Skincare has typically been thought of as the territory of women, but thankfully, more and more men are now understanding the benefits of looking after their skin too.
After all, healthy, good-looking skin is not a feminine thing. It is something that applies to everyone.
Of course, men have different things that they might want to concentrate on with their skincare, and they will not necessarily want the same products, particularly if they have certain fragrances.
It should also be remembered that male skin has a slightly different structure to female skin so the ingredients, products and delivery system that men need will be different too.
One focus of attention for many men is the signs of ageing around the eyes.
This is not just the lines and wrinkles that start to appear, but also dark circles that make it look as though you have not slept for a week.
This means there are now many men looking for the perfect eye cream, designed just for them, so that they can unload the bags that are forming.
We might look like we have the same skin, but men and women actually have several subtle differences.
Whilst we may all suffer from many of the same concerns and conditions, men can have extra skin worries, caused by activities such as shaving and a general difference in the structure of their skin.
This is caused by the testosterone hormone, making male skin thicker and oiler.On average, male skin is around 20% thicker than women’s1, which means that male skincare needs to be able to penetrate much deeper.
Male skin also contains more collagen, which gives it a tighter, firmer appearance, and this diminishes at a constant rate, whilst women find that their skin is more affected later in life.
Men also have more sebaceous glands within their skin, meaning that they also have more pores.
These glands and pores are bigger, and the sebum production is double that of a woman, making make skin oilier and shinier.
This also means that men have a lower pH level in their skin, which is worth remembering when choosing skincare.
Men tend to be more prone to impurities and acne, but less prone to dry skin.
On the topic of ageing, men tend to find that their skin ages later in life, but this can accelerate much more quickly once the process actually begins.
This takes the form of sagging, puffy eyes and dark circles.
When choosing an eye cream, it is important to remember that the skin around the eyes is different to the rest of the face.
It is softer and more densely packed with blood vessels, and therefore needs specialist support.
As male skin is usually oiler than female skin, it can be good to look for eye creams that do not have a greasy consistency.
Tired skin is usually dehydrated, so if you are not getting enough sleep you will need to choose an eye cream that offers deep hydration to get rid of any puffiness.
If you still feel your skin needs that extra pick-me-up, look for an eye cream with caffeine in it to help reduce the appearance of dark circles after a big night out or a long haul flight.
Sensitive skin will always need treating with kid gloves, and therefore, natural ingredients can be the best approach.
These will help to soothe and hydrate the eyes without creating any kind of irritation that will make the problems worse.
Rice extracts and aloe vera offer a great combination of moisturisation alongside those lovely calming effects.
Retinol is an incredible ingredient which can help to slow the signs of ageing, as well as keeping skin strong.
Products contain retinol in different percentages and it is best to start with a lower number while your skin gets used to it, before moving to a product with a slightly stronger concentration.
So, whether you have been partying too hard, pulling an all-nighter for work or just celebrated another birthday, you can forget leaving the skincare to the girls.
Making sure you take care of your skin is definitely a job for the boys too.Shop Mens Skincare
Last updated: 6 November 2020