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23 Things you want to find in your skincare

23 Things you want to find in your skincare

Skincare is at best confusing and downright dumbfounding at it’s worst. There are hundreds of men’s skincare products, so how do you pick the ones that are right for you. One way is to know you’re skin type and then from there? You want to what ingredients to include in your skin regime.

Shea Butter – Extracted from the African Shea Tree, Shea Butter is extracted complex fat from the nut these trees produce. It’s usually ivory in color, with a thick creamy consistency.   It absorbs rapidly into the skin and has good water-binding properties, as well as being rich in vitamins E, A, and C as well as fatty acids that help to condition and soothe your skin. Look for Shea butter in beard balms and moisturisers.

Mint (Can cause mild reactions to sensitive skin) but as long as you’re not sensitive to it, mint leaves you with clear and glowing skin, it also provides a cooling sensation on the skin, making it ideal in aftershaves. Due to the menthol in mint,  It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, which can be great for acne.

Green Tea Extract –  If you’ve read our article on the skin, you’ll know the damage that UV-rays can cause yo your skin. The good news is that Green Tea contains antioxidants that reduce the damage from UV rays.

It’s also anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for reduce redness in the skin, as well as having antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It contains Vitamin B2 and E, which help produce more collagen and promote new skin cell growth.  It can also help stimulate hair growth, making it an ideal ingredient in beard oils and balms. 

Green Tea contains antioxidants

Sweet almond Oil:  More than just a snack, almond oil contains vitamin A and E, along with omega-3 fatty acids.  It helps treat dry skin and can help to reduce sun damage via it’s vitamin E content. It can also help stimulate hair growth, making it an ideal ingredient in beard oils and balms. 

Vitamin A: Helps with skin cell renewal, reduces acne scarring, and stimulates collagen production.

Vitamin B: Assist with sensitive skin and is a strong antioxidant. It works well to reduce inflammation, as well as fine lines.  

Vitamin C: Good to eat, drink, and put on your skin.  An antioxidant, that reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone and helps protect against the sun.  

Vitamin E: You’ll see vitamin E in many skincare products and with good reason. It’s antioxidant, making it useful against free radicals as well as being anti-inflammatory. 

Cetearyl Alcohol: As we mentioned in our ‘’Things you want to avoid in your Grooming Products’’ there are both good and bad alcohols, both in life and skincare.  Cetearyl is the alcohol you want in your skincare.  Made of long-chain fats, it traps water and helps to soothe the skin.  This alcohol is low on toxicity and mutagens, meaning it’s of benefit to any product it’s in.  You can read more about alcohol in skincare here.

Stearic Acid: While acid is not typically associated as a ‘’good’’ ingredient, Stearic acid is another compound that has long-chain fats, it’s found in animal fats and vegetable oils. it helps to stabilize products and improve the moisture content of the skin.  

Hyaluronic Acid: Another acid, this one works to keep your skin lubricated and moist by retaining water in tissue. This is an acid that is naturally produced by our body but aging and the environment can slow this down, as hydrated skin can reduce dry skin and help to smooth wrinkles.  

Sodium hyaluronate: Occurring naturally in the body, Sodium hyaluronate supports the production of collagen ( link to the skin) in the body. Similar to Hyaluronic Acid both age and the environment diminish this over time.  Products with Sodium hyaluronate helps to give your skin a more youthful bounce as it helps to restore moisture, improving the skin’s overall texture.  

Ceramides: The easiest way to describe these is as fat face skin glue. Ceramides are waxy lipid molecules, that are roughly 50% fat, and they work to keep your skin cells together, as well as locking in hydration.

As usual, these fade with age, which is where literal ‘’cracks’’ (wrinkles) begin to appear in our skin.  To help stop the cracks from appearing, look for products with Ceramides in them. You’ll typically find Ceramides in serums

Amino acids: Help to repair body tissue and leave it with a healthy complexion, this is why they are referred to as the building blocks of proteins. They are present in our skin naturally and help it to stay hydrated by helping to move moisture through the skin.  

Aloe Vera: Odds are you had a plant of the same name in your house growing up.  Used primarily here in Australia as a topical gel to treat sunburn, aloe vera is also great for cuts and dry skin.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties as well.  

Argan Oil: Used predominately in Beard Oil, this oil helps to hydrate and moisturise your skin. It’s also great for nourishing your hair ( thus the beard oil). It’s produced from trees in morocco called argan tress. It was previously only used in foods but the new millennium bought it into cosmetics, it boasts vitamin E, minerals, and antioxidants.  

Benzoyl Peroxide: This is a tried and tested ingredient in the fight against acne.  It works by killing off bacteria and dead skin cells that have clogged your pores. Once your pores are clear, the acne should begin to subside.  It can lead to dry skin as a result of stripping out excess sebum oil, so test it in small batches first.

Caffeine: Usually something you drink, caffeine’s antioxidant properties in skincare helps to reduce fine lines and dark circles under the eyes. It also claims to reduce cellulite ( lumpy skin) by improving circulation in the body. 

Beeswax: Beeswax is naturally antibacterial and has been shown to be beneficial to people with sensitive skin.  Beeswax is a humectant, in simple terms, this means it allows our skin to retain moisture by sealing it in.  It also works well in beard balms and hair products, helping to tame unruly hairs.  

Beeswax is naturally antibacterial.

Jojoba Oil: with both soothing and moisturising properties, this oil is produced from the Jojoba plant in Arizona.   It’s believed Jojoba oil can help you produce more collagen, as well as having a strong concentration of vitamin E and B. It’s easily absorbed, meaning all the benefits don’t just sit on the surface of your skin and evaporate before you get all the benefits.  

Zinc Oxide: Predominantly used for both sun and blemish Creams, it’s low on causing irritation to your skin and provides high protection from the sun’s UV rays. Because it forms a protective barrier for your skin, it has also been used to combat rashes, acne and eczema.

MSM: A natural form of sulfur found in all living organisms, it supports collagen production and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps the skin to become smoother and softer and is a must-have ingredient for anyone who suffers from skin conditions, such as acne. 

Protein Peptides: Can help your skin feel firmer as well as help to reduce breakouts. Protein Peptides help to create proteins within the body that are responsible for collagen.  They penetrate your skin, getting to the deeper layer, helping to reduce wrinkles and leave us with more elastic skin. 

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