Men’s skincare is a booming market. But is there much difference between male and female skin? And if so, what skincare products should men be adding to their shelves? Firstly, there are differences and structurally, men’s skin is quite different from women’s. Higher levels of testosterone makes men’s skin about 25% thicker, with a higher collagen density. In addition, men’s skin can often produce a lot more sebum, leading to a greater potential for acne. The pH of male skin is often slightly lower, too, and when that pH gets disrupted, skin loses its ability to protect itself from things like pollution and sun damage.
This means the most effective men’s skincare is typically tweaked to suit their unique physiology. If you’re on the hunt for some fresh new men’s skincare additions to yours or a partner’s bathroom cabinet, here’s a handful of Positive Luxury-approved products designed expressly for this type of skin.
A soap-free cleanser
For sore, spotty skin, we’d suggest Argentum Apothecary’s pH-balanced, soap-free cleansing bar. The cleanser is mixed with responsibly-sourced antibacterial silver and bentonite clay to purify pores before moisturising, and it is packaged in a reusable, recyclable container.
A gentle exfoliator
Exfoliating is an important part of any skincare routine, especially for oilier complexions. But you want to choose one that’s gentle, like harsh chemical-free beauty brand Lisa Franklin‘s Mens Refining Scrub. It’s a unique exfoliator that gently removes impurities and dead skin cells, which not only helps even skin tone, but can prevent ingrown hairs.
An anti-ageing serum
If you want to add a dedicated men’s anti-ageing product into your daily regimen, Biotherm Homme’s Force Supreme Youth Architect Serum will enliven and strengthen tired skin. Thanks to Biotherm’s Water Love program that aims to protect oceans and their ecosystems, the blue algae-extract the Serum is infused with is responsibly sourced.
An organic face oil
After cleansing, a good way to revive dehydrated skin is adding a balancing, moisturising oil. Inlight Beauty‘s Face Oil For Men protects and hydrates both the face and neck, and its fragranced with uplifting orange and patchouli. As with all the brand’s products, the Face Oil is cruelty-free with organic and responsibly-sourced ingredients.
A moisturiser/aftershave hybrid
If you’re on the search for a multi-purpose product to minimise time spent on your morning routine, Aveda’s Pure-formance dual action aftershave could be just the ticket. This clean, organic moisturiser/aftershave hybrid improves skin barrier strength and carries a subtle vetiver and lavender scent too.
An all-natural moisturiser
Made from 100% natural ingredients, Weleda’s Men’s Moisture Cream is loaded with organic jojoba and sesame seed oils to help repair skin that’s taken a battering from daily shaving and the elements.
A mattifying moisturiser
For combination skin that is oily in patches and dry in others, products like Grown Alchemist’s Matte Balancing Moisturiser can help even out the skin and keep it feeling comfortable through the day. The brand is vegan, so plant-based ingredients like Acai berry-derived fatty acids and rice bran do the work of boosting hydration and making skin look healthy.
A hydrating lip balm
Travel, air conditioning, central heating, cold weather… it doesn’t take much, especially in the winter, for lips to become chapped and dry. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm is a shine-free, shea butter-rich balm which repairs lips which are feeling a little raggedy. The brand has a take-back scheme, too, which means you can bring your empty containers back in to put towards getting new products.
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Written by - Tara MacInnis