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FACE IT: Beauty with Amanda Care

Men Versus Women

 Well it’s that snow time of year again, so I’m writing this article in the living room of our lake front villa in Wanaka. Once again I’m home alone, as the snow bunnies have all hit Treble Cone today but, don’t worry, boredom has been kept at bay with an exhilarating jet boat ride, and a leisurely cycle around beautiful Lake Wanaka.

In honour of Father’s Day this month I thought it would be good to delve into the differences between men’s and women’s skin.  I get a number of concerned wives and girlfriends enquiring into skin care to keep the blokes in their lives looking good. 

Men generally don’t wrinkle as fast as women - Researchers have found men have far more collagen in their skin than women do, and that when you consider genetically programmed factors (intrinsic ageing,) it’s said that women are 15 years older than men of the same age. This is linked to their androgens, such as testosterone, which women naturally have less of. External factors like smoking or the infrequent use of sunblock, may be the reason we don’t readily notice the difference, as damage caused by exposure to UV can offset the benefit of slower intrinsic ageing.

Men don’t feel the need for moisturiser - Ok, that’s a sweeping generalisation, but due to having more lactic acid in their sweat, (their ph is also .05 lower than females), and the fact they sweat twice as much as women, it means they don’t need as much hydration. Lotions, rather than thick creams, are usually a far more comfortable choice for them to wear.  When it comes to essential sunblock, a mattifying formulation is ideal.

Men have larger pores which causes a rougher texture - Androgens are also responsible for sebum production, and due to men having more androgens, they produce a lot more sebum. This is why the facial pores that release the sebum are larger, which creates a rougher texture.  This is probably the most common complaint I get from my male clients, and there are some ways to improve the appearance of the pores to make skin look smoother. Firstly, start using an exfoliating serum that contains lactic acid and salicylic acid to refine the skin, then book in for a microdermabrasion treatment to polish the skin with tiny crystals and further brighten it up.

The health of a man’s skin is just as important as a women’s. At Face It Beauty we recognise the same amount of care must be taken regardless of the sex of the client, so if you would like advice or treatment for skin concerns book online for a consultation at www.faceitbeauty.co.nz. 

Happy Father’s Day wishes to all the Dads out there. 

by Amanda Care

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