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8 Top Skin Care Products for Men

Updated on April 16, 2018
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Men and Skin Care Products

Men now understand that they too need to take good care of their skin, just as women do. Of course, not all men are convinced. There are still guys who feel awkward about using skin care products for themselves. This is largely because of the legacy of John Wayne, a wind burnt image of toughness, but, that generation is passing. A beaten up face is just bad looking, not manly.

Men’s skin differs from that of women’s. The consistency tends to be thicker and rougher so men need skin products specific for them and, as usual, the market has responded effectively.

Shaving cream has gone through a revolution. Most products now have solid skin care credentials and much more careful shopping makes sense. After shave lotion still dominates, but as more co-workers object to the smell, this, too, will fade.

Sun products for men are generally well accepted. The infamous white nose stripe of yachtsmen led the way but endless skin cancer studies linking sun overdose to disease is now winning the day. Most guys now understand the tips of their ears need a bit of sunscreen as well.

Men and Skin Care Products
Men and Skin Care Products | Source

Why Men Need Different Skin Care Products than Women

Why do men need different skin products? Men's skin differs from that of women not only in thickness which we can easily see but also in hydration, collagen density and texture and bristly whiskers.

  • Men have more collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen is a kind of protein which frames the connective tissues making a tighter network of these under the skin. This gives the skin its strength and elasticity and helping it maintain the body temperature and protect the inner body organs. Lack of collagen shows in wrinkles, sagging and aging of the skin. Thus, men usually look younger than their women counterparts except for those who love to expose themselves to strong sunlight with no protection at all.
  • Men's skin is also rougher in texture than that of women. There seems to be a difference in the composition and production of sebum. After puberty, sebum production is greater in males. Cells in men's sebaceous glands have more positive receptors for androgens. Thus, they produce more sebum. This is why redness and swelling especially around the nose are often found in men.
  • You must have observed that men also sweat more than women. With the appearance of facial hair in men during puberty, sweating is increased. Men have more lactic acid in their sweat which may enhance skin hydration so they don't really need additional moisturizing as women do.
  • Some guys shave daily which exfoliates their facial skin regularly. However, men's skin just like that of women also ages and gets dry or more oily so now products have been developed to respond more to men's skin needs.

Skin Products for Men
Skin Products for Men | Source

Male Oriented Skin Care Products

Of course, men can use any skin care product that women use. However, given that men's skin differs from that of women, difference in the skin care products is important. Many companies have realized this and have now taken the steps to create products that really suit men's skin better. Such products are often less creamy which is preferred by men, and maybe a more musky scent. Here are some of these products:

1. Facial Cleansers and Mask

These products are generally used for facial skin that is exposed to dust and dirt perhaps from a long days work. Specialists have confirmed that using these products can greatly reduce the risk of developing acne and other pimple related conditions in the skin. Facial cleansers can be used at any time in the day, depending on the number of times the individual wants to clean his face.

Most men prefer soap bars to cleanse their faces. Although liquid cleansers are better, bar soaps made of olive oil, jojoba oil or vitamin E are also good. However, if you have acne, use products with exfoliating agents such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzyl peroxide. Also, products with deeper pore cleaning and antibacterial properties are useful.

Sometimes, cleansing with light soap and water may just be the best for your skin. Try the product first by getting a tiny bottle and see if it works for you. Try washing in lukewarm water. Boiling your skin is not helpful.

Face Mask

Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask - Face Mask and Body Mud for Acne, Blackheads, and Oily Skin - Facial Self Care for Men and Women - Minimize Pores with Deadsea Mud, Clay, Charcoal - 8.8 Ounce
Pure Body Naturals Dead Sea Mud Mask - Face Mask and Body Mud for Acne, Blackheads, and Oily Skin - Facial Self Care for Men and Women - Minimize Pores with Deadsea Mud, Clay, Charcoal - 8.8 Ounce
This is a good product to use. Yes, your face needs a treat once in a while and no other product is as good as this. Stay away from products that use chemicals as they maybe harmful to your skin. Use this natural product all the way from the Dead Sea with its high concentration of sodium. Many people claim great benefits from products from the Dead Sea and this is not an exception. Several people who have used this product claimed that this is effective in lightening discolouration and blemishes in the skin. As skin cleansers, I always use Dead Sea products as I know they are safe for the skin. However, if your skin is over sensitive, make sure you first try a tiny bit and make sure your skin is not sensitive to it. We all have different skin so it is always best to try products out.
Facial Grooming for Men
Facial Grooming for Men | Source

2. Shaving Products

Most men find a comfortable way to shave and stick with it. If you’re still suffering nicks, cuts, razor burn, or razor bumps, it’s time for a change.

