“It’s worth knowing that men’s skin is biophysically different than women’s in its structure. As such, her products aren’t going to do you any harm, but they probably won’t reap the instant results you were hoping for either.”
“First of all, men’s skin is about 20% thicker, with around 22% more collagen, a blessing that makes it more resilient to environmental aggressors and, rather luckily, means (most) men don’t show signs of aging quite as early. Our skin is also oilier, with a complex network of blood vessels that allows for easier cell repair.
These primary differences are the work of androgens. Androgens are the hormones that make men, well, men. They are responsible for things like a deep voice, facial and body hair, as well as sperm production. Androgens can also cause us to produce more sebum, which makes us more prone to things like blackheads. So, while there shouldn’t be a big difference between men’s and women’s grooming products in theory, androgens complicate things in practice.
On the whole, men tend to respond better to products with consistencies, ingredients and concentrations that cater to these primary characteristics. If we had to highlight the main differences between men’s and women’s products, the following would be the main points to consider…
With thicker skin, guys usually need stronger products (note: this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, since not all male skin is created equal). Male-friendly formulas often pack more of a punch than the average women’s product.
Since women don’t shave day in and day out, men require ingredients that actively repair and soothe the skin’s protective barrier after it has come into contact with a razor.
Most men don’t want to feel like they’ve got goop slathered all over their face. So fast-absorbing gels are formulated for men’s brands, while dense, rich creams are consistently popular with women.
Lifestyle factors also play a large part in the necessity of male-specific products. One of these is the way in which men go about the job of grooming compared to women. We want to get the job done as quickly and as efficiently as possible, while women are happy to experiment with hundreds of oils, salves and creams. And so multitasking products are often an essential component in any successful men’s brand.
Besides, even if we were getting the same formulations as women — and some brands clearly do repackage the same formulas — how many men would openly put a pretty pink glass dropper bottle on their bathroom shelf?”
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“To the people over at Billy Jealousy, saving face means something a little different from the norm. And while we’d like to think that they want you to keep your [hopefully] good reputation intact as well, that’s not exactly where their specialty lies. The grooming company that got its start in 2004 crafted a product that not only hydrates the skin like most other moisturizer, but provides protection from sun damage as well. It contains Octinoxate and Oxybenzone that go to work immediately to defend against those UV rays that cause nothing but trouble. All you have to do is apply it to your face and you’ll be able to enjoy the sun and keep your skin looking youthful at the same time. Buy your Billy Jealousy Combat Lines Face Moisturizer SPF 30 HERE or at select Nordstrom locations.” Read more here!
“All men (and women) could always use a closer shave. This fragrance-free, foamless shave lotion contains oils that compliment those naturally found in the skin, making it extremely hydrating. It’s also free of alcohol, menthol and benzocaine, which can all potentially irritate the skin during shaving. Orange, grapefruit, lime and bergamot oils create a fresh, natural fragrance.” http://www.youbeauty.com/skin/galleries/fathers-day-beauty-gifts#7
THE GUY WHO TAUGHT YOU TO BE A MAN DESERVES MORE THAN A GIFT CERTIFICATE
“If your dad is still bathing in musk, it’s time to subtly suggest a new fragrance. This one from Billy Jealousy comes with the body wash and shave cream, so your dad won’t layer competing scents ($75, billyjealousy.com). Insert appreciation from your mom here. Then scrub the thought of said (ahem) appreciation from your mind immediately.” http://www.menshealth.com/style/last-minute-fathers-day-gifts
As the Cannes Film Festival draws to a close, Details caught up with famed Cannes barber Laurent Briard, who prepped VIP guests for their red-carpet walk. Here, Briard shares his favorite men’s grooming looks and gives simple tips for how to recreate them at home.
Who: Christoph Waltz (Cannes Jury Member)
Laurent says: “Here’s someone who looks like he just woke up, but somehow manages to appear handsome and charming. His style is easy, mature, and quietly confident. He’s clearly not trying to be the center of attention, but he’s impossible to ignore.”
Get the Look: Keep the sideburns long and full. With the hair, you’re going for a very matte, almost rough look. Apply a small, dime-sized dab of a medium-hold cream to create a little direction and texture. Use your fingers, not a comb, to keep the look as natural as possible. Make sure to shave with a super lubricating cream (like Billy Jealousy’s Hydroplane Super-Slick Shave Cream) to prevent unsightly nicks and bumps.
Hair Type: Thinning (not thin), dry hair
The Look: Hydrated shine
What it does: What’s “cool” are the DHT blockers packed in there that fight the onset of hair loss and the extracts of cucumber and lemon that moisturize. What’s “medium” is the hold, shine, and citrus scent.
“I have completely gone off foam in a can or even a gel you smudge across your face. As the name would suggest, this shave cream is giving you a slick surface to shave on, and it makes shaving in easily irritable and sensitive places, such as the neck, a breeze. There’s no real need for a pre-shave oil, despite my continued use and fondness for them, as this product has it all covered.” -Sam
“We all need some moisturizing from time to time, especially those of us with naturally dry skin. Importantly, this isn’t too thick so it absorbs well and gives the skin a nice hydrating and soft feel, all without smelling like medicinal menthol that brands have been throwing at us lately.” -Sam
TRIPLE CROWN Three-In-One Body Wash
Lugging separate shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel bottles in your gym bag is a workout in itself. Opt for an all-in-1 product that will go the distance—after you’ve ran yours. This one from Billy Jealousy also acts as a shave lotion so you can clean up before your 10 o’clock meeting ($20, billyjealousy.com).