I remember when I was a kid, watching TV there was a commercial for a hair colouring product ‘Just for men’! Do you remember it too? I recall it sticking in my mind & raising all sorts of questions! A hair dye just for men, why? What would happen if I used it, would my hair fall out? Moving a decade forwards! There’s still many products (thinking skincare now) marketed specifically for male or female use. My question is, is it necessary?
STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MALE & FEMALE SKIN?
Okay so, it can’t be denied that there are structural differences between male and female skin types for we are not the same! Men’s skin is believed, due to ‘testosterone stimulation’ about 25% thicker than female skin! With higher collagen levels keeping the skin-tight & firm! Ever noticed how some men appear to age so well & EVEN get better with age? Hello George Clooney! The main difference it seems with female skin is that it’s thinner in composition Interesting article source here
COULD WE USE THE SAME SKINCARE PRODUCTS?!
Hands of my skincare! Honestly, it all depends on what your skincare routine is made up with, and what type of products you’re using? I doubt any guy would want to slather his face in a cream with feminine fragrances, unless that rocks your boat?
In my opinion, skincare doesn’t always need to be separate? I tend to use a mix of products as you know 90% from South Korean brands with a mix from other continents like the Ordinary & Bio -Derma recently too.
The beauty of the types of products found within these brands especially K-Beauty and The Ordinary follow a similar principle in the sense, there’s a lot of science behind the formulations & both have huge offerings of all kinds of skincare products available. This allows freedom to create a 100% tailored skincare routine to suit your UNIQUE Skin type & concerns! Here’s my type of skincare!
Being someone with acne prone & oily skin I appreciate this freedom when building my skincare routine as it works with my constantly fluctuating skin type! Rather than just focusing on one concern that may not be prevalent every day such as oil for example, I have a selection on hand to suit every type of skin day!
TREATING SKIN BY TYPE > NOT GENERAL CATEGORY
One thing I’ve learned on this skincare journey (and the reason why I fell in love with Korean skincare as soon as I found it) is to treat the skin by type, not by a general concern like anti-ageing for example. Don’t get me wrong, anti-ageing is great, but at what point do we determine the need? Other than the obvious signs of lines or, the fact that we’ve reached a certain age? Nothing truly reverses the effects of ageing?
Ageing is caused by dehydration which to a degree could happen at any time, to anyone? If we were over exposed to the sun, or not wearing sun protection cream etc. Interesting article here… We could find our skin dehydrated looking & with fine lines.
With a tailored skincare routine, we can make sure to incorporate hydrating ingredients to help retain & preserve the skin’s moisture. Looking for Ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, snail mucin or propolis which are all deeply hydrating ingredients & great at sealing in moisture.
CREATING A CUSTOMISED SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Despite the structural differences between our skins, there are very mixed views as to whether we can share skincare products, or not!
Within South Korean skincare culture, there doesn’t seem to a male or female category as we have widely here in the UK? I see more focus on the innovative science & ingredient formulation behind the products, with a shopping format categorized by skin type, concern & step which I think is truly AMAZING! Male K beauty routine case study
Most K-Beauty cleansers are with a low, or neutral skin friendly PH level suitable for every skin type which is so important for cleansing! You don’t have to look far to find a gentle cleanser that WILL NOT overly dry out, or strip the skin of essential moisture! The wrong cleanser can really mess with the protective moisture barrier of our skin!
Overall, I think if we understand our skin types, then look for skin friendly ingredients that work for us uniquely and with our skin, opposed to against it in the form of too harsh products, or just not right for our skin types etc. Then essentially, we could share skincare products but technically no anyways as our skin concerns would most likely be different 😊
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COSRX > Snail Mucin Essence > Former Post & Product Description here>
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COSRX > Good Morning Low PH Good Morning Cleanser > Product Description here >