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Table of Contents:The biggest challenges for a man's skin.The best natural ingredients men should use.The ultimate face and body wash for men.
Historically, men have been taught that skincare is a “woman’s thing.” But I disagree.
There is nothing wrong in taking pride in yourself, something that goes far beyond how you look.
Because we’ve been taught to spend as little time as possible on grooming, a lot of men are walking around with frustrating skin issues that are easily solvable with a little TLC.
Not only that, but many of us settle for products that are laden with drying toxins and other harsh chemicals because we haven’t taken the time to educate ourselves about healthy skin care.
At Era Organics, we’re hoping to change that once and for all. Caring about skin care isn’t lame; it’s critical for anyone who wants to enjoy healthy skin for years to come.
Here’s a primer on some of the most common skin care issues men face—plus some of the best ingredients (and the best men’s face and body wash) for improving your complexion the natural way.
No matter whether we avoid thinking or talking about it, the reality is most men deal with skin issues at various points in their lives.
Below are some of the most common skin care challenges men face. Which ones are you forced to deal with?
It’s a myth that teenagers are the only age group to struggle with acne. Men can develop pimples at any age and for a variety of reasons, such as stress, sweating, and even humid weather.
Dermatitis is a catch-all word to describe inflammation of the skin. While the condition may stem from a variety of causes and manifest in different ways, it’s most commonly characterized by swollen, reddened, or rashy skin.
Just as men can be susceptible to oily, acne-prone skin, they can also experience the opposite end of the spectrum in the form of dryness and sensitivity. Whether this dryness is the result of a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis or it’s less severe, it can dull the complexion and cause discomfort.
Eczema (AKA atopic dermatitis) is a skin condition that’s characterized by red, itchy skin. In some cases, the skin may swell, crack, scale, ooze, or develop a crust. The condition is often chronic.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that is thought to be related to issues with the body’s immune system. It manifests as inflamed, scaly patches of skin, which may or may not be accompanied by itchiness.
You probably don’t need us to tell you what razor burn is, because virtually every man who’s shaved his face has experienced it. But just in case you need a refresher, razor burn refers to irritated skin post-shaving. This irritation may manifest as redness or raised bumps that are similar in appearance to pimples.
Millions of Americans deal with this skin condition, which is characterized by a flushed, red appearance in the skin on someone’s nose, cheeks, forehead, and/or chin. There are four subtypes of rosacea, each of which produces different symptoms ranging from swelling to visible blood vessels, redness, and bumps.
Much as we’d like to avoid it, the signs of aging are somewhat unavoidable. That’s because our skin naturally gets drier, thinner, and less pliable as we age. The good news is that using the right products can slow down these effects.
Whether you’re dealing with one of these issues or several, the solution is the same: Learn how to care for your skin in gentle and effective ways, and then invest in products that will help you do just that.
Because most of us utilize face and body wash every day, it’s important to make sure the product you use is up to snuff. In the next section, we’ll outline some of the best ingredients for cleansing products.
There’s no need to invest in products that are laden with harsh chemicals—in fact, evidence suggests conventional skin care products may worsen existing skin issues.
The good news is there are plenty of natural ingredients that can help solve your skin care woes instead of exacerbating them or introducing potentially harmful chemicals into your body.
No matter whether you’re seeking a men’s face wash for sensitive skin, a face wash for dry skin, a product for acne or other skin issues, or just a simple cleanser for men, natural ingredients are the key to healthier and better-looking skin.
If you want to unwind before bed, brew yourself a cup of chamomile tea. If you want a healthier complexion, smear this potent herb on your face. Studies suggest chamomile extract boasts powerful anti-inflammatory activity, helps moisturize the skin, soothes irritation, and may even promote skin healing.
You may already be familiar with coconut oil thanks to its designation as a superfood, but research suggests it’s equally super for the skin. Studies have found the saturated fats in coconut oil may help the skin retain moisture, reduce the appearance of pores, and contribute to a smoother complexion overall.
Here’s another ingredient that might already be in your pantry. Thanks to its high fatty-acids content, sunflower oil may help restore lipids to damaged skin. (That’s a fancy way of saying it can help the skin retain moisture.) Sunflower oil may also reduce inflammation and improve skin health overall. This helps explain why research suggests sunflower oil may be effective in the treatment of dermatitis.
This popular skin care ingredient has earned its positive reputation. Shea butter has powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities, which helps explain why it’s been shown to reduce skin irritation and soothe atopic dermatitis. Not only that, but it may also boost collagen production (thereby contributing to smoother, firmer skin) and slow down signs of aging.
It may be tough to pronounce, but jojoba oil is gentle on the skin. It’s been shown to have a number of healing properties, such as soothing inflammation, helping to prevent razor burn, treating damaged skin and acne, moisturizing the skin, stimulating collagen synthesis, relieving symptoms of psoriasis, slowing down signs of aging, and even speeding up wound healing.
You may be familiar with beeswax as the stuff of candles, but research suggests it has a lot to offer your face as well. Studies have found beeswax helps draw moisture into the skin, soothe inflammation, soften the complexion, and maybe even assist in skin healing by, for example, relieving post-burn itchiness.
This oil’s skin care benefits are as sweet as its name. The anti-inflammatory ingredient has been shown to assist in treating dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and may help smooth and even out skin tone. It may also help reduce inflammation, prevent acne, relieve itchiness, and slow down the signs of aging thanks to its antioxidant properties.
Not only does sweet orange essential oil smell amazing, but it’s also amazing for your skin. It’s been shown to soothe acne-prone skin, relieve irritation, and moisturize dry skin. There’s also some evidence it may assist the body’s natural processes of toxin removal.
Just as avocados are jam-packed with essential nutrients and fats, so is avocado oil. That’s good news for the skin, because these qualities may help reduce inflammation, improve collagen synthesis (leading to a firmer, younger-looking complexion), speed up wound healing, and even help relieve plaque psoriasis.
As the name implies, rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of rose bushes—and it smells exactly as good as you’d imagine. It’s also loaded with skin benefits: The nutrient-packed oil has been shown to fight inflammation, improve skin hydration, reduce the severity of stretch marks, slow down the signs of aging thanks to antioxidant properties, and assist in the treatment of acne, burns, rosacea, scars, and wrinkles.
This fragrant herb doesn’t just season steaks; it can also improve your complexion. It’s chock full of antioxidant properties that can help stave off the signs of aging and minimize damage from free radicals, and it’s been shown to assist in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, eczema, oily skin, and wounds.
Once you know there are natural ingredients available to help you treat every skin issue imaginable—from dry, sensitive skin to oily or acne-prone skin—then using these ingredients becomes a no-brainer.
After all, why opt for cleansers laden with potentially harmful chemicals when you can enjoy even more benefits by switching to natural products?
That’s the philosophy behind our kick-ass USDA Organic Men’s Face and Body Wash: We added in all of the good stuff and none of the bad.
This wash is jam-packed with proven natural ingredients while remaining sulfate-free, paraben-free, SLS-free, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. The result is an organic, safe, and effective men’s cleanser that also nourishes, hydrates, soothes, and balances the skin.
We’ve created a robust organic formula that includes every single one of the dynamite ingredients listed above. Together, the ingredients that make up our organic face wash have been shown to:
Good skin care isn’t a gender issue. It’s a human issue. The more you commit to caring for you skin with safe, organic ingredients, the better your odds of enjoying a healthy, attractive complexion for years to come.