It’s A Man’s World: Do Men’s Grooming Products Work for Women?

It’s a man’s world. But it would be nothing without a woman or a girl (James Brown sings in the background)!

Men’s skincare products-do they work for women? It’s a question I have often pondered. It has been said that women’s products can be used by men but what about the other way around?

Noticing some men’s brands out there like Bulldog and Lab Series makes me sometimes (gasp) want to try out some of their products such as cleansers, moisturisers and toners. Perhaps it’s the packaging that makes it look tough, making me think that somehow it will work harder for my skin.

Men and women do have different skin. Women, sadly, age faster than men and this is due to the fact that our collagen and elastin present in the dermis shrinks faster as we age. For women, the loss begins earlier. Men also have a higher collagen density than we do.

Due to hormone levels, men’s skin can also be oilier. The texture of their skin is tougher. And it’s about 25% thicker.

So men do have advantages over women in regards to skin and ageing. Lucky guys.

Some products for men I secretly like?

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Nip + Man Scrubbing Facial Wash and Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Eye Balm


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I love the Papaya smell of this Nip + Man cleanser and the granules seem to be a perfect amount for daily exfoliation: not too little and not too much. The cleanser also contains caffeine to energise the skin.

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Another product for men I have come to like? Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Eye Balm. This advanced, daily eye treatment helps defend and protect skin from environmental assaults that promote a multitude of eye area concerns: dryness, fine dry lines, dark circles and puffiness.

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In regards to colognes I do sometimes like to spritz on a men’s fragrance. I love Crabtree & Evelyn Moroccan Myrrh Cologne. In this distinguished fragrance, warm and spicy myrrh is blended with sparkling, verdant notes of bergamot and petitgrain, spiked with black pepper and cardamom. The precious resin is further enriched with the smoky, mysterious tones of guaiac wood and amber, resulting in a signature that’s exotic and intriguing. Very nice indeed.

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Whether you’re male or female, the most important thing to remember is to moisturise daily with a pH-balanced moisturiser. But can women have a spritz of men’s cologne? Absolutely.



  1. August 10, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    I don’t find much of any difference between men’s and women’s products, except for the scents. The formulations tend to be nearly identical, only the packaging and the scents differ between the two. I just find I don’t like those “manly” scents, so I stick to the stuff cosmetic/bath companies believe women want.

    • August 10, 2014 / 7:20 pm

      That’s fair enough-I usually do as well! There were just a few men’s products that I liked for myself:) The Papaya scrub is very unisex and the fragrance can definitely work for both a man or woman. The Moroccan Myrrh is definitely more manly but I do like a men’s oudh scent now and then so don’t mind the manly scents at times.

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