The best natural skin care products for men
Guy-friendly chemical-free goodies to strategically place in the shower
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / May 30 2019
Men's skin care. Gone are the days when this market solely consisted of those sub-par five-in-one grooming products that claim to cleanse, moisturise, shampoo, condition and do taxes, all in one quick wash.
It’s 2019 and companies have finally realised that, despite contrary belief, men need skin care, too. What’s more, there are now a whole heap of natural men’s skin care products that offer the same horsepower as their chemical rivals, but are greener, cleaner and better for you.
Shane Young, co-founder of Essano, says, “Men are becoming more and more aware of natural grooming products and are beginning to seek products without any nasty chemicals. The changing perceptions of masculinity are seeing men add more items to their everyday regimen - they are beginning to seek out their own skin care routines.”
To get you (or the men in your life) started, we’ve pulled together some of the top natural skin care products getting around.
Essano Man Everyday Moisturiser
This lightweight, fragrance-free moisturiser is the perfect weapon for an everyday hit of hydration, and it’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Hailing from New Zealand, Essano’s Everyday Moisturiser is a plant-based formula that’s loaded with some seriously skin-loving ingredients, including antioxidant green tea, healing aloe vera, and soothing Tasmanian pepperberry.
Hunter Lab Charcoal Cleansing Stick
Hunter Lab just made facial cleansers way cooler (and mess-free!) with this unique little balm. The Charcoal Cleansing Stick cleanses and gets rid of impurities, while green tea helps protect the skin from cell damage, and argan, sesame, almond and coconut oils soften and nourish the skin. This is one you’re going to want to steal from him! (Psst...it's an Australian brand, too).
Mukti Organics Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque
Yep – guys can do clay masks too. This deeply purifying number is proudly made in Australia, and works to detox the skin while delivering essential minerals and phytonutrients. Formulated with deeply exfoliating ingredients like papaya and Kakadu plum, Mukti's Deep Cleanse Antioxidant Masque works to remove dead skin cells and promote moisture absorption. The addition of jojoba keeps skin hydrated, while essential fatty acids like those found in green tea and pomegranate, encourage fresh, bright, glowing skin. It’s a serious all-rounder!
Weleda After Shave Balm
Shaving can cause havoc on men’s skin, and can often make it sensitive, red and irritated. Weleda’s After Shave Balm is a gentle formula that helps repair stressed-out skin, working to refresh, cool and soothe the skin post-shave. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, it features soothing chamomile, cooling aloe vera gel and organic coconut oil and jojoba to help replenish and seal in moisture.
Swisse Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum
Ideal for uneven skin tone and pigmentation, Swisse’s Blood Orange Brightening Facial Serum combines potent antioxidants such as Sicilian blood orange (which contains vitamin C) to brighten the skin and prevent the dreaded signs of ageing. It also contains olive leaf extract to protect the skin from free radical damage, and jojoba to deeply hydrate.
Brickell Revitilizing Anti-Aging Cream For Men
If you’re looking for a face moisturiser to firm and tighten the skin, Brickell’s Anti-Aging Face Cream is the man for the job. It’s made up of a powerful natural ingredient called DMAE that smooths the skin and prevents wrinkles, while a superfood nutrient by the name of MSN reduces age spots and pigmentation over time. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which gives the skin a hit of hydration.
Black Chicken ICU Intensive Care Eye Serum
Up his usual eye care game for this ICU Intensive Care Eye Serum by Black Chicken Remedies. It boasts a highly potent blend of therapeutical oils to improve elasticity and help regenerate cells for youthful-looking eyes. It is formulated with a powerful antioxidant called milk thistle, as well as cucumber seed oil to improve elasticity, rose geranium for moisture, chia seed oil to combat free radical damage, and green coffee seed oil to help boost circulation and brighten dark circles.
Cedar + Stone Rosehip + Macadamia Night Cream
This nourishing night cream from Cedar + Stone is enriched with powerful ingredients like jojoba, rosehip and hyaluronic acid to replenish and revitalise the skin overnight. What’s more, the soothing and calming properties of Australian natives like finger lime caviar, Crown of Gold extract and pure essential oils help you nab a better night’s sleep. We’re sold!
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser
Fact: He'll never go back to his usual shower gel after trying this refreshing and gentle body wash from Aesop. It's packed with botanicals like extracts of zesty mandarin and bergamot rind to banish impurities and odours without drying out the skin. It’s perfect for that invigorating morning pick-me-up.
Biologi Bd Luminosity Face Serum
Biologi Bd Luminosity Face Serum targets a whole range of skin conditions while working to hydrate and nourish the cells for an even, luminous skin tone. It contains Davidson plum – an active ingredient that can do everything from reducing skin blemishes to hydrating the skin and protecting it from free radicals. It’s a serious multitasker that’ll become a staple in every skin care routine (male or female!).
Anoque Alpha Hydroxy Toner
Anoque’s Alpha Hydroxy Toner contains five botanical alpha hydroxy acids to help restore clarity, remove excess oils and balance the skin’s pH levels. It also contains soothing witch hazel and bilberry extract, which help to reverse damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Korres Maple Anti-Ageing Cream
This oil-free formula from Korres is suitable for everyday use and creates a hydrated and firm complexion. The unique combination of maple and betaine target wrinkles and fine lines and is gentle enough to use under the eyes to get rid of dark circles.
Urth Face Wash With White Tea & Ginseng
Urth’s face wash offers a three-pronged approach to cleansing – it cleans, detoxifies and tones the skin. It’s formulated with white tea and green tea to remove excess oil and impurities, while ginseng nourishes, tones and brightens the skin. Vitamins A, C and E, as well as natural herbal extracts and pure essential oils, restore skin tone and moisture, for a clear, even complexion.
Patricks FS1 Anti-Aging Face Scrub
Patricks powerful dual action scrub combines both physical and chemical AHA exfoliation to cleanse the skin, improve skin tone and reduce the size of pores. It’s packed with anti-ageing peptides, multivitamins and anti-irritants, and will leave the skin feeling smooth, clear and nourished.
Sanctum Men’s Shave Gel
Specifically created for sensitive skin, Sanctum’s Shave Gel is a soap-free formula that is designed to prevent shaving nicks, while soothing and hydrating the skin. It contains aloe vera leaf juice, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, jojoba to nourish and protect the skin, along with cedarwood bark oil to tone the skin (it smells good, too!).
Triumph & Disaster Rock & Roll Volcanic Ash & Green Clay Face Scrub
Volcanic ash is the star ingredient in this hardworking face scrub - the natural exfoliant helps with oil control and removing the build-up of dead skin cells. It works together with super-absorbent green clay to clean out dirty pores and draw out impurities that cause blackheads. This face scrub will leave you with fresh, healthy-looking skin in a matter of minutes. It's suitable for all skin types, but it's particularly perfect for those with oily skin.
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What’s your favourite natural skin care brand? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.