Scientifically, male skin is a completely different beast from female skin—from hair growth, to oil secretions, to texture—yet most skin care routines were designed with a woman’s complexion in mind. Here’s what men, and the ladies who love their hairy faces, need to know
1. A man’s skin is thicker than a woman’s.
Testosterone stimulation accounts for a 25% thicker skin structure for men. As a result, men need stronger, more concentrated products in order to get the same benefits. In other words, using women’s products on a man’s skin is like trying to sand a table with a dishtowel.
2. Men have larger pores that produce more oil.
If you feel like your skin looks like a game of connect-the-dots, there’s a reason. Men’s pores produce more sebum (oil), making men more prone to blackheads, breakouts, and visibly clogged pores. To make matters worse, rhinophyma, a condition that causes a thickening and reddening of the nose due to overactive sebaceous glands, occurs only in men.
The good news is, oil and clogged pores are easy to fight with the right tools. Guise Etiquette's No 1 face wash is packed with cucumber and mint, which contain powerful astringents and vitamins, as well as salicylic acid, to wipe pores clean. It's also designed to work double duty as a shaving soap.
3. You don’t know it, but you’re already exfoliating.
Your morning shave is actually serving double duty. As your razor removes hair it sloughs off dead skin cells as well, leaving behind a fresh new layer of skin. This also leaves pores open and exposed, so to prevent clogging and ingrown hairs, it’s important to follow every shave with a dose of aftershave tonic. Our aftershave and hydrating tonic No 2 employs colloidal silver and neroli oil to make pores more elastic.4. Men produce more collagen than women.
This is a win for the guys, as collagen gives your skin structure and can help it look younger for longer. However, to reap the full benefits of your ruggedly robust skin structure, it’s best to keep it those skin cells healthy and moisturized. Guise Etiquette's moisturizer No 3 uses aloe vera and aspen bark, which naturally have hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties.