Lads, listen up! It’s time to look after your skin.
There, I said it.
I recently had a ‘mental health day’ with some mates. After chatting over some beers some weeks prior, a few of us realised we’d never really spoken about what’s really going on. And as mental health month and Movember were on the horizon, we figured it was time we started hanging out and shooting the breeze about life, minus the alcohol. As that’s typically the only time we spoke about emotions and all that ‘real’ stuff.
Problem was, on the day we were all meant to go on a hike and grab a bite, it was pissing down and none of fancied getting stranded in Werribee Gorge for a few hours. So we came up with the novel idea of a ‘day spa’ day at someone’s house. Felt a little strange, I’m not going to lie, but we eventually all came around to the idea, and by the end of it, felt super fresh and clean. Turns out a good cleanse, mask and moisturise actually makes you feel a million bucks.
That day marked a new dawn and I vowed to myself that I’d start looking after my skin beyond the standard shower and soap combo.
It’s 2019, and if women are being advised to care for their skin and love the skin they’re in, then why shouldn’t men too?
Not enough awareness has been publicised for the specific needs of male skin. So, thanks to Terri Vinson from Synergie Skin, here are the top differences between male and female skin, to be think about when you next shop for your skincare kit.
Male’s skin is about 25% thicker than women.
- The male dermis has higher collagen than the female dermis, making the skin appear firmer.
- Male’s skin tends to be better hydrated than female skin.
- Men have larger pores and produce 75% more sebum.
- Men have more shaving related skin issues again due to their larger pore size.
“Men should be looking for products that are fit for their skin type; find products that are rich in vitamin A and exfoliate twice a week to keep skin glowing and healthy till the end of time,” Terri says.
“But, just as all men have a ‘man look’ when they’ve lost something. They’re also having a ‘man shop’, and picking up the closest cleanser in reach for their purchase.”
Turns out that’s a bad thing fellers.
With the above research and advice in mind I picked up a Synergie starter kit to kick start my skincare routine and quite simply, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4,5. It contains exfoliating serums (for scrubbing away the bad stuff), a cleanser and a moisturiser (nice and light).
The kit contains:
- Ultimate A – essential vitamin A serum (10ml)
- Vitamin B – essential niacinamide serum (10ml)
- ReVeal – AHA/BHA exfoliating serum (10ml)
- UltraCleanse – gel facial cleanser (30ml)
- ÜberZinc – moisturiser with 21% zinc oxide (10ml)
By keeping the kit on the vanity I remember to use the stuff regularly and after a few weeks I have to say, I’m pretty stoked with the feeling of my new found skin. It’s smoother, feels cleaner and well the mrs digs it, so it’s a win-win all-round I reckon.
I’m definitely not an expert on any of this but I’m guessing the vitamin A and B do a fine job of making magic happen when it comes to feeling refreshed.
So fellers, ditch the hand soap or shampoo, and seriously consider adopting a real skin care routine. It’s easy and well worth the effort.
You can thank me later.