With Father’s Day coming up, we thought it would be a good exercise to review some skin care tips that are specific to men.
While most of our recommendations about skin care are relevant to anyone, there are a few notable differences when it comes to caring for guy’s skin.
Men have thicker skin
First off, men’s skin is made up of thicker layers — they have more collagen, elastin fibers, and fatty tissue directly under their skin.
“As a result, men’s skin is on average 20% to 30% thicker than women’s skin,” according to WebMD.
Which is also why people claim guys “age better” — more oil production, thicker skin, AND lots of hair follicles mean that their skin is held up by a more supportive skin system, so they’re less prone to wrinkles.
What this also means: it’s recommended that men exfoliate more often.
This can be accomplished during the shaving process, but if you’re a fan of the beard (and who isn’t these days?), you might consider using a scrub to slough away dead skin cells.
Speaking of beards
Yeah, beards require extra care, too. Shockingly, they don’t just manage themselves.
To ensure the healthiest skin and beard, as always, a wholesome and vitamin-rich diet will do the most good for you. “If you optimize your health, then you’ll grow great beard hair,” explains beard champion Jack Passion in a recent interview.
You can also supplement the natural oils from your skin with a beard oil to ensure that the hair is protected. This is especially important if you’re going to be outdoors or going swimming.
And if you’re going to be outdoors, bearded or not, making sure your skin is protected is still important. Men are just as susceptible to skin cancer as women, and should also use a sunscreen, especially during the summer.
We recommend using nonabsorbent sunscreens containing zinc oxide for maximum protection.
“Nonabsorbent sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide for scientifically-proven sun protection. They are not absorbed into the skin or bloodstream. These are minerals that are found abundantly in nature and are very safe for use in body care products.”
The art of shaving
If you’re not growing a beard and if shaving is part of your regular routine, there are a few important steps worth taking.
Scrubbing away those dead skin cells before you put a razor to your face will help prevent ingrown hairs, making for a cleaner and better shave.
Using a good-quality razor and a lighter touch will save your skin. “One of the biggest mistakes that men make while shaving is to press the razor into their skin and pull hard,” explains Randy Murray on Sharpologist. “They use their other hand to pull and stretch the skin and bear down with the razor. Stop that. You are literally scraping the skin off with your beard, slicing into your face.”
Let your skin rest:
Don’t shave every day! Do keep up with a daily wash/moisturizing regimen, but give your face a day off for shaving.
Hydrating the skin and nourishing it with a vitamin-rich moisturizer will improve not only the condition of your skin, but provides lasting results and prevents wrinkling. Totally worth it.
It’s a lot to remember, especially if you’re a guy who’s just getting into a regular skin care regimen. Overall, you’ll just want to find products that work for you, so that you’ll stick to it.
What skin care tips or products do you swear by? Check out a few of our favorite men’s skin care products in our store!