We've all read the ingredients lists and they all contain all these beautiful INCI-words. INCI? Well, that's also some beautiful words: International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients - The international names of the ingredients so we all know what's in the products. This says nothing more than the name of the ingredient. Sometimes words like ”for all skin types” or sensitive ”sensitive” appear on the lables, but not always, and this makes us ask ”What's good for my skin, and what to avoid?”
The first thing you need to figure out is what type of skin you have. Skin types are usualy divided into five categories: Dry, Fatty/Acne-prone, Normal, Sensitive and Aged.
Here you'll find som minor tips on how you might determine what kind of skin you have, what you should avoid and last some tips on which products to use. These tips are for those looking for something new, or those that might be uncertain about which products goes well for you skin. This is just recommendations - not a pro-tip. Try your way through the djungle, we guarantee that you'll find products that works for you and your skin that is not listed below.
Skin that cracks in dry air during the winter and cold weather. Flakes or feels tense after cleaning. Dry skin is known for very small or non-existing pores. The reason for this is that the skin does not produce enough fat for the skin to keep naturally moist.
Avoid: Alcohol-based aftershaves that does not contain any moisturizing ingredients. Alum.
Use: Pre-Shave Oil, Moisturizing soaps that contains Glycerin/Glycerol, Potassium Cocoate, Cocos Nucifera, Tallow, Lanolin and Aftershave Balm/Lotion that contains moisturizing ingredients such as Glycerin, Hamamelis [virginiana] (Witch Hazel), Simmondsia chinensis seed oil (Jojoba), Butyrospermum parkii [oil] (Shea butter), Santalum album (Sandalwood /-oil).
Recommendations: Böker Shaving soap. Col. Conk Shaving Soaps, Aftershave Lotion, Pre-Shave Oil, Almond Balm. DR.K Aftershave. Lucky Tiger Cocoa Butter, Aftershave & Face Tonic, Liquid Cream Shave. Musgo Real Preshave, Aftershave and soaps and creams. Parker shaving soap. Proraso's Blue and Red line. Prospector Co aftershaves. Tabac Aftershave Balm. Taconic Preshave, Aftershave, shave soaps and creams. Taylor of Old Bond Street shave soaps and creams
Glassy skin that feels fat, often with big, visible pores. The fat skin overproduces the natural fats, and you can see this by looking at the pores that often are splayed and/or clogged.
Avoid: Pre-Shave Oils as this can clogg the pores, and you should avoid soaps containing Simmondsia chinensis seed oil (Jojoba), Butyrospermum parkii [oil] (Shea butter) as these can be fatty. You might need to avoid aftershave lotions and balms as these are very moisturizing and could leave a fatty film on your skin which could cause pimples.
Use: Alcohol based aftershave/cologne with or without moisturizers, Alum, Camphor, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil (Tea Tree-oil), Hamamelis [virginiana] (Witch Hazel), Santalum album (Sandalwood /-oil)
Recommendations: Böker Shaving soap. Col. Conk Shave Soaps, Almond Balm, Cologne. Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub. Lucky Tiger Aftershave & Face Tonic, Mollé Brushless Shave Cream, Aftershaves. OSMA Shaving Soap. Pinaud Clubman Aftershaves. Tabac shave soap and aftershave. The Bluebeards Revenge shave cream, aftershave and Shaving Solution. Williams Mug Shaving Soap.
The normal skin is a mixed skin in the face. For example, the nose and forehead might feel fatty with splayed pores and you might get flakes on your cheeks, or you might have a perfectly balanced skin all over your face. Sadly, this is the most uncommon skin type due to external influences, hormones, diets or such which can have a reaction on the skin, thus altering the skin type.
Avoid/Use: The above recommendations. With this skin you really have to try your way out.
Recommendations: As the above for Fatty or Dry skin. We also recommend the Arko shave stick. Cella. Derby shave stick. Prorasos green line. Tabac. Taylor of Old Bond Streets.
Easily irritated whils shaving with or without razor burns. Can get eczema from a certain kind of products.
Avoid: Alum, alcohol based aftershaves. You might consider avoiding products with Camphor, Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde (Lyral), Benzyl alcohol, Geraniol, Citral.
Use:Products that contains Menthol, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil (Tea Tree-oil), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Santalum album (Sandalwood /-oil)
Recommendations: Bioetyc Uomo After Shave Gel and Moisturizing After Shave Lotion. Böker Shaving soap. Cella. Col. Conk Shave soaps, Aftershave Lotion, Pre-Shave Oil, Almond Balm. DR.K Aftershave. Lucky Tiger Disappearing Cream Aftershave. Proraso's white line. Prospector Co:s entire line.
More or less wrinkles and dry soft or floppy skin. Obvioulsy depending on your a... how matu... how adult you are.
Avoid: What you've always avoided. Keep it up.
Use: What you've always been using, which should contain, inter alia: Kaolin, Glycerin, Vitamin-E, Alum, Santalum album (Sandalwood /-oil), Camphor, Lavandula angustifolia oil (Lavender oil), Simmondsia chinensis seed oil (Jojoba).
Recommendations: Bioetyc Uomo. Böker Shaving soap. Cella. Col. Conk Shaving soaps, Aftershave Lotion, Pre-Shave Oil, Almond Balm. DR.K Aftershave. Lucky Tiger Cocoa Butter, Aftershave & Face Tonic, Liquid Cream Shave. Musgo Real Preshave, Aftershave and shave soaps and creams. Proraso's Green line. Prospector Co aftershaves. Taconic Preshave, Aftershave, shave soaps and creams. Taylor of Old Bond Street shave soaps and creams.