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Best Oil-Free Moisturiser for Men
There are a number of different skin type classes; men with over productive sebaceous glands may have oily skin and will therefore need a completely different moisturiser to someone with dry skin.
It is good to be a man when it comes to skin care. Men’s skin is 20 to 30 percent thicker than a woman’s, naturally helping it look plump and healthy even as their wives and girlfriends fight crow’s feet and frown lines with every anti-aging cream on the shelf. The downside of that thick skin is that men’s faces also host more hair follicles and more glands that produce sebum, or what we call oil. Testosterone activates those glands, giving men oilier skin than their female companions.
Oily skin is more prone to clogged pores, leading to acne breakouts or blackheads. While zits may have been more of a concern as a teenager, oily skin is also the source of an increasingly high-profile skin concern: shine. If you have oily skin, you might think that moisturizers would only exacerbate the problem. But there is a difference between adding oil to your skin and adding moisture. The purpose of a good moisturizer is to draw water into surface skin cells, protecting them against the drying effects of sunlight, wind, shaving, and environmental pollutants without clogging pores or leaving skin with that “greasy” feeling.
Before you go shopping for a moisturizer designed for men with oily skin, first figure out if that is really your skin type. You can check your skin type here.
Types of Moisturizers for Men With Oily Skin
Which ingredients are safe for oily skin and which should be avoided? As a general rule, men with oily skin should look for moisturizers that are oil-free, water-based and non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores. The burden lies squarely on the consumer to read the ingredient list carefully and know which items are safe for men with oily skin and those that are risky. All our products are 100% certified organic ingredients and every single ingredient is listed on our website and on our products.
There are two basic types of moisturizers on the market: occlusives and humectants. Occlusives use oils like petrolatum, lanolin, coconut oil and other artificial or plant-derived fats to create a seal on the skin that traps in moisture. We will never use any of the mentioned occlusive and strongly advice you to never use them on your skin either. Since occlusives are oil-based, men with oily skin should avoid them.
Humectants, on the other hand, use ingredients that draw moisture from the air into the skin. Common ingredients to look for in humectants are Lecithin, Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), and Glycerin. If you have oily skin, you will want to seek out products that rely exclusively on humectants. We only use natural humectants.
Benefits of using natural humectants
Natural phospholipids, from lecithin, are fantastic humectants. An important benefit of phospholipids is that they are hygroscopic (attract water from the surrounding air) and hold water where an increased level of hydration is needed.
Therefore, phospholipids increase the hydration levels of the skin without being occlusive (forming a film to prevent water loss, and preventing normal cellular function).
A recent study proved the value of topically applied phospholipids in skin care. It found that environmental factors (sun, wind, pollution) and the detergents and solvents found in most skin cleansers, actually stripped the natural phospholipid content from the top layer of skin.
This loss resulted in a rough feel and a pitted appearance under a microscope. Importantly, the phospholipids in the uppermost skin layers cannot be replaced by natural cell function, as the top layer of cells no longer metabolize; they serve only as a protective barrier. Remarkably, the study showed that topically applied plant phospholipids restore the barrier function of the skin, protecting it from substances such as bacteria and harmful synthetic chemicals.
To maximize the effectiveness of a humectant-based moisturizer, apply the product right after you cleanse your skin and while your skin is still slightly damp. This way your skin can soak up the excess moisture.
The new generation of mattifying moisturizers for men employs a third set of ingredients designed to soak up oil as other ingredients help replenish moisture levels. Our moisturizer Face Lotion for Normal to Oily Skin relies on the natural oil-soaking abilities of Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Palmarosa, Organic Avocado and Organic Lavender among many more organic ingredients.
We believe that its important for an educated consumer to understand what elements make an effective product. That is why our men clients love our products as they are constanly informed about what is going on.
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