Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can actually keep: give your grooming routine an all-natural overhaul. These all-natural grooming products for men offer a great way to start going green. And, if you forget any of these while traveling, or want to experiment with new ones, EVEN Hotels stocks EO products, plant-based options that’ll help you stay on track:
Cleanse: The first step in any skin care routine is cleansing, which should be done morning and night, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. Choose one that’s gentle enough to be used twice daily, like Josh Rosebrook Complete Moisture Cleanse (available in travel size). African black soap and licorice wash away dirt while aloe vera gel, sea buckthorn and honey moisturize.
Tip: Leave your cleanser on for a few minutes before rinsing.
Moisturize (Part 1): Traveling really takes its toll on skin, so make sure your moisturizing game is strong. If you’re prone to dryness or are just looking for a more powerful punch, try a vitamin-infused water, such as Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator, followed by a serum.
Moisturize (Part 2): Once you’ve spritzed your face with a vitamin-rich water, moderately spray the palm of your hand; add one or two pumps of a serum, like Mahalo Vitality Elixir, and massage onto face. Not only does this serum moisturize, it rejuvenates, calms inflammations and firms skin.
Tip: If you sport a beard, be sure to apply the serum to it, because facial hair is just as susceptible to dryness as the skin on your face. If you shave, however, read on.
Shave: Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel: Sandalwood & Sage uses sandalwood and coriander seed oil to lift the hair and reduce irritation. Or if you prefer a cream, try Taylor of Old Bond Street Organic Shaving Cream, which really lathers well. Ingredients, including aloe vera and jojoba, will soothe even the most-sensitive of skin types.
Tip: Be sure to cleanse skin before applying.
Shampoo: The problem with most shampoos is they use ingredients that strip hair of natural oils. True Botanicals Nourishing Shampoo lathers nicely without stripping, so don’t hold back. It’s also rich in antioxidants, including catechins, which are derived from green and white tea leaves.
Condition: Not only is conditioning an important step in hair care, it’s one that’s readily available in all-natural versions. Look for one, like True Botanicals Nourishing Conditioner, that deeply moisturizes, but won’t weigh down hair (especially if you have thin/balding hair).
Tip: Apply conditioner to damp—not soaking wet—hair, and give it a few minutes before rinsing.
Cleanse: Not only is African black soap an effective cleanser, it also rids the body of dead skin. This is noteworthy for men who don’t exfoliate the skin on their body. Shea Terra African Black Soap also includes shea butter and coconut cream oil that ensure your skin isn’t left dry.
Moisturize: Speaking of dryness, the skin on your body is just as susceptible to it as the skin on your face. Grown Alchemist Body Cream uses pomegranate butter, rosa damascena and acai berry in lieu of harsher ingredients to combat dryness.
Tip: To keep moisture locked in, apply to skin immediately after a hot shower.