Simply put, men have different skin needs than women. Because their skin is biologically different than a woman's, and the fact that they have facial hair, men need a distinct approach to taking care of their skin.
This page is meant to inform you on how men and women's skin differs as well as to give you tips and advice on taking care of your skin naturally. You will also learn what products we recommend for an organic skin care routine.
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How Men's Skin Differs from Women's
- Testosterone increases the of men's skin, making it 25% thicker than women's.
- Men have 20% oilier skin than women.
- Men's skin has a tougher texture.
- Men have a higher collagen density than women. It is said that men look 15 years younger than women of the same age. However, women are more diligent with sun protection, so the aging difference is not readily seen.
- A man's skin thins gradually with age, whereas a woman's stays about the same thickness until she reaches menopause.
- Men continue to have greater sebum production after puberty due to androgen secretions. This is why men often have longer lasting acne.
- Men's skin produces more sweat, making it more hydrated than women's skin.
- Due to shaving, men often have combination skin - dry areas and oily areas.
- Shaving compromises the skin’s acid mantle.
- Daily shaving stresses and irritates the skin. Shaving removes the top layer of skin, leaving the immature, sensitive layer exposed to external influences.
- Men have warmer skin due to more blood vessels.
- Men's skin is not as absorbent due to its thickness and smaller oil glands.
These differences mean that men need products that absorb quickly, help minimize shaving issues, and are lightweight and non-greasy.
Your Skin Type
To get the best skin care routine, you need to take your skin type into account and use products that fit that skin type. Even though men tend to have oilier skin than women, not all men have oily skin.
- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use.
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive.
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough.
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy.
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others.
One of the most valuable products for men's skin is their cleanser. Men need to cleanse their skin twice a day to help keep their follicles clear. Men who shave will find that their cleanser helps ensure the razor has a clean shaving surface to avoid ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Wash your face morning and night with a cleanser meant for your skin type. Use warm water - not hot - to cleanse your skin; hot water will dry out your skin too much. Use a dime-sized amount of cleanser on your skin and wash with gentle circular motions - no need to be rough. Rinse with cool water to close pores.
Use a clean towel to pat your skin dry; rubbing will pull your skin and contribute to wrinkle formation.
Facial scrubs or exfoliating cleansers will help get rid of dead skin cells and debris that make your skin look dull. They also help prepare your skin for shaving. You should exfoliate your skin 1 -3x a week, depending on your skin type. Dry/sensitive skin will need less, while oily skin will need more.
After your normal cleansing, apply a dime sized amount of scrub to your face and gently rub the scrub over your skin. Concentrate on areas where dead skin tends to build up, usually the forehead, nose, and neck. Be very gentle around the eye area. Scrub before you shave to elevate and loosen up whiskers for a closer shave.
Scrubs can be harsh on the skin, causing micro-tears. A chemical exfoliate rids the skin of dead skin cells without the roughness. A leave-on BHA exfoliate is an excellent choice.
Toners calm irritation and redness and reduce pore size; they also reduce oil and shine. A good toner can help counteract some of the irritation associated with shaving. Toners will increase the permeability of your skin allowing your moisturizer to absorb better, bringing the beneficial ingredients deeper into your skin where they can do their best work.
A well-formulated toner helps repair and restore your skin’s surface. When you have finished cleansing, your skin is thirsty. Now is the time to feed it nourishing ingredients, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. An effective toner will contain all of those things, and your thirsty skin will drink it up.
Use your toner morning and night after you wash your face.
- Xfacio Labs Xtreme XT Toner - Contains collagen stimulating Vitmain C and cell-regenerating amino acids. This toner is alcohol free, and contains one of the most potent anti-aging peptides, Matrixyl 3000.
Hydrating your skin will help it look its best, reduce wrinkles, and prevent excess oil production. Use a lightweight moisturizer formulated for men's skin. Skin sensitized by shaving may not tolerate rich or greasy moisturizing products.
Use a moisturizer that is right for your skin type day and night after cleansing and toning.
Men are not as diligent about their sunscreen use as women, but they should be. UV rays lead to accelerated skin aging and can cause skin cancer. It is important to wear a sunscreen if you are going to be outdoors for more than 30 minutes.
Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that uses zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
Many men shave either daily or every few days. Shaving products should protect and lubricate the skin. They should also be mild and soothing; harsh products can remove skin’s natural lipids which are already under pressure from shaving.
- Stop buying cheap razors. A quality razor can last a lifetime. Look for one that suits your skin's sensitivity and beard coarseness.
- If you are buying a razor from the drugstore, avoid buying one with multiple blades. These types are more likely to give you razor burn or ingrown hairs because the extra blades pull the hairs below the skin.
- Use a clean, sharp razor for the closest shave and to avoid razor burn or razor bumps.
- Shave in the direction that hair grows, not against it. If you find you need to shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, do so slowly and gently.
- Use a shave cream or gel that is non-foaming to allow the blade to get close to the skin for the closest shave possible.
- The best time to shave is at the end of, or immediately following your shower.
