Did you know that global men’s skincare was valued at about US$12B in 2019? It is definitely not a small amount by any stretch of the imagination. Today let’s turn our attention to skincare for men.
Differences between male and female skin
Male skin is about 20% thicker than female skin. It contains more collagen and has a tighter, firmer appearance. Men have more active sebaceous glands, and more pores than women. This results in male skin being oilier and shinier than female skin, and more prone to impurities and acne.
Because of the presence of more collagen, signs of ageing appear later in male skin, but changes occur more quickly once they start. A common presenting concern in my male patients is sagging skin combined with puffy eyes and dark circles that make them look tired.
Understanding your skin type
Knowing exactly your skin type is half the battle won. So, how do you tell what kind of skin you have? One easy way to tell is to wash your face with a mild cleanser, pat dry and leave it for 30 minutes. If your skin remains dry and rather tight, it could be dry. If there’s generalised oiliness, your skin type is oily, and if the oiliness is just isolated to the T-zone areas, your skin type is combination. If your skin has persistent redness, it could be that of the sensitive type.
Building up your skincare regime
An effective skincare regime doesn’t have to be complicated. It should have 4 products: cleanser, toner, moisturiser and sunblock. Your skin type will dictate what skincare actives to look out for.
For dry, dehydrated skin, look out for products containing hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides; if you have oily skin, skincare with salicyclic acid, niacinamide, clay, or charcoal are ideal.
Choose products with calming ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, calendula, and oatmeal, if you have sensitive skin. For combination skin, you can select skincare that help maintain your skin’s moisture levels. The ingredients that work for dry skin apply here too.
For all skin types, do ensure you finish off with a good sunblock like the Self Defence SPF 50+/PA+++ Sun Protection Lotion to ward off any pigmentation or fine lines.
Of course, if all this sounds really alien, do feel free to come in for a consultation so that we can customise a skincare regime based on your skin’s needs.
Good skin is not a given, it takes work. And remember: when you look good, you feel good!