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Skin Care Products > Articles > Why Do Men Need Separate Skin Care?

Why Do Men Need Separate Skin Care?

Posted On: - 2009-01-14 22:18:13

There was a time when men’s skin care seldom went beyond soap and water. However, with time and increased awareness, men have become aware of their skin care needs and requirements. And with the dawn of the metrosexual era, the men’s skin care industry has soared like never before. Gone are the times when men had to beg/borrow/steal from women’s cabinets to satiate their skin care needs. Now there are specialized products and skin care lines that cater exclusively to men.

The flourishing men’s skin care industry is the result of raising awareness of the differences in the needs and demands of both genders. Here are some intrinsic differences:

Hormone Levels
Men record higher levels of a hormone called Testosterone. As a result, their skin pores are relatively larger and promote increased oil production within the skin cells. Moreover, external pollutants like dirt and debris get embedded deeper due to the large size of the pores. Therefore, men’s skin products are especially formulated to deep cleanse the skin and provide less moisture as compared to women’s skin care products. Since men’s skin is harder than that of women, their skin care products often contain harsher chemicals and substances. There is also a big difference of fragrances and smells that are used in products for men and women.

There are no severe consequences of men using women’s skin care products. However, they wouldn’t be targeting the specific skin requirements and as a result wouldn’t do much to correct the situation.

Try the Obagi Nu-Derm Condition and Enhance System for normal to oily skin. It includes a complete set of Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel, Toner, Clear, Exfoderm Forte, Blender, and Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35. It makes for a great skin care regimen that can erase signs of aging skin such as wrinkles, facial lines, crow’s feet etc.

Skin Texture
Men have thicker skin than women. The regular activities of shaving make their skin rough and coarse. Also, men have more collagen and elastin fibers within their skin cells making their skin is about 20 to 30 per cent thicker. Because of the increased collagen and elastin fibers, men show signs of aging much later than women. But that doesn’t mean they can completely escape the aging process. If appropriate anti aging measures are not taken, their skin is likely to deteriorate and the texture would further degrade.

Make sure you moisturize your skin well and on regular basis. Use NeoCutis Bio-restorative Hydrogel, a unique hydrating gel that contains PSP, a combination of human growth factors and cytokines that apart from keeping the skin well moisturized also improve the appearance of aging and sun damaged skin.

Regular shaving men have to engage in has its own set of problems like ingrown hair, skin irritation, razor burns and red blotches. Furthermore, it makes the skin vulnerable and sensitive. You need to use intensive moisturizing after shaving .
But then, shaving is an indispensable part of men’s skin care regimen. Apart from getting rid of coarse facial hair, it also scrapes off dead skin cells and unclogs the skin pores.

Lifestyle Habits
Even though it may be more of a stereotype, men tend to spend more time outdoors and do more strenuous physical activity than women. Be it mowing the lawn, playing ball with the guys or playing games with the kids, men are more active and as a result they tend to sweat more. One, it adds to the oil quotient of the skin and second excessive sweat clogs the skin pores. Moreover, they also need extra doses of sunscreen. This is because they’d be more susceptible to skin damage.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett nurtures a keen interest in the study and effectiveness of skin care products  and skin care for men and . Her affiliations with The Collaborative on Health and the Environment and the Teleosis Institute – Health Professionals in Service of the Global Environment aids in her endeavors.