Is men’s skin the same as women’s? Should I use moisturiser every day? What on earth is ‘needling’ and why should I do it? You may have heard some extreme things about skin care over the years, and wondered to yourself whether they were really true or not. TV, blogs and magazines often tell us conflicting or confusing advice and it can be difficult to sift through all the information thrown at you. Today we are going through the most common skin care myths, and clearing up what’s true and what’s not, once and for all.
Myth: Men’s and women’s products are the same
Men’s skin is up to 20% thicker than women’s and is also a tougher texture. In addition to this, men also have a higher collagen density than women. It’s much oilier and ages differently too. So different skin means different skincare needs. That’s why we recommend that men use products that are specially designed for their skin.
Myth: You need to wash your face twice a day
Unfortunately, washing your face twice a day can actually damage your skin. Washing more than once a day can scrub the natural protective oils from your face, leaving your skin dry and irritated. Unless you have a skin condition, dermatologists suggest you should limit washing your face to just once a day, in the evening. This ensures that you wash off all the pollutants and dirt from the day, and leaves your pores clean for the evening.
Myth: Using a moisturiser makes your skin oily
Moisturisers are designed to nourish and hydrate skin, locking in moisture. The moisturiser you choose should be tailored to your skin type, whether that is dry, oily, or neutral. It doesn’t matter what your skin type is though, a great moisturiser should never leave your skin feeling oily. The moisturiser you use should absorb into the skin, not to sit on the top layer of the skin.
Myth: Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and clean
Following on from the above point about washing your face twice a day, washing your face with a bar of everyday soap can be harmful to your skin. The harsh cleansers in regular soap strip away the healthy oils from your skin, which can leave the delicate skin on your face inflamed and dry. Try using a face cleanser, and use your fingertips to gently apply the product.
Myth: Going against the grain gives you a better shave
I’m sure we’re all guilty of trying this at least once! It certainly can feel like it’s a smoother shave upon the first try, and that close shave can be a hard pass. However, shaving against the grain forces the hair upwards, which is actually just a shortcut to razor burn, irritation and ingrown hairs. When you shave, you should always go with the grain. Take a minute to inspect the way your hair naturally grows, and then shave using gentle short strokes. This will ensure a clean, smooth and comfortable shave.
We believe that proper skincare shouldn’t be confusing, expensive or time consuming. With a little bit of information, know-how and time, you can make sure your skin is the best it can be!