Skincare Tips for Men
With Father's Day coming up in just a few days, I decided now's as good a time as any to discuss men's skincare.
Now you know, here at Noche, we're all about making you feel confident and comfortable in your skin. And there's no reason the men in your life shouldn't feel the same way.
Today, I'm going to take a look at some of the differences between men's and women's skin as well as some men-specific skincare tips to help them look and feel their absolute best.
Men have more oily skin.
You may have noticed that men's skin usually seems a bit shinier or more acne-prone than women's skin. This is because men have much higher levels of testosterone than women do.
What testosterone does is it stimulates the production of sebum and increases the size of sebaceous glands in the skin which can result in more oil being produced, thus giving men that shiny look.
Having more oily skin can mean you're more prone to breakouts as the excess amount of oil can clog your pores and result in acne. But it's not all bad news.
Having oily skin can also mean that as you age, you develop fewer fine lines and wrinkles than someone with drier skin would. This is because the natural oils in your skin help keep your skin moisturized. Sorry, ladies.
With that being said, that doesn't mean you should skip the moisturizer if you have oily skin. Moisturizers actually help to regulate oil production in the skin which in turn helps reduce breakouts and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Look for moisturizers that are specifically formulated for oily skin and contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and antioxidants that help to replenish and nourish the skin.
Men shave their faces.
Shaving regularly has its pros and cons.
It can help by removing dirt, debris, and excess oil that contributes to clogged pores and inflammation. It also works to exfoliate dead skin cells, allowing the skin to replenish and rejuvenate at a faster rate.
However, shaving can also put stress on the skin and result in in-grown hairs, skin irritation, and acne.
To help avoid these negative skin consequences, it's important to make sure you're changing your razor blade often (after about 3-4 uses). This will help minimize irritation and allow for a closer, more accurate shave.
Men don't wear sunscreen as much as women.
A lot of men don't wear sunscreen regularly. And by a lot, I mean less than 15% of men actually wear it on a regular basis.
For some men, it might be because they view it as more of a beauty product made for women rather than a skincare product used to protect the skin. For others, it might be because they think women's skin is more sensitive than men's skin.
So let me address these two arguments.
1) Sunscreen is important for everyone, regardless of their gender, to help protect the skin from environmental damage, harmful UV rays, sunburn, and even skin cancer.
2) Men's skin is more sensitive to UV radiation than women's skin. Research has shown that the thickness of men's skin and the higher amounts of collagen in the skin make men more susceptible to damage from UV rays than women.
All that being said, make sure you wear sunscreen daily, especially if you're spending all day in the sun. And make sure that you use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
If you have UV sensitivity, it's even more important to wear sunscreen as well as limit your exposure to sunlight. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can also provide additional protection for the face and eyes.
Most men don't have a regular skincare routine that they follow.
Now that doesn't mean they don't use skincare products at all (because a lot of them actually do). But less than 40% of men have a skincare routine that they follow daily.
The problem with that is not properly or consistently taking care of your skin can severely impact your skin's overall health and result in premature aging, inflammation, more breakouts, clogged pores, and so many other negative skin consequences.
At the very least, you need to ensure that you're cleansing, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen every single day.
Use products that work specifically for oily skin types and are non-comedogenic (so they won't clog your pores).
Make sure to share these skincare tips with the men in your life and help them achieve healthy skin so they can glow with confidence.
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