The Differences Between Male and Female Skin
More and more men are looking to look after their skin and image. The use of a few key tools added to your regimen to look after your skin now will help keep it clear, and well-maintained for many years to come.
The hormone testosterone determines the masculine characteristics of male skin and gives it a different structure to female skin. While every man’s skin will differ, in general, male skin – on both the face and the body – is thicker, oilier and ages differently than that of a female.
- On average, Male skin is approximately 20% thicker than female skin. (Stratumn Corneum) It contains more collagen because of the male hormone testosterone and has a firmer appearance.
- The collagen content of male skin reduces at a constant rate. Female skin is affected later in life, especially after menopause.
- Men have more active sebaceous glands, and therefore more pores, than women. Both their sebaceous glands and their pores are larger.
- Sebum production is double that of women, so male skin is oilier and shinier than female skin. As a result its pH is lower than that of female skin and is prone to impurities and acne.
- Adult males are less prone to dry skin than adult females.
- Signs of ageing appear later in male skin, but changes occur more quickly once they start.
- Men are most affected by sagging skin combined with puffy eyes and dark circles that make them look tired.
- Male wrinkles occur later than female wrinkles but, when they do appear, they are more prominent.
- On average, men who shave subject their skin to 16,000 shaves in a lifetime.
- Skin becomes more sensitive and reacts faster.
- Daily shaving stresses the skin and can cause irritation. It removes the uppermost layer of skin cells, exposing immature skin that is particularly sensitive to external influences.
- Up to 40% of men have shaving-related skin problems. Younger and fair skinned men are particularly prone.
Shaving removes the uppermost layer of skin cells, making the skin sensitive to external factors.
How to care for male skin
Because male skin is different to female skin, it benefits from a dedicated approach to skincare and from products that respect its unique biological attributes.
Careful shaving is important, particularly for those with sensitive skin or skin conditions such as acne and Atopic Dermatitis:
Moisturisers and anti-ageing products for men should be light in texture. Rich and greasy products may not be well tolerated by skin sensitised by shaving
Synergie skin care products and Routine.
UltraCleanse – daily cleanser.
Free from sodium laureth sulphate, parabens, artificial colours/ fragrances.
Combat – sun protective men’s moisturiser with soothing benefits- Provides broad spectrum daily protection
- Nourishes and hydrates the skin
- Calms sensitive, reddened and irritated skin
- Reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone
- Provides antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors
Lip Balm – hydrating men’s lip balm-• Intensely hydrating
- Environmental protection
- Perfect for on-the-go travel
UltraCleanse – daily cleanser
MediScrub – exfoliating scrub (use twice weekly)- Corundum
Ultimate A – essential vitamin A serum- Stabilised Retinol benefits
MultiTask – daily regenerating serum- Anti-ageing
ImprovEyes Night – overnight eye treatment to address dark circles, fine lines and puffiness
A full range of Synergie products and further individual consultation is available in our clinic on Unley road.
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