Is there a real difference between men’s and women’s skincare? I get asked this a lot – especially by some female clients who have partners who insist on using male-specific lines (we may as well hang a sign on their bottles that says “Boyz Only! Stay Out”). And while I think the two genders can definitely share the same grooming products as long as its targeted to their complexions’ needs, there are some interesting differences we can all keep in mind while creating a regime. For battle of the sexes beauty, read on about these differentiating skin traits.
1. Men have thicker skin than Women
Male skin tends to be thicker, tougher, and rougher. Sure, some men have thin, delicate skin, but delicate male skin is much less sensitive and thin than delicate female skin. This may due to physiology, but men also have anti-aging practices ingrained in their grooming regimes since adolescence: shaving. Shaving marks a rite of passage, but while it marks when boys become men, it also starts their habitual exfoliation, which is a reason that men tend to have less fine lines and more skin vitality. It rejuvenates and thickens the skin and promotes it to regenerate. This is one thing that influences the formulations of our Pure Man line of skincare.
2. Men tend to have oilier skin than Women
Because male hormones (specific types of testosterone) cause more active sebaceous glands men are more likely to have oilier skin. Testosterone also increases collagen production and is also the reason that males have thicker skin tissue than their female counterparts. Estrogen decreases collagen synthesis, but supports the presence of hyaluronic acid in the skin. This is why women have a thinner, more delicate skin, but a softer, more plump texture. Other hormonal changes will also dictate a woman’s skin condition.
3. Women’s Menstruation’s effects range from break outs, sensitivity and water retention.
Often women have to deal with a beauty factor that causes major fluctuations for our skin and bodies: menstruation. Some women have acne break outs before their period, as both Kapha and Pitta Doshas are increased pre-mestruation. Often there are cravings for sweet, Pitta pacifying foods, and mood swings of anger (Pitta) or feelings of lethargy (Kapha). The skin’s sensitivity is also heightened at this time. Note, females are more likely to have Rosacea, but severe stages of Rosacea are usually only seen in males (the severity occurs often because of neglecting to prevent development).
Edema and swelling during feminine menstrual cycles also can influence our skin’s sensitivity. Water retention is another contributor to the skin’s sensitivity because when the lymphs are full, our capillaries are pushed toward the surface of the skin. This pressure makes broken capillaries likely to occur and the skin’s delicacy to increase. Therefore, women must pay special attention to their cycles and water-retention to prevent sensitivities and capillary damage.