If you’ve been getting away with using your sister/girlfriend/wife's facial products without her knowledge, then congratulations on not getting caught. However, there's not much else to celebrate! Research has shown that using female grooming products may not be as helpful to the skin of men as you think. Here’s why:
Thanks to the thicker outmost layer of skin, called the Stratum Corneum (loosely translated from Latin as Horny Layer!), men have approximately 25% thicker skin than women. Women’s skin in comparison is thinner and not as tough. Hence, using grooming products which have been designed for characteristics of women’s skin can be ineffective. Men need something a little bit more powerful to support their skin type.
This comes as no surprise, but men generally tend to have rougher skin compared to the ladies. Coupled together with more facial hair (unless you’re going up against the bearded lady), the texture of men’s skin can be completely different. In addition, the follicles from your facial hair can give your skin a stronger structure, thus explaining why men usually tend to show signs of aging later than women. Women’s facial skin care products are not meant to deal with such skin texture and levels of facial hair.
I wish it weren’t the case, but even without hard work, men are more prone to sweating than women. Throw in our hot and humid weather and you’ll see that men can sweat more than twice as much as women. An interesting fact is that men tend to have more lactic acid in their sweat, resulting in a lower pH level (more acidic skin) when compared to female perspiration. The “side effect” of this, though, is relatively better-hydrated skin. Moisturizers and other face care products meant for women are typically not equipped to deal with the more acidic and hydrated skin of men.
With significantly higher levels of testosterone, men tend to produce more of an oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs the top layer of skin. Called sebum, this can make men more prone to acne, clogged pores, and other skin issues. A good men’s skin care product will be able to handle such issues better compared to traditional grooming products meant for women.
And if that isn’t a big enough deterrent for you to stop using your girl’s grooming products, then the danger of getting caught red-handed and upsetting her should be. Do yourself a favour and invest in your own grooming products. Your skin and your girl will definitely thank you for it.
Not sure where to look? We've got great news for you! Singapore-based grooming brand Thy Rogue Gentleman will be giving away one bottle of The Scottish Fine Soaps Men’s Grooming Moisturiser each to two lucky readers!
Apart from being rich in natural ingredients that gently hydrate and revitalize your skin, this moisturizer is free from animal testing and paraben-free too!
To take part in the giveaway, simply follow these steps:
Step 2: Share this article on your FB wall and tell us what's the one men's grooming product you can't live without (in your caption, not the comments section).
Step 4: Most importantly, don’t forget to make your post ‘public’!
The two winners will be announced via Facebook on the 15th of March, 2017.
*The winner of the contest has to be based in Singapore.
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