Should Men Use Women’s Skincare Products?

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Skincare product manufacturers are fast realizing that men are getting into the habit of taking care of their skin. As such, there are now many products on the market that are made specifically for men. Interestingly, some men simply do not want to be seen purchasing any type of skincare products made for them.

Some men don’t  think it is necessary to spend the few extra bucks so they do the next best thing. They use their wives and girlfriends’ products. Some do it on the sly while others openly share moisturizers, cleansers and toners. The big question both men and women sometimes have is, “can men and women use the same skincare products?”

The quick answer is definitely, yes. While our skin is different in some ways, they do share many similarities. Many skincare products could easily be sold as unisex products as they work just as well for men and women. In fact, the main reason why some men stay away from some brands favored by women is the scent. Some skin creams definitely have a more girly scent and the packaging reflects the target demographic.

When it comes to moisturizers, men need them as much as women do. This is especially true for men who use shaving creams, which tend to dry the skin. Contrary to what some people may believe, moisturizers will not make your skin soft, but they can help keep wrinkles away.

Apart from the scent, the main factor that can affect whether couples can share the same products is the type of skin each person has.  If one partner has dry skin and the other has oily skin, then it makes sense to use different cleaners and moisturizers as each will have different needs. It is not unusual for someone with combination skin to sometimes use skincare products designed for people with oily or dry skin. This too should not be the norm since beauty companies go to great lengths to cater to a variety of skin types.

Since everyone should use sunscreen all year round, there is no reason that both sexes cannot use the same products or brands. In fact, many experts recommend that everyone use a moisturizer with sunblock to help minimize the signs of aging such as age spots while protecting against skin cancer. It is always better to go with fragrance-free skincare products to help prevent allergies. With this in mind, there is no real need to buy sunscreen that is meant for one skin type.

If the ingredients in skincare products for men and women are compared you will find that they both have the same compounds. The two big differences between men and women’s skincare products are the fragrance and the cost. Many skin products made specifically for men tend to be cheaper than women’s products. So, interestingly, women can sometimes save money by buying the brands made for men.

The fear that some men have that using women’s skincare products will somehow affect them is unfounded. The next time you are tempted to use your female partner’s lotion or facial moisturizer, do so with confidence.

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