With Christmas coming up, I've already been brainstorming gifts for my family. My brother is the easiest to shop for as he's not too picky, which, when it comes to skincare, can be a problem. My motivation was to steer him away from drugstore brand products. The men's skincare line that came to mind was Urth. Urth strives to be all-natural using ancient Asian herbs and ingredients - something my brother should be looking into, so I decided to go simple with Urth Face Wash.
Urth Face Wash is packed with good stuff. At first glance, you would probably stagger back from all the unusually long-worded and weird-sounding ingredients. But I assure you, they are mostly plant-derived and relatively safe. They also work as foaming agents and surfactants, which kind of sucks as they are at the top of the list, but there's so many other things here that are redemptive, like natural herbal extracts, essential vitamins and oils.
Aloe vera gel is soothing and softens the skin. There's also vitamin E, which, if you're in your early thirties like my brother, it's pretty beneficial as you'll most likely start noticing age spots. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps reduce the appearance of these and diminishes scar tissues. There's also Vitamin A (found in skincare wonder Retinyl), great for acne. Urth Face Wash also includes white tea extract, which comes from the same plant as green tea. Just like green tea, it's a super antioxidant, and helps protect against sun damage, boosting the immune function of skin cells (those who are loyal to green tea extract, that's in the product as well!). Lactic acid helps slough away dead skin cells, so there's a little bit of exfoliation love going on.
When I tried it, the face wash was a little creamy but had a refreshing scent, thanks to the peppermint and spearmint oils. It had a nice lather and washed off easily. I'm pretty certain my brother will tell the difference between this and whatever crap he is using!
Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, TEA Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Lauramide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Oleic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Aloe Vera Gel, White Oak Bark Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Chamomile Extract, Rosemary Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Lavender Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D), White Tea Extract, Ginseng Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben