I remember being a kind and watching a television commercial, for a hair product called ‘Just for men’! Do you remember it? It stuck in my mind & raised all sorts of questions! Hair dye, just for men? What happens if I were to used it? etc! Moving a decade forwards! There’s still loads of skincare products 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?!
Honestly, I think it all depends on what your skincare routine is made up with, what type of products you’re using etc. ?
In my opinion, I don’t think that skincare always needs to be separate? I tend to use a mix of products as you know from South Korean brands mixed with brands like The Ordinary, Bio -Derma & Paula’s Choice for different stages.
The beauty of the types of products found within these brands share a similar principle in a sense. There’s a lot of science behind the formulations. With a pretty big selection of all kinds of products & steps available!
This allows freedom to create a 100% tailored skincare routine to suit your UNIQUE Skin type & concerns! Which is the kind of skincare I think actually works and makes a difference to our skin when used consistently, overtime.
Being someone with acne prone & oily skin, I appreciate the freedom when building my skincare routine, 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’ve a selection of products 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 it triggered an interest in looking after my skin and i learned a lot from this process!
I’ve learned that it’s most effective to treat the skin by it’s type, not by a general concern like anti-ageing for example. Don’t get me wrong, anti-ageing is great and we need hydration in our skins but there are sometimes other issues I’d like to address at the same time right?
With a tailored skincare routine, we can make sure that we are incorporate the right ingredients to help retain & preserve the skin’s moisture, whilst addressing any specific concern that may be present like dullness, uneven skin tone or texture etc.
CREATING A CUSTOMISED SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Despite the structural differences between male & female skins; there are mixed views as to whether we can or should share skincare products, or not!?
In South Korean skincare culture there doesn’t seem to a male or female category as we have widely here? I see more focus on the innovative methods of formulating the products using interesting ingredients like propolis, Birch Wood, Snail Secretion! Fermenting etc!
The 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 & learn to understand product ingredients, then looking for products that work with the skin, opposed to against by way of too harsh products, or just not right for our skin types etc.
Essentially then, I think that we could share skincare products right? But then again, perhaps not as technically our skin concerns would most likely be different 😊
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