For men, we have one of Jimmy's favorites - Ole Henriksen's Walnut Complexion Scrub. Walnut powder does the job of exfoliating the skin and scrubbing out pores. There is soothing aloe and allantoin plus invigorating ginseng.
For an affordable and effective over-the-counter retinol cream (have you any idea how hard that is to find), try MD Formulations Vit-a-plus Clearing Complex Mask has a base of montmorillonite clay and 2% retinol. The retinol action might also be given a boost salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid that is used as an exfoliant and for treating acne. The usual suspects in the preservative department, otherwise there isn't much to dislike.
Another one that just scrapes in under our price threshold, but this one is way too good to leave out: Isomers Matrixyl 3000 Rejuvenation Serum ($30). For a largely unadulterated Matrixyl 3000 experience, it doesn't get much better than this.There is glycerin and linseed oil and not much else.
Issimo Guy Gear Eye Thing ($28): Finally, a good eye cream in the men's dept. Green tea and caffeine are good anti-oxidants and there are plenty of vitamins: A, E, C, D and K. The K will be good for dark under eye circles. Turmeric, orange and pineapple should help tone and de-puff. There is also marigold, algae and soy protein. There isn't much to dislike: a couple of parabens and panthene (pro-vitamin B that can be a mild irritant). Recycled packaging.
I can hardly believe how good this Body Moisturizing Lotion can be for $7.99. Yes To Carrots boasts being paraben free and its key ingredients are Dead Sea mud, as well the obvious carrots. I thoroughly expected them to be mere needles in a haystack of gloop and chemicals. I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes to Carrots Body Moisturizing Lotion has an emollient, propylene glycol (which I, personally, believe is largely safe) and imidazolidinyl urea, a preservative that can irritate sensitive skin. Apart from that, however, it is excellent value for money with olive, jojoba, avocado and almond oil, organic extracts of pumpkin, sweet potato and melon. Then there is vitamin E and niacin (vitamin B3 supposedly good against rosacea and for brightening skin) and no less than three algae extracts.
If you are in the UK, you can get hold of Yes to Carrots stuff on Amazon.uk
Ingredients in Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub
Water, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lauramide Dea, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Lecithin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tocopherol, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Salicylate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Fragrance, Carmine (Ci 75470).
Ingredients in MD Formulations
Purified water, (Agua), Glycerin, Montmorillonite, Sodium Lactate (and) Lactic Acid, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Ceresin, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Retinol (and) Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Salicylate (and) Salicylic Acid, retinyl Pamitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil/Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Diazolindinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynol Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
Ingredients in Isomers Matrixyl 3000
Water/Aqua, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Ingredients in Issimo Guy Gear Eye Thing
Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Grape (Vitis Vinefera) Seed Oil, Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) Extract, Triethanolamine, Pentylene Glycol, VP/VA Copolymer, Carbomer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caffeine, Ethylhexyl Ethyl
Ingredients in Yes To Carrots
Spring Water and (Dead) Sea Water and Carrot Juice, Isopropyl Myistate, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Dulcis (Almond) oil, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Calendula officinalis Oil, Organic Extracts of: Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Melon, Orange & Honey, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Fragrance, Potassium Lactate, Camomila Recuthita (Camomile Oil), Tocopherol Acetate, Algae Extracts (Dunaliella, Spirulina, Rhodella), Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propolis Extract, Ginkgo Biloba, Niacin, Carrot Juice, Carrot Seed Oil, Imidazolidinyl Urea