No statement is more obvious than men and women are different. Yet, when we are talking about our medicine cabinets and what we put on our skin, does it matter? Many seem to think so! In recent years, the skincare industry has seen a surge in awareness and demand for gender-specific products. The rationale, of course, is rooted in the fact that most skincare products are marketed and made for women and those products don’t necessarily consider the unique needs and characteristics of men's skin. But are tailored products necessary? Let’s dig in.
Men's skin tends to be thicker and has a different texture compared to women's skin. The increased thickness is largely attributed to higher levels of collagen and elastin. Some conclude that formulations that penetrate effectively and address the specific needs of thicker skin can contribute to healthier and more resilient skin. Also, on average, men have more active sebaceous glands than women, leading to increased oil production. This can result in enlarged pores and a predisposition to acne and other skin issues.
Facial Hair and Shaving Concerns
Men who shave regularly face unique challenges. Shaving can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, and sensitivity. Men's skincare products can incorporate soothing agents, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and moisturizers designed to combat the aftermath of shaving. Additionally, formulations can cater to the needs of bearded individuals, addressing potential issues related to facial hair, such as dryness and itchiness.
Environmental Factors and Lifestyle
Another reality of the world we live in is that men often engage in activities and professions that expose their skin to different environmental stressors. Whether it's outdoor work, sports, or exposure to harsh weather conditions, various products can offer enhanced protection against these elements. Let’s face the fact that while both men and women appreciate pleasant scents in their skincare routines, their preferences can vary…widely. Men's formulations may opt for more neutral or masculine scents, providing a grooming experience that aligns with traditional notions of masculinity.
Does it Matter?
We asked Dr. Marcelo Buzzi, a researcher, and specialist focusing on human skin and related conditions, the question does it matter. Dr. Buzzi acknowledges that there are differences between men and women’s skin, however, he advises not to pick your skincare products solely based on gender marketing.
“There are most certainly differences between not only the epidermis of male and female skin but also the physiology and biology of men and woman are different…..however, the primary factor in selecting a skincare product, regardless of your gender, is to make sure that clean ingredients are used and harmful chemicals are avoided in the formulations. Heavily researched and tested natural raw materials are best for any gender or skin type.”
At Sweet Bee Naturals, we agree with Dr. Marcelo Buzzi. While we are all different and we embrace the differences between the skincare needs of everyone on our planet, the most important thing to consider when buying skincare products is quality. We focus our efforts on creating natural skincare products, made by nature and safe for your entire family. Our Certified Organic Sweet Bee Magic balm excludes any harmful chemicals, dyes, perfumes, or additives and can be used for just about anything. So next time you are looking for a specific skincare product, regardless if you are from Mars or Venus, look us up. Sweet Bee Naturals will take care of you!