There's no excuse for having a bad razor so make sure saving a dollar or two is not written in a pattern of scars in your chin. Guys have individual preferences and they doggedly stick to those even when the evidence suggests change.

Lathering up with water and wiping on your favourite shaving cream seems good enough for most men, but maybe, it's time to look at the products you use. If your shaving leaves you with skin irritation, cuts, and razor burns, it's time for an upgrade.

Some men find a shaving brush really softens up their whiskers and makes the whole task much more pleasant. Combine this with Noxzema shaving cream in a tube and you'll give your skin a treat as well as making your shaving much more agreeable.

Just as important as the shaving cream is the razor you use. Make sure you use one that shaves well and does not cause irritation. Try a few before you make a bulk commitment and pick the one that feels best. The big names like Gilette and Shick but some new home delivered products like Harry's are giving the old guys a run for their money. Electric razors usually sit unused on a shelf other than the beard thinners.

Use after shave lotion and apply moisturizer after shaving. Get an after shave lotion that tightens the skin and creates a firmer skin while not melting the noses of everyone else on the elevator. Avoid the ones that contain alcohol as they make the skin really dry.

Shaving Soap

Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce
Men each have a shaving product they are loyal to. Some like using shaving cream but many still prefer using a shaving soap. Fits in a cup and mixed with a bit of warm water and savaged with a shaving brush, it offers a great lather for shaving and is a joy to shaving soap fanatics. The smell of sandalwood transforms one to an era of empire and exotic places. What a welcome feeling after waking up. But the top reason why many men choose this Taylor of Old Bond shaving cream is it leaves a clean shave and what is more important in a shaving cream than that. So, try it and see how you like it.

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3. Sunscreen

This skin product is a must. You need skin protection from the effects of intense sun. If you don't like using cream, get a spray. The point is you need to apply this daily especially when you live in sunny places.

Find one with a high SPF, maybe around 50, and doesn't make you smell like a coconut cookie. It is the best protection you can give your skin without attracting monkeys.

Skin Protection from the Sun
Skin Protection from the Sun | Source

4. Moisturizers

Depending on your skin type, you will need different types of moisturizers. Some skin can get away with just the toners. Other skin needs more than that if it is too oily or too dry. Look for what fits your skin type and try it out first. For those who really don't have much patience putting on all these creams, get a moisturizer that also contains sun protection. Many moisturizers now contain as high as SPF 30.

If you're prone to rushes, have a look at Gold Bond powder and moisturizer which is really effective in reducing scaling and itchiness.

5. Heavy Duty Hand Cream

Heavy duty hand cream. At the end of the day, chemicals and assorted cleaners can really dry out and roughen hands. Cracks can develop. As you get older, this dryness becomes more intense. Hand creams help to do away with that rough feeling in your hands.

Natural Almond and Milk Beeswax Hand Cream

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream, 2 Oz - Pack of 2 (Package May Vary)
Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream, 2 Oz - Pack of 2 (Package May Vary)
My husband uses this product all the time and he's not a dairy farmer. I, too, sometimes use it. It has more long lasting effect compared to other creams for the hands. I have a strong preference for natural products so this works best for me. It leaves the hands soft for the day. I also like the almond scent. It does not jar my senses. Just use a tiny bit and you convert your lobster claws into smooth hands for the whole day. Although I had used other Burt's Bees products before, I had not tried this until I saw it on sale in a store. Little did I know that my husband would come to like it so much that we have this product with us wherever we go. By the way, it's not bad for rough feet as well and even works as a lip balm or so my husband claims.

