8 Best Essential Oils For The Skin Of Men

8 Best Essential Oils For The Skin Of Men

February 27, 2019 20 By Paul

Welcome back my manly followers of all things Essential Oils. Today I am going to talk about the best essential oils for the skin – or more importantly, for the man-skin. I have been dabbling in this area recently after complaining that my skin was itchy due to dryness. Being a typical male, I have never considered anything to do with my skin apart from applying sun cream when I am outside and then washing myself in the shower afterwards. My wife has more moisturisers than you can poke a stick at and applies them liberally at different times of the day and night – yep… apparently when it comes to moisturising it is not a one size fits all affair.

So anyway, as I did some close up investigations of my skin, I did actually notice that most of my protruding limbsEssential oils for the skin - man back are dry with rough patches, little cuts, scabbed insect bites and scrapes causing itchiness. Excessively dry skin can be lead to increased skin infections, itchiness (which I can attest to) and, in extreme cases, medical issues such as dermatitis and eczema. Dry or irritated skin in men is usually caused by a number of things such as:

  • Lack of water intake
  • Working with or exposure to chemicals
  • Insect bites
  • Harsh soaps
  • Salt water
  • Sun exposure

Alternatively, over oily skin can also cause undue itchiness and greasiness. If you are suffering from dry, oily or some sort of skin irritant due to the manly issues listed above, here are some chemical free remedies that may just provide you with a little relief – and keep your manly epidermis as smooth as a babies’ bot bot in the process. And in true man versus oils spirit, I have tried to keep the list as manly as possible* – meaning if it smells florally, it is not manly – after all, might as well smell good at the same time hey!

*Man Versus Oils cannot guarantee that some oils listed will not smell florally.

1. Tea Tree

Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) makes it to first on the list due to its overwhelming use in the skin care industry. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties and is good for skin blemishes and spots, dry skin and acne. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it good for relieving itchiness bought on by overly dry or oily skin. In terms of actual research in this field – there is some. But, as with most essential oil research – the results are there, but minimal at best.

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil to every 12 drops of a carrier oil.
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day.

Some research I have seen proposes the addition of Witch Hazel to the above mixture when treating acne. This will make for a much stronger mixture so always test on a small area first.

Whilst not considered a ‘hot’ oil, Tea Tree is still quite strong so I highly recommend always using a carrier oil prior to application to the skin – jojoba or avocado is probably best.

2. Sandalwood

Sandalwood has been used for centuries as a calming remedy and skin moisturiser as well as a great soothing agent for dry and inflamed skin. It has been, and continues to be used in Chinese medicine for this purpose with some positive initial studies in the western world. Oh, and it is right up there in its manly aromaness!!

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of sandalwood oil to every tablespoon of a carrier oil.
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day.

Sandalwood is not a strong oil and can be used directly on the skin to relieve insect bites and minor itchiness. However, if you are using it for a more all-over man-moisturiser, then a carrier oil is a necessity.

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3. Cypress

Essential oils for the skin - man armThis is another essential oil with a manly aroma that is also good for that tough exterior we like to carry around! As with Sandalwood, it is a great moisturiser, anti-inflammatory which helps moisten the skin and remedy any of those annoying itches! Cypress is also has high anti-bacterial properties making it good for all of those manly blemishes, bumps and bites as well as a good substitute for tea tree when dealing with acne. Unlike Sandalwood, I couldn’t find any direct research into this but I did find it as a main ingredient in many off-the-shelf skin care products so I guess there must be something there…

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of Cypress oil to every tablespoon of a carrier oil.
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day.

Cypress is not a strong oil and can be used directly on the skin to relieve insect bites and minor itchiness.

4. Lemongrass

This may be getting monotonous but Lemongrass Essential Oil (which is not a citrus oil) is another one with antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and insecticidal properties. It is especially good for use on the face as an aftershave treatment and has some scientific backup as an anti-inflammatory for the skin. It is also good for the hair so use it on the skin under your manly face covering for a double skin and hair benefit whammy!

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of Lemongrass oil to every tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba).
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day or into the beard after your evening shower.

Lemongrass is not recommended to be used directly on the skin.

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5. Frankincense

Yep, usual benefits here… Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant. I have discussed frankincense at length in a couple of posts as it is one oil we use quite regularly here in the Man Versus Oils household. We use this as a spot fixer. If we get an insect bite, scrape, rash or anything like that – we live at the beach so there is always something that can attack the skin – we apply it directly to the spot and it seems to work.

I suffer from insect bites that itch, then stop, then start itching again in a few days. Since we have been using this, that no longer happens. I have researched this in the past and there is some proof to this but it works for me, so have not done so for this particular section.

How to Use

To use:

  • Apply directly to affected part of the skin when necessary.

Frankincense can be used as a natural moisturiser so if you are doing so for this reason, then a carrier oil is definitely required. If applying directly, then as usual test on a small area first to ensure there are no adverse reactions.

6. Ylang-Ylang

Ylang Ylang is probably the least manly of the oils listed here but its benefits to the skin of man make it a worthyEssential oils for the skin - man in sun addition to this list. It is great at killing bacteria which is a major contributor to many skin issues that affect us men. It is widely researched for its abilities to reduce scarring on the skin as well as a relaxant – stress is another major contributor to skin issues in men.

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of Ylang Ylang oil to every tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba).
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day.
  • Add a couple of drops to your nightly man-bath for an all over skin soothing sensation.
  • Add to your aftershave mixture for added soothing and as a natural relaxant.

Ylang Ylang is not a strong oil and can be used directly on the skin – apply to a small area first to check for any skin reaction.

7. Lavender

Ah yes, lavender… Ruler of all the essential oils. It is always on all of the lists – except the manly oils smells ones but hey, you can’t have everything. Lavender is used in so many skin care products that it is impossible not to include it here. It is soothing with just the right amount of anti-everything benefits that it truly is an absolute must for our daily man-skin routines. It is especially good for burns, scars, rashes and bites but is also a good moisturiser.

How to Use

To use:

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of lavender oil to every tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba). We use a mixture of lavender and frankincense as a blend to sooth the skin and assist with sleep.
  • Apply to affected part of the skin a couple of times a day
  • Add to your aftershave mixture with a spruce or a ‘wood oil for added soothing and as a natural relaxant.

Lavender is not a strong oil and can be used directly on the skin – apply to a small area first to check for any skin reaction.

8. Bergamot

Bergamot is the only citrus oil to make the list and has so due to its abilities to reduce itchiness caused by environmental irritants, stress, or inflammation. It has a studied ability (Albeit brief and mainly in petri dishes) to inhibit the growth of germs which then reduces the chance of infection within the skin. It is a major ingredient in many skin soap products.

  • Mix 1 to 2 drops of bergamot oil to your chemical free man-soap for a nice smelling, germ killing shower experience.
  • Add to your aftershave mixture with a spruce or a ‘wood oil for added soothing and as a natural relaxant – citrus works very well with grounding wood sourced oils.
  • Adds a couple of drops to your man-bath to soothe the skin.

Bergamot is not a strong oil but is still a citrus so take care if you wish to apply directly on the skin.

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Conclusion

Well that is it my clean skinned friends, another list of manly stuff to do with oils. As usual, there is a bit to choose from so have a look at what you think might work well for you (or what you have in the place) and let me know how you go. As usual, if you (or someone you know) has a killer skin care remedy that they use, please do not hesitate to share below.

Until next time and as always…

Have fun

Paul

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