Looking for men skin care products or natural skin care for men? Here’s a word of caution. There are some naturally occurring compounds that are not safe. Let me tell you about a few of them.
Organic compounds, such as benzophenone and oxybenzone, are commonly used as sunscreens. Even though researchers have shown that these compounds cause cancer in animals and humans, the cosmetic industry continues to use them.
Whether designed for women or men skin care products that are used on a daily basis should not even contain “possible” carcinogens, much less those that are “known” to cause cancer. You might think that natural skin care for men is completely safe, but, sadly, many products are not.
In fact, it is difficult to find natural skin care for men that do not contain oxybenzone, benzophenone or something similar. The industry still insists that the ingredients cannot do damage, because they do not penetrate the outer layers of the skin, despite mountains of research that indicate otherwise.
You should look for men skin care products that are “safe enough to eat”, because if you rub them all over your body everyday, you may as well be eating them. You should also look for fragrance free.
Even fragrances commonly found in natural skin care for men can cause itching, irritation and other allergic reactions. Some botanicals have a slight fragrance, and that’s not a problem, but concentrating the fragrance can be a problem, even rose petal concentrates cause allergic reactions in many people.
Sure, you want to smell good, but use a dab of cologne and buy fragrance free shampoo, body wash, shaving cream and lotion. For after shave, you should look for men skin care products that contain witch hazel. Witch hazel extract is renowned for its ability to soothe scrapes and nicks. It has antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant activity. All of this has been shown in the laboratory. It has a long history of safe and effective use. For a shaving lubricant, grape seed oil is just as effective as anything else. You can find it in gourmet food stores or order lotions that contain it.
Actually, if you want the best natural skin care for men, you should always look for ones that contain grape seed oil or extract. Not only is it an effective lubricant, it naturally moisturizes and creates a light film that prevents moisture loss. Your face will feel soft and smooth throughout the day.
One more word of advice; just because a product is categorized as “hypo-allergenic” does not mean that it is completely free of allergens. It simply means that the manufacturer uses “less” allergens than they do in their “regular” products.
You want fragrance-free and preservative free. You don’t want sunscreen compounds in products that you use every day. For sunburn protection, you want zinc oxide.
You want your men skin care products, which are to be used on your face, to contain grape seed oil and witch hazel. It may be harder to find them, but your face and health are worth it.