Unlocking the Male Perspective: A Comprehensive Guide to Men’s Skincare


man in blue crew neck shirt covering his face with cream

Okay, I admit it. I only use face wash and moisturize. That’s it, I’m sorry. And even then, this rigorous regimen is solely due to the horrified reaction of an ex-girlfriend who found out I didn’t give my skin any tender loving care. That relationship may have ended, but the peer pressure to make me look after my skin remains, and the chasm that is my understanding of the beauty industry endures.

To me, the world of skincare is this ever-changing realm that I cannot fathom and can only dream of comprehending. What are all these products? How can they all help, and where does everyone find the time? Last I checked, collagen was a collection of pretty photos, and a serum was something that villains in films gave to make the hero talk. But now makeup consists of many products in a beauty market that seems rich in offerings but very poor in making sense to this layman.

There is a new craze every week, and so many things that were in vogue have now fallen by the wayside. I once felt that I was on the cutting edge with exfoliating face wash with little plastic balls to scrub the skin, but next thing I knew, they were microplastics, and suddenly, I had the deaths of thousands of sea turtles on my conscience. I now content myself with an indie product that exfoliates with tiny wooden balls, so it is only trees that I’m harming to unblock my pores. It’s remarkable how much the industry has grown; there are thousands of influencers now offering the very best tips and tricks on how to get that glowing skin! Do you really want glowing skin?

Sounds like a radiation accident to me. As someone who spent their early teen years watching YouTube FIFA pack openings, I know a few things about wasting my time, but there are just so many of these videos. It’s incredible that everyone has an opinion on this, and they all seem to promise clearer skin than the next. Honestly, for an industry based entirely on promoting clean skin, it seems remarkably opaque.

Disclaimer: To better understand the male perspective on skincare and help inform the guidance provided below, the post introduction was written by Benjamin Plumer – a male with little understanding of skincare. While the information and advice presented in the following content are intended to be helpful, it’s important to remember that skincare needs can vary greatly among individuals. For personalized skincare recommendations or if you have specific skin concerns, consider consulting with a qualified dermatologist or skincare professional.

FAQs Men’s Skincare

Do men really need skincare?

Yes, men do need skincare. Just like women, men’s skin can benefit from proper care and attention. Skincare helps maintain healthy skin, prevent issues like acne, signs of aging, and protects against environmental damage. Men’s skincare routines may vary based on their individual skin types and concerns, but taking care of one’s skin is essential for everyone.

Can men use women’s skincare?

In most cases, men can use women’s skincare products without major issues, especially if the products are formulated for their skin type. However, there are differences in men’s and women’s skin, such as thickness and oiliness, which may influence product choices. Men should prioritize selecting skincare products that match their skin type and concerns. Some brands also offer gender-neutral or men’s skincare lines to cater to specific needs.

Do men need different skincare?

Men’s skincare needs can differ from women’s due to factors like thicker skin, increased oil production, and facial hair. While the basic principles of skincare remain the same—cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting against the sun—men may benefit from products formulated to address their specific concerns, such as products designed to soothe irritation from shaving or control excess oil.

What is the best skincare advice for men?

The best skincare advice for men includes:

  1. Know your skin type: Determine if your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination, and choose products accordingly.
  2. Cleansing: Use a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type to remove dirt and oil without over-drying.
  3. Moisturize: Apply a moisturizer daily to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness or oiliness.
  4. Sun protection: Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to shield your skin from UV damage.
  5. Shaving: If you shave, use a sharp razor, a quality shaving cream, and consider aftershave or post-shave products to soothe the skin.
  6. Avoid harsh products: Avoid harsh or abrasive skincare products that can irritate the skin.
  7. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain skin hydration from within.
  8. Healthy lifestyle: Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and manage stress, as these factors significantly impact skin health.
  9. Consult a dermatologist: If you have specific skin concerns or conditions like acne or signs of aging, consider seeking advice from a dermatologist for tailored skincare recommendations.

Remember that consistency is key in skincare. Establishing a daily routine and using products suitable for your skin type and concerns will help you achieve and maintain healthier-looking skin.

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