Like many guys, you occasionally use your girl’s moisturizer or face wash. It’s not difficult to see the appeal.
You get the amazing benefits of her superior skin care system, all without lifting a finger to go shopping. Why would you give that up just to get on a skin care system for men?
To put it simply, her skin care products aren’t doing your skin any favors. Every product that she owns was purchased with her skin in mind, not yours. While this might not seem like a big deal, here are eight reasons why using her skin care products isn’t a good idea.
1. They aren’t as effective
When you’re dealing with dry skin, your girl’s moisturizer might work in a pinch. But over the long term, it’s probably not going to provide much benefit to your skin.
The reason for this is because women’s skin care products are formulated specifically for—surprise—a woman’s skin. Due to the fact that women generally have thinner, drier and more delicate skin compared to men, they don’t need the same powerful ingredients in their skin care products like men do.
In other words, treating your stubborn acne with your girl’s acne cream isn’t going to help you combat the problem. On the contrary, her skin care products could contain fragrances and oils that make the problem a million times worse.
2. They typically smell girly
If you enjoy wearing floral fragrances and other stereotypical girl scents, then more power to you. But for guys that crave “manly” woodsy scents, minty scents or no scent at all, seeking out male-centric skin care products is a must.
Besides, many of the artificial fragrances found in women’s skin care products (and some men’s skin care products as well) can be irritating to sensitive skin. In fact, a 2017 study published in Preventative Medicine Reports suggests that not only are allergic reactions to fragrances relatively common, they can also cause severe reactions that result in lost work days.
3. Guys have different skin care needs
Have you ever noticed that guys tend to have oily skin, while women usually have dry or normal skin? This has a lot to do with the higher levels of testosterone in men, which stimulates our skin’s oil production.
Whereas women may experience oil production spikes based on their menstrual cycle, oily skin is typically a constant problem for men. Because of this, we need skin care products that are powerful enough to combat excess oil without over-drying our skin from regular use.
In fact, this is why many of the best acne creams for men on the market contain Salicylic Acid, a powerful Beta-Hydroxy Acid with natural exfoliating abilities. If you have sensitive skin on top of your oily skin, Salicylic Acid is your secret weapon to combating stubborn pimples.
4. Our skin ages differently
While you may not be old enough to notice signs of aging just yet, make no mistake—you’ll get wrinkles eventually. Though your girl will also get wrinkles, she will likely get them earlier and in different areas on her face.
Research has noted several differences in how skin ages between the sexes. In a 2013 study published in Dermatologic Surgery, researchers found that men tend to get deeper forehead wrinkles, while wrinkles in women first appeared around the mouth.
If you’re using anti-aging products for women, they won’t be nearly as effective at treating fine lines and wrinkles. To age gracefully, you need powerful anti-aging products formulated specifically to treat a man’s skin.
5. Women’s skin care products are generally more complicated
If you had to guess, how many skin care products does your girl currently have in your shared bathroom cabinet? 10? 15?
Most people—male or female—don’t need more than a handful of skin care products to achieve healthy, blemish-free skin. If you want to keep your skin care routine simple, just pick up the basics: a daily face wash, a face scrub and a moisturizer for morning and night.
6. Our lifestyles demand unique products
By now, it’s hopefully clear that men and women have different skin care needs due to differences in our hormones and genetics. In addition to these biological differences, we also have unique lifestyle habits that can affect our skin.
For example, guys spend more time outdoors than women on average. We’re also at a higher risk of developing melanoma, according to a 2016 survey by the American Academy of Dermatology. As a result, it’s important that guys wear a daily moisturizer with SPF to shield their skin from cancer-causing UV rays.
Our shaving habits can also affect our skin care needs. So, which product would you rather use to soothe your razor burn: Your girl’s fruity-scented moisturizer or a men’s moisturizer formulated specifically to soothe razor-burned skin? We rest our case.
7. Your girl isn’t a skin care expert
Unless your girl is a licensed dermatologist, she probably doesn’t know as much about skin care as you think she does. Anyone can sound like they’re a skin care expert when rattling off the amazing benefits of activated charcoal or the rejuvenating powers of seaweed facials sourced from the Mediterranean Sea.
As a grown man in charge of his own skin health, you can—and should—choose your own skin care products. Of course, your girl can help you shop for moisturizers and facial cleansers. Just don’t let her make any final decisions about what goes on your skin.
8. You need your own skin care routine
It really is that simple. If you want to keep skin healthy and blemish-free, you need to find a daily skin care routine that you can stick to for the long term.
It’s difficult to make healthy skin care habits when you’re chained to your girl’s skin care routine. By getting your own products and adopting your own skin care regimen, you can finally do your skin some real favors.