When it comes to skincare, so often it feels like it’s directed towards women. Sure, men get shaving products, but not much in the way of actually taking care of their skin. Well, that’s all about to change. Essential oils can help with a wide variety of masculine skincare concerns. After all, men deserve smooth, clear skin too!
So let’s take a look at some of the best products that men can add to their skincare regimen.
While washing your face with a cleanser (or even just a good old fashioned bar of soap) might be the bare minimum for skincare, it definitely shouldn’t stop there. Adding toner can help balance excess oil and clear out pores. There are several different varieties of hydrosols that can help with specific concerns. Helichrysum and Rose help balance the skin by reducing facial redness or dryness. Or go for Melissa and Tea Tree to promote healthy skin, especially for those who are prone to blemishes. Just spray some on to a cotton ball and apply to your face.
Using a moisturizer is the key to making sure your skin stays smooth and hydrated. Plus it’s the perfect opportunity to use essential oils to combat specific concerns. However, some of the go-to oils may not be the ideal choice for men (Rose Absolute, anyone?). However, there are many excellent choices for skincare that also have a masculine aroma.
- Sandalwood, with a rich woodsy aroma, can help with oily skin and reduce blemishes.
- Frankincense Frereana is also well known for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars or damaged skin.
- Bergamot supports skin struggling with acne, blemishes, irritations, and dryness.
- Cedarwood Virginian, a popular choice for its masculine aroma, can help combat excess oil.
- Myrrh, a relative of Frankincense, is another resinous oil that helps issues such as redness, wrinkles and scars.
To create a personalized moisturizer, start by choosing the right carrier oil for your skin type. (We have an excellent post to help you make the right choice). For facial applications, we recommend a dilution of 1%, which is about three drops for two teaspoons.
Let’s not forget one of the most important reasons to moisturize… a close, smooth shave. Check out this amazing DIY for a Pre-Shave Oil that can be used in addition to a moisturizer.
What would a good skincare regimen be without quality, moisturizing shave cream? Luckily, we have just the DIY for that. The Manly Fresh Shave Cream is all natural and packs many skin nourishing ingredients. Get the moisturizing benefits of Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Jojoba Oil and the fantastic aromas of Eucalyptus and Fir Needle.
And finally, we have aftershave! The perfect way to add a fresh and clean fragrance to your skin after shaving. Try whipping up this Earthy Clean Aftershave. If an alcohol-based aftershave is too drying or irritating, try using the same essential oils in a carrier oil or use a plain carrier or Aloe Jelly to soothe the skin after shaving.
For those gentlemen that prefer the bearded route, there’s plenty to keep the beard tame and groomed. Plant Therapy offers an all natural Beard Balm that helps keep those hairs soft, healthy and in place without being weighed down. And don’t forget about the Beard Oil! Available in two fragrances, Urban Fresh or Smokey Lumberjack, it helps tame the frizz while promoting healthy skin.
If you prefer the DIY route, we’ve got you covered. The Bodacious Beard Balm is moisturizing and helps tame those unruly hairs, all while smelling fantastic.
If you’re on the lookout for more ways to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life, make sure to check out Facebook group, Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR)!