While the anatomy of the skin is the same from person to person, there are some gender differences in the physiology of our skin. But is there really a need for skin care products based on gender, and specifically something as universal as moisturizer? To answer this question, we take a look at the differences between male and female skin.
Moisturizers are generally grouped into four main categories depending on their mechanism of action: emollients, humectants, occlusives and protein rejuvenators.*
The main role of a moisturizers is to hydrate, balance and restore the skin. High active, low moisture blends naturally support the skin’s ability to produce and maintain its own hydration, instead of layering on moisture for temporary gain. While antioxidant, nutrient-rich blends also stimulate collagen production to repair, restore and condition the skin, making it stronger and fitter.
But is there really a need for skin care products based on gender, and specifically something as universal as moisturizer? To answer this question, we'll first take a look at how the skin works for men and women.
While the anatomy of the skin is the same from person to person, there are some gender differences in the physiology of our skin.
Not really. The difference here isn't necessarily between male and female-designed moisturizers, but rather between the ingredients found in products designed for oily versus dry skin. People with oily skin should look for moisturizers that are oil-free and noncomedogenic - they won't clog pores.*
Whether you're male or female, you should moisturize daily with a product that is suited for your age and skin type, to make your skin healthy and string so it can protect and defend itself naturally. Instead of slathering moisture on the surface of your skin where it can only be marginally effective, use products that optimize your skin function, helping you produce and retain more of your own natural moisture, both on and below the surface.
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Technologies such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are commonly used for wrinkle reduction, and of course there’s a place for lasers in tattoo removal. This suggests a philosophy of aggressive intervention rather than the approach we generally prefer, which is to promote homeostasis, i.e. the skin’s natural ability to maintain itself.
But it’s not quite that simple.