Scott McLennan

Men v’s Women and Ageing

Don’t you just hate that dreaded question – how old are you? Followed closely by – well how old do you think I am.

Trust me working in Aesthetics i am always challenged with this question, because it is hard, you don’t want to say a number that is their age, and hey some people have had a little too much done, so guessing an age is really hard. Many of my contemporaries (women and men) are not as old as you think and then most are way younger than what you think due to a whole host of dermal challenges they have been indulging in.

According to an old wives tale: you can always tell a persons age by their neck and their hands. This is somewhat true because many people can’t do successful treatments for their necks and hands, but also because you always slap your goop on your face, not your neck, and your poor hands are always doing something.

A question often poised is: do man and women age differently? Is it that women are just more prone to caring about ageing than man. Do men have the same signs and sympotms of ageing than women? Is it genetics or something else? The simple answer is yes, we do age differently, but it can affect us blokes the same as women, and yes it is ok to care about your appearance and the effects of life on our skin.

So do men age different to women? The simple answer is – Yes. Albeit our skin ages less quickly, but like everything else it does age.

Generally men’s skin is different to women, our muscle tone is different, and our basic skeletal structure is different as well. Therefore – anatomically speaking we are different, and therefore we we age differently.

Our skin is thicker, tends to hold more oil than women and as a result helps us ward off or minimize the signs of early Ageing – such as small fine wrinkles. It is believed that this is because of our higher levels of testosterone than women, however it is significantly dependent on our lifestyle, our activities and of course what we do to help maintain ourselves.

Structurally speaking we do develop small signs and symptoms of Ageing similarly to that of women, but just not quite the same. Same same but different. For example: testosterone is good for our skin, but It is believed that if we have too much testosterone we tend to loose hair, and as such increase our signs of aging on our heads and necks faster, and increasing our susceptibility to pre-cancerous cells and other dermal challenges.

The fitter and healthier we are: ie all that outside running, sailing, surfing, sports, and activities in the elements, the more exposure our poor skin suffer and then the more signs and symptoms of Ageing appear.

Our facial fat diminishes also diminishes. We need fat on our faces – not around our girths, to give the face shape and contour and protection. Women tend to loose facial fat in their early 30’s as part of the natural Ageing process, men not until their 40’s.

The same can be said for our bone structure, eventually we do start to loose this as well. Women are more susceptible to bone loss than men and earlier than men, but men do suffer it as well, which reduces and changes our facial shape.

So at the end of the day, men’s skin does age, albeit differently to women, but it does age. What we out he skin through is often harsher than women, and we tend not to care or worry about our skin as much as women. But if we look after our skin (i.e.: wear sunscreen, and do a skin routine) we can always look younger and for longer, than our female contemporaries thanks in part to genetics, evolution and hey just lucky being born a bloke.


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