As rugged as we may love our men, winter can make their skin suffer, too. Proper winter skincare isn’t just for women—here’s what men (and the women who love them) need to know.
- Avoid artificial fragrances: Men are routinely led to believe that products made strong enough for men need to smell, well, let’s go with “intense.” These strong fragrances are typically the result of detergents and phlatates, which are harmful to the endocrine system and no friend to your skin, either. Opt for unscented or those products that rely on truly natural essential oil (and be on the lookout for some products marketed as “fragrance oils.”
- Avoid artificial colors: Another indicator that the skincare product you’re using isn’t the cleanest is the bright blue or green color common in men’s skincare products. We get it, pink isn’t your jam, but that doesn’t mean your products need to have any color at all. They don’t! Artificial colors (when ingested) have shown harmful effects, including an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. And when they’re present in a skincare product, there’s a good chance most of the other ingredients aren’t clean, either.
- Moisturize! Beard or no beard, a man’s facial skin can get dry and start to chap and flake. And particularly if they do shave, their skin can become even more sensitive to dryness. So whether it’s just a rich and creamy winter moisturizer or a combo with a good, clean beard oil, moisturizing winter skin is key for men.
- Avoid aftershave: On that same note, for the shavers, aftershave is often loaded with alcohol, which strips the natural oils from the face, leading to excess dryness. Skip it, or use a natural blend based in essential oils and ingredients like chamomile and aloe that soothe shaved and dry skin rather than add to it.
- Use an oil-based cleanser and body wash: Soaps and body washes marketed to men can be loaded with the nasties mentioned above. You don’t want to dry out your skin with alcohol or artificial ingredients. And you want to be sure you’re replenishing the oils that make your skin smooth and soft. Look for natural soaps for face and body to protect and cleanse delicate skin.
- Invest in a high-quality lip balm: If you’re insecure about using a lip balm in public, then go do it in the bathroom. And do it at night before bed. Nothing is worse than dry, chapped lips that make mistletoe meetings painful. Protect your lips for a more
- Use SPF: It may seem silly, especially with a full beard, but noses, cheeks, and sensitive areas around the eyes can dry out and burn under the winter sun. Protect your faces, guys. We love them!
Check out some of our favorite products for men:
Simply Olive Oil Bar
Hair Food – Organic Oil Blend
Argan & Yarrow
Not yet using certified organic skincare products? Here’s why you should.
It’s beautiful, sensual, and functional—it defines us in so many ways, giving shape to our bodies, a face to our soul. It’s easy to forget though that our skin is an organ —from the pads on our fingertips and toes to our lips, ears, elbows, belly buttons—constantly at work just like those organs inside us that it dutifully protects.
So with skin being part of—not a coating on top of—our bodies, do you really want to slather synthetic chemicals and pesticides all over this vital organ?
Our skin’s protective duties aren’t the only reason organic skincare products make sense. The skin is a doorway into the body (more like a slow-absorbing sponge). It delivers nearly 70 percent of everything that’s put on it into the bloodstream and, eventually, those substances make their way into every other organ.
For decades, though, women and men have treated their skin more like an accessory than a part of our delicate bodies. One of our go-to ingredients in beauty products is derived from toxic petrochemicals (mineral oil). Even today, manufacturers of beauty products for the skin and hair use words like “natural” and “pure”—and that may be the case for some of the ingredients in the product. But when those are comingled with harsh synthetic ingredients with dangerous side effects, the natural and pure ingredients don’t seem to matter as much.
Like the food we eat, skin and hair care products made with certified organic ingredients benefit us in numerous ways. The organic label lets you know that the ingredients—which may be pure in their own right (think almond oil or lavender)—aren’t carrying hidden toxins by way of pesticide, herbicide, or chemical fertilizers or fungicides used during the growing process.
And that’s a big plus for your skin, for your body.
Numerous pesticides and herbicides have been linked to certain health risks including endocrine disruption and certain types of cancer. And if you think just opting for organic food at the supermarket is your best bet for avoiding those risks, you’re missing part of the picture, particularly if your beauty products are still filled with harmful chemical ingredients.
But of course, not every skincare item has a certified organic counterpart. We at Zatik Natural are thrilled to be one of many brands creating certified organic skincare, but there’s still a long way for this industry to go.
So, what if you can’t find a certified organic product you like? Here are a few rules we cherish:
- Are there chemical-sounding ingredients? Granted chemicals are in all things, some are just natural, and some just aren’t. So, if you see ingredients that sound like they were made in a lab, they probably were, and it may be best to avoid those.
- Reference the EWG Skin Deep database. This tool is a gold mine of information and rankings for all kinds of personal care items. Our products were just added to the database. You can search by brand or ingredient for a thorough breakdown of risks and dangers.
- DIY-it! One of the best and often easiest ways to ensure you’re getting clean skincare is to just make it yourself. It may be too complicated for a shampoo or toothpaste, but you can easily whip up body scrubs, face masks, and even lip balms with just a few ingredients and a little time.
Now that the never-ending winter seems to have finally ended, the cold, dry weather is mostly behind us. That is, except for our skin and hair. Does your beauty routine need a spring makeover?
Winter does a number on us in so many ways. Not only does it force us inside where we’re perpetually tempted t0 binge-watch and binge-snack the season away, but the combo of that canned indoor heat and raw outdoor chill can cause our skin and hair to stress out too.
So to kick off the spring season, we’re all about two very important words for your hair and skin beauty routines: moisturize and moisturize!
Start to bring sleek shine and luster back to your hair no matter how hard the winter was on it.
-Deep moisture oil treatments like coconut, avocado, or olive oil. Start at the ends, working copious amounts of the oil onto your hair. Leave on for several hours or overnight before shampooing out.
-If a deep oil treatment is too much (especially for thinner hair), opt for a conditioning treatment. Zatik’s Olive Black Seed Conditioning Cream or Coconut Calendula Conditioner can be left on the hair for 30-60 minutes for a deeply hydrating moisture treatment. And use our luscious Hair Food Organic Oil Blend on dry hair to give it shine and keep frizz away.
Skin takes a beating over the winter, too, and restoring balance is key in early spring.
-Try hydrating masks such as avocado, honey, or yogurt for balancing and rejuvenating.
-Use a toner throughout the day to keep moisture locked into your skin. It also helps reduce puffiness and irritation. Try Zatik’s Chamomile and Blue Cornflower Toner.
-Amp up your moisture regimen with a luxe moisture treatment in the morning and at night. Give the Zatik Sea-Buckthorn and Apricot moisturizer a try, or the Argan and Yarrow, which also offers sun protection, a crucial consideration as there’s more sun this time of year.
Don’t forget your lips!
Did winter leave you with cracked, dry, chapping lips? Exfoliate those with a mix of brown sugar and coconut or jojoba oil. Then slather on the lip balm, coconut oil, or beeswax-based lip balms for maximum moisture. Or give our Rosehip and Black Seed Oil a try–it’s a perfect oil for the rest of the face, too.
What’s your favorite moisturizing treatment? Let us know on the Zatik Facebook page!