Can Men Use Women’s Skincare?

Traditionally, men aren’t accustomed to receiving attention for their skin, considering most men’s facial products, aside from perfume and apparel, do not generate as much marketing efforts from advertisers and promoters. This is because, when compared to women, it is a received notion that men need minimal care when it comes to their skin.

Difference between Men’s skin and women’s skin

Men’s skin is different due to the presence of facial hair, this does not mean that men need to put in the least amount of effort. In fact, this means that men should invest in products that are specifically targeted to them.

A man’s facial skin is thicker, and its follicles release more oil. Even the hormones released by men’s skin is different from women’s. Hence, this does seem like men actually age slower, perpetuating the belief that men don’t need as much skincare.

That being said, a typical example of a man’s skincare routine would most probably be ordinary soap, his partner or sister’s facial regimen or whatever it is that his hands come into contact with in the shower. While most products targeted for women will work fine both men and women, most of them include specific ingredients such as peeling agents and other acids, which are unnecessary for men’s skin.

Men’s skincare vs women’s skincare

The expected question would be, “Can men use women’s skincare?”. Yes, of course, but it might not be as effective, given the difference in ingredients used between skincare products for men and women. It is advisable to invest in skincare products for men that are designed to specifically meet their needs.

So, what exactly do men need in their skincare regime?

The most basic and essential skincare routine for men

It is advisable to stick to a low-maintenance yet targeted routine — again, men’s skin are nowhere near as complicated as women’s. A man’s perfect skincare routine should include:

Facial wash

Fit for any kind of skin type — be it oily, dry, normal or combination — the ClarinsMen Active Face Wash works to purify and gently rid the skin of impurities, dirt and traces of pollution. In case the skin is damaged by razor burn, this cleanser will soften, tone and shield it from further damage.

Shaving Balm

As men would typically shave often, a handy and beneficial product such as the ClarinsMen Smooth Shave would be best to have at the ready. Formulated with easy razor glide and closest shave in mind, the skin will always be protected from any irritation and cuts. To top it all off, the formula also soothes, energises and purifies with Bison Grass and Chinese Galanga.


Men, too, deserve to treat themselves to something good during their skincare routine. The best way to do it is with ClarinsMen After Shave Energizer, which contains Purslane, Centella and Blue Alpine Thistle to reinvigorate, purify and calm the skin post-shave.

Serum or treatments

Men too tend to lose collagen over time due to the substantial differences between men and women’s skin. Therefore, it is advisable to invest in a good treatment that will work against time to fight wrinkles and fine lines, such as the ClarinsMen Revitalising Gel.

Protect with SPF

As men are known to be more sporty, it is imperative for them to utilise a good moisturiser with sun protection. The UV PLUS ANTI-POLLUTION, for example, will protect the skin from both the sun, pollution and other forms of stress. This product is best used to end a men’s skincare routine, and to start the day with.

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