Figuratively speaking, many women claim that men have thick skin. They are, in fact, right, at least literally. Principally because of their hormones, men do have thicker skin. Here are some of the main differences, and what that means for skincare.
Thicker, Stronger Skin
Thanks to testosterone, men have thicker skin than women—about 25 percent thicker. Because it’s thicker, it’s better able to resist damage, like wrinkles. Recommended for men: a more aggressive physical exfoliator—like Lifeline Dual Action Exfoliator.
Beginning at puberty, men produce significantly more sebum than women. The good news is that oily skin is not prone to dryness, dullness and dehydration. The bad news is that oily skin induces acne breakouts, blackheads, and clogged pores. It’s important that men avoid the use of oil-based soaps and moisturizers and use products that are labeled as non-comedogenic. Speaking of washing, men also are less likely to cleanse their face at night, which only exacerbates oiliness. Proper cleansing with lukewarm (not hot!) water will help.
Men tend to have a naturally higher collagen supply, which translates into fewer wrinkles and firmer, tighter skin. Collagen production weakens with age, though, so beginning at age 40 it’s very important to use products that help to stimulate your skin’s ability to produce more collagen and elastin. Lifeline Night Recovery Moisture Complex has extracts from human growth factors that boost skin’s ability to restore younger looking skin.
Men like women that take care of themselves. Similarly, women appreciate men that practice good skincare as well.