Men and women have many biological differences and their skin is just one of those differences. That means that although men can use the same skincare products as women do, they might not be getting the same benefits. Share this with men in your lives!
For starters, keep in mind that we all have three skin layers. Basically, the epidermis is the top layer, the dermis is the middle layer, which is made mostly of collagen and elastin, and then there is the fat layer. Men have a thicker dermis (the middle layer), and that makes a man's skin tauter, firmer, more elastic, with less sagging and hanging as he ages.
Men usually do not show lines and wrinkles as early as a female of the same age and ethnicity (this is so not fair for women!) Because there are some general differences among ethnic groups, we wouldn't make that comparison between, for instance, a male of African descent and a woman of fair-skinned Irish descent.
Even more unfair for women, it seems: Most men don’t get cellulite! A very small percentage of men do get cellulite, whereas 90 percent of women get it. Again, this is due to that dermis layer: The connecting bands of collagen tissue in women run in a different pattern from men's, and as a result, fat in men’s skin doesn't clump the same way within the dermis. Plus, that thicker dermis layer men have masks and resists any bulging, much like pants made of a thick wool fabric will hide bumps and lumps better than pants made of thin silk.
Men have more hair on their face and body as well, thus men also have issues related to shaving, such as ingrown hairs and razor bumps. And, because they sweat more than women, men have more issues with odor.
Men also have skin problems that women don't have-- for example, men usually battle more acne issues. That is mainly due to hormones such as testosterone that tend to stimulate sebaceous oil glands, especially in the high-school and college ages when testosterone levels are at a peak in their bodies.
To battle some of their skin issues, men should use good shaving creams with fresh blades, and shave in the direction of hair growth. The shave won't be as close, but ingrowns and bumps are caused by really close shaving. Using an electric razor is also a good choice for many men, but again, it won't provide as close a shave as blades will.
As for odor issues, keep in mind that sweat itself is odorless. When normal bacteria on the skin comes in contact with hair and sweat--that is when odor is created. Therefore, good general hygiene and using deodorant soaps to reduce bacteria, combined with antiperspirants, are important to prevent unpleasant odors.
There is a wide range of treatments available for acne [which are also discussed in the book, The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin]. Making an appointment with a dermatologist will set a guy on a path to getting his severe acne under control, but for mild acne, a free consultation with Platinum Skincare can get him on the path, too.
Mens Specialty Products
There are so many "men's" preparations in the skincare and hair care aisles these days. Can't men just use what their wives or girlfriends have in the bathroom? It depends on the man--he can use her products if they have same needs. If not, her moisturizers might be too thick for him. As for many of those products labeled "for a man's skin," --there is really nothing magical or different about those products; they don't have any special ingredients or more potency. It's mostly a marketing ploy.
If a man has normal skin with no issues that need intervention, I suggest he use products he likes, whether they are labeled for male or female. Sometimes a man won’t like the way a woman’s product is scented; he might like to check out some of formulations—such as shaving kits and men’s skincare products—offered for men at Platinum Skincare.
Everyone Needs SPF
When it comes to sunscreen--which everyone should use liberally--a man should be sure to apply the sunscreen into the hairline and scalp if he has any hair loss or thinning hair. Dermatologists are seeing a lot more skin cancer around the hairlines of men and in bald crown areas. Check out the Cotz brand of sunscreen.
Men can benefit from same types of treatments that women get--and more and more men are taking advantage of new treatments and procedures and products because they also want to look as good as they can.
Having The Best Skin
There are so many options men are taking advantage of these days, such as Botox for reducing wrinkles, lasers for resurfacing the skin or diminishing broken blood vessels, and fillers that can restore a more youthful appearance by replacing fat loss in the face.
They can also benefit from peels they can do themselves, at home--like the fabulous peels offered at Platinum Skincare: from Glycolic Peels to TCA peels. As for Botox, lasers, and skin fillers, a good cosmetic dermatologist will provide a wide range of those types of treatments.
Men do get rosacea, like women do and can benefit from the same treatments. It is uncommon for men to get melasma [discolored skin patches], mostly because melasma is primarily driven by estrogen. However, men do get sun damage spots and age spots--and lasers and peels can reduce or remove those, but so can Fade Bright Lightening lotion.
Guys—call for your free consultation and get started on better—much better—skin.
Where can I buy Dana's Book?
The Skin Regime; Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, available as a Kindle download or Buy paperback to buy your paperback copy from Platinum Skin Care. You can also read the first chapter--FREE--by click here to read 1st chapter.