Which Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Use?
The basic difference between women’s and men’s anti-aging skincare products is the inclusion of a different fragrance; something that smells “manly.”
Ironically, ingredients in fragrances are often detrimental to one’s health. It would be better for us, if they simply eliminated fragrances altogether, and offer “unisex” skincare products.
Since the 1960s, dermatologists have recommended that consumers stay away from products that contain fragrances, as well as preservatives, because they are two of the most common causes of allergic reactions.
A simple allergic reaction to a skin care product can lead to scarring and skin damage that stays with you for life. You would think that given the risk, fragrances would be removed.
With little, if any regulation of the industry by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the cosmetic industry concentrates their resources on creating marketing niches, and fragrances contribute to that effort.
In truth, skincare products should all be created by dermatologists or other healthcare professionals, regardless of the target market.
Instead, companies with limited research staff develop these products while monitoring development costs very closely. In the United States, these companies are not required to conduct safety testing before a skin care product is made available to consumers.
Manufacturers have never heeded the suggestion to exclude fragrances and preservatives, especially when a good fragrance and long shelf life make their product more attractive to the consumer.
And really, when you think about it, what harm can a little fragrance do when it comes to women’s or men’s anti-aging skincare products? The term “fragrance,” actually may refer to any one of thousands of different chemicals used to create a fragrance or provide preservation.
Many of these chemicals are known toxins and some are known to cause cancer. All of them can stimulate responses in the central nervous system, which is linked directly to the olfactory system which includes the nose, of course.
Artificial fragrances are known to have caused depression, agitation, irritability and may also be linked to chronic fatigue and other health problems. Does that sound healthy to have in products we apply to our skin?!
You may not be allergic to the preservatives used, but what about the other health issues that have been identified? The most common preservatives are parabens and some skin care products contain as many as five different variations of them. Research indicates that they can influence the growth of cancerous tumors. Even worse, parabens can migrate into tissues when applied to the skin and predispose those cells to cancer.
As the use of chemicals has grown in our society, so has the incidence of cancer. At one time, a person’s risk of cancer was 1 in 50. That probability today is 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men.
We can’t avoid exposure to many of the chemicals used in our society, but it’s certainly unnecessary to purposely increase our risk by applying skincare creams that contain known or suspected carcinogens.
With all that potential risk, are you willing to let the skin care manufacturer decide for you whether a small amount of chemically laden fragrance is OK for you?
Additionally, there’s no reason skincare products can’t include ingredients that relieve inflammation, reduce redness, provide protection from the sun and soothe our skin (even when caused by shaving or over-exposure), naturally.
Skincare products should include ingredients that encourage our body’s to increase skin cell proliferation while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Effective moisturizers should also be included, to provide increased resistance to damage.
The following is a list of ingredients to look for in your skincare products. All of them are natural ingredients which will improve the overall good health of your skin:
- Keratin derived from New Zealand sheep’s wool,
- Wakame kelp,
- capuacu butter,
- Babassu wax,
- grape seed oil,
- vitamin B5,
- vitamin E,
- coenzyme Q10 and
- witch hazel.
The best men’s skincare creams contain all of these ingredients with no preservatives or fragrances added. Use products that include these ingredients and your skin will look younger and stay healthier.