WHAT A DIFFERENT A MAN SKIN TO WOMEN'S SKIN

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This article is originally posted on Proven Skincare.

AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY?

Gentlemen. You may not be as tough as you think. Relax - we're referring

to your skin.

A big misconception is that a man’s skin is “tougher” than a woman’s. In

fact, while overall, men have 20% thicker skin than women, men’s skin is

more susceptible to sensitivity, skin conditions and infection.

Surprised? Here’s why…


YOUR GENETICS DETERMINE YOUR SKIN

Skin sensitivity is a big part of your genetic makeup. Men’s skin tends to

have higher sebum production (oilier skin) and larger pores which can lead

to skin conditions and irritation. This is related to high testosterone levels.

Depending on these levels, everything from skin texture, hydration, pH,

aging and more will be affected.

And, of course, another major difference is because of shaving habits and

facial hair, something women don’t deal with, at least not on a daily basis.

On average, men will shave their faces over 10,000 times in their lifetimes.

This leads to more sensitive skin and many men will opt for beards to avoid

shaving or to cover irritation or conditions. Daily shaving can also lead to

skin trauma, micro cuts and inflammation as well as bacterial and viral

infections not normally seen in women.

The American Dermatology Association reports that wounds from skin

trauma take longer to heal in men than women due to the additional and

daily manipulation of skin. Male skin also has more sensitivity to ultraviolet

light than female skin, contributing to more rapid signs of aging as well as

an increased risk for skin cancer.

Male skin has higher collagen levels, yet that collagen decreases steadily

as skin ages. This causes a more “weathered” look and because of the

thicker texture, wrinkles appear more prominently, primarily on the

forehead. Expression lines are more pronounced and eyelids tend to droop

faster. Female skin, though thinner, has stronger collagen and estrogen

levels. These remain steady until menopause when skin thins dramatically,

breaking down collagen, elasticity and hydration levels due to dropping

estrogen levels.

HOW CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY SKIN WITH THESE

DIFFERENCES IN MIND?

Basically, men need to pay more attention to their skin. Despite the

differences in skin, women’s skin tends to look better longer because of

their routines and habits. Women seek out targeted skincare, specifically

formulated for their skin type and concerns. They have dermatologists on

speed dial and research the latest medical and cosmetic procedures. And,

they use SPF products. Men rarely do any of these things.


WHAT TO AVOID

Menthol

Steer away from skincare that contains menthol, denatured alcohol,

peppermint or eucalyptus. These ingredients can irritate skin, so can highly

fragranced products. Also avoid facial scrubs as these can cause micro

tears and additional irritation on skin. Pass on the all-in-one products.

These formulas can also be rough on skin.

Hot Water

When shaving, wash your face with a gentle cleanser first, to help soften

hair. Shave at the end of your shower when your skin is most hydrated.

Avoid using hot water, as it can cause redness and drying. Use a clean

razor, rinsing it repeatedly and replace blade often. Follow with a fragrance

free, gentle moisturizer with SPF in the AM, and use a moisturizer,

specifically formulated for night use, before bedtime.


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