Does men's skin differ to women's?
Have you often wondered why your husband, boyfriend or Dad can get away with using a shampoo / body wash / face wash 3 in 1 product which would strip the top layer of your skin in a heart beat and why men are described as handsome rugged when women just get old and wrinkled! Well, some of this has to do with marketing but some has to so with the fact that men's skin is different to women's. Yes, you've guessed correctly, different in a good way for men. Discover some of these differences and how men can treat their skin differently to women.
Men have thicker skin than women
Men's skin is considerably thicker than women's. In fact 25% thicker making it significantly tougher than women's which is why men can often withstand more facial onslaught than women when it comes to skincare products. So that 3 in 1 shampoo will have less of a negative effect on men's skin than on women's.
Men hold on to their collagen for longer than women
Collagen in women depletes with age with a significant decrease happening in the first 5 years of menopause. Men have a higher collagen density than women to begin with plus the depletion associated with menopause doesn't relate to men meaning that they hold on to more of their collagen for longer. It is estimated that men's skin is 15 years younger than women's of a similar age. Historically men haven't been the best sunscreen appliers which has mostly negated this 15 year visual gap. However, more and more men are seeing the benefits of SPF and rightly so!
Men's skin is more oily than women's
During puberty young men's skin produces more oil than women's due to increasing levels of testosterone and as such men are more prone to acne than women. This combined with facial hair growth means men often suffer with acne for longer than women. The upside to oily skin is that sebum is skin's natural moisturiser and as we age oily skin tends to stay more youthful looking for longer.
Men need to consider facial shaving products
Facial shaving products such as shaving foam can strip facial skin from all of that lovely sebum which our skin needs to stay healthy. That and the actual process of shaving, which can be quite harsh, can leave skin exposed and sensitive. Also, ingrown hairs can cause unsightly bumps and acne like pustules.
With all of this in mind there are some steps men should consider to keep their skin looking younger for longer.
Wear sun screen: Lucky men should take advantage of their collagen rich skin and get that sunscreen on.
Use an oil cleansing balm: A light oil cleansing balm with a clean, soft face cloth will gently remove pollution, dead skin and dirt whilst keeping skin moisturised
Shave gently: Use a good, sharp razor and shave in the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrown hairs.
Apply light post shaving oil: To get all of that lovely moisture back onto post shaved skin use a light facial oil. Ingredients like hemp seed oil, rose hip oil and squalene are all good for the face.
Apply beard balm for those non shavers: Even non shaving bearded types need to keep their facial skin and beard hair soft. A good oil based balm in small amounts will work wonders for keeping your beard glossy and healthy.
Which Keegan & Co. Products are suitable for men?
Basically all of Keegan & Co. products are suitable for men's skin but the two which men would find most useful would be our Moisturising + Cleansing Balm and our Bakuchiol Skin Renewal Night Serum.
Our flagship product Moisturising + Cleansing Balm can be used as a facial cleanser, beard balm, post shave balm and as a general salve to help with skin moisturisation. It is especially great for oudoor pursuits and sports which can dry out skin.
Our Bakuchiol Skin Renewal Night Serum is the perfect post shave serum. Bakuchiol helps skin to regenerate in a similar way to retinol but without the negative side effects such as irritation and dryness. Made with our special blend of 3 dry oils, hemp seed, evening primrose and rose hip this oil serum will moisturise without a greasy feel.