Ingredient Spotlight: Allantoin, the Skin Soothing Benefits of this Low-Key Ingredient

Ingredient Spotlight: Allantoin, the Skin Soothing Benefits of this Low-Key Ingredient

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Allantoin may not be the best known natural skincare ingredient, but it’s certainly one of the most versatile.

This gentle, effective botanical extract improves skin hydration, soothes, exfoliates and gets rid of any dullness.

Making it especially beneficial for a man’s skin, even if your skin is sensitive…


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Allantoin is one of the most gentle, effective and versatile skincare ingredients – and included in all three of our products


It’s a natural skincare ingredient that you don’t hear a lot about, but Allantoin has a long list of benefits for men’s skin.


How can Allantoin improve your skin? 

Primarily, Allantoin is a skin soothing ingredient. Typically it’s extracted from the comfrey plant which has been used for centuries to help heal minor skin injuries. It reduces inflammation and increases skin hydration to aid healing.

But studies have shown that Allantoin also has antioxidant, line-smoothing, and exfoliating properties too.

It also stimulates collagen and prevents water loss from the dermis.

Making it excellent for keeping your skin looking younger.

And because it’s a very gentle ingredient, it’s perfect even for sensitive skins.


Why is Allantoin so great for a man’s skin

Exposure to the elements means that your skin can suffer from the cell-damaging free radicals produced by UV light, pollution and other elements. 

And shaving makes your skin more sensitive.

It can destroy the hydrolipidic film, leading to a loss of natural lubrication and protection. The act of dragging a blade across your skin causes irritation and nicks, creating scar tissue, increasing dryness and badly affecting the barrier function of your skin.

Allantoin goes a long way to prevent and repair this damage:


  • It exfoliates

Allantoin is keratolytic, which means it naturally exfoliates away dead skin cells, by helping the skin to shed the outermost membrane or layer of cells from the inside out. 


  • Improves skin dullness

Dead skin cells are the reason your skin can look dull and dry.

So by loosening and exfoliating away these dead cells, Allantoin promotes cell turnover and improves the look and brightness of your skin.

This process of cell turnover slows down as we get older, so a little extra help is always welcome!


  • Smooths your skin

And by removing surface dead skin cells, Allantoin also helps keep your skin looking smooth and feeling soft.

Our Daily Face Wash contains soothing Allantoin alongside gently exfoliating lactic acid, for the perfect balance of effective exfoliation - but without any irritation.

And thanks to soothing Aloe Vera and hydrating Glycerin, there’s no dryness either.

Daily Face Wash soothes your skin as it cleanses and will gently exfoliate and brighten even the most sensitive skin.




  • Allantoin improves how your skin heals 

Several studies have shown that Allantoin helps soothe injured skin and promotes wound healing. In fact, it’s often used to treat skin irritation and rashes.

So this ingredient is especially helpful if you’re prone to razor rash.


  • Soothes your skin

Allantoin is also a calming agent, reducing redness, soothing and protecting your skin.

Using Allantoin (alongside Shea Butter and lubricating Apricot Stone Oil) our Protective Shave Cream effectively moisturizes, protects and nourishes your skin throughout your shave.

And with soothing Aloe Vera and hydrating Glycerin, it guarantees a smooth, sensual shave every time.

For those guys who commonly experience irritation when shaving, the addition of Tea Tree Oil to our formula makes this shave cream especially soothing for sensitive skin.




  • Moisturizes 

Allantoin acts as an excellent emollient to keep your skin moisturized and prevent dryness and irritation.


  • Hydrates

Allantoin helps to increase the water content of cells, reducing water loss from the dermis.

So it keeps your skin hydrated, and looking smooth and youthful.


  • Rejuvenates

Allantoin also stimulates collagen production in your skin.

It’s collagen that provides the ‘structure’ to your skin, helping to keep it firm and smooth.

Making Allantoin an effective anti-aging ingredient. 

Our Hydrating Daily Moisturizer stands out for its intense deep hydration and ability to brighten and smooth a dull complexion, thanks to ingredients like hyaluronic acid, and D-Panthenol – along with Allantoin.

Not only does it create the look of healthy, glowing skin, it also goes a step further to repair the skin barrier and lock in moisture.

At the same time, it’s extremely light and absorbs instantly - leaving your face looking matt.





What is Allantoin? 

Allantoin is a compound typically extracted from the comfrey plant, which is native to Asia and Europe. For centuries comfrey leaves have been used to help heal minor skin injuries and swelling.

Nowadays, when added to skincare products, it’s usually produced synthetically in a lab, which is equally effective.


Is Allantoin safe for sensitive skin? 

Allantoin acts as a soothing, anti-inflammatory and calming skincare ingredient, making it very safe and gentle for sensitive skin.


Can Allantoin help with acne? 

Allantoin helps to remove surface dead skin cells and improve cell turnover.

It’s these dead skin cells that accumulate and clog your pores leading to breakouts.

So gently exfoliating acne-prone skin helps to prevent breakouts from occurring.


Can Allantoin improve dry skin? 

Allantoin helps to reduce water loss from the skin’s surface, increasing the water content of cells.

So it keeps your skin hydrated, and looking plump and youthful.

Allantoin also gently exfoliates away any dry, flaky skin cells that can make your skin look dull.

 Man holding three skincare products for men


The Takeaway

It’s a natural skincare ingredient that you don’t hear a lot about, but Allantoin has a long list of benefits for men’s skin.


  • Exfoliates
  • Improves skin dullness
  • Smooths skin
  • Improves skin healing
  • Soothes skin
  • Moisturizes
  • Hydrates
  • Rejuvenates

That’s why we’ve included this gentle, effective and versatile ingredient in all of our skincare products.


All you need to stay looking handsome. 





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