If you are reading this then I can only assume one of two things. You are either a guy who is concerned about the appearance of aging skin, or else you are a woman and you are concerned about your partner, and you would like to find the best mens skin care kit for him. Anyway, it does not really matter whether you are male or female. I am just glad to see that more and more men are starting to pay more attention to their skin. Women have always been more concerned than men about things like wrinkles and fine lines. Men, on the other hand, have never really seemed too concerned about their wrinkles.
Even today, while the average American woman uses about 12 different personal care products every day, the average male in America only uses about 6. This is obviously quite a big difference, but I am sure there must have been an even bigger difference up until about 10 to 15 years ago. Yep, the gap has definitely grown smaller. Here are 5 things to consider if you are looking for the perfect mens skin care set:
Mens Skin Care vs. Women’s Skin Care
The Nasty Truth about Fragrances
Best Mens Skin Care Kit – What Should it Include?
When it comes to personal care products such as shampoos, conditioners and soaps, there is not much of a divide between those made for men and those made for women. In fact, if you ask me, I would say that fragrances are the only real difference. One exception could be all-natural soap-free skin cleansers and facial cleansers. This is especially true when shopping for personal care products that are made by more specialized skin care manufacturers.
Skin care manufacturers that are committed to quality will take the subtle differences between a man’s skin and a woman’s skin into consideration. Anyway, I really do not believe that it is necessary for men and women to have to use different soaps, shampoos and conditioners. However, when it comes to things like body lotions, scrubs, eye contour creams and anti-wrinkle serums, then I think it is best to take gender into consideration.
I do not really want to get into this, but I would like to offer a word of caution about using skin care products that have the term “fragrance” or “parfum” in their list of ingredients. We all like to smell nice, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Most guys who shave use one or other aftershave lotion which they apply after they have shaved. Most guys also use deodorant and/or cologne. Do you really still need “fragrance” added to every single personal care product you use.
This is not an attempt at scaremongering, but with the overwhelming majority of mainstream skin care products, the term “fragrance” really is bad news. There are literally thousands of different chemicals which can be used to create fragrances. Many of these chemicals are highly questionable, if not downright dangerous.
Unfortunately, manufacturers can use any number of the chemicals to create their different fragrances and there is no law that requires them to list all the chemicals in a particular fragrance. Once the chemicals have been blended together, manufacturers only need to let consumers know that their products contain fragrance. The term “fragrance” is now an effective umbrella word that allows manufacturers to keep the names of all those chemicals hidden away.
Also, phthalates are used for stabilizing most synthetic fragrances. I do not mean to scare you, but in animal studies, phthalates have been shown to cause birth defects and other problems relating to the reproductive system. If you are a bit skeptical, you can read more about this by visiting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) website.
Besides being used to stabilize fragrances and many other skin care products, phthalates are also used in things like plastic toys, floor coverings, detergents, etc. Oh, and since I am writing about men’s skin care, you may be interested to know that phthalates can be more harmful to males than females. Let us just say, if you are serious about finding the best mens skin care kit, you really should try to avoid products containing any sort of synthetic fragrance.
Everyone, regardless of their gender, tends to have their own preferences when it comes to the sort of skin care products they want to use. I think most men generally want to keep things simple. In other words, I think most men would rather only have a few essentials rather than having an entire shelf or two full of personal care products.
If you are one of those men who like to keep their skin care regimen simple, then I would say that the best men’s skin care kit should include the following:
- Facial cleanser
- Body lotion
- Facial scrub
- Eye contour cream
If you are concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, then I would be tempted to say that a good eye contour cream should be right at the top of your list, but I do believe that a good moisturizer/hydrating cream is equally as important.
I am also a big fan of facial masks, but usually I just make my own masks at home, some of which I have discussed in a recent article about DIY face masks.
Mens Skin Care for Oily Skin
If you go shopping for the best mens skin care kit, the sort of products you are most likely to see on the shelves are moisturizers, acne treatments, and “oil control” soaps and cleansers. This would suggest that men are generally more concerned about oily skin than they are about things like wrinkles. To a certain extent this is true, and it is partly due to the fact that male skin ages slower than female skin. This is because a mans skin is roughly 20% thicker than the skin of a woman, so men have more collagen to begin with.
So, while many women are searching for an effective anti-wrinkle cream, many guys are instead searching for some type of product which can get rid of oily skin. If you are a guy who is being forced to deal with persistent oily skin, you will be pleased to know that there are several ways to deal with it and without spending a whole bunch of money either. Here are 4 things you need to do in order to keep oily skin in check:
- Wash your face first thing in the morning and again in the evening. I would recommend that you use a very high quality all-natural cleanser that has been designed to provide a deep cleanse.
