Men are genetically luckier than women when it comes to their skin. Male skin is naturally a little thicker which makes it stand up to the ravages of time better than women’s skin. But, despite a move towards greater equality, there are still factors in a man’s life that can lead to your skin becoming damaged or roughened.
This is where a good quality moisturiser comes in. If you work at a manual job, getting sun and wind burned, being exposed to a lot of dirt, grease or other debris, or any job in which you sweat a lot, your facial skin can begin to show signs of ‘wear and tear’, namely wrinkles and lines, sags, and even liver spots, those dark freckle-like blemishes that usually come along with age.
If you are clean-shaven, then your skin is taking a beating every morning, especially if you shave with a soap-based lather. Soap is very drying by itself; add to this the scraping action of shaving which effectively removes all the natural oils from your skin along with the hair and your skin is at risk of losing the benefits of being a little thicker and durable.
Moisturisers help to retain the natural hydration levels in your skin, preventing its loss and replenishing that which has been lost due to the above activities. It restores the skin’s natural barriers, keeping fluids in and repelling dirt and grime.
In the 1980s if you were a man wanting to moisturise, you would have had a hard job finding anything designed for your gender. Many men were put off from trying female-oriented grooming products because they were often pink and ‘girly’ looking and because many of them were heavily fragranced.
Today, you can find a wealth of products that are aimed exclusively at men, or that are gender-neutral. Products for sensitive skin are widely available and most are fragrance-free, although if you do like a nice-smelling product, you can find those too! There is a moisturiser to suit every taste and skin type so don’t be shy about hunting until you find just the right one for you.