Your skin provides an important protective barrier, but when it’s weak or damaged, it can make you vulnerable. For the good of your skin and your health in general, it’s important to be mindful of how you treat your skin. Smoke and air pollution can wreak havoc on it, for example, proving that proper skin care goes way beyond what you actually put on your skin. Everything from stress to sleep to exercise to hormones can have a huge impact. Even the foods you eat have the potential to harm to your skin.
And while some men might balk at the assertion that skin care is more than a woman’s concern, they should be thinking about protecting and caring for their skin just as much as women. Also, men’s skin care products tend to be cheaper, so don’t think you’ll have to spend a fortune on proper hygiene. When it comes to skin health, most tips go for everyone, but there are actually some biological differences between male and female skin.
One of the upsides of facial hair is that all those hair follicles help to keep your face wrinkle-free, according to WebMD. Men also have a tighter network of fatty tissue right under the skin, and more collagen and elastin fibers, which help give skin its strength and elasticity. Rebecca Tung, MD, a dermatologic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic, says these differences make men’s skin about 20% to 30% thicker. And thicker skin is better at resisting wrinkles. Hair glands also produce oil, so men’s faces tend to be oilier than women’s, trapping moisture to help keep skin hydrated. On the other hand, oily skin can make men more prone to acne and other skin problems.
In some ways, men have an edge when it comes to skin care, but they still need to take good care of it. Here are five essential tips.