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The difference between men’s and women’s skin
Despite the many similarities, a man's skin is different than that of a woman. Men's skin is distinguished primarily by testosterone - the main male hormone, which makes men's skin thicker and more resilient, with facial hair and relatively higher levels of sweating. The nature of testosterone is also associated with increased sebum production, which makes men's skin oilier than that of most women. Taking into account that the larger size of their skin’s pores, it becomes clear why men's skin is more prone to contamination and clogging. This makes a daily skincare routine a necessity for all men. The good thing about men is that the signs of aging appear at a later stage in life than in women, but when the aging process begins, it proceeds dramatically. In this instance, as with many – the best offense is a good defense!
Gender-specific products are not that important!
Men-specific products are nice, but many skincare products are unisex and typically are suitable for both men and women as part of their daily skincare routine. Don’t limit yourself to skincare lines based on packaging and marketing alone, but focus on the active ingredients that are inside the product. As with anything we do results require consistency and skincare is no exception. A healthy lifestyle will benefit your whole body but will be most visible on your skin. The active ingredients in Naked Actives skincare products are just as suitable for men as they are for women.
Here are some basic steps that should be a part of a daily skincare routine and how our active ingredients will benefit your skin:
Cleanse- Naked Actives Hydrating Cleanser gently cleans your skin without stripping the natural oils. It is perfect for dry sensitive skin and can be used for all skin types. Use it as part of your morning & evening skincare routine. Dermatologists recommend using a mild foaming cleanser before you shave to help reduce surface oil, inflammation, irritation, and ingrown hairs.
Repair, Moisturize and Protect - Our skin takes a beating over time, thanks to free radicals causing oxidative stress. Without going into a chemistry lesson, oxidative stress relates to our bodies’ negative reaction to bad environmental factors such as: air pollution, cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals, and UV rays. An antioxidant serum, like Naked Actives Vitamin C is helpful to reduce environmental damage and should go on in the morning or evening underneath a moisturizer.
Applying Naked Actives Anti-aging cream to the area around your eyes will help reduce the signs of aging. This cream will help decrease the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles around the eyes for both men and women.
An important part of your daily skincare routine should be our Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) Collagen Serum with Vitamin C Serum and our Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The EGF serum has been clinically proven to improve skin barrier function and firmness, leaving your skin healthy and hydrated, while the Hyaluronic Acid Serum will hydrate for long-term results providing great anti-aging benefits. These nutrient-dense serums will feed your skin what it needs to take care of you on a daily basis.
Naked Actives Vitamin B3 Serum With Niacinamide & Glucosamine, is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient known to minimize inflammation and redness while reducing moisture loss and restoring collagen. It will help smooth and heal your skin every time you shave.
Naked Actives Squalane Oil Pure Olive Derived Serum is a perfect natural moisturizer. It balances oil production, providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and more vibrant. This oil also has powerful anti-aging properties as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to help with skin conditions such as acne. Squalane also smooths, softens, and improves skin’s firmness and elasticity helping to stabilize the skin’s barrier. It also conditions and moisturizes facial hair leaving it silky smooth.
You can try different combinations based on your skin type and decide which one works the best for you. It is also important to apply a sun protection factor of at least SPF 30 at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Sunscreen isn’t just for the beach or outdoor sports as daily sun exposure adds up over time and causes skin damage.
*Apply all repair and protection products after your shaving routine!
What skin routine should men with beards follow?
Having a beard means lots of facial hair upkeep and is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, hair repels environmental impurities, but on the other hand, regular shaving and trimming puts extra stress on the skin.
A great beard starts with taking care of the skin underneath it, so a daily skincare routine is essential to keep your whole face looking fresh.
Cleaning and exfoliation should be a priority because it is known that the beard retains dirt and increases the oiliness of the skin, clogging pores and leading to ingrown hairs and breakouts. To the other extreme is when the beard removes moisture from the skin, after which your skin remains dry and begins to flake. So, it’s important that your morning and evening routine includes the Naked Actives Hydrating Cleanser. If you have a puffy or short beard, applying it is just as easy as with a clean-shaven face. Men who maintain a longer beard of 1-1.5 cm will need only a few extra seconds to apply the product through the beard so that it reaches the skin underneath.
After cleansing and applying eye cream all the above-mentioned steps should be a part of a daily skincare routine to keep the skin under your beard hydrated, looking fuller and healthier. You will also find that rubbing a little moisturizer into your beard will keep it soft and hydrated throughout the day and make it easier to groom.
How expensive is a daily skincare routine for men?
Some men are deterred from adopting a daily face care routine because they think it will get expensive. However, it’s vital to consider how much your skin’s health is worth to you. Spending a little money now can save you some major headaches and expenses in the future. Therefore, the costs associated with men's facial care and the benefits outweigh the costs. Naked Actives has formulated advanced skincare solutions, clinically proven to deliver remarkable results for all skin types, at affordable prices that can help your skin look and feel at its best. It’s important to remember that higher price tags don’t necessarily mean better quality products.
For more tips on where to save and where to spend in your skincare routine check out our past blog here: Spending and Saving on Skincare