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Men’s ideal skin care

Contrary to conventional wisdom, skin care is not for women only. Men also are becoming increasingly aware of value of skin care and are taking action to cultivate a healthy and young-looking skin. Many would start with women’s skincare products - of wife, girlfriend, or sister – but because of some issues specific about male skin, there is need to have products appropriate for men’s skin care.

Need for men’s skincare products

Men and women bodies are different, and so would be their skins. Male skin in general

  • is thicker and tougher

  • has more and thicker hair

  • has higher collagen density that though starts to decline earlier

  • is oilier and shinier because they have more sebum (oil) production and larger pores

Male skin is

  • stressed and aggravated by daily shaving which can cause irritation, cuts, razor burn and bumps, etc.

  • more prone to acne but a bit less to dry skin

However, like women, men also wish to have a healthy-looking skin and address related issues such as skin sensitivity, acne, aging, etc.

A simple 3-step regimen for men’s skin care

Given the specific needs of male skin, it is recommended for men to not use too many layers of products and thus avoid stressing their skin. We instead recommend below a simple 3-step daily skin care routine:

  • Wash face with gentle cleanser,

  • Balance the skin pH with a toner, ideally with oil-controlling, mild skin-exfoliating and pore-tightening properties, and

  • Hydrate the skin with multi-functional moisturizer that has one or more of hydrating, oil-controlling, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, etc. properties.

In addition, we recommend a weekly exfoliation with face scrub for deeper cleansing and a sunscreen during outdoor activities for anti-photoaging purpose.

Key features of an ideal men’s skincare products kit:

  • Light in texture: to avoid pore blockage, and relish a comfortable feel

  • Oil-controlling and pore-tightening: especially for those with excess skin sebum

  • Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory: to prevent shaving rash and acne

  • Anti-aging: to control wrinkles and sagging

Combining essential oils with skincare products could provide additional benefits. Here are some masculine essential oils commonly used in men’s skincare products:

  • Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica): helps in controlling excess oil production and maintaining clean complexion

  • Frankincense (Boswelli carteri): helps in reducing wrinkles and reviving damaged skin

  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): beneficial for oily and blemished skin

  • Sandalwood (Santalum album): balances skin oil, reduces blemish and anti-aging

A relatively new addition to the essential-oils family, Buddha Wood (Eremophila mitchelli), has great anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial therapeutic properties. It is a favorite oil for use in prevention of shaving rashes.

The Muk by JAN is a product range specifically designed for male skin care. Featured with woody aroma of Buddha wood and Sandalwood oil, two sublines for oil controlling and anti-aging, it is available to meet needs of different male skin types.


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