SKINCARE FOR MEN, USEFUL OR BOLLOCKS?

Skincare men
Skincare men

SKINCARE FOR MEN, USEFUL OR BOLLOCKS?

I’ll be straightforward: yes, it makes sense! If you, after reading this article, are not convinced of the virtues of applying some cream to your cheeks – I want a message in my mailbox: hello@crepesusette.com. Emails are also welcome if you have questions about which products to choose.

In this article

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SKIN
5 TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR MALE SKIN

 

5 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SKIN

The differences are certainly not huge. So I’d venture to say that special men cream is bullocks. Men’s and women’s skin needs pretty much the same basic care. Cleanse, moisturise and protect 🙂

1. Hormones. These rascals are partly responsible for the differences. Testosterone – the male hormone – makes men’s skin, on average, 20% thicker than woman’s skin. Testosterone also increases sebum production by the sebaceous glands. That’s why men’s skin is often oilier, has a coarser pore structure and is more prone to pimples and blackheads.

2. However, the subcutaneous fat layer is often less thick in men than in women. It can make men’s skin sensitive to, for example, the sun or harsh weather conditions.

3. Men often have a higher sweat production, which can dry out the skin more quickly.

4. And – something I envy as a woman – men have a lower density of collagen fibres. This means that their skin looks firmer and things like wrinkles are less likely to appear.

5. And finally. Beard growth requires special attention when it comes to skincare.

 

5 TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR MALE SKIN


TIP 1. CLEAN

Men’s skin can be oily, have a coarser pore structure and be prone to pimples and blackheads. Also for men, good facial care starts with cleansing. So in the morning (before shaving) and at night before you go to sleep. Soap and a splash of water are too aggressive as it dries out and can cause irritation. Obviously, each skin type has different needs when it comes to the type of cleanser.

Normal skin —> soft, smooth, healthy-looking —> Cleansing lotion.

Oily skin —> shiny, greasy feeling, clogged pores, pimples —> Water soluble face wash.

Combination skin —> often oily T-zone and drier eye area —> Foaming cleanser.

Dry skin —> feels tight, rougher, not prone to pimples —> Cleansing cream.

Skin with sensitive features —> often irritations or redness —> Cleansing gel.

Pimples and blackheads can be treated with a salicylic acid exfoliant. Salicylic acid removes dead skin cells and has a strongly soothing effect.

TIP 2. PROTECT
Men’s skin can be sensitive to the sun or harsh weather conditions.
This makes appropriate sun protection important. Like all skins on the planet. Read my article on sunscreen, it tells you how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin.


TIP 3. HYDRATE
Men’s skin can produce a lot of sweat, which can cause it to dry out quickly. Plus, shaving strips away natural skin oils. Aftershaves containing alcohol dry out your skin even more. So it’s important to moisturise after shaving and to use a moisturiser after cleansing in the morning. Say yes to hydration.
Ask for products with, for example, glycolic acid (AHA), hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, prickly pear oil, jojoba oil.


TIP 4. MAINTENANCE

Men’s skin is often less prone to wrinkles, etc. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a wrinkled face. Nothing wrong with wrinkles, by the way. In fact, wrinkles can be hot. But keeping your skin in good condition is certainly not a bad thing.

Go for a product with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, and antioxidants like vitamin C and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.


TIP 5. CONTROL BEARD GROWTH
OK, some people’s beards are fluffy, and others are a straggly jungle you could knit a jumper out. But for all types of fluff, here’s the perfect shaving regime.

Step 1
After cleansing and rinsing with lukewarm water, your beard hair will be softer. Apply mild shaving cream with a brush or your fingers.
or
Use olive oil or coconut oil instead as a shaving cream.

step 2
Shave in short strokes in the direction of hair growth. Of course, use a clean and razor-sharp blade. A durable one, because that’s how you are.

step 3
After shaving, gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel. And then there are several options for finishing:
1. Aftershave without perfume, alcohol and menthol. Follow with a moisturising cream.
2. Moisturising cream.
3. Natural aftershave such as hamamelis hydrosol (without alcohol). It has a slightly spicy and woody smell. It has a skin-soothing effect, reduces redness and inhibits inflammation. Then, yes, you guessed it, a moisturiser.

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