Ageing, alongside many other things, is a process which varies between genders. Because of this, male skin drastically differs to that of women, and not just physically but also structurally. These discrepancies also determine the difference in the rate at which both men and women age. And it's good news for men as you naturally age slower than women. In the following post, we go into detail about ageing in men and how it is different compared to women. We look at differences in:
  • The thickness of skin
  • Collagen density
  • Skin texture
  • And recommended anti-ageing tips.
  We've provided you with some interesting facts and some actionable tips that will help keep your skin looking younger for longer.

THICKNESS OF SKIN

The thickness of skin is a key determining factor in the rate at which your skin will age. Thicker skin tends to age at a much slower rate. The thickness of an individual’s skin varies depending on their sex, age and nationality. Men have much higher levels of hormones, such as testosterone, and as a result, this creates an increase in the thickness of their skin. Because of this, men have skin which is approximately 25% thicker than women’s, and it tends to thin steadily as they age. Comparatively, women’s skin is initially thinner and remains the same until about the age of 50 where it also begins to become thinner.

COLLAGEN DENSITY

  Ageing is also influenced largely by the density of collagen in the skin, and having a higher collagen density inhibits the ageing process. Collagen is a protein in the skin, and it has been found that men have a higher collagen density in the dermis and epidermis layers of their skin. So this allows men to have skin which is firmer and more elastic than women’s. Which again explains why men age slower than women, as the collagen and elastin in their skin acts as deterrent for the development of wrinkles and ageing lines. Collagen is also lost from the skin as we age, with women losing a significantly higher amount after they reach menopause compared to men of the same age.

SKIN TEXTURE

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  The texture of skin also contributes to the ageing process. Men's skin is both rougher and oilier than a woman’s skin which is a benefit when ageing. As men have a higher frequency of oil-producing glands that keep producing oil late into life. However, for women there is a reduction in this oil production on average 20 years before men. It is this secretion of oil onto the skin’s surface which enables men to maintain soft and smooth skin. And these natural oils also waterproof and protect the skin’s layer. Men have a natural advantage in regards to ageing. If skin is cared for they will stay looking younger for longer compared to most women. With is in mind, many people still query the age at which they should start using anti-aging products. For more information on this have a look at our post.

RECOMMENDED ANTI-AGING TIPS

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  Once you begin to use anti-ageing products ensure that you look into products before purchasing or trying them. With so many products on the market you want to be sure that the product you pick will work for you. Everyone’s skin is different. Ageing affects us all at different points in our lives, so what may work for someone else may not necessarily be the best thing for your skin. Here are some ways to start looking for products that work for you. Below I've added some of our top tips:

1. USING SKIN PROTECTION

  There is a greater necessity for men to use skin protection. Men often work in industries where there is a higher chance of exposure to chemicals, the sun or other damaging factors. So whilst men have thicker skin, which is harder to penetrate by UV rays, they are less likely to use skin protection.

2. USING ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

  Using anti-aging creams and serums help to restore the elasticity of skin and make skin feel and appear denser and firmer. When selecting an anti-ageing cream, be sure to find one that triggers the renewal of skin cells whilst also increasing the production of collagen and elastin.  

3. MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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  It's important to eat healthily, cut back on processed foods high in salt and sugars, and opt for healthier alternatives. All of this will help to improve the quality of your skin, and you'll also start to see numerous benefits elsewhere. If you quit smoking, and only enjoy alcohol in a responsible way, you will start to see an improvement in your skin. Everyone knows the terrible side effects of smoking, so even if you still want to enjoy an occasional drink be sure to stub out the cigarettes. We hope we've helped you learn about ageing in men, and how it differs from women. We'd love to know if any of the tips have helped to improve your skin, and if you have any questions please leave a comment below.