5 Ingredients That Should Be In Every Man’s Skincare Routine
It’s important for us to remind the men in our lives that taking care of our skin is important for all of us. However there are some differences in the way men and women should approach skincare and the ingredients that are optimal for the best results.
Apart from the obvious differences that men have more facial hair than women, structurally men’s skin is about 25% thicker than women's and their skin texture is a lot tougher.
Oil production also differs, whilst men have smaller oil secretion glands, they produce double the amount of sebum than women, which is why they can have prolonged acne, oiler skin and can be less prone to dry skin. Knowing what specific ingredients to look for makes decoding the ingredients list on the back of skincare products a little easier.
Pumice is a natural exfoliant with a high silica content and is particularly effective at removing dirt, sweat, excess oil and expired skin cells. Shaving regularly helps take off the top dead skin layer, but shaving can often irritate the skin and lead to ingrown hairs and bumps. To help avoid this, it's best to change your razor blade every three to four weeks and also use a manual exfoliant containing pumice, at least once a week to give your skin a deep clean.
Ellus & Krue - Detoxifying Exfoliant
Often found in clarifying masks and exfoliants, Clay or Kaolin is an extremely absorbent natural mineral that draws excess oils away from your pores. Applying a clay mask once or twice a week can help manage excess oils and decrease t-zone shine.
Rich in vitamins, Aloe Vera is a soothing botanical that quickly calms, cools, and soothes skin. Easily absorbed, it benefits all skins from oily through to dry types. To help combat excess oil and breakouts, look for cleansers and moisturisers that have high amounts of Aloe Vera in them rather than oil or cream based products.
Ellus & Krue - Hydro Gel Cleanser
This powerful antioxidant is a true multi tasker, helping refine skin tone, texture and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles. “Retinol is actually broken down to retinoic acid in your skin and it's retinoic acid that's a really powerful antioxidant and induces collagen and elastin production.” explains Ellus & Krue’s Professor Derek Richard.
Part of what makes our skin look youthful is its high water content and this diminishes as we age. One of the best men’s skincare ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid. This clever moisture binding molecule can hold a tremendous amount of moisture and delivers it directly to the skin.
If you're struggling to find that perfect gift for that special man in your life, skincare is the ultimate solution. You can find Pumice, Clay and Aloe Vera in the Detoxifying Exfoliant, Retinol in the Hydrating Day Defence, Cellular Eye Repair and Intensive Night Repair, and Hyaluronic Acid in the EPI-gN™Serum.