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Skincare Products for Men

Skincare Products for Men

Whether as a covert operation or a fully-styled glorious display of brands, men buying skincare products is now culturally accepted and considered as natural as buying razor blades. In an ideal world, men should start looking after their skin during their teens however for many, the battle with age and gravity commences only when the mirror gives that not-so-subtle reminder that its time to up the ante.

When considering the choice of skincare products, most men will try to achieve several basic objectives;

  • smaller pores;
  • less oily skin;
  • less sun-damage;
  • reduced fine lines;
  • reduced crow's-feet around the eyes;
  • a selection of products that are suitable for their particular skin type; and most importantly
  • products that look good in a man’s bathroom.

 

It is advisable to put oneself in the capable hands of a trained aesthetician. They know a lot more about skincare that we do and will advise as to what brands and particular products and ingredients should be used, and which ones should be avoided. Without this specialist advice, it is trial and error, and apart from the lost expense, the error can lead to all sorts of skincare problems and / or embarrassing reactions from skin which may be allergic to specific ingredients. The priority when buying skincare products should be after all to achieve a result.

Many men are tempted to begin their foray into skincare by using the products in their wife’s or girlfriend’s bathroom. Don’t do it! Firstly, the fragrance or smell can not only ruin the rest of your day when you arrive at the office, but it can put you off skincare for life! Buy your own and make sure that what you buy is suitable for your skin type, and that you are comfortable with it in your bathroom cabinet.

Having been part of my family’s skincare business for over twenty years, there are two pieces of advice which stand out in my memory; One is from my wife (and business partner) who always says ”forget the hard sale. If you know your client and you know the ingredients, then it’s just a simple matter of an introduction”! The other is from one of the great FMCG gurus whose advice is now a standard part of our company ethos which ensures that effectiveness comes first: ”Great packaging is fine, however if the product inside is not effective the consumer will only buy it once”. In effect – brand loyalty is a lost opportunity!

Some say that women are more sensitive than men, and I would argue that this is true only when it comes to the skin. Because of the testosterone in men’s bodies, their skin has a thicker epidermis and a thicker dermis making it about 25% thicker than women's skin. It also produces more sebum (oil). The thicker skin and the heavier oil glands make it a much harder target to penetrate and for this reason men’s skincare products are more highly concentrated. It is also why a man should avoid defaulting to whatever the lady of the house has in the bathroom cabinet.

The good news is that men’s skin tends to age at a slower rate than women’s skin because of the environmental protection afforded by the excess oil and the increased hair coverage.

It is essential to consider your skin type when using products, and the appearance of your skin can tell you not only about your skin type but also what is going on underneath. The most common skin types for men are oily skin and combination skin.

  • Oily skin is when your face is shiny and you may occasionally suffer with blemishes. You may also have oily hair.
  • Combination skin is oily areas in some parts of your face (usually around the forehead, chin and nose), however not on other areas such as the cheeks, ears and neck.
  • Dry skin is notably lacking in moisture usually appearing dehydrated, red and flaky.
  • Sensitive skin reacts to certain ingredients, chemicals, products or particular environments, with the skin becoming sensitive, sore, itchy and inflamed.

 

It is important to experiment to find exactly which products suits you and there are some essentials for a man’s skincare routine:

Facial Wash / Cleanser

Using only soap and water to wash the face is doing more harm than good as it can leave the skin dehydrated with dry and oily patches. A good cleanser will thoroughly clean the skin removeing surface residue and protecting against free radical damage in preparation for a moisturiser to be absorbed.

Some cleansing products contain exfoliators which remove the dead skin cells and oxidise debris. These should be used at least twice each week although some cleansers contain mild exfoliators that can be used every day.

Exfoliators vary in the level of grittiness. If you have dry skin, a mild or medium exfoliator can be used 2-3 times per week to remove the flaky and dead skin cells to enhance skin tone. It may be better to avoid the coarser exfoliants which can harm the skin. Overall, the sandpapering effect will leave the skin feeling fresh and clean and a moisturiser will have much more effect.

