The not-so-major difference.
Generally, the average, healthy man’s skin is thicker than their female counterparts, but only by around 20%. It appears thicker, firmer and more resilient and, thanks to higher testosterone levels, has more active sebaceous glands - leading to larger looking pores and a little extra shine.
Is it enough to warrant a full-scale men-only skincare routine? Not really. So unless it’s hyper-masc black or blue packaging and boyish names you’re after there isn’t usually major differentiation between the formulas within. We’re guessing you want a little more from your skincare and money, right?
Set the shaving scene.
Having a thick skin doesn't mean you can’t be sensitive at times. Shaving your face - even with the most advanced (or expensive) tools ultimately removes a surface layer of skin with it. This can create sensitivity, razor rash and often leads to annoying ingrown hairs - an unfair side effect of trying to stay well groomed.
Pre-shave cleansing and exfoliating here is key. By cleansing, you’re removing pent-up bacteria that will otherwise transfer to your razor, and subsequently the rest of your face - ew. With exfoliating by buffing off dead skin cells and roughness you set the scene for a closer shave. You can do this mechanically - and easily - with a 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser before, or if you regularly use acid-based exfoliators you should already be good to go...
Don’t feel the burn.
If you’re more prone to razor rash - and many guys are - switch out your after shave balm with a thin layer of Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask. It’s got ingredients that act like a topical painkiller, as well as reducing redness and feelings of just-shaved tightness. Ridiculously moisturising, you can leave it on overnight, or wash off and apply Global Protection Day Cream, which you’ll feel instantly soothing, too.
100% wear sunscreen. We can’t stress it enough. It’s a takeaway fact. Write it down - wear sunscreen. Men’s skin, while traditionally showing signs of skin-ageing later in life, actually ages at a faster rate. Plus, harmful rays can further irritate delicate, shaven skin. Sunscreen is the easiest, most preventative measure against skin ageing - so get your Clean Screen on every time you leave the house, for the sake of future you.
Be a man who masks.
Really want to upgrade your skincare regime? Add masks to your routine. Our Invisible Pores Detox Mask is a clay, oil-absorbing paste that soaks up excess sebum, toxins and sweat. Ideal before a night out or for purifying skin after a sweaty gym session.
Same goes for Glycol Lactic Mask, which will clean out your pores, but also exfoliate, smooth, de-age and energise the look of tired skin. It’ll help bring you a closer shave but don’t use it on freshly shaven skin, as it’s natural fruit acids will sting this already sensitised area. And did we mention? Don’t forget to use sunscreen…