THE SURPRISING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SKIN

Cathleen Klemm

At Retrouvé, we believe that product selections should be made based on skin type – not according to gender. We do recognize, however, that men and women’s skin have some key differences – some of which might be surprising.

 

MEN’S SKIN CAN BE MORE SENSITIVE

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), research shows that men’s thicker dermal layer is more sensitive to environmental conditions than thinner female skin. As such, many men can actually have drier skin than women. (Anyone can experience varying degrees of dry skin, however.)

Our Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream is a creamy squalane-based moisturizer that is ideal for those whose skin tends to be a bit sensitive. Especially for those with sensitive skin, we always recommend first applying a small amount of product to the inside of the wrist or elbow area and leaving on for several hours or overnight as a “patch test.” This test will help to determine whether a product is compatible with your skin type before applying to the face. (Rinse the area thoroughly should irritation occur.)

 

MEN’S SKIN IS MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO UV RADIATION

Male skin is more sensitive to UV radiation – the single most important risk factor for both aging of the skin and the development of cancers – than female skin. The AAD states, “Because men are more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation, they have higher incidences of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. The reality goes against every idea we have of men’s skin being tougher and more resilient when it is actually more sensitive.” (Note that all genders are adversely affected by UV exposure.)

 

MEN HAVE LESS SUPERFICIAL WRINKLES, BUT DEEPER EXPRESSION LINES

The typical male dermis is approximately 20% thicker than the female dermis, which means that generally, men have fewer and less pronounced superficial wrinkles compared to women; however, men have a more robust skeletal musculature than women, which translates into deeper expression lines. (Interestingly, the concern regarding the development of wrinkled skin is shared across genders.)

 

MEN’S SKIN PRODUCES MORE OIL

Men produce approximately four times more sebum than women. As a result, they can be more prone to develop large pores, acne, and acne scarring.  (Across the spectrum, anyone can experience oilier skin and the subsequent consequences of this condition.)

Our Nutrient Face Serum is beneficial for anyone with an oiler complexion who desires the benefit of our potent blend of skin-improving ingredients without a lot of added hydration. Further, the high level of Vitamin C in this formulation can be quite helpful for brightening and improving the appearance of textured skin.

 

THE IMPACT OF SHAVING CAN HAVE HARMFUL EFFECTS

The repetitive act of shaving can be quite traumatic to facial skin. (At present, this concern belongs primarily to men, although more women are now shaving their skin for hair removal (“blading”) and to gain exfoliating benefits and may possibly develop similar complications to men as a result.)

Our Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer can be used as a luxurious pre-shave preparation to condition the beard and skin in the beard area. We always suggest using a facial preparation on the beard rather than a hair product, as we know that the face product is safe for use on the skin underneath the beard! Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream is beneficial for soothing the skin after the impact of shaving.

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