I've been given a sneak preview of two new products from the sleekly Italian men's grooming company Gessato. Daily Face Cleanser and Invigorating Face Scrub will be available in stores and at Gessato.com from November 26.

Gessato's eye creams got good reviews from Jimmy and one of our readers, so it should be worth checking out these suds. Both the cleanser and the scrub contain arnica, milk thistle, chamomile and aloe. And, thanks to Arnica, I've made a couple of little discoveries.

We've written about arnica's anti-inflammatory properties in the an earlier post, but I was intrigued to learn from Gessato that milk thistle (which endearingly also goes by the name of silybum) can protect against UVB sun damage. Indeed, researchers at a Czech university claim this is due to the flavonoligans in the plant. The antioxidant capabilities of milk thistle have been published in the Journal of Surgical Research.

I also learned from Gessato that aloe vera stimulates collagen production. I'd always thought that aloe was a moisturizer, but nothing more, so I did some double-checking. According to Dr Danhof of North Texas Research Laboratories, aloe speeds up skin cell reproduction by as much as eight times and penetrates the epidermis four times faster than water. All of this is due to the polysaccharides in aloe.

Ingredients in Gessato Daily Face Cleanser

Water (aqua), sodium c14 16 olefin sulfonate, disodium cocamphodiacetate, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, glycol distearate, peg 150 distearate, hamamelis virginiana extract (witch hazel), glycerin, sodium pca, cetyl alcohol, citric acid, silybum marianum (milk thistle) seed extract, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower water, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, arnica montana flower extract, benzyl alcohol, dehydroacetic acid, fragrance.

Ingredients in Invigorating Face Scrub

Water, cocoaminopropyl betaine, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, peg 100 stearate, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, hydrogenated castor oil, hydrogenated jojoba oil, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, polyethylene, sodium hydroxide, silybum marianum, (milk thistle) seed extract, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower water, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, arnica montana flower extract.