A Skin Care Guide for Even the Manliest Man

A good friend of mine, tired of being told he looks well…tired,  decided to try his wife’s under eye oil.  People noticed a difference.  This guy is a beer drinking, football watching, work boot wearing man who decided it was time to start caring how he looked and it actually made him feel better about himself.  I’m not saying everyone needs an extensive skin care routine that includes under eye oil but I am saying that understanding your skin type and using something that is not a bar soap to clean your face will benefit you in the long run. Paying attention to your skin will cause it to be less irritated when you shave, make you look younger, and you’ll have an even tone (less breakouts, dry spots or oily areas).

Your Skin

Here’s the deal— your skin is made up of sebaceous glands that produce a protective oil called sebum. Not surprisingly, you have the most sebaceous glands on your back, forehead and chin and none of these glands on the palms of your hands or  the soles of your feet. For your skin to be healthy, you need to maintain healthy levels of sebum.

But what’s healthy? We all know that skin types vary between dry, oily and those lucky ones who have normal skin. What we may not know is the reasoning behind this is partly due to acids found in the skin’s oils. Sebum has, among other things, two types of acids; oleic and linoleic acid. Skin’s natural sebum is high in oleic acid. Oily and acne prone skin is shown to have low levels of linoleic acids. The good news is that there are oils out there that can mimic the skin’s natural sebum, and that contain high levels of linoleic or oleic acid depending on what you need for your skin type.

Wash

The first step in good skin care is to wash your face.  Don’t deny it, you skip this step all the time.  Bar soaps dry out your skin and are usually not safe as they contain toxic chemicals like triclosan, DEA, parabens and even formaldehyde.  I would recommend a clarifying face wash like this one from La Roche (available at CVS) which is fragrance and preservative free and ranked safe by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  If you shave, I’d recommend a preservative free shave oil that softens skin leaving less irritation like the one we sell at Hanu.   Sunflower oil’s deeply nourishing makeup of oleic acid, linoleic acid, carotenoids and vitamins A, D, and E work to condition the skin without leaving an oily sheen. Argan oil, contains vitamin E, essential fatty acids, carotenes and squalene which allow it to heal damaged skin while protecting from signs of aging and combating free radicals. Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins A, B and E which lock in moisture while helping to sooth skin irritations. The combination of sage and frankincense essential oils will sooth the skin while providing a great shave.

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Moisturize

Beard oils are all the rave these days.  If you grow a beard, I’d recommend Hanu beard oil.  This oil consists of several oils combined to make this lightweight blend that will make your beard and skin underneath hydrated and conditioned. The kukui nut tree is the official tree of Hawaii and has been used by natives for thousands of years for it’s soothing and healing properties.   Argan oil contains vitamin E, essential fatty acids, carotenes and squalene which condition your hair and moisturize the skin underneath. Almond oil is high in vitamins A, B, and E and is known for it’s ability to relieve dry and irritated skin and maintain healthy moisture levels.  Fresh ginger, rosemary and oakwood absolute are used in combination to make a spicy, deep scent.

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Last, after shaving or applying a beard oil, you should moisturize your face.  Argan oil contains vitamin E, essential fatty acids, carotenes and squalene which allow it to heal damaged skin while protecting from signs of aging and combating free radicals. The combination of sandalwood, carrot, turmeric and frankincense provide more antiaging and skin restorative properties while facilitating blood circulation and detoxification just below the surface of the skin.  If you’re really motivated, you could try Hanu’s under eye oil which, amongst other ingredients has coffee in it to give your eyes some pep.

 

About-face

Even if you’ve never done it before, now is the time to start paying attention to your skin.  Those sebaceous glands are going to behave like they want to behave but you can use products that work to combat dry or oily skin and improve normal skin.  There are plenty of skin care gimmicks out there so don’t be fooled by the products that contain harmful chemicals.  Be conscious about what you’re putting on your skin.

by Karen Burzdak

Karen Burzdak is CEO and Founder of Hanu Skin Care. Karen is a US Advocate of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a member of the American Herbalists Guild. She holds certifications in Essential Aromatherapy and Clinical Aromatherapy. Karen has a degree in communications from Fitchburg State College and has done some Masters of Business Administration studies.

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