Men’s skin is quite different from women’s skin, and it isn’t just the amount of hair, or how smooth (or rough) it is. There are many other differences that all add up to one fact: men and women need to take care of their skin in different ways.
Men have thicker skin
Thanks to testosterone, a man’s skin is approximately 25% thicker than a woman’s skin. This means that biologically speaking, men are less vulnerable to sun damage than women. However, this doesn’t give men an excuse not to wear sunscreen.
Men are usually outdoors more than women. On average, men get roughly 12 hours more sun exposure per week than women. Most men may not particularly care about premature skin aging, but everybody should still be concerned about skin cancer. We think everybody, regardless of gender, should apply some Diana Stalder Skin Moisturizing Lotion, which contains an SPF 30 sunscreen, everyday.
Men have oilier skin
Thanks again to testosterone, men produce more oil than women. This makes men, despite having smaller sebaceous glands than women, more prone to acne. A good way to deal with this is to wash regularly, maybe twice a day, with a product like Diana Stalder Facial Scrub.
Men have “younger” skin
Not only do men have thicker skin than women, men also have a greater collagen density than women. These two combined make a man’s skin look younger a similarly aged woman. However, this age advantage is often negated by many environmental factors, a few of which we’ll tackle in the next point.
Men have more fragile skin
Many people will find this surprising, but men usually have more delicate skin than women. The reasons for this, however, are more environmental than biological.
One of the biggest reasons is that women tend to take better care of their skin than men do. Many men have no qualms using harsh soaps, getting burnt under the sun, and handling dirt, grime, and other skin irritants. Many men also have an aversion to using sunscreen and other skin care products.
Of course, men still take care of their skin, but even that has its own pitfalls. As we mentioned, most men will not mind using harsh soap on their skin, but another part of their skin care regimen can sometimes harm their skin too. Daily shaving can strip off the skin’s hydrolipidic film, which serves as a natural protective layer of the skin. This leaves skin more prone to drying and environmental damage. On top of this, there’s always a risk of cutting or scraping skin when shaving.
All this means that men usually have more sensitized (though not necessarily sensitive) skin than women. What does this mean for men? Put simply, most men probably have to take better care of their skin.
There is a laundry list of differences between men and women’s skin, but we’ve tackled some of the biggest here. Do you think there are other significant differences we missed here? Share them with us in the comments!