The skin of a woman has some basic differences from that of a man.

The skin of a woman is thinner than the skin of a man and has less collagen, therefore women tend to show signs of ageing faster than men.

Women have more subcutaneous fat — that is fat below the skin — than men.

We also find that the skin is drier in women than in men. The female skin is also more functionally responsive than the skin of men. Therefore female skin has a greater tendency to redness and to irritation to skin care products and so women are said to have more sensitive skin.

Men secrete more sebum (oil) and they secrete it throughout life. Women stop secreting sebum after menopause, therefore the skin can become drier as the woman ages.