Why Men Avoid Skincare?

Why Men Avoid Skincare?

Taking good care of your skin is important for more than just your appearance. 

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is made up of seven layers, each with its own purpose and function. These different layers protect us and thus need to be taken care of just like any other organ. The skin is also a crucial part of the body’s innate immune system and serves as the first line of defense against injuries, infections, toxins and UV rays. It also aids in the regulation of body temperature and the prevention of water loss. The skin is, therefore, a reflection of our overall health. If you take good care of your skin, it will show. If you don’t, it will still show. So, taking care of your skin is a way to show that you care about your health. 

Moreover, it is important to have a daily skincare routine. You may think your skin is healthy today, but did you know that your skin cells shed just about every minute of every day? This means that the healthy skin you have today will be gone tomorrow. So, isn’t that a good reason enough to develop a daily skincare routine?

Well, women aside, it seems like men don’t really care about skincare. 

Men had traditionally always been the ones with jobs like construction, roofing, road and highway work, tiling the ground and working on tractors, thus exposing them to hours and hours of direct sunlight and pollution. This is why it’s quite common to see young men with wrinkled faces and callused hands. This thus conveys a strong and clear message: Men should take good care of their skin!

And, yet, they don’t! Why?


Personally, I don’t think “naivety” is the reason behind men’s perception of beauty products but according to some, men don’t invest much in skincare because they were never taught the reasons why they should take care of their skin. 

Unlike women, who were taught to care about their looks and how to use make-up, men didn’t go through that kind of training. They might have learned the best way to shave or the importance of wearing sunscreen before going to the beach, but they weren’t educated about building a skincare routine or which skincare products to use to keep the skin from showing signs of aging. 

Skincare Is Not for Men

This is a classic. Even in the contemporary era, a lot of men seem to think that most aspects of hygiene are a feminine thing. They see any effort women put into their skincare as a way of attracting men. 

Honestly, I don’t blame them completely as most skincare products and brands are always marketed toward women. Most marketing campaigns, for example, tend to convey the ideas of beauty and youth by using traits that appeal mostly to women than men.


Yes, that’s a very good reason!

Most of the time, not wanting to care for their skin is just an excuse for their laziness. 

Salma Hayek was completely right: Compared to woman, men are lazier. And, their laziness is not only reflected in their unwillingness in making an effort to do chores, but also in their dislike for skincare.

Usually, it can take around 10-12 seconds to apply a face lotion but even when they are told to do that, the typical reply would be, “I don’t have the time” or “I’m just too busy.”

It’s Too Complicated

I think I agree on this one.

As a woman, even I get confused sometimes as to which product to use first or when I can use exfoliators. Having to use 6-12 skincare products per day is indeed very complicated and I understand if men find that intimidating also.

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