Nat­u­ral Skin­care for Men

Find out what you should (and shouldn’t) be us­ing in your per­sonal care prod­ucts

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By Jenn Rice

In­gre­di­ents to look for when choos­ing shav­ing prod­ucts, soaps, and lotions.

Pick­ing good-for-your-skin in­gre­di­ents when it comes to men’s skin­care prod­ucts can be a chal­leng­ing task. With mis­lead­ing la­bels and a plethora of dif­fer­ent op­tions to choose from, it’s hard to know what you should—or bet­ter yet, shouldn’t— be us­ing. But thanks to Gabrielle Fran­cis, ND, author of The Rock­star Rem­edy, you’ll never have to sec­ond guess your­self when perusing the aisles for ev­ery­day essen­tials like nat­u­ral shav­ing cream, body wash, af­ter­shave, or lo­tion.

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT?

To en­sure that you’re tak­ing the best pos­si­ble care of your skin, seek out nat­u­ral prod­ucts when­ever pos­si­ble. “The skin is the largest or­gan of the body, and what­ever is put on the skin gets ab­sorbed di­rectly into the blood­stream,” notes Fran­cis. “There­fore, prod­ucts for the skin should be or­ganic and nat­u­ral. They should be good enough to eat.”

WHAT TO AVOID

The skin is the largest or­gan of the body, and what­ever is put on it gets ab­sorbed di­rectly into the blood­stream. How­ever, just be­cause a la­bel reads “nat­u­ral” or “all-nat­u­ral” doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that it is, in fact, com­pletely nat­u­ral. To en­sure the skin­care

prod­ucts you’re pur­chas­ing do, in fact, in­clude all-nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents, thor­oughly scan each prod­uct la­bel’s list of in­gre­di­ents and steer clear of hy­dro­genated oils, petro­la­tum, min­eral oil, and parabens. See­ing any of these on a la­bel is a tell­tale sign that your prod­ucts are chock-full of toxic chem­i­cals, re­gard­less of what the la­bel may claim.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

What should be in your skin­care prod­ucts? Fran­cis rec­om­mends seek­ing out prod­ucts that use or­ganic nut and seed oils such as ar­gan oil, co­conut oil, sun­flower oil, baobab oil, shea but­ter, hemp seed, pome­gran­ate seed oil, and rose­hip oil. “Nut and seed oils are high in es­sen­tial fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s, which im­prove skin in­tegrity, youth­ful­ness, and mois­ture,” she says. These oils also pro­vide lu­bri­ca­tion in shav­ing prod­ucts and help to soften fa­cial hair. “They should be or­ganic, since the oils and fats re­tain a lot of pes­ti­cides and heavy met­als. If they are or­ganic, then you don’t have to worry about the tox­i­c­ity.”

WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE COUNTS, TOO

Fran­cis also ad­vo­cates col­la­gen sup­ple­ments when it comes to healthy skin for men. “Col­la­gen sup­ple­ments im­prove the in­tegrity and struc­ture of the skin’s ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Fran­cis. Other pos­i­tive ben­e­fits in­clude an in­crease in hair and skin growth, a de­crease in wrin­kles, and im­proved skin elas­tic­ity. “It also helps to lu­bri­cate the joints and it builds the con­nec­tive tis­sue, which helps arthri­tis and joint health.” And while there are many dif­fer­ent types of col­la­gen sup­ple­ments, Fran­cis sug­gests choos­ing a sup­ple­ment crafted from an or­ganic, grass-fed beef source. “Grass-fed is the most nat­u­ral and or­ganic source,” she says. “It is the most sim­i­lar to hu­man col­la­gen.”

“Nut and seed oils are high in es­sen­tial fasts, which im­prove skin in­tegrity, youth­ful­ness, and mois­ture.”

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