Exfoliants for men

Posted on June 14th, 2010 by Gina

June 14 – 20 is Men’s Health Week, and while most publications will be addressing the big issues like weight, heart health and prostrate issues, we here at LookinGood know how important good grooming is to a man’s overall health.  So, let’s begin with giving your skin a good scrubbing, shall we?

Any woman in your life will tell you how good it feels to scour away the dirt, grime and oils that are the remains of the day.  Scrubs and exfoliants contain mild abrasives to slough off dead skin cells and clear pores. By exfoliating once a week or more, your face will not only start feeling softer, odds are the new skin you’re revealing will be brighter and clearer too.  Blackheads, whiteheads and those yucky little white things growing on your eyelids that are really just layers of trapped dead skin cells, will all start to disappear.  And guys, with clearer pores, you’re less likely to have ingrown hairs as well. Bonus!

With more men taking their skin care and grooming seriously, there are plenty of scrubs out there to choose from. At GroomingLounge.com we found about 30 scrubs, some engineered just for men and some that are gender-neutral from companies like Dermalogica, MD Skincare and Alchimie – more familiar to the women’s market.

Reading about Urth Scrub (4 oz/$36) made me wish briefly that I could “man up” and try it, but alas, I don’t think I’m tough enough. GroomingLounge calls it “hands down the most unique and rewarding exfoliating experience around.”  This once-a-week product uses micro-fine, sand like rice granules mixed into a soft mud to get rid of the bad stuff, then soothes and detoxifies with green tea extract and ginseng.

For a more gentle, or gentlemanly, choice there’s the Menaji Polishing scrub (4 oz/$24), which, according to the website uses just five ingredients:  jojoba beads and aloe vera in addition to the “Menaji trois” of ginseng, sea kelp and grapefruit.

Menaji and MenScience Microfine Face Scrub (4.4 oz /$29) both tout themselves as shaving prep products, as well as exfoliators. MenScience includes glycolic acid and salicylic acid, two ingredients that add brightness to dull-looking skin.

And of course there’s Jack Black. The company offers a face scrub, but more interesting (to LookinGood anyway) is the Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak (12 oz/$35). Made for the body, not the face, it uses eucalyptus and rosemary to ease sore muscles and salts, shea butter and glycerin to exfoliate and soften.

Not sure you want to invest that much? St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Invigorating was one of the first exfoliating products on the market. If you’re the kind of guy who needs a couple of dates before you can think about a bigger commitment, St. Ive’s is only about $4.29 at your local pharmacy.

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