Is there all that much difference between women’s creams and men’s grooming products? First, you should know that there are several important factors that differentiate men’s and women’s skin.
Skin Thickness and Texture
A man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s. Androgens such as testosterone affect the thickness of the skin and because men have large amounts of testosterone, their skin is naturally thicker and rougher than women’s. This structural difference makes men's skin less sensitive and able to handle stronger ingredients. However, because a man's skin is thicker and has larger hair follicles, it is more prone to congestion that results in blackheads and angry breakouts.
Men typically have larger oil glands and the cells in the sebaceous glands have more positive receptors for androgens. This is why men usually produce more sebum than women and therefore have oilier skin. For women, the female sex hormone, estrogen, makes sebum thinner. Interestingly, men are more prone to get a condition known as rhinophyma, which is found in extreme cases of rosacea and is indicated by a red, swollen, bulbous nose with enlarged sebaceous glands.
While estrogen is responsible for women's supple, soft skin, it also has the offensive effect of decreasing collagen synthesis. Testosterone, on the other hand, specifically creates a denser network of fibers and thicker skin to lock in collagen. It is common knowledge that collagen content is directly related to signs of skin aging, so it has been said a woman’s skin is about 15 years older than a man’s of the same age. It is true, though, that both men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year after their 30th birthday. Women's skin just escalates significantly in the first five years after menopause.
Men have more Lactic Acid in their sweat, which accounts for a lower pH (.05 lower) when compared to female sweat. Because of their body temperature, men sweat more than twice as much as women. This makes men's skin appear to be better hydrated and less reliant on any forms of moisturizer.
Should men and women have separate skincare products?
Yes, men's and women's skin are not exactly the same, that's why skincare products must be able to target all those differences. This is not saying that every skincare product needs to be gender-specific--it's just important for you to be using products that are specially formulated according to your skin's structure.
Skincare For Him
Logically, the differences seem to suggest that men can’t use “regular” skincare (Aka: Skincare that he nonchalantly takes out of his partner's cabinet). And to an extent, that is true. Factors like daily shaving, spending more time outdoors on average and being at a higher risk for skin cancer, make skin-repairing ingredients and SPF even more essential for men.
Men also need to cleanse thoroughly twice a day to keep follicles clear. Best to look for no-fuss cleansing scrubs to effectively melt away debris and dead cells, and to lift up coarse hair before shaving.
Skincare For Her
A woman's skin is thinner and more fragile so it’s very important to veer away from toxins and choose gentle skincare products. Women's products should have ingredients that will cater to the fact that they tend to lose moisture. To retain a youthful glow for longer, women must also incorporate anti-aging products into their daily skincare routine.
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