Is a body cream just for women?

Did you know that macho gladiators sprinkled olive oil on their body to better resist wounds (and to heal them) as well as making it difficult for the opponent to hold their grip? 

Did you know that ancient Greek athletes in training and competition would cover themselves in olive oil before starting?


Stephen Miller in his 2004 book Ancient Greek Athletics (p. 15) gives the following answer:

‘Some suggest that rubbing the oil in helped to warm up and limber the muscles before exercise, others that the oil protected the skin from the sun and the elements. Another theory is that oil produced a glistening body which was aesthetically pleasing and desirable, or that the coating of oil prevented the loss of bodily fluids during exercise…

Treating your skin and keeping it hydrated, in fact, prevents a lot of problems:

- In winter, with cold, the skin will redden less and will not crack.

- Hands will not have that terrible "asphalt" effect and will not burn (which sometimes makes it impossible to even wash them).

- It will be less prone to infections, dermatitis and scaly eczema.

- In summer, it will be less prone to burn, to peel, to dry out.

- Over time, you'll have less age spots.

Men’s body cream, how to choose

Even the male skin needs creams and dedicated products. Here's how to choose a perfect body cream for men.

Man’s skin is usually thicker (20%) and oilier than woman’s, and not only during puberty or adolescence. The male epidermis therefore needs cosmetic products with dedicated and specific formulations. The importance of texture and fragrance, much appreciated by men (perhaps even more than by women) is not negligible. In fact, often man replaces the perfume with deodorants, aftershave or just with a fresh and intense fragranced body cream.

How should men’s body cream be?

- First of all it should be moisturizing but not oily, gel and cream treatments are better than vegetable oils.

- Secondly, with formulations based on purifying ingredients such as tea tree or essential oils of lemon or bergamot.

- Lastly, especially if the cream is applied after sport, it should contain active ingredients that are anti-fatigue.

When to apply the body cream? Every morning after the shower and always after the gym, the pool or physical activity in general.

Monmore recommend its Organic Body Cream with Bamboo & Shea Butter.

SHEA BUTTER is extremely moisturizing and very hydrating, when applied to the skin it provides immediate softness and smoothness. But it has other proven benefits.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a study indicating that shea nuts and shea fat (shea butter) constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds. Another study from the American Journal of Life Sciences claims that shea butter boosts collagen production, demonstrating anti-aging properties.

“BAMBOO has healing properties.

If you cut your skin and put bamboo on it, it will heal faster.

The Chinese have known this for centuries (they’ve always used it to make infections heal faster), but now science has confirmed it too.

Bamboo also has the following properties:

- It has excellent moisturizing properties

- It has some good sun screening abilities (good enough to enhance your sunscreen, not good enough to replace it!)

- It can reduce melanin production, helping dark spots fade away.

Impressive, isn’t it?

Of course, there must be enough bamboo extract in the cream (or whatever) to get the job done. Just a sprinkle won’t do”.

(From Gio' at