social media, which product you find works best for your skin type.
This article was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.