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The skincare aisle is overflowing with countless soaps, creams and lotions, many of them claiming to make you look younger and more handsome. Choosing the right product can be daunting and nauseating for any guy.

Take a deep breath and clear your mind. Remember that your skin absorbs what you put on it – both good and bad. Focus on what you are looking for and what you are avoiding in your skincare products. Here’s a quick tip sheet to help you navigate and survive the skincare aisle at any store for both men and women.

Main culprits for an aging face include:

  • sun damage
  • dehydration
  • lack of sleep

A daily face cream should:

  • protect from the sun and other environmental stressors
  • hydrate with quality ingredients
  • rejuvenate with antioxidants

 Ingredients to look for:

  • natural moisturizers from plants, nuts and seeds
  • antioxidants to help rejuvenate your skin
  • essential oils for a natural scent
  • mineral sunscreen such as non-nano zinc oxide
  • ingredients that you recognize

Ingredients to avoid:

You’ve heard the warnings on hundreds of potentially toxic chemical ingredients that disrupt your hormones and potentially lead to more serious issues. Keep in mind that while the European Union bans around 1,400 potentially toxic chemicals from their skincare products, Canada only bans about half that number and the US bans less than 50. Here are some of the key ingredients to avoid:

  • oxybenzone
  • parabens
  • phthalates
  • BHA and BHT
  • PEG
  • petrolatum
  • parfum or “fragrance” can hide hundreds of chemicals, including those that could be toxic