Although skincare for men exists, options are sparse, and education around men’s skin health is virtually nonexistent. Men’s skin obviously differs from women’s skin, as do its needs. Thanks primarily to testosterone, a man’s skin is oilier, thicker and has a higher collagen density than a woman’s—which contributes to a skin aging differential of about 15 years. Starting at puberty, the body begins producing hormones and sebum; teenage boys are especially vulnerable to breakouts as sebum production is testosterone-driven. While acne vulgaris usually abates in a man’s early twenties, over time men’s skin can be weakened by constant shaving, which can stress the skin and lead to folliculitis, razor bumps and razor burn. Additionally, studies show that men over 50 are more than twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer—a startling and somber statistic that reinforced Marie’s desire to pioneer conversation, education, and straightforward products that encourage men to take the health of their skin seriously.
Dry skin implies a depleted or lacking protective lipid layer of the skin, which often results in tight or rough skin texture. This can be a result of improper regimens, hormonal fluctuations or diet related nutrient deficiencies. Without sufficient protective lipid layer, the skin is more prone to inflammation, pH and microbial imbalance and unwanted symptoms. The priority for a skin care regimen in these conditions is to address the lipid layer by cleansing and protecting with oils formulated with corrective blends of essential fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterols. Serums may be chosen, as well, to replenish barrier function with natural moisturizing factors, hydration elements and anti-inflammatory properties.
This regimen was created to address the fundamentals of men’s skin in an approachable way while also minimizing the concerns of dryness.