We often think (mistakenly) that men's skin doesn't need daily skincare. And yet, regardless of age, men's skin – just like women's skin – is exposed to internal and external aggressors every day. This can weaken its natural defense mechanisms. The face may start to sag, the complexion becomes duller, and the first signs of aging appear. Discover the ideal skincare routine for men, to hydrate, strengthen and soothe.
A skincare routine for men: where should you start?
Understand men's skin
While men and women both need to use skincare every day, it's important to bear in mind that the structure of their skin is very different. Hormones can influence your skin type and play a key role in the condition of your skin.
Unlike women, men produce high amounts of testosterone, which makes their skin thicker and more resilient. Their hydrolipidic film is less vulnerable to daily aggressors, and the first signs of aging therefore appear later. Consequently, men's skin ages more slowly than women's skin.
But while men's skin may look great on the outside, it's not quite as simple as that... Because their skin is thicker, it tends to become oilier than women's skin. And all that excess sebum can lead to clogged pores, blemishes and a lack of moisture.
Men's skin is often prone to shine, yet it's also prone to dehydration and irritations caused by shaving, such as razor burn, which can damage both the skin and the hydrolipidic film.
What kind of formulas should you look for?
Because men's skin is oilier and more keratinized, and the pores are more dilated, it has very specific needs. To support its defenses on a daily basis, it needs skincare products that regulate, soothe, repair and hydrate, without making it shine.
Give priority to natural, certified-organic skincare products. Avoid formulas that contain mineral oils (derived from petrochemicals), preservatives and endocrine disruptors that weaken the skin and, in the long term, may present health risks. You could also look for botanical oils, which have unique properties and can meet the needs of anyone's skin – even the most difficult!
At Absolution, not only are all our skincare products certified organic; they're also unisex! So they'll work just as well on men's skin as women's... Why multiply the number of products when you can share them instead?
A routine for men in three key steps
It's not because men (or at least most of them) don't wear makeup every day that their skin doesn't need to be deeply cleansed. The good news is that Le Nettoyant Pureté is a versatile little product! Yes, it can remove makeup, but it also cleanses the skin and removes traces of pollution and impurities that have built up during the day. Plus, it helps to regulate skin that's lost its balance (like men's skin, for example).
Le Nettoyant Pureté is enriched with Aloe Vera, as well as Oat, with hydrating properties, and Roman Chamomile, which helps to calm irritations and reactions. It's suitable for all skin types, and ideal for skin that produces too much sebum. Slightly astringent, it works to smooth the skin, control shine and stimulate cell renewal, thanks to an extract of White Willow bark. Use Le Nettoyant Pureté in the evening to cleanse the skin, paying particular attention to the nose and chin, which are more prone to blackheads and imperfections. This versatile product can also be used as a shaving foam: simply apply a small amount to damp skin, massage into a light foam, then shave as usual.
Men's skin tends to suffer from a lack of hydration and from excess sebum, so it often has to deal with the same problems that affect women with combination or oily skin. The T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) often starts to shine by the middle of the day, while the skin of the cheeks may feel tight, especially just after shaving. Gradually, the skin becomes uncomfortable.
L'Essence Botanique Pureté is a product worth using when skin lacks vitality or to help treat minor blemishes. It's ideal for hydrating the upper layers of the epidermis and restoring balance to skin that has difficulty retaining moisture in its tissues.
Enriched with skin-regulating Burdock Root, purifying Lemon Balm essential oil, astringent Myrtle and protective Hemp, it helps to calm and soothe overworked skin, making it perfect for men. Apply as generously as you wish on clean skin, morning and evening, to leave it more receptive to the products that follow.
Even if men's skin ages more slowly, this doesn't mean that it doesn't need targeted, pro-aging ingredients to help strengthen it. If you think it's impossible for a man to be handsome, strong and intelligent and have smooth, great-looking skin, think again! We've formulated the perfect product for men: La Crème de l'Homme.
Made with 99% naturally derived ingredients, 60% of which come from organic farming, La Crème de l'Homme works to protect and restore the skin, while keeping it matte.
Rich in certified-organic, virgin botanical oils (Baobab, Hemp Seed, Sesame and Jojoba), it helps the skin to fight free radicals and combat dehydration. It also helps to calm skin irritations and protect against environmental aggressors. So it's perfect for city skin that has to put up with a lot every day!
This cream contains a beneficial blend of natural pro-aging active ingredients, such as Ginseng, which men's skin loves for its invigorating and firming properties. There's also Aloe Vera, with hydrating and healing properties, and Hyaluronic Acid – renowned for its ability to help improve skin elasticity.
If your skin lacks bounce, you can always give it a moisture recharge with Le Sérum Anti-Soif! This serum can be used on its own or mixed with your favorite Absolution face cream. Enriched with Aloe Vera, Elderberry Flower, Neroli, Wild Pansy and Sage, it immediately quenches your skin's thirst, without ever leaving a greasy film. We promise your skin will feel really hydrated – but as if there's really nothing on it!
Taking the routine a step further...
Why shouldn't men use masks and scrubs too? Once a week, give your skin a deep cleanse to help even out skin tone, get rid of stubborn impurities, and purify.
La Crème Gommante contains ultra-fine exfoliating particles that gently scrub the skin and leave it squeaky clean.
After exfoliating, apply one of our masks enriched with exclusive active ingredients. Le Masque Velours Repulpant is ideal if you want a pro-aging formula to give skin a healthy glow. If you want to restore balance and vitality, opt for Le Masque Pureté Détoxifiant.