With loads of female and male specific skincare lines on the market, it can be hard to figure out just what the difference is between a man’s skin and a woman’s. But guess what? Skin is skin and generally what’s good for one gender is good for the other. In fact, a lot of the “differences” that skincare lines promote are really just marketing ploys that makes it easier for men to identify the products that are “for them” in a market where they often feel confused and overwhelmed by feminine-looking potions. Here are a few commonly held myths that you shouldn’t believe.
Men Have Better Skin So They Don’t Need Skincare
This is one of those sad untruths that keeps circling back around. On average, men have thicker and oilier skin than women. However, that’s just an average. Just like some women, some men have thin, dry, sensitive, and wrinkle-prone skin. The fact is, that when it comes to choosing the right products, skin type has a whole lot more to do with it than gender.
Men Don’t Need to Moisturize
As I mentioned above, men on average have oilier skin than women. But oiliness does not mean that your skin is hydrated. All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer that draws water into the skin.
Men Don’t Need to Exfoliate
This one is a tough one. If you shave regularly, you’re actually giving your face an excellent exfoliation treatment. But if you don’t shave regularly, you need to exfoliate just as often as your female friends. Try a self-neutralizing face peel like my TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel to dissolve dead skin cell build-up. It will also help prevent razor bumps!
Men Don’t Need Anti-Aging Products
Men can benefit from anti-aging products in the same way women do. In fact, because the majority of men don’t use sunscreen every day, many experience signs of photo aging. Adding sunscreen and anti-aging serums not only combats existing damage but also helps prevent future signs of aging.