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What are the differences between Male & Female Skin?

February 14, 2023 3 min read

What are the differences between Male & Female Skin?

It’s not fair, but nature has gifted men a 15-year skin bonus! Here’s why male skin is different to female skin …

Men seem to have most of the luck when it comes to skin.

Well, it’s not just our imagination. The truth is that, on average, men’s skin looks 15 years younger than women’s skin. Men’s skin is oilier, thicker and tougher thanks to a high collagen density that defies the years, particularly when it comes to the development of lines and deep wrinkles.

After puberty, testosterone ensures that male skin produces more sebum which literally helps to oil their skin and helps to make it stay younger-looking for longer - but also, on the downside, more prone to acne (which can last longer than it does in females.)

Men – and Irish men in particular – also tend to be a lot less ‘sun savvy’. That means they can throw away that 15-year advantage by exposing unprotected skin to the ravages of photoaging. Statistics prove that UV light is particularly damaging to sensitive Irish skin.

Exfoliation encourages the production of new skin cells in all sexes. For guys, shaving their whiskers exfoliates the skin, making their faces look younger and brighter, but without care it can also lead to beard burn, ingrown hairs and bumps.

In recent years, taking care of their skin has become just as important to Irish men as it is to women. Elave Skincare recognises this growing trend with the creation of a wide range of unisex skincare formulations.

Elave Skin Balancing Cleansing Gel No.214 contains a unique blend of naturally derived foaming cleansers with pure antimicrobial Manuka Honey UMF 10+ for a deep cleansing treatment to remove daily residue, oil, make-up and impurities. This multi-action formula with a natural source of Amino Acid & natural Humectants refreshes, hydrates and softens skin. Vitamin E and calming Camomile Extract protect the skin from environmental damage. Elave Skin Balancing Cleansing Gel No.214 leaves the skin rebalanced, soft and refined


Both men and women should keep their skin in tip-top condition by establishing a daily skincare regime. Wash your face every morning, and after exercise, with a mild facial cleanser and lukewarm – not hot – water.

Elave Skin Balancing Cleansing Gel blends naturally derived foaming cleansers with antimicrobial Manuka honey for a deep cleansing treatment to remove daily residue, oil and impurities.  Contains vitamin E and camomile to protect the skin from environmental damage.

Regular bar soap often contains harsh ingredients that will dry and irritate your skin, so choose a gentle cleansing body wash or gel. Elave Body Wash, Shower Gel, Shampooand Conditionerare free of sulfates and other potentially irritating ingredients like MI, alcohol, dyes and scents.  Follow up on damp skin with Elave Body Lotion or Elave Intensive Cream.

Elave Shave Essentials are designed to be used together to leave the skin protected, hydrated and deeply moisturised. Elave Shave Gel is a sulfate-free formulation which helps prevent razor burn and delivers a close, smooth shave. Elave Shave Balm with aloe vera and cooling menthol reduces redness. Elave Shave Brush is a synthetic, vegan friendly, cruelty free and allergy-friendly alternative to animal hair bristles brushes.

Elave Shave Essentials are designed to be used together for best results on sensitive skin to prevent irritation and redness, leaving the skin protected, hydrated and deeply moisturised after shaving.

It's a good idea to change your razor blade every 3-4 uses if you shave often, or whenever your razor starts pulling, nicking or rusting. This will help ensure your razor stays sharp for a closer, more accurate shave and help avoid lumps and bumps. To prolong the life of your razor, dry it off after you shave and avoid storing it in a wet shower.

Elave’s facial range has a number of nourishing formulations which are ideal for male skin. Elave Skin Balancing Moisturiser is an oil-free formula with naturally derived prebiotics to regulate the skin’s balance, including antimicrobial Manuka honey, antioxidant vitamins B5 & E, natural glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to smooth the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. Quickly absorbed with a matte finish.

Guard your skin against the ravages of UV all year round with Elave Daily Skin Defence SPF45, a combination of oil-free emollients to hydrate the skin, together with high UVA & UVB protection. The invisible zinc is absorbed quickly and vitamins B5 & E protect skin and repair environmental damage.

Treasure that 15-year skin advantage guys, because nature has given you a gift that can be protected – but can never be replicated.  Now, imagine if skincare companies could put that guarantee into a jar!


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