Male Grooming Gift Guide
Up his grooming game with the ultimate routine curated specifically for male skin.
There are key differences between male and female skin, primarily caused by the higher level of androgens men produce (male sex hormones, e.g. testosterone). Higher levels of androgens mean that male skin is thicker, produces more sebum, perspires more, has a higher collagen density, heals slower and produces facial hair. These characteristics mean prioritising certain skin-needs over others.
Androgens give rise to facial hair which means that, for the majority, shaving is part of the daily male grooming routine. While shaving provides some superficial exfoliation for the skin, it is also a major culprit in disrupting the integrity of the skin’s essential barrier. Cuts, nicks and general razor irritation can be compounded by a lack of proper skin care leading to water loss (TEWL) and dehydration. It is especially crucial to repair the skin barrier post-shave given that androgens effect a slower rate of epithelialisation (wound-healing) in male skin.
For skin barrier protection and repair the following products are recommended:
- The iconic Serum Repair, formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and a Micro-Molecular Collagen Peptide making it a perfect post-shave balm.
- High Maintenance Cream with Ceramide-Like (obtained from bio-technology from stabilised Omega 6) and Linoleic Acid to replenish and create a moisture-locking barrier on the skin.
Androgens promote the formation of a thicker dermis and denser collagen fibres, which means that wrinkles form differently in men and women. Male skin tends to form less superficial wrinkles. However, it is more prone to deep expression lines and more prominent sagging in the under-eye area.
We suggest Supreme Eye Serum to illuminate and tighten the under-eye area. Its rollerball applicator also makes it great for targeting frown lines.
Oiliness & Sweat
Men have larger sebaceous glands and the cells within them are more receptive to testosterone which promotes the production and secretion of sebum. As such, male skin is typically oilier and more prone to congestion. Men also sweat more, and the sweat they produce has higher levels of lactic acid.
Whilst this helps to keep skin hydrated, it lowers the skin’s pH which can increase the risk of acne and inflammatory skin conditions. As such it is crucial to keep the skin clean and to target blemishes with the following recommended products:,
- Foaming Cleanser & Breakout Foaming Cleanser clear away debris and impurities leaving skin refreshed.
- Two-Step Skin Prep used 2-3 times per week to prevent congestion. Deep Exfoliating Mask melts away dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, allowing Skin Perfecting Mask to truly penetrate the skin and deep-clean the pores by absorbing any excess sebum whilst minimising pores.
- Skin Perfecting Cream is the perfect moisturiser for oilier skin types containing powerful sebum and lipid-absorbing biotech ingredients.
- Breakout Powder & Cream when mixed provide a powerful anti-bacterial treatment to combat comedones in skin types prone to breakouts, whilst Breakout Spot-On allows for targeted treatment on-the-go.
Whether for reasons of lifestyle, or the slower rates of epithelialisation caused by higher levels of androgens (or both), male skin is more susceptible to damage from UV radiation, and therefore men are more likely to develop skin cancer. Therefore, SPF is even more important to include in a male-focused skin care routine. The following products are recommended:
- Sun & City Protection SPF 50+ for drier more sensitive skin types, with an oat-inspired compound to soothe redness and inflammation.
- Vitamin C Brightening Primer SPF15 for oilier skin types as its lightweight formula makes for a great day cream containing a trio of moisturising fruit extracts and sebum-absorbing nylon micro-particles.