For many couples, sharing toiletries seems like an obvious choice to save time, money and precious bathroom space. However, growing evidence shows that men and women should avoid sharing skincare products as much as possible. Because men and women have very different body chemistries, most skincare products are not appropriate for use by both sexes. Not only will they be less effective, but they also may actually cause more damage than good.
These are several reasons that men and women should not share skincare products:
1. Men have different skin.
In general, men have thicker and oilier skin than women thanks to increased blood vessels throughout the body. This means that the best skincare products for men are both for oily skin and that will be easily absorbed. Most women on the other hand, have more sensitive skin that requires gentler products.
2. Men shave their faces.
Because most men shave their faces at least once a day, they need a daily cleanser that will help them thoroughly exfoliate their thick skin to avoid razor burn and ingrown hairs. They also require a shaving cream or gel that will work to protect their skin while not contributing to the already oily nature.
3. Men need stronger antiperspirants.
Men sweat and stink more than the average woman, so a stronger and heavier antiperspirant deodorant for men is necessary. Men’s deodorants have more active ingredients that are created specifically to fight stronger odors; this formulation can be harsh to the more sensitive skin of women.
4. Women need more anti-aging products.
Women’s skin tends to age more quickly than men’s skin simply because it dries out more quickly. In addition, hormones and menopausal symptoms tend to accelerate the aging process. This means that most women should begin incorporating some anti-aging products into their daily regimens before the aging process is even visible. Most men do not need these interventions unless they happen to have the same skin type.
5. Women tend to use more facial products that require removal.
From make-up to toners and retinoid creams, women have a tendency to pile on the products. This means that in order for their faces and skin to truly be clean, they need skincare that specifically works to remove mascara, foundation and the other products. Men do not generally require this type of cleansing.
6. Women’s products often include fragrances.
While this can be more of a personal choice, women’s products are often created in floral odors that may be unappreciated by men. Typically these fragrances are unrelated to the active ingredients of the skincare products, but the smell will be part of the application.
A good skincare regimen is important for everyone, male or female. Not all skincare products are created equally, and men should generally stick to those that are specially formulated for their body and skin types. Keeping the skin healthy is an ongoing process, and the right skincare products are the first step to younger and fresher looking skin.