Guys’ grooming products can be harsh and aggressive. But men can give their skin the pampering it deserves–and still feel macho–with natural help.
First of all, if you’re plagued by dry skin, take fewer and cooler showers, especially in cold weather, to preserve your body’s natural oils and humectants. When it is time to step in the shower, skip soaps that contain animal products, artificial fragrances, synthetic antibacterial chemicals, and heavy colorants, such as coal-derived Brilliant Blue FCF and Fast Green FCF. All can lead to inflammation or allergic reactions.
If you’re prone to overly oily skin, soaps with mild citrus ingredients may help reduce buildup without drying out the skin. Then, keep skin resilient and healthy by applying a small amount of vegetable-based skin balm or lotion twice a day, and using natural ingredients like aloe vera or shea butter. Don’t forget to add a physical sunblock or sunscreen (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) with a SPF of at least 15.
Lastly, skip the foaming shave cream. Lathering soaps dry out skin. Also, avoid pore-clogging oils, and opt for mineral-based silicones, such as dimethicone. If you’re prone to razor burn, replace harsh alcohol-based aftershaves with soothing chamomile or vitamin E oil; replace your razor regularly, too.
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By Joel Warner, Delicious Living