Using Men’s Skin Care – Really?

If you find yourself in a situation when you are running out of your moisturizer, and what is left in the bathroom is your man’s, should you use it?

Just out of curiosity, and for the fun of it, I left my basic skin care regimen products (that is, for washing and moisturizing) for a week, and replace them with men’s skin care.

1. Facial Wash

Men’s facial skin is built differently from us. Their skin is thicker, oilier, likely with larger pores. Perhaps because of these facts, I find facial wash made for men (I am using L’Oreal Men Expert Charcoal Black Foam) is rather drying for my dehydrated/combination skin. I have also noticed that a lot of facial wash formulated for men promise a longer mattifying power. While I cannot (yet) attest to that promise (my skin gets really oily from makeup application and humidity, it’s really hard to tell the difference!), I would say that if your skin is more on the oily side, without any flaking problems, this may worth considering.

2. Moisturizer

Most men are not comfortable with heavy, extra-creamy moisturizing lotions with a sticky after-effect. Beauty brands, in turn, respond by bringing out moisturizers for men that is smooth to apply and dries quickly. For this experiment, I am using the moisturizer from Kiehl’s Facial Fuel line. To my surprise, this one works fantastic, and dare I say, even better than the moisturizing gel prescribed by my dermatologist! It glides easily, a small dollop goes a long way, has non-offensive fragrance, and it works very well in preventing my skin from flaking. I am so repurchasing this.


3. Disposable Razor

Okay, I know this one doesn’t really fall into the skin care category, but indulge me. I bought a single Gillette Disposable Razor for Men to replace my usual pink razor blade. Here is what I experience: it gives a closer shave, and the blade lasts longer than my usual made-for-women razor – it doesn’t rust as fast when placed under the shower. I am permanently replacing the pink/peach razor with this rather macho-ish blue one!


So, is there any morale of the story here?

Well, if you insist of a morale takeaway from every story, I suppose, you can say that you should not be too concerned when, in emergency or otherwise, you have to use men’s skin care products. Some of them actually have worked in my favor, and maybe some others haven’t. But if you’re in a situation where you are pressed to use them, it’s really not the end of the world :D


* images via Area, Kiehls, Gilette