If you're looking for a new twist on Father's Day gifts, how about venturing into the world of men's skincare? These days, skincare for men is no longer relegated to a few basic products like shaving cream and maybe a cheap moisturizer. The plethora of men's skincare products can be a little daunting, but you're sure to find something special.
Is men's skin different than women's?
The short answer: yes. Men's skincare is different from women's. While some elements remain the same, the formulas used for quality men's skincare have to take into account the differences between men's and women's skin. Key differences include levels of acidity (pH), the amount and rate of hair growth, and sebum production.
This oil, known as sebum, is higher in men than in women. Men's skin also loses less moisture than women's. Until around 50 years old, men's skin loses less water due to evaporation than women's. This lower transdermal evaporation means that men's skin is less dry than women's. Therefore, women tend to have more problems with dry skin, and men tend to suffer more from acne. Utilizing a cleanser that will keep oily skin in check like, Don’t Miss A Spot Propolis Cleanser, helps to keep the skin balanced. Plus, the Propolis fights off any bacteria on the skin to keep it clear and acne free.
The pH difference between men's skin and women's also means that male skin tends to be less sensitive and better-protected than women's. The exception here is the beard area, which is prone to irritation due to shaving. Despite the rise in popularity of beards, many men still shave every day. A good quality shaving cream or beard oil can significantly reduce this irritation, while skin treatments for use after shaving can help prevent rashes and spots. Because beard hair curls, it's apt to become ingrown and to cause folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles). Many men can benefit from specific products to help treat the irritation produced by shaving.
When it comes to protecting against beard rash, harsh alcohol-based aftershave lotions can make matters worse rather than better. There's still a place for products with a mild antiseptic effect to prevent infections, however. Skincare products containing honey and propolis can be helpful here. Honey and Propolis are natural antiseptics and can soothe irritated skin by reducing inflammation. Tone It Up provides as an easy product to help calm the skin and has a very light scent. The propolis is antimicrobial and the toning aspect of this helps keep the ingrown hairs at bay.
Another factor -- one that has less to do with skin and more to do with psychology -- is that men tend to prefer a straightforward skin regimen. While many women won't think twice about using five or six different products every day, men are often less willing to follow a complex skincare regimen. A skincare routine for men should be quick and easy to follow, without unnecessary steps. Keep it simple with a few really good primary products: a face wash, a daily moisturizer, and perhaps a soothing aftershave lotion.
Most men also prefer their toiletries to be unscented or to have a light, masculine fragrance. Besides being less intrusive, a benefit of unscented or lightly fragranced products is that they're less likely to produce irritation. It's best if the fragrance of a product comes from natural ingredients, such as honey, propolis or essential oils.
It can be hard to come up with Father's Day gift ideas - some men are just tricky to shop for. A collection of quality men's skincare products can be a great option.