Male skin care – how, when and what?

Skin care - does it really need to be different for men?The dawn of the 21st century saw a seismic shift when it came to how men felt about their appearance, or, crucially perhaps, how open they felt they could be with their desire to look good.

Famous men such as David Beckham and George Clooney led the way in men taking care of themselves, including reaching optimal health from diet and fitness, male grooming and male skin care.

As a result there are many more male skin care products available to buy in stores than there ever were before. But are these simply a marketeer’s dream, or is there genuinely a reason why male products need to differ from women’s? And if so, what sort of skin care regime ought a man to follow?

There are a few differences, generally speaking, between male and female skin.

Women’s skin tends to get drier whereas male skin can be oily and often has larger pores which can be more easily clogged with dirt. What male skin does have in its favour, however, is that the naturally occurring collagen deteriorates less over time.

The result of which is a need for slightly different cleansers, toners, serums and moisturisers. However, ultimately, specific skin type is a better way of determining what type of products to use. Often men will prefer to opt for products targeted at them through a combination of embarrassment over using what are perceived to be ‘feminine’ products, and because they are given a more masculine scent.

The answer to what regime a man should follow lies in the above – exactly the same as a woman’s regime.

Cleansing, toning, protecting the skin and moisturising are equally valuable for male skin. Men’s skin can age less quickly than women’s, however because of the rise of the aforementioned ‘metrosexuality’ more and more men are opting for non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels and Botox.

For information about skin care, including advice about skin products and skin treatments, contact the team at Aurora Skin Clinics on 01844 318825 or email