©Arlene Taylor PhD
Overall, females tend to age more slowly, except for their skin, but they may have more difficulty accepting it. Their skin is thinner and more susceptible to damage from exposure to environmental factors such as cigarette smoke. It begins to wrinkle at an earlier age (10 years earlier on the average) and wrinkles more easily.
Males tend to age more quickly than females but often accept it better. Their skin is thicker and screens out some of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Hair follicles act to reinforce the skin (much like steel reinforces concrete) and slow the development of wrinkles.
Females and males have equal numbers of body hairs overall, but the body hair on females is often finer in texture. Females lose about 100 scalp hairs per day but most of them grow back.
Male body hair tends to be distributed differently with more on the chest area. Males tend to lose about 100 scalp hairs per day but fewer grow back due to heredity and higher testosterone levels.