6. Body Toning Lotion for Everyday Use

Body toning lotion for men is well accepted among those concerned with premature aging of their skin. Studies have shown that toning lotions can be an effective way to delay the chicken skin of the vintage. It's best if body lotion is used as early as possible, at least, from your early forties onwards.

7. Anti-aging Cream

This is a very popular skin care product for men. This is actually the first thing many men look for because they want to maintain a hint of youth. Very few other than Robert Redford want to look like an Arizona cactus. Clinically proven products are recommended because the ingredients used in manufacturing these products are very mild to the skin.

Anti-Aging Cream

RUGGED & DAPPER Age Defense Mens Face Moisturizer | 4oz | Hydrating Mens Face Lotion | Unscented + Anti- Aging Formula for Clear Skin | Natural Ingredients | Made in USA
RUGGED & DAPPER Age Defense Mens Face Moisturizer | 4oz | Hydrating Mens Face Lotion | Unscented + Anti- Aging Formula for Clear Skin | Natural Ingredients | Made in USA
Finally, a product specifically developed for men. This anti-aging facial moisturizers not only hydrates your skin but it repairs damage of age, maybe because of too much exposure to sun or harmful chemicals. Use this as an after shave lotion. Fragrance free which is a bonus for many men and it is easily absorbed by the skin. It leaves it a matte finish without greasy left-overs. This product also contains antioxidants which protects your skin and nourishes it with some needed vitamins and minerals. With 100% natural ingredients, it is safe. It contains aloe vera which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin after shaving. It also has sunflower and jojoba oil to help rid your skin of acne causing bacteria. Add to that shea butter with its healing properties, Vitamin E and the anti oxidant, green tea and you have a very powerful lotion to hold back the years. This 4 oz bottle is highly concentrated so just use a tiny bit each time. Treat yourself and see if this works for you.

Eat healthy and use supplements


8. Skin Care Supplements

Aside from the usual products designed to pamper the skin, supplements are also widely used. Herbs, pills, and powders that contain vitamin E and Aloe Vera with natural skin rejuvenating properties are said to be best for all skin types. And remember, doing all of these will not convert you to a movie star but it may prevent you from becoming a pineapple.

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Skin Care Tips for Men

  • Use a hat when going out in intense sun
  • Have a regular skin care routine that works well for you
  • Stay away from harmful chemicals used in skin care products
  • Give your skin a break from over exposure to pollutants and harmful environments
  • Eat healthy including in your diet food products that are good for the skin
  • Watch the hype; simple products are most often the best

Take note of your skin care routine

More Information on Skin

Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at Newcastle University said: "Because we were able to analyse the full spectrum of UVA and UVB induced sunburnt DNA damage in the batteries of human skin cells this is an invaluable tool for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries and for anti-aging studies."

  • Jennifer A Latimer, James J Lloyd, Brian L Diffey, Paul J Matts, Mark A Birch-Machin. Determination of the Action Spectrum of UVR-Induced Mitochondrial DNA Damage in Human Skin Cells. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2015; DOI: 10.1038/jid.2015.194

Dr Jim Schwartz, P&G Research Fellow, observed, "Malassezia are at the centre of the incurable yet treatable conditions of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. The continued investment in understanding the fundamental nature of these organisms allows a more in-depth appreciation of how and why they trigger the annoying symptoms that reduce quality of life for those responsive to their metabolic activities. Being at the forefront of research in this field assures our therapeutic product technology will likewise represent state of the art efficacy now and in the future."

  • Guangxi Wu, He Zhao, Chenhao Li, Menaka Priyadarsani Rajapakse, Wing Cheong Wong, Jun Xu, Charles W. Saunders, Nancy L. Reeder, Raymond A. Reilman, Annika Scheynius, Sheng Sun, Blake Robert Billmyre, Wenjun Li, Anna Floyd Averette, Piotr Mieczkowski, Joseph Heitman, Bart Theelen, Markus S. Schröder, Paola Florez De Sessions, Geraldine Butler, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Teun Boekhout, Niranjan Nagarajan, Thomas L. Dawson. Genus-Wide Comparative Genomics of Malassezia Delineates Its Phylogeny, Physiology, and Niche Adaptation on Human Skin. PLOS Genetics, 2015; 11 (11): e1005614 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005614

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