- Washing your face before shaving helps soften the hairs which makes your shave smoother.
- Don't use very hot water as that will aggravate skin, leading to a tight, dry feeling, as well as redness.
- Shaving products that contain anti-bacterial properties protect the skin from shaving irritations.
- Be sure to rinse your razor often and replace every few shaves.
- Run your hands over your face and neck to ensure that you haven't missed any areas.
Pre-shave oil is applied before a lather, it will soften your facial hair as well as open pores, ensuring a close shave. The oil will penetrate and moisturize the skin, making it as supple as possible and minimizing cuts.
The best shave-oils use natural plant oils such as coconut, sunflower, grapeseed or olive oil. Antibacterial agents, such as essential oils can help prevent breakouts and cleanse any cuts.
Help the razor do its job with a good lather. Lathers work to cushion the skin from the razors blade while keeping your stubble – and face – from drying out.
Most mainstream lathers contain alcohol, which dries out the skin. It’s no wonder some guys despise shaving – they are using the wrong products! Avoid alcohol in your skin care, please.
Cream lathers are rich and hydrating. They lubricate the skin and allow the blade to glide effortlessly over it. They also lock moisture into the skin, softening and soothing it after the shave.
Creams rinse easily from your shaver’s blades. For best results, massage with hands or a badger brush for a full minute. Look for creams with ingredients to help heal the skin and keep it from drying out such as aloe or glycerin.
After-shave hydrates and soothes the skin; it also seals in the skin after a nice shave. Look for an alcohol-free aftershave, because alcohol dries out your skin.
[Read - DIY Aftershave with Essential Oils]
Skincare for Men with Beards
Facial hair wicks moisture away from your skin, which can create dry and flaky skin, as well as beard dandruff.
Cleansing your beard is important. We recommend using a natural shampoo for men to wash your beard and the underlying skin a few times a week. Don't use regular soap, as this will dry out your skin and make it look weathered.
Use a facial scrub a few times a week to remove dead skin cells from underneath your beard. Take your time to get all the skin under your beard, especially if your beard is long.
A moisturizer is essential to hydrate the skin. Massage your skin moisturizer in well. If you are not using a beard oil, make sure to massage some of the moisturizer into your facial hair to keep it soft and hydrated.
A beard oil is an excellent way to condition your facial hair, as well as nourish the skin beneath it. A natural and organic beard oil used a few times a week will help keep your facial hair looking its best and keep your skin hydrated.
Anti-Aging for Men
Consistency is key to any successful anti-aging routine. Pick a routine and stick to it. Using a cleanser formulated for your skin type as well as using a daily moisturizer will go a long way to preventing the signs of aging. Other products can be added for a more targeted treatment; these include anti-aging serums, moisturizers, and eye creams.
A facial serum is designed to deliver essential nutrients deep into your skin, where cellular repair and turnover occur. Skin cells deep in our skin are prone to inflammation and free radical damage that most products are unable to fight. A serum will deliver powerful youth-enhancing nutrients into these deep layers of your skin.
Serums are different from moisturizers in that they do not contain thickening or lubricating ingredients. They, therefore, absorb more quickly into the skin. Because serums have no "fillers," they are more concentrated in active ingredients.
We recommend using a serum at night under your moisturizer.
Anti-Aging Night Cream
A night cream formulated with anti-aging ingredients such as aloe, hyaluronic acid, DMAE, and green tea will help keep your skin looking young. Using cream at night will allow the cream to work with your body's natural restoring process.
Your eyes are often the first part of your face to show wrinkles. A good eye cream will combat wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. Use an eye cream both morning and night.
The best eye cream for men will include:
- Caffeine to contract the blood vessels around the eyes, reducing dark circles and puffiness.
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) to help your skin cells absorb the caffeine.
- Hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient which plumps skin cells and reduces wrinkles.
- Protein peptides to help stimulate the production of collagen and ward off the effects of aging.
In the morning, apply your eye cream after your face moisturizer to help combat puffiness and dark circles. At night, use your eye cream after your night cream to help keep the skin around your eyes firm and hydrated.
Dab a pea size amount on your pinky finger and smooth over the skin under your eye and around your eye socket up to the bottom of your eye brow.
Men's Body Care
Warm showers open pores and allow dirt and bad oils to be removed. Bar soap works fine as long as your skin isn't dry. If you have dry skin, opt for a liquid body wash that contains plant oils such as jojoba or sweet almond.
Many men don't need to moisturize their body because their skin is naturally oily. However, some men have dry skin. A moisturizer will go a long way to combating any dryness. Use a moisturizer right after a shower. Focus on areas that are prone to dryness, such as the elbows, knees, shoulders, lower legs, and hands.
Men's hands take a beating. Work and sports often require frequent use of the hands, making men's hands dry, cracked, and chapped. A good hand cream will offer hydration without feeling greasy.
The Best Natural Brands For Men
Here is a list of the best natural and organic skin care brands for men:
I hope you learned some valuable information about men's organic skin care here. Please leave any questions you may have in the comments, or contact us. We are here to help!