Male Grooming Ingredients
The male grooming sector has shown constant growth in the past number of years with men no longer just happy to shave and shampoo. Nowadays many men are looking for science-backed, organic ingredients which are free from additives. Certain ingredients are more sought after than others. We take a look at some of the more popular and sought-after ingredients:
Most shaving creams, aftershaves, face wash contain alcohol mainly because it is highly effective at reducing blemishes. It also dissolves oils which make skin greasy and slick, it features stabilising, antiseptic properties which promote smoother skin.
Better known as a superfood, quinoa is loaded with amino acids and high levels of protein. The grain is popular in male facial creams due to its skin-boosting antioxidants. By producing ample collagen levels, it fights the signs of ageing, preventing cracked skin and dehydration.
Vitamin C is well known for warding off the signs of ageing and UV rays. Known to produce collagen, it is a potent and active ingredient safely produced for topical use.
Aloe vera is best known for its soothing properties and its ability to tackle irritations by helping new cells to grow. Often found in sun care products such as after sun, it is also used in restorative serums and moisturisers.
Aloe vera shampoo is another big trend in male grooming as it promotes hair growth and increases blood flow, providing circulation needed to repair damaged hair.
Hyaluronic acid directs moisture to skin cells and can help smooth wrinkles as well as combating UV damage. As we age, our natural HA levels significantly shrink, causing limp, poorly defined skin and dark bags below the eyes which are often a problem for men. Products which are rich in hyaluronic acid help replenish the complexion.
Salicylic Acid Helps spot-prone and oily skin which is why it is often found in face wases and pore cleansers. It is derived from willow tree bark and is known to soothe and gently exfoliate the skin. Can also be used for acne breakouts to dissolve debris which clogs pores.
Razor burn is a nasty irritation which most men will experience at some stage. The plentiful supply of vitamin E offered by coconut oil works as an active moisturiser, restoring reddened skin. Coconut oil is also found in creams which treat sun burn as well as most premature ageing serums. It is also very moisturising and has anti-bacterial properties.
Some ingredient companies have gone so far as to create actives specifically for men. Chemyunion’s 4MAN is a multifunctional active for male skincare that reduces excessive oiliness, provides a soothing effect while reducing the signs of ageing and promoting hydration.
Chemgrit Cosmetics supplies a range of ingredients for skin care including for male grooming products. For more information contact Chemgrit Cosmetics.
[Information sourced: Personal Care Magazine]