Is There a Difference Between Women’s and Men’s Skin Care Products?

Posted on October 12, 2012


In society, gender differences exists everywhere. For example, dry cleaning a man’s long-sleeve cotton dress shirt costs $3 at the cleaners. And dry cleaning a women’s long-sleeve cotton blouse costs $5 at the cleaners. Now is there a difference between the dry cleaning process involved between the 2 different shirts that warrant a $2 cost discrepancy? No.

Now let’s take a look at men’s and women’s skincare products. A man’s skin differs from a woman’s in many ways. Male skin tends to be thicker, oilier, and more delicate than women’s (yes…more delicate! due to the stress and damage caused my facial shaving). So are different ingredients used in the best men’s and women’s skincare lines since Mary Jane’s face is not as rough and tough as Joe Blow’s? I don’t think so. Men’s skincare products and women’s skincare products are basically identical just like how a gentleman’s cotton shirt is almost the same as a female’s cotton shirt. Skin does not differentiate between genders. Skin is skin. We are made out of the same cells and molecules so a women’s night-time serum should work the same on a man as compared to on herself.

The only differences between men’s and women’s skin care products are:

  1. Cost. For example, the average luxury men’s face moisturizer costs around $35 while the average women’s luxury face moisturizer costs in excess of $60+. Ingredients may differ from product to product, but in general they all use the same top shelf plant and fruit extracts, or secret ingredients found atop mountain peaks where sparse trees grow high in the sky that monkeys are needed to pick the exotic ingredient-containing leaflings.
  2. Fragrance. Women prefer floral and fruity smells while men like more musky outdoorsy fragrances.
  3. Packaging. Women’s bottles, tubes, jars are smaller and men’s larger. Why? Guys prefer beefier objects for their larger hands and more product for the money, plain and simple, and won’t buy anything otherwise.
  4. Simplicity. Women love to have a dedicated skin care solution for each and every specific body part imaginable. The more the better. Men on the otherhand like a simple and not complicated morning and night skincare routine. The less bottles on the sink the better. Same concept maybe stems from how both sexes think…women overcomplicate thoughts and men oversimplify them.
  5. Marketing. How many ads do you see in magazines targeting men to buy the latest dermalogical offerings? Hardly any. Most of the full page ads you see in print media are for women’s personal beauty products. Maybe this is why they are much more expensive than their male counterparts because manufacturers have to recoup the massive marketing budgets first before making any profits.

There are differences between the best skin care products for men and those suited for women as mentioned above. However the difference is negligible in terms of product performance. For example, a top rated women’s anti-aging SPF 30 sunscreen should perform just as well if used by a man. Now it’s just up to you to determine if you mind paying $150 for a women’s anti-wrinkle eye cream as compared to $50 for a similar one from a comparable men’s line.