Skincare for Men

Hi everyone,

I am Valerine, a new member of the Porcelain family. Just to share a little experience with everyone…

Ever felt lousy about yourself because of your troubled skin? Envy others for their perfect skin? YES, this was exactly how I felt back then when I was a troubled teenage girl faced with really serious acne problems.

The lesson learnt? Don’t ever be LAZY and do not be afraid to seek professional treatment! I won’t say I have the perfect skin right now, but its certainly one that allows me to feel confident about. I understand how skin problems can lead to other emotional/confidence issues, and I am here to share with you my passion and interest in skin care. Hopefully, readers out there can benefit from the content and achieve Porcelain skin too!

Read on for my first entry!

When it comes to skincare, despite an increasing number, there is still a large male population who either “don’t care”, “lazy”, or thinks it is still a feminine sport. Well, skin is ultimately skin, and skin care for men is equally important as skin care is to women.

For those a little more interested, here are the key differences between men’s skin and women’s skin.

1. A man’s skin is usually firmer and about 20% thicker than their female counterpart. This is because a man’s skin contains more collagen and elastin. This also explains why men have less wrinkles and are less susceptible to aging.

2. Men have smaller oil glands (yay!), but despite that their skin tends to be oilier than women’s. This is because the male hormone, testosterone, increases sebum secretion. In comparison, the female hormone, estrogen, secretes much less sebum. This explains the higher rate of acne occurrences in men (especially teenage boys going through puberty).

3. Men also tend to have dirtier skin compared to women. Women might attribute it to their hygiene, but the truth is men have naturally larger pore size. This makes it more prone to clogging by dirt and sebum. Hence, deep cleansing is an especially important step for men.

4. Shaving. It strips the hydroltic film on the skin, causing it to be more irritable and inclined to skin problems.

After understanding the core differences, what are the steps men should take to better care for their skin?

  • Understand your skin type and select a suitable facial cleanser.
  • Always have a facial cleanser with deep cleansing properties that cleanse and clear clogged pores  thoroughly (remember to avoid those that can be over-drying)
  • For shaving, get a good shaving kit that includes shaver, foam, foam brush and aftershave.
  • Never use soap, body wash or (shampoo) to cleanse your face as they tend to be too drying.
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on your face to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Exfoliate at least twice a week to get rid of impurities and dead skin cells.
  • Go to a facial therapist for thorough pore cleansing every month.
  • Have a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Sweat the toxins out! Exercise!
  • Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water.

These steps are just generic guidelines to help you achieve better health and better skin. However, do note that if the skin problem is too severe, you might like to consult a professional Aesthetician for advice.

– valerine yeap