FeaturesJune/July 2014 Issue

For Men Only: All-Natural Grooming Tips

Make your own gifts for Father's Day.

Heart Illustration by Mateusz Zogata/123rf.com

Heart Illustration by Mateusz Zogata/123rf.com

Being well groomed with healthy skin is a confidence booster for today’s men. Some items (soaps, shampoos) can be used interchangeably by men and women but there are definitely times when men do best with their own set of products.

For most men, shaving is a daily ritual, so why not make it as pleasant and soothing as possible by using products with all-natural ingredients? The same goes for heavy-duty hand soap to bust up grime and treatment for athlete’s foot to effectively stave off fungus and bacteria.

These DIY products are made with all-natural ingredients that do the job while promoting healthy skin. Created for the man in your life, especially if he has allergies and sensitive skin, they make welcome gifts for Father’s Day—and any day.

After-Shave

MAKES 8 OUNCES


Chamomile is naturally soothing and helps reduce inflammation. It also helps heal and repair the skin, important after shaving when there are razor bumps or nicks. Splash this on after shaving.

2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers or chamomile tea
1 cup witch hazel
1/8 teaspoon alum powder (available in the spice section in grocery stores)

1. Combine all ingredients in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.

2. Place mixture in a cool, dark spot for a week.

3. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container.

Hand Scrub

MAKES 8 OUNCES

This scrub gets hands really clean after dirty, grimy work. Pumice (powdered volcanic rock) is available at most pharmacies and online. If you feel pumice is too harsh for your man’s sensitive skin, use cornmeal or kosher salt instead.

1 cup grated vegetable soap
2 tablespoons borax powder
1 tablespoon powdered pumice, coarse cornmeal or kosher salt

1. Combine all ingredients in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.

2. To use, sprinkle a small amount into the palm of your hand. Add warm water to form a lather and scrub your hands. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

TIP After scrubbing your hands, moisturize them with a bit of olive oil. It removes any leftover stubborn grime while it conditions and protects the skin.

Athlete’s Foot Rx

ENOUGH FOR 1 TREATMENT

Geranium oil, which contains natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, is an excellent treatment for athlete’s foot.

-Warm water
½ cup kosher salt or table salt
5 drops geranium oil (available at most natural food stores)

1. Fill a shallow tub or clean large bucket with warm water. Add salt and geranium oil, stirring to combine ingredients and to dissolve the salt.

2. Immerse feet in this mixture and soak 20 minutes.

3. Dry feet well, especially between the toes.

Foot Rub

MAKES 2 OUNCES

This massage oil is an energizing treatment after a long day on your feet. The key ingredients (tea tree oil and vinegar) are mildly astringent and cooling.

2 tablespoons light oil (sunflower, canola or almond)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon tea tree oil

1. Combine all ingredients in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in a cool, dark spot until used.

2. To use, shake the jar gently to remix ingredients. Pour a small amount into the palm of your hand and slowly massage into the feet. Then put your feet up and rest 15 minutes.

Janice Cox is author of Natural Beauty at Home.

 

 

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