Cosmetic Products for Men and for Women; Spot the Difference…
After the introduction of the Metro-man the guys no longer need to feel ashamed about their vast assortment of cosmetic products lined up on the bathroom shelf. That’s a good thing, as men also want to have nice skin! Obviously they would prefer not to have pink pots with golden lids (apart from the odd exception). Something which commercialism has also understood; the shelves are filled with masculine looking men’s products. Not without success, for around 25% of facial skincare sold at the moment, in the Netherlands, are specifically for men. But are special skincare products for men actually necessary?
Men are from Mars….
After reading the book “Men are from Mars, Women from Venus” I realised that there is a big difference between men and women. To be honest; that information didn’t come as a complete surprise to me… and what applies to behaviour, also applies to skin; men’s skin is different from women’s. Because men have more sebaceous glands, their skin is more oily than women’s. Women have less collagen, elastin and sebum/hair follicles (that support the skin) than men. Due to this, the skin is also around 20-30% thinner. In other words, the “shell” of the woman’s skin is not as strong, so they suffer from wrinkles more quickly. In addition to this, women are more affected by hormones. They can cause the skin to age quickly after the menopause. Unfair but true!
Put the blame on me!
Although the structure differs between them, men and women require near enough the same skincare. In fact, apart from the fragrance and the packaging, there is no difference between products for men and women! So gentlemen, this time you can blame me if your pots of moisturiser quickly run out….
Enjoy your weekend,
(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)
You can also read the blogs ‘Special Skincare for Men’,
‘Does Skin Need to Get Used to a Product?‘,
‘The Effects of Stress on Skin’,
‘The Recipe for Beautiful Skin,
‘The Sun and Cosmetic Products; Not Always a Good Combination‘,
‘Burning Skin Sensation’ and