This one’s for the men

Skin care isn’t the most popular subject for the majority of men, but you don’t need to spend excessively on skin care and there are numerous benefits to adopting a basic routine.

According to the age old stereotype men age better than women. However, a recent study by YSL found that women think they are ageing better than men…and men agree. So come on guys, man up and moisturise.

The biggest difference between male and female skin is due to the male sex hormones known as androgens, the chief of which is testosterone. Women too produce these hormones, however, as a whole adult males produce about 10 times more testosterone than women.

Testosterone increases oil secretion all over the body. As a result men’s skin typically has large pores and can be more prone to acne and blemishes. Too much sebum can leave your skin feeling greasy, whilst neglecting to wash away the excess oil and dirt can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.

Bar soaps can dry, irritate, inflame and even clog the skin. Consistent use of bar soap to clean your face can also impede shaving, potentially leading to razor bumps and a more frequent need to replace your razor blade.

Purify and deeply cleanse your pores without stripping skin of vital moisture with the Dr Nick Lowe Sebum Control Cleanser. Using a cotton pad gently wipe the cleanser over the oily parts of the face and neck. No need to rinse off.

Gentle exfoliation can help dislodge debris that normal washing can’t budge. Using a granular scrub, like the Dr Nick Lowe Cooling Menthol Facial Scrub will help smooth the skin and eliminate dullness. Exfoliation also softens hair follicles for a closer, less-irritating shave and allows the skin to better absorb moisturisers.

Whilst sebum provides natural moisture to the skin oil is not the same as hydration. Showering and shaving open up pores and allow precious water to escape. A light moisturiser, such as the Dr Nick Lowe Oil Control Day Cream, will replenish the skin’s moisture content and prevent razor burn.

If there is one area on the face that men almost never touch is has to be the eyes. But the soft, thin layer of skin around the eye is actually prone to developing creases and crinkles long before other parts of the body begin to show their age. All of this can be prevented with regular use of an eye cream. The Dr Nick Lowe Age Correct Eye Serum is a lightweight, ultra moisturising eye serum boosted with a unique peptide complex to instantly firm, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles, whilst moisturising the delicate under the eye area.

It’s not all bad news. Male skin can actually thank androgens for its increased thickness. Androgens, including testosterone, yield a denser network of collagen fibres than found in female skin, with increased protection from collagen and elastin degradation. Meaning men traditionally do not show signs of photo-aging till later in life than women.

One of the most obvious differences between men and women has to be facial hair. Men’s hair is coarse and pigmented and takes up much of the surface area of the skin compared to female skin. These hairs can actually provide sun protection, the damaging UV rays are not able to penetrate through a beard to the dermis and cause collagen degradation. Therefore shaving can increase the risk of UV damage and premature aging.

However men shouldn’t take sun protection for granted. American men have a greater incidence of skin cancer than women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventation (CDC) in 2006, 57% of people diagnosed with melanomas of the skin were men and 65%.

These scary statistics should serve as an impetus to educate men about the need for daily defence against sun damage. The Dr Nick Lowe Super Charged SPF15 Day Cream offers ultimate broad spectrum protection, hydration and helps to reduce the appearance of sun and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Skin is improved with regular use leaving it smoother, firmer and visibly more radiant.

So man or woman, Dr Lowe’s top tip applies to you both.

Wear sunscreen with UVA every day to reduce your skin ageing.