Metro men I can relate.
And the good news for you, is that it is not just a new and emerging trend, men are and have always been, just as interested in skin care and preserving their good looks as women, especially in my clinic.
But first, it’s important to understand how your skin differs to that of a women’s, so you have a good understanding of the best face moisturizer for men.
Men Versus Women’s Skin
When we are young there is very little difference.
But once you reach puberty, your sex hormones begin to produce different sexual characteristics, the male hormone testosterone starts to become active, which is when the real differences kick in.
Testosterone is responsible for producing active sebaceous glands; these glands will make your body hair and beards rough and thick.
If your struggling to get your head around this, male pattern baldness is a good example of male hormone activity, excuse the pun.
The Different Characteristics
- Mens skin tends to be drier, women’s skin contains more glycosaminoglycan’s the skins natural humectants, water binding chemicals found in the dermis that are responsible for holding water in the cells tissues. Ultimately they help to make the skin softer and smoother
- A woman’s skin has more cushioning in the subcutaneous layer, which is related to the women’s hormone oestrogen
- Men have more testosterone which in turn produces more oil through the sebaceous glands, so they tend to have a more oily skin, whilst a woman’s skin is more likely to become dehydrated and a lot more sensitive
- Finally men are more likely to stick with a small selection of products and undergo less intense treatments, which is why sensitivity is lower in men. Women love to use lots of products on their skin especially their face, overuse and poor treatments can lead to sensitivity and undermine the skin’s barrier function
BEST FACE MOISTURIZER
Considering the Formula
Because a man’s skin characteristically has more sebaceous glands, they require a product that is a lot less emollient, therefore a gel based moisturizer is always a good place to start.
Equilibrium balancing gel moisturiser, is perfect for men with a slightly oilier skin type, because of its lightweight texture and fluidity it’s easier to apply and non greasy.
In saying that the best face moisturizer for men will come down to lifestyle, if you spend a lot of time in an office, where their skin may be subject to air conditioning or heating may have dry skin, therefore the best moisturiser maybe a cream such as Fortify barrier repair cream.
Exfoliants: Because your skin is generally thicker and coarser than a woman’s, it will require regular exfoliation.
Some moisturizers are formulated with tiny exfoliants such as bamboo, which gently slouch away dead skin cells, revealing a youthful glow.
Eye Cream:, I always recommend considering an anti-ageing formula around the eyes, no matter what your age is.
An eye cream that has specifically been formulated with protective and active anti-ageing ingredients, such as antioxidants, vitamins or the latest innovative peptides, which will help to plump out delicate tissue and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Protective Ingredients: The best face moisturizer for a male skin that is dry, is one that contains occlusive ingredients, such as Cocoa or Shea butter, linoleic acid will help to replenish those all-important lipids in the skin.
THE NAKED TRUTH
Avoid using skin care products that are loaded with alcohols, although these ingredients may appear to stop the skin from producing too much oil, this is only temporary.
What is actually happening is that they are drying the skin out, literally stripping it of its natural lipids and oils.
The skin will then start to go into overdrive, overproducing oil in a bid to replenish the lost oils.
For this reason it is advisable to look for natural ingredients, that won’t damage the skins protective barrier and strip the skin of oil.