Unfortunately, navigating the ingredient list of most face wash for men seems to now require a degree in chemistry or pharmacology.
Ingredients are hard to pronounce and harder to understand. So if you have sensitive skin and are wondering what ingredients to look out for in the labels, this guide is for you.
We’ll first outline some signs that you have sensitive skin, then we’ll list some miracle ingredients to help protect and heal your skin. Finally, we’ll list some ingredients you definitely want to avoid.
Let’s do it then!
How do identify sensitive skin in men?
Sensitive skin is quite a loose term, with varying degrees of severity. However, we have found the following symptoms to be pretty good indicators of this nuisance:
- Local rashes and inflammation
- Itches and flakiness of the skin
- Redness after drinking alcohol or taking a hot shower
Even though a lot of the aforementioned symptoms are common to dry skin too, and this makes sense as one often accompanies the other, you can distinguish these conditions by the inflammation, rashes, and redness in the skin, which are associated with sensitive skin.
What ingredients should men with sensitive skin look for?
Now that we’ve established the issue, here’s how you tackle it: Simply look for products that include ingredients such as:
- Aloe Vera: If you’ve ever tried a product with this ingredient, such as our lavender repair gel, this is probably obvious to you, but aloe has a double effect: it instantly provides relief to sensitive skin, and also helps moisturiser and protect the skin.
- Cucumis sativus seed oil: Aka Cucumber Seed Oil. The linoleic acid does wonders in terms of hydration.
- Shea Butter: This is one of those miracle ingredients. It’s derived from the karité tree and much like Aloe, has a calming and moisturising effect on the list.
Of course, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t end this section by recommending our repair gel, which was specifically designed for those with sensitive skin:
What ingredients should sensitive skin males avoid?
If you’ve read through our list of ingredients to look for, then you probably noticed a pattern; almost all of them are natural, moisturising ingredients.
This is because in the sensitive skin world, to be perfectly honest, it’s more about the ingredients you avoid than the ones you include.
Don’t get us wrong, you should absolutely look for the ingredients above listed, but more importantly, you should aim to avoid the following:
- Alcohol: This is a big no-no. We don’t use it in any of our ingredients, not even our aftershave gel. It dries out the skin and is too aggressive for any sensitive skin users. In fact, even oily skin males should stay from it, excluding extreme cases.
- Sodium lauryl sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate: These are most commonly found in bath products such as shampoo and work as a foaming agent. They are extremely inflammatory and irritate the skin easily, so avoid them at all costs!
- Parabens: If you know our brand, you’ll also know that this is on our banned ingredient list. This is for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it can easily irritate the skin.
- Physical scrubs: Exfoliating the skin is an important part of washing the face but can be tricky business if you have sensitive skin. Physical scrubs have the same effect as scratching the skin, causing deep irritation. Use a natural alternative instead.
Once again, you might have found a pattern. If it’s hard to pronounce and chemical, it’s usually best to stay away from it.
How to use a facewash to treat sensitive skin in men?
Knowledge is half the battle, but practice is of the utmost importance. We’ve written a post about using a face wash for men, but it’s never too much to repeat the steps:
- Apply lukewarm water to the face
- Using a face wash for men that excludes any irritating ingredients such as the ones listed previously, apply a generous amount to the hands
- Rub the product between the hands
- Apply to the face
- Rinse off with lukewarm water
There you have it. You can now shop for mens skincare products confidently, knowing what ingredients to look out for and which ones to avoid and you now know how to apply a face wash.
If you have any experience with the ingredients mentioned aboved, drop a comment below.