The answer is, usually yes! While SeeMe has been focused on the needs of women approaching menopause, we often get asked if the products we’ve developed are suitable for men. While the changes men see during this life stage are not as sudden or dramatic, the truth is that men can be affected by their own type of menopause, or “andropause”, as well.
So, what’s different about female menopause and “man-o-pause”?
The changes women see during menopause are caused by a drastic drop in the hormone estrogen. The term “male menopause” is defined by the hormone changes men experience as they age. Specifically, this transition for men effects testosterone (androgen) levels. Men do not suffer the same symptoms as women (hot flashes, end of ovulation – obviously!) but they do often notice symptoms like reduction in sexual function, energy level, mood swings, and yes – changes in their skin’s condition. Skin changes may be very subtle and gradual, but men often look for solutions for more vibrant healthy-looking skin. Like women, men can start noticing these changes in their early 40’s.
Women often complain that men tend to age more “gracefully”. Men are often described as looking “distinguished” as they age rather than looking older. Testosterone could lead to certain benefits that lead to that perception. The presence of high testosterone levels causes men’s skin to be 25% thicker than women. Male skin also has higher levels of collagen and elastin which leads to firmer skin that tends to look more youthful. However, male facial muscle structure beneath the skin may cause men to make stronger expressions leading to deeper wrinkles. So, it kind of all evens out in the end.
What do men and women have in common as they age?
These changes in hormone balance, while different, lead to increased inflammation. Both men and women are more susceptible to free radical damage. Both men and women experience drier, more fragile skin, increased pigmentation and more fine lines and wrinkles. Both men and women can benefit from some of the same ingredients, many of which are found in SeeMe!
- Artichoke leaf extract , found in SeeMe, is a powerful anti-inflammatory for both men and women experiencing hormone related skin changes.
- Niacinamide is great for strengthening the skin barrier in both men and women.
- Hyaluronic Acid: can hold 1,000 times its weight in water creating a protective barrier for the skin for a plumper, more supple (and therefore wrinkle-less) appearance.
So, what’s the verdict?
While we’ve designed and clinical tested SeeMe for women approaching menopause, we can safely say that men would benefit from the products also. So, if a man were to decide to use his “female” significant other’s SeeMe products they will most certainly see benefits – just ask my husband! The important thing for men as they age no matter what brands they choose to use is to adopt a skin care regimen that works for their lifestyles that includes cleansing, moisturization and UV protection.