Shaving Products

It is essential that your daily skincare ritual includes and expands beyond the morning shave and I have dedicated a separate blog to this topic.

Moisturiser

Your face has to endure a lot of daily punishment from among other things harsh winters, indoor heating, a lack of humidity, ultraviolet rays, pollutants in the air, and wind. As a result it can become dry and dehydrated. A daily moisturiser will help to put the moisture back into your skin; regenerate and heal cells; and minimize the damaging effects of all the above.

Moisturisers contain humectants, or substances that help to retain moisture; and occlusives, which help to keep the skin hydrated. Without moisturiser, you are at a severe disadvantage in the battle against fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.

Moisturiser should always be used after washing and shaving and in general they fall into various categories. Moisturising creams are a thicker formulation and can be more suitable for dry skin whereas lotions are lighter and less oily, and better suited to normal skin, Gels may also be a better choice for oily skin. Your aesthetician can help advise you which moisturizer is best for your skin type.

If you have problems with acne, moisturizers containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid will help to remove dead skin and will keep your pores from clogging. For men with oily skin, some moisturisers are designed to replace moisture, soak up excess shine and slow down oil production.

When applying moisurizer, try not to rub it into your hands before applying to your face otherwise your face will only get a fraction of the benefit.

Eye Creams

Eye creams can reduce the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles and fine lines around the eye area.

Puffy eyes often result from the buildup of lymphatic fluid and loss of skin elasticity on the skin below the eyes. This can be caused by water retention, too much salt, allergies, genetics, alcohol consumption, stress and / or lack of sleep. Eye creams most effective in treating eye puffiness are those that have fluid drainage properties.

The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and it can become easily dehydrated. Eye creams can also tighten and rehydrate this area by improving the ability of your skin to produce more elastin.

Applying eye cream in the correct way is important to maximise the benefits. Apply and lightly massage a small amount onto the skin below your eyes from the nose outward as this technique will drain lymphatic fluid effectively.

Sun-Protection

Exposing the skin to pollution and the harmful UV rays of the sun on a daily basis causes oxidative damage; making it the number one cause of premature skin aging. For this reason the lines distinguishing skincare products from sun-care products are becoming increasingly blurred and there is a global trend towards high factor sun protection in skincare products.

Choosing a product with built-in sun protection is the smart way to go and some of the best moistirizers contain sunscreen. A moisurizer with SPF-30 should be used every day.

Multifunctional skin care products may not have the same level of effectiveness as dedicated sun-care products, however they are an excellent choice considering that daily use will not only help to prevent premature ageing, however can also help to prevent cancer.

It is however worth noting that typically, the SPF in these products is much more diluted than in pure sunscreen products, and if you in the sun for extended periods a higher SPF protection is needed to be safe.

MÖ Scandinavian Cosmeceuticals

MÖ Vitamin Cleanser is good for all skin types and helps to repair mature and sun-damaged skin giving back firmness; replenishing skin surfacing; and reducing fine lines.

For sentive skin, you may wish to try the MÖ Calming Serum and MÖ Rx Peptide Crème as a moisturizer. These are hypoallergenic products which do not contain fragrance.

For normal skin, you may wish to try the MÖ Vitamin A Skin Renewal followed by MÖ Hydra+ DMAE Age Remover as a moisturizer.

If however your skin is beginning to show signs of dullness, the MÖ Super Antioxidant Crème is an ultra-rich moisturizer that releases powerful nutrients to encourage healthy, vibrant skin.

 

 

By Paul Olavesen-Stabb

Paul Olavesen-Stabb has spent most of his adult life learning about skincare and trying the treatments and products available to men.

In addition to being a film producer, Paul is also a strategic business advisor to his family business Scandinavian Skincare Systems. He has for the past 21 years been involved in all aspects of skincare.

paul@scandinavianskincaresystems.com

 

 

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