Do men need a skincare routine? The answer is absolutely. However, most of the marketing surrounding skin care is directed at women, so let’s investigate.
Men’s skin is actually thicker than women’s. Studies have also shown that men can produce four times as much sebum as women. This means that they’re more likely to suffer from excessive oil, enlarged pores, and acne. Most men also shave their faces on a regular basis, which throws another factor into the mix while considering what’s best for men’s skin.
Because of this excessive oil production and shaving, it’s definitely necessary for each man to have a skincare routine. That doesn’t mean it has to be complicated though.
We recommend starting with the basics: a gentle cleanser, a toner (or aftershave), a gentle moisturizer, and sunscreen. If you have an issue that you’re trying to address like acne or fine lines, you could also throw in a treatment serum - but let’s keep it simple.
Due to the irritating nature of shaving, having a high quality shaving cream and moisturizer to follow are essential. We love extra virgin olive oil for its anti-inflammatory properties due to its high antioxidant content (ever heard of polyphenols).
Bottom line: yes, men do need a skincare routine; but it doesn’t have to be over the top. Find a gentle cleanser and moisturizer that your skin loves, and follow with sunscreen during the daytime.