The 3 skincare buys a guy really needs
Mozzies never bite my husband. I think it’s because his skin is so oily that they can’t land on his face or body without slipping and missing their mark. He’s very proud of his skin type – even if it means that his eyes sting when his eyelids turn greasy on a hot day or his face glistens when he meets me after work (and not from the flush of true love). His logic? Oily skin makes him look younger forever because it’s a hotbed for zits which only hormonal teenagers have. So not true.
Actually, he’s not the only guy around with oily skin. It’s been reported that male skin tends to have more and also larger pores which encourages sebum production. But is this really true? After all, some women I know have very greasy skin (blotters are big business on this side of the equator) whereas some men have the cleanest-looking complexion around.
As early as the 1980s, an article in The New York Times had highlighted that, (sorry, beauty brand marketers) there isn’t much difference between male and female skin. The only difference lies in how the two genders use skincare. For instance, most men do not like having a dewy face – but women do because makeup glides on more easily that way – and so, the guys would prefer products with a matte finish. And also, since men shave, they would want something soothing in their moisturisers and even then, they might apply these only around the upper lip and chin areas.
I’ve also learnt over the years from the male company around me that the easier it is to use something and the more functions it can offer, the faster you can ease a guy into a skincare habit.
As a lazy/busy/impatient woman, I like this product a lot. Leave the cooling gel on your face and wipe off any excess after 30 minutes and you’ve got yourself a face mask. Leave it on overnight and it becomes a moisturiser that isn’t sticky or too creamy for acne-prone skin. This formula is for the guys and it also works as a pre-shave and aftershave soothing gel. Even if he still thinks face masks only come in gruesome green mud packs, he’ll become a convert with this one.
Men should tone, simply because a toner cleanses more quickly and deeply than a cleanser. Plus, no messy foam-in-the-eyes situation which some guys just can’t deal with. And this one also regulates oil production.
It’s hard enough getting women to apply sun protection (no, that miserly SPF10 in your foundation does not count on our super sunny island). Men? Unless they are into hardcore outdoorsy sports and fear painful sunburns. For the rest, trick them into applying suncare with a mist formula. It’s light and suitable for oily skin, and, more importantly, it’s colorless so nobody will need to know.
Former women’s magazine editor Pearlyn Tham bought her first foam cleanser and liquid foundation at the age of 13. More than 20 years later, she has since moved on to eye creams, liquid lipsticks and – her security blanket – sunscreens.