How to Match Cologne to Your Skin Type
January 30, 2014
Do you have oily or dry skin? Did you know that your very skin type is a major factor in which cologne is right for you? Many men simply misunderstand that certain colognes are meant for a particular skin type.
This is due to the different ingredients found within the fragrance as well as your body’s chemical makeup. Even something as silly as what you eat can contribute to having oily skin, or it can cause you to have to apply cologne more often.
Best Smelling Cologne for Oily Skin
Oily skin generally indicates that your body is more active. This can be natural, or it can happen from other factors, such as your diet. In either case, this has interesting implications when it comes to cologne and can be quite problematic for the wearer:
- Odor: Sometimes the cologne will mix with the oil of your skin to create a less-than-pleasant odor that borders on ‘sour’. This is definitely the bane of any cologne wearer and is a clear indication that the chosen fragrance is simply not for your skin type.
- Stronger Scent: The oils in your skin may also mix with the cologne to produce a longer-lasting, stronger scent. When this is the case, there are no harmful side effects, but it may mean that your cologne is overbearing. If this describes you, then go easy on that scent mate or it may overwhelm those around you at the office or at school.
TL;DR–> Oily skin will dictate that a person should be wearing summer fragrances and use less cologne in the process. This may mean one dab or spray of cologne will do the trick instead of 2 or 3.
If I may offer a suggestion, one of my favorite summery colognes is Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette-1.7 oz. This is simply an amazing little concoction that is very green with fig, coconut and cedar notes. It is a treasure and will go well with those whose skin tends to be slightly oily. Kenzo Pour Homme and Versace Versace Man Eau Fraiche are also great choices.
Best Smelling Cologne for Dry Skin
Dry skin is based off of the moisture levels naturally present on your skin. While moisturizers will help alleviate the condition, this can also be caused by cold climates, using soap that is too strong, being exposed to harsh weather conditions as well as your body’s chemical makeup. A cologne-wearer with dry skin will have to be aware of:
- Fragrance Loss: When applied to dry skin, the scent of cologne will diminish quickly, causing the wearer to have to re-apply their cologne often.
- Further Drying: If too much cologne is applied to the skin, it can further exasperate the problem due to the cologne’s high level of alcohol. You can offset this by purchasing men’s Eau de Parfum grade fragrances, which have less alcohol and are more potent.
Ideally, a person will search for fragrances sold during the winter months. These are meant to have a different concentration of oils and alcohol so that they do not dry up quickly. Keep in mind: Cold air is a natural dryer. This means that if you have dry skin, the best smelling colognes will probably be those that are made for winter months; Burberry London is a good choice.
Best Smelling Cologne for Sensitive Skin
Men with very sensitive skin may find that some colognes leave them with rashes or acne breakouts. Red blotches are also common and are not the most aesthetically pleasing, especially on the neck area. When this is the case, a person will need to:
- Search for colognes that are all-natural
- Steer clear of body creams or lotions that contain synthetic ingredients
- Limit the amount of cologne that is applied
Taylor of Old Bond Street makes a cologne that is designed for men with sensitive skin, and it is reasonably priced in addition to smelling fantastic.
These simple tips can help a man’s skin adapt to their favorite cologne and to steer clear of the many problems seen with sensitive skin types.