- Exfoliate your skin at least once a week, preferably twice. Since we are talking about facial skin, any and all exfoliation should be gentle. Once again, I recommend that you only use an all-natural exfoliator. It is better for your skin, and it will not contain microbeads that contaminate and pollute the environment as do many regular exfoliators.
- Apply an oil-free moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. I know it might seem crazy, but adequate moisture is seriously important, even for oily skin.
- Treat your face with a clay based mask two to three times a week. I like using bentonite clay for clay based masks, but there are other suitable clays as well. In fact, you do not even need to use any clay because there are so many other mask options available to you.
Read this interesting article: Eye Beauty – Kanapa Soothing Eye Contour Cream Review
Best Mens Skin Care for Sensitive Skin
In a 2007 study that was carried out in America, it was determined that roughly 44.6% of the American population over the age of 18 have sensitive skin. The study also showed that women are more prone to sensitive skin than men, but there was only a very small difference. Sensitive skin can manifest itself in different ways, but this study showed that dry skin is typically the most common skin condition among people who have sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin can be caused by various things such as environmental pollutants, climate, etc. It can of course also be due to a person’s DNA. Regardless of what the cause is, it is crucial for people with sensitive skin to avoid exposing their skin to chemicals. In my opinion, everyone should switch to all-natural skin care products, but it is even more urgent if you have sensitive skin.
If you have sensitive skin, the best mens skin care kit for you should contain the same 5 personal care products which I mentioned earlier, but you need to find a range that agrees with your skin. Even some all-natural skin care products can be a problem for people with sensitive skin. This is particularly true with many of the very cheap brands. So, be willing to pay a bit more, and once you have found products that agree with your skin, try to stick with those products and/or that particular brand.
Best Tips for Men with Sensitive Skin
You will definitely tip the scales in your favor simply by switching to all-natural skin care products, but there are also other things you can do in order to deal with sensitive skin. Here are 5 tips that can help you stay in control of sensitive skin:
If you cannot make the switch from regular skin care products to all-natural products for one or other reason, you should at the very least avoid any and all products that contain any form of alcohol, artificial coloring, and/or synthetic fragrances.
Do not overuse your skin care products. In other words, do not use products more frequently than what is recommended by the manufacturer. You may also want to reduce your use of some types of skin care products, such as facial masks. Instead of applying a facial mask two or three times a week, it may be better to only use a mask once a week.
Try to avoid products that produce a lot of foam. Foam is generally caused by certain chemicals which are present in a product. Shaving cream/foam is a prime example, so if you currently use shaving cream or shaving foam, you should consider switching to a chemical-free shaving gel instead. I actually like foaming facial cleansers, but I only ever use ones which are made from all-natural ingredients.
Limit your time in the sun. All skin types are prone to sun damage, but sensitive skin is even more prone to damage caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sunscreen lotions can be a big help, but since the vast majority of them are laden with chemicals, I believe that your primary defense should be appropriate clothing, such as a large-brimmed hat, long sleeved tops, etc.
Limit exposure to hot water. Many of us grow up believing that hot water works best when it comes to cleaning ourselves in the bath or shower. In reality, however, hot water is no more effective than cool or lukewarm water. The only difference with hot water, is the fact that it can cause your skin to become dry and flaky. Lukewarm water is a much better option, and especially if you have sensitive skin.
Shopping for the Best Mens Face Care Kit Online
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on our lives. It has changed the way we socialize and interact with others; it has forced millions of people out of work, and even caused many businesses to go bankrupt. While the pandemic has been nothing but bad news for most of us, it has been very good for online retailers who have seen sales and profits soar.
With more and more people taking advantage of online shopping, a certain irony has surfaced, and it is one which I actually find somewhat amusing. So many men are quick to joke about us women and how much we love shopping, but now with more and more people going online for shopping, things have started to change. According to an article published on the Big Commerce.com website, there are now more men ordering stuff online than there are women.
Anyway, I have been ordering my own skin care products online for ages already and I have never encountered any problems. So, I cannot see any reason why you should not shop online for your men’s face care kit. I would however recommend that you look for a manufacturer or supplier that is well established, and one which offers a guarantee that actually does count for something.
Also, if you find a bundled package which you feel is the best mens skin care kit for you, pay attention to the shipping fee. With bundled packages, suppliers often charge a hefty shipping fee based on the weight of the package. In that case, you should consider looking elsewhere for a supplier that offers free shipping or at least free shipping if your order exceeds a certain amount.
Well, that brings me to the end of this post. I hope you have enjoyed reading it, and I sincerely hope that you are able to find the best mens skin care kit for your particular skin type.