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What Are The Best Japanese Skincare Options For Men?

J-Beauty Secrets are just as important for men, to achieve healthy, vibrant skin
What Are The Best Japanese Skincare Options For Men?

Healthy skin is important not only for women, but for men as well. While the J-Beauty principles of self-care and taking care of our skin’s health from the inside out remain the same for men, men do have special considerations to take into account when deciding which J-Beauty products to buy to achieve optimal skin. 

There are structural differences between men and women’s skin that affect its appearance and texture, as well as hormonal differences that can cause changes to the skin. Our J-Beauty experts will help you understand the subtle differences between men and women’s skin, and help you decide what are the best Japanese skincare options for the men on the market today.

Testosterone and Skin

One of the biggest differences between men and women’s skin is that men typically have higher testosterone levels than women. Testosterone is a hormone responsible for numerous functions in the body, and also causes thicker, tougher skin.

In fact, the skin on a man's body is typically up to 20% thicker than that of a woman’s. This thickness is a result of excess collagen in male skin, which can give it a tighter, firmer appearance. This collagen will reduce at a constant rate over a man’s lifespan, while women tend to notice a dramatic drop in collagen production after menopause.

Oily Skin and Men

Men typically have oilier skin than women. This is because men produce, on average, four times as much sebum as women do. Sebum production in men is fueled by a powerful hormone called DHT (Dihydrotesttosterone), which is through a conversion of testosterone. 

Excess sebum can cause longer lasting acne in men, and it’s easy to see why. Around 10% of the testosterone in a man's body is converted to DHT every day, and men on average have about 20% more testosterone than women do. The excess sebum created by all that DHT produces oil which then mixes with dead skin cells and plugs up follicles and pores, leading to breakouts.

Shaving and Skincare For Men

One of the biggest differences between men and women’s skin is the fact that men have facial hair. While some men may choose to grow a beard, a vast majority of men will have to incorporate shaving into their grooming habits, even if just to keep their beard neat. Unfortunately, shaving can cause skin irritation or inflammation as the razor scrapes at the skin and aggravates it. 

When aftershave is used, it can also lead to redness, dryness, and even hypersensitivity for some skin types. Shaving removes the upper skin barrier, which leaves skin vulnerable to environmental toxins, and also disrupts sebum production. This can lead to even higher levels of sebum production and more breakouts, as well as redness and irritation on the skin.

Best Japanese Skincare Options for Men

The J-Beauty approach is to soothe skin from the inside out, rather than just treating the noticeable effects of your skin's health. Many men suffer from breakouts or irritated skin due to the simple fact that their body produces more testosterone than women, and that combined with shaving and irritating the upper skin barrier, leaves them vulnerable to dry, irritated skin. While a J-Beauty treatment won’t negate your need to trim your facial hair, it can help prevent and repair the damage caused by shaving, and combat the excess sebum production that causes acne.

Dassai Facial Mask:

A face mask like our Dassai Facial Mask is great to use after shaving, to help soothe and hydrate skin. Dassai has cultivated its unique ingredients from the renowned craft of sake brewing. Their Dassai Facial Mask is infused with Dassai Sake Lee Essence, drawn from the lees produced during the brewing process of premium Junmai-Daiginjo Dassai 23 sake—the penultimate offering of the world-renowned sake brewer Dassai.

When you feel tired, sake is the perfect choice to relax and pamper your skin and mind. So sit back with the Dassai facial mask, and maybe pour yourself a glass of sake while you sit, for a rejuvenating experience.

Ishii Clinic Beauty Labo Ferment Gel:

Another skin soother, this cooling gel works great to calm irritated skin, especially after shaving. If your skin is feeling or looking red and irritated, apply Ishii Clinic Beauty Labo Ferment Gel for 10 minutes to deliver extra intensive treatment with potent anti-inflammatory agents. It can be used in the morning or at night, before using a moisturizer, to seal in its soothing effects.

Ishii Clinic Beauty Labo All Day Gel Mask:

This powerful all day mask can be worn 24 hours a day, and offers robust protection that can cut blue light as well as UV rays. Boasting a hypoallergenic formula that contains the world's first antibody, Ostrich egg yolk extract, the Ishii Clinic Beauty Labo All Day Gel Mask also protects against bacteria found in the upper respiratory system (Staphylococcus aureus). This mask can help foster better barrier functions for men who have damaged their skin's upper skin barrier over time.

Seiso JBeauty Fuwafuwa Foaming Cleanser:

This super easy auto-foaming cleanser is easy to use to cleanse your skin day/night, all while cradling cells in moisture. Cleansing pores will help clear away dead skin cells and guard against breakouts. Seiso JBeauty Fuwafuwa Foaming Cleanser is perfectly pH balanced for delicate facial skin, and can even be used as shaving foam to offer protection and moisture while shaving.

Seiso JBeauty Pure Ceramide Concentrate:

If you are concerned with dry skin or aging skin, this lightweight yet hydrating serum works great to replenish hydration and improve skin barrier thanks to patented ceramide from Japanese Koji. Seiso JBeauty Pure Ceramide Concentrate soothes with anti-inflammatory agents that calm and protect skin from further irritation and redness.

Seiso JBeauty Water Velvet Cream:

Seiso JBeauty Water Velvet Cream is a water like textured cream that is super soothing and hydrating. Containing two different hyaluronic acids, it protects skin from outer environmental stressors such as pollution and harmful UV rays, keeping skin healthy when the upper skin barrier is compromised from irritation

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