MEN want simplicity in life. We don’t bother with product composition, effects of individual ingredients, percentage of natural/organic. We simply like the product or we don’t. Usually we want the product to foam and clean well, smell nice and not make our hair greasy too soon. And of course, we want products to have multiple uses. The more functions in one, the better. And most men in our daily routine only use soap, shampoo and deodorant (perfume). It’s as simple as that.
Blaž Topolinjak, Co-founder of Essentiq
Increase in use for men
I would say this still goes for about 80% of men, but the percentage of men that use more than just soap and fragrance is increasing. This group of men also looks for skin care products. And not just any skin care product. They look for quality, for the best.
But what kind of skin care products will men appreciate? To answer this, we need to learn a few things about men’s skin. Compared to women’s skin, men’s skin is thicker, the collagen fibres in men’s hypodermis are more intertwined and linked, which makes the skin structure more stable. A more stable structure makes for a more effective protection from environmental influences. And that is why most men get wrinkles later in life.
Even though this kind of skin is more robust, it nevertheless has some shortcomings. Men usually have more sebaceous glands, thus their skin is more oily and prone to impurities. In adolescence, boys are usually more prone to pimples and acne than girls. Even as grown-ups, men suffer from pimples more often than women, especially around their mouth and nose.
Why women’s cosmetics are not suitable for men?
And for these reasons we do not advise men to use their wives’ or girlfriends’ creams. Women’s creams are usually more oily, as women’s skin in general gets drier with the age. The only cream that could be shared is anti-age eye cream (Antiage Eye Cream – Centella & Kelp). For nourishing their face, men should seek products that are water based, like Fluid for Oily Skin – Rose Myrtle & Bergamot, or Magic Facial Moisturizer, which is also efficient in fighting against ageing, and additionally it encourages skin regeneration.
Water based organic products
Water based fluids and moisturisers do not contain any oils, which are usually the culprits for an even more intensive output of sebaceous glands and consequentially a more oily skin. Water based fluids and moisturisers give the men’s skin what it needs most – moisturise – and protection against moisture loss. An easy way to have nourished skin, without greasy feeling on the face and greasy stains on shirt collars.
And because we want the best for men as well as women, we are in the process of preparing a complete line of products for men. Follow our website/posts for more information.
What about other parts of men’s bodies? Did you know that a fifth of men aged around 30 have pimples on their face, back and chest? The reason lies in their skin, which is greasier than women’s, infections with bacteria called Propinomibacteria acne, and a surplus of dead skin cells which remain on the skin and clog the pores. Then impurities start to build up in the clogged pores, creating a perfect environment for the growth of the above mentioned bacteria.
We always recommend that men suffering from pimples use cleansing gel Facial Cleansing Gel – Green Lemon & May Chang or 1.3 Cleansing Gel. While showering, thoroughly wash the parts of your body, covered with pimples, with a cleansing gel. The cleansing will be even more effective if you gently rub the body parts, suffering from pimples, with a wet towel or a brush once or twice a week. Cleansing gel namely includes active ingredients that effectively clean the grease from your skin which soften the skin. It also softens the pimples so that they open more quickly. In addition cleansing gel disinfects the skin. Your pores will be able to breathe and clean themselves more quickly.
Organic products for pimple problems
For men, especially ones who have problems with pimples I would recommend the use of non-aggressive and silicone free shower gels and shampoos. If you exclude sulphates, even better. Why? Because with silicone and sulphate free shampoos/shower gels, such as Men 3 in 1 Shampoo/Shower gel – Artic Fruits and Men 3 in 1 Shampoo/Shower gel – Cardamom Tea you can achieve a greater cleansing effect without drying out the skin, destroying the skin’s acid mantle, and without clogging the pores.
Using Essentiq organic products
We are convinced that once you test this kind of products, after a period you will notice the difference on your skin and become a regular user. Do not give up if you see no changes after a few days, it takes a month or two for our skin to get used to natural cosmetics and detox itself from the chemicals we have been using for a long time.
What about men and their hair? I believe that hair is actually one of the few body features that men actually care about. And the part of the body which they are prepared to spend more money on, if the product works. Since hair is such an important and complex subject it deserves special attention and its own blog.