Can Men Use Women’s Skincare?


Much like the blue for boys and pink for girls baby clothing theme, skincare is also often advertised by gender. Men’s products tend to be marketed towards anti-aging promises as avoiding fine lines and wrinkles is a universal desire for both sexes.

When you pay for any skincare product you are paying for the active ingredients. Whether your skin needs exfoliating, soothing, or a product with antibacterial properties, the ingredient list is the most important thing to consider, not the packaging.

A mans facial skin loses elasticity in a similar way to a womans, so products that help build collagen, particularly vitamin C serum, should be used daily. For men looking for simplicity and efficacy, a two in one product tends to be most appealing. For example, a moisturizer that also offers a substantial spf is a foolproof addition to any routine. 

There are similarities and differences between male skin and female skin and some are more important than others when it comes to finding the right skincare.

As a general rule, male hormones tend to produce more oil on a man’s face than a woman’s. However, for men who shave daily, the contact from the razor on the skin acts as a form of exfoliation which can cause dryness. When a man or a woman shaves it is important to follow up with a hydrating gentle moisturiser to avoid subsequent irritation. 

With this in mind, men do not need to stick to male-marketed products and lines. These ranges are often gimmicky and full of ‘masculine’ fragrances which can sensitise the skin. All skincare is a matter of personal preference and your own personal needs. If a man doesn’t enjoy the more womanly fragrances in some luxurious creams, balms, and lotions, opting for fragrance-free is an easy way to overcome this problem. 

Mens skincare packaging tends to be slick and discreet potentially due to the fact it is still regarded as shameful for men to invest in taking care of their skin.

Both men and women should work towards creating a targeted yet simple AM and PM skincare routine without the need for countless products.

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