Every time you wash your face, you might slap on a bit of moisturiser as advised by commercials, your girlfriend, or some random people. They say you should use moisturiser every day. They say it is good for you. That’s what modern men do, as it’s no longer a girly thing to use skincare. Men today are paying more attention to their skin, and they use moisturiser regularly. But how many of you actually know what it really does to the skin?
DO WE REALLY NEED MOISTURISER?
Moisturiser’s main task is to moisturise the skin by making sure the top layer of the skin retain a healthy level of moisture, which is crucial in keeping wrinkles away. Dehydrated skin is more prone to lines and wrinkles than well-balanced or oily skin. Moisturiser also helps protect the skin from pollution and free radicals, which speed up the skin’s aging process.If that doesn’t really paint a picture for you, imagine that each day your skin’s natural moisture is stripped off when you wash your face. Foamy soap and cleanser might give you a squeaky clean feeling, but the imbalanced pH makes the skin dry. Worse yet, some people like to use warm or hot water to cleanse the skin, or stand in the shower for a long time, leaving the skin soaked for too long. These habits aren’t skin-friendly.While shaving, the blades and the shaving foam can also dry out the skin. After that, you go out in the sun, you smoke, you don’t sleep well, you don’t drink water, and you might even use acne medication, all of which make your skin even drier. This is why you need moisturiser every morning and every night.You might argue, “I do all those things, but my skin is oily. Why would I need moisturiser?” First, you have to know the difference between moisture and oil. Oily skin is when the skin produces too much oil, but dry skin is when the skin doesn’t have enough moisture. You can have dry and oily skin at the same time. So, even if you have oily skin, your skin still needs hydration, and that’s where your moisturiser steps in.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ONE
If you have dry skin, look for moisturiser with silicone, glycerin, and dimethicone. Extra dry skin would benefit from oil, such as omega 3 or Grapeseed Oil. For sensitive skin, make sure your product of choice is fragrance-free and alcohol-free.If your skin is oily, you should still continue reading. Moisturiser can add hydration to your skin without making your skin oilier. Choose a moisturiser formulated for oily skin, or pick an oil-free formula. It’s usually a gel or light lotion, not oil-based. Look for keywords like “aqua” or “hydra”, and while you do the reading, make sure there’s “non-comedogenic” written on it as well. This means the product won’t clog your pores and cause acne. To keep your shine at bay, find a product with oil-controlling ingredients like carnitine and AHA.
CAN MEN USE WOMEN’S MOISTURISER?
One of the most common questions in skincare is whether there’s a difference between men’s and women’s moisturiser. The answer is yes. The difference mostly lies in the texture and scent of the product. Men’s products are typically light and refreshing, with sporty and masculine scent. So, can men use women’s moisturiser? Men’s and women’s skin is not that different — it’s just that men’s skin is a bit thicker and oilier, thanks to the male hormones. You might assume that women’s skin is more delicate, but actually, men’s skin, which undergoes shaving almost every morning, is just as delicate. This is why men’s products usually contain less active ingredients than women’s products, to prevent irritation. Also, men’s moisturiser is mostly water-based to prevent clogged pores. To answer the original question, yes, men can use women’s moisturiser.
AFTERSHAVE VS MOISTURISER
Doesn’t aftershave also act as a moisturiser? No. Aftershave gives you that sexy, masculine scent, and helps tighten the pore to reduce the chance of bacterial infection after shaving. It does so by removing excess oil, which means your skin ends up even drier. You can pamper the skin by switching to shaving balm or lotion with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, allantoin, and oils like avocado oil and coconut oil. These ingredients can help protect the skin from losing its natural moisture after shaving.