Gender boundaries are blurring. Nowadays there are clothing brands that aren’t defined by gender, and you have a ‘gender neutral’ Generation Z who aren’t bothered by traditional gender roles or divisions. So in light of this new way of thinking, here are some of the best skincare products which may have been designed for women, but are equally good for men. These are some of the best skincare products you should consider begging, borrowing or stealing from your girlfriend.
Men tend to produce more sebum in their skin than women. Over time this leads to excessive dead skin which block pores, causing spots and blackheads. Exfoliation is vital to getting rid of dead skin, which is where Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream comes in. This physical exfoliating scrub is gentle enough to be used daily and makes use of polyethylene beads (plastic beads) to exfoliate instead of harsh materials. Men with oilier skin will appreciate the scrub’s effect on clearing the skin.
As one of French skincare brand Estée Lauder’s star product, this product is definitely worthy of borrowing from your lady friend. The key ingredients in this nighttime serum are tripeptide-32 and a type of friendly bacteria known as lactobacillus. Tripeptide-32 has the ability to protect your skin against proteins that damage cells, therefore helping stave off signs of ageing like deep crow’s feet and unsightly frown furrows. On the other hand, lactobacillus is a promising ingredient which reduces inflammatory skin like acne and eczema.
This product sinks into the skin once applied and is great as a eye serum for men concerned with wrinkles. Men over 40 will appreciate how it can help reduce wrinkles and make skin look more youthful. This product comes in a dropper version and a jar version – the dropper version is recommended as it’s more hygienic and reduces the possibility of contamination with bacteria.
If you’re a man who enjoys outdoor sports and activities, this SPF50+ sunscreen should definitely be in your skincare arsenal. It contains a high percentage of Zinc Oxide (16.4%), a physical form of sunscreen which effectively blocks UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are the sunrays which cause your skin to burn, while UVA are the rays which age your skin faster.
Aside from protecting you from burning in the sun and sun damage, this sunscreen’s formula is very water resistance, making it ideal for water sports and outdoor activities. It also doesn’t leave a nasty white streak as other sunscreens often do. The low amount of fragrance is also a plus.
The application of this product is light and you won’t notice you’re wearing sunscreen at all. Don’t forget to use about a tablespoon of sunscreen for your face and neck (and every limb) whenever you apply for adequate protection. Refresh yourself on how to be sun-smart.
Korean skincare companies have refined the art of multi-tasking skincare products and this ceramidin cream from Dr Jart+ is no exception. This cream uses the power of microcapsule ceramides – a compound found naturally in the skin which helps it retain moisture – to hydrate the skin barrier from within.
When skin’s ceramide levels are low, skin has difficulty retaining moisture, and this cream helps enhance the skin’s natural strength for smoother skin. It also contains Licorice Root Extract and Aloe Vera which also helps calm skin inflammations. This product is great as an all day moisturiser – especially for the colder and drier months as its texture is slightly heavier. The sulfate and paraben-free formula makes it suitable for sensitive skin.
Japanese skincare brand Hada Labo boasts one of its products is sold every four seconds. It’s therefor no surprise that their Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion is one of the brand’s biggest sellers. In many multi-step Asian skincare routines, a ‘lotion’ is to be used after a toner and before a serum/moisturiser, so this product should be used accordingly. This lotion contains Hyaluronic Acid which is known for its ability to lock in water, helping your skin feel moisturized for an extended period of time.
This lotion is best for men who live in dry areas or constantly feel their skin feel dried out. Men who have light wrinkles will also find this product helps diminish the visual appearance of facial creases. This product is free of fragrances, alcohol and is friendly for men with sensitive skin.