Guys usually freak at the thought of using any skincare product that contains oil. Understandable. Thanks to testosterone, men’s skin is oilier than women’s. But that same natural oil (technically, sebum) supports youthful skin, so men tend to look younger, longer. Not a bad tradeoff if you ask us.
Still, there’s some serious confusion about oils that needs, if you will, clarifying. Some, including the synthetic, petroleum-derived or mineral variety, are seriously bad—we’re talking toxic—for your skin and general health. And they typically leave an unpleasant, greasy residue. Common examples include petrolatum, xylene, and liquid paraffin to name just a few. There are a lot of them out there. Unfortunately, they’re used all the time because they’re inexpensive and simulate a moisturizing effect. In actuality, they suffocate skin and clog the pores, allowing dirt, bacteria, and oil to build up. All of which promote blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes.
Oils that control oil buildup
However, there are oils that are not only good for your skin—they’re essential to a healthy, vibrant, and youthful complexion. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re called essential oils. Extracted through a highly specialized process, these aromatic, highly concentrated oils from various parts of plants offer a variety of replenishing and rejuvenating benefits. In fact, they are the safest, purest way to promote and support healthy, youthful skin. And here’s the real kicker: many help balance skin and control oil buildup.
All Robert Natali grooming products are infused with an exotic blend of pure, skin-enriching essential oils. Here are ten of our favorites…
Used for centuries to cleanse, condition, and balance skin, Rosemary supports skin repair and renewal while discouraging the telltale signs of aging. A natural toning and tightening agent, it combats oily skin without drying it.
. A major anti-aging agent, Calendula contains natural plant pigments and antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Together with its proven healing and soothing benefits, it works overtime to discourage acne and blemishes.
. An effective skin purifier, Lime Oil has a zesty, citrus scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Known for its effective antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it’s also a powerful cleansing agent and natural tonic that helps reduce oil build up while balancing the skin.
. A powerful astringent, Frankincense helps protect skin cells and prevent the formation of acne and blemishes. As an effective toning agent, it helps reduce the appearance of pores and dark spots. It also helps tighten skin and discourage wrinkles, making it an essential ally in the war against aging.
. Boasting a crisp, citrus scent, Bergamot helps control oil buildup and supports skin’s natural renewal process. It also has powerful antibiotic and antiseptic properties that protect against harmful bacteria, thereby discouraging the formation of acne and blemishes.
This fragrant essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. It supports skin’s natural renewal process and discourages the telltale signs of aging while protecting against sun damage. Lavender also helps control oil production and kills harmful bacteria, making it an ideal anti-acne ingredient.
. Flavonoids (natural plant pigments) and volatile oils give Chamomile powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also protects against free radical and sun damage. Plus, it relieves dry, flaky, irritated, chapped, and itchy skin. Its natural anti-aging properties help keep skin youthful and vibrant, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
. A natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, Balsam helps protect against bacteria and toxins. It’s also a powerful healing agent proven effective in the treatment of skin rashes and chapped skin. Its richly masculine scent has a sweet vanilla-like essence that is pleasingly aromatic.
A natural antiseptic that cools as it cleanses, this essential oil works overtime to open and cleanse pores while combatting oily skin. All of which make it a natural for discouraging the formation of acne and blemishes. Its refreshingly crisp, citrusy scent uplifts and balances the senses.
. Thought to be one of the first essential oils in recorded history to be harvested, Cedarwood offers multiple skincare benefits. A natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it helps protect against acne and blemishes. With its potent astringent properties, it helps tone, tighten, and balance skin. And all with a rich, soothing scent that is decidedly masculine.
Now that you know all about essential oils, don’t freak when you find them in our ingredients lists. In essence, they’re the best things you can do for your skin.
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