Moisturizers for Modern Men

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    Apr 23, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
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    NYT: No longer the ugly stepbrothers of the beauty industry, men’s facial moisturizers have upgraded with better textures and ingredients. Enough so that we wondered if they may better some women’s products:

    LIGHTEN UP

    Lab Series Skincare for Men Max LS Light Moisture Lotion

    This liquid lotion provided surprisingly thorough hydration with a featherweight feel. The product also layered well with sunscreen (and makeup). But those with drier complexions may still prefer a richer cream, especially at night. ($54 for 3.4 fluid ounces at b-glowing.com)

    STAR CROSSED

    Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

    There were persuasive reasons to root for this moisturizer (which seemed more serum than balm), from its indie origins in Vermont to the organic ingredients (100 percent natural, 82 percent organic, says the label). But alas, the sticky residue was unforgivable. There’s also a strong herbal fragrance on application, but the odor quickly faded. ($36 for 2.5 fluid ounces at TheMotley.com)

    MULTITASKER

    Jack Black Epic Moisture MP10 Nourishing Oil

    An intriguing oil blend that felt dry to the touch and left a pleasant fresh scent, this will suit multitaskers. With ingredients like argan and moringa seed oils, it moisturized, did a solid job of taming frizzy hair, soothed dry cuticles and lubricated before shaving — but left a faintly shiny finish. ($32 for 2 fluid ounces at Macys.com)

    A TELLING SMELL

    Every Man Jack Face Lotion in Sandalwood

    Every Man Jack has earned many devotees for its straightforward and wallet-friendly approach to men’s grooming, including unscented and mint facial lotions. Its latest, which is sandalwood-scented, absorbs and moisturizes well, but the fragrance was a tad overwhelming. ($7.49 for 4.2 fluid ounces at Whole Foods)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/fashion/mens-facial-moisturizers-2-0.html?ref=fashion
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    Apr 23, 2014 10:08 AM GMT
    I'm becoming a fan of Avene, though they aren't really men's products. Somehow the men's stuff seems gimicky to me, but those bottles certainly are very nice to look at in the bathroom.

    http://www.aveneusa.com/products/
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    Apr 23, 2014 10:42 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 said$54?!?!?!

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    There are face creams that cost $500 actually..
    My neighbor uses a japanese one that costs that much.
    She looks the same imo...
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    Apr 23, 2014 10:50 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 said$54?!?!?!

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    Apr 23, 2014 12:10 PM GMT
    vichy homme
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    Apr 23, 2014 12:58 PM GMT
    swolegasm saidI'm becoming a fan of Avene, though they aren't really men's products.


    This stuff is SO good ! I like Avene too.

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    I also recently got into Asian skincare products and they are amazing. So high tech and yet the prices won't break the bank either.

    I'm currently using a moisturizer that has snail slime and EGF as it's main ingredients ! icon_lol.gif

    Also: never trust recommendations from a publication like the NYT or any magazine for that matter. Most of the time they just promote what advertisers want them to.
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    Apr 23, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
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    jmusmc85 said$54?!?!?!

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    I use that on my arms and stuff if they get dry, but not on my face.
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    whateveryo said
    swolegasm saidI'm becoming a fan of Avene, though they aren't really men's products.


    This stuff is SO good ! I like Avene too.

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    I also recently got into Asian skincare products and they are amazing. So high tech and yet the prices won't break the bank either.

    I'm currently using a moisturizer that has snail slime and EGF as it's main ingredients ! icon_lol.gif

    Also: never trust recommendations from a publication like the NYT or any magazine for that matter. Most of the time they just promote what advertisers want them to.





    Those Asian products often have skin bleaching agentsicon_confused.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 23, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    I used to use Clinique men's but my partner used a cheap grocery store brand Cetaphil that costs about 1/10. Works just s well. The markup in cosmetics is ridiculous. And no real improvement in function. I don't mind paying up for high quality stuff but I do not like being played for a chump.
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
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    Those Asian products often have skin bleaching agentsicon_confused.gif


    A lot do yeah (I wouldn't call them 'bleaching' though) because Asians primary skin concern with ageing isn't wrinkles but skin discolouration.

    So ingredients like Kojic Acid and Arbutin are added to counter that.

    Both are quite mild though, we aren't talking hydroquinone- which Michael Jackson used to de-pigment his skin- that is still available OTC in the U.S !
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:22 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI used to use Clinique men's but my partner used a cheap grocery store brand Cetaphil that costs about 1/10. Works just s well. The markup in cosmetics is ridiculous. And no real improvement in function. I don't mind paying up for high quality stuff but I do not like being played for a chump.
    Consistency is really important for branding, so it could be the same stuff, but a bad batch that gets bottled for the supermarket.
  • LJay

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    Apr 23, 2014 3:32 PM GMT
    Costco has a great deal on two large pump bottles of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion. Does the job well. Not icky and greasy. Doctor is happy with it.

    I used to work right next to a cosmetics buyer for a large department store. Believe me. The hype is not worth the dollars.
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    The common cheap brands contain so much chemicals that will keep the skin dry so you would end up using the product more often. Hence, they can sell more.

    These fancy brands are great but who can dig so deep for everyday use?

    I suggest (because I do use) organic skin care products. Whole foods, fairway, or your local organic food store would sell skin care stuff. These may not be cheap like Vaseline or neutrogena. But it is far more effective and natural than most other products.

    Goats milk lotion is wonderful. And so is Dermal E. South of France and Dr. Bronners body wash is fantastic. I am pushing for organic skin products.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    La Mer.

    Painfully expensive but worth it's weight in platinum.
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    Apr 23, 2014 5:17 PM GMT
    I use SEACRET Dead Sea skin products. Recently I've been trying this men's line.

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    The following combination is great for exfoliating the body and post-moisturizing. I use this on my elbows, hands, knees and legs. Great for dry skin (body). Has Dead Sea salts and minerals that provide the therapeutic properties. If you have eczema and psoriasis, this may help.

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    For my face, I wash with
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    …which really helps with the acne.

    I use four of the products from the age-defying line for preventive care. The eye serum and eye cream are great for around the eyes.
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    Apr 23, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
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    I've found nothing better than this. I keep a jar in my kitchen and a jar by my bathroom sink. The moment I get out of the shower, this goes all over my body. I never have to reapply it until the next time I shower.
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    Apr 23, 2014 5:55 PM GMT

    I like coconut oil too, but only in the cold weather months...it clogs my pours in the spring and summer. Applying 4K IU Vit E oil before bed works for me.
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    Apr 23, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
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    I use this one because my doc said it was among the best. Great for necks, shoulders, hands.
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    This one I found in the 90's - - great for the face.
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    This one is good for arms, legs, & everywhere else.
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    Apr 23, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
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    I've found nothing better than this. I keep a jar in my kitchen and a jar by my bathroom sink. The moment I get out of the shower, this goes all over my body. I never have to reapply it until the next time I shower.


    Coconut oil is the BEST!
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    Apr 23, 2014 10:25 PM GMT
    mmmship saidThe common cheap brands contain so much chemicals that will keep the skin dry so you would end up using the product more often. Hence, they can sell more.

    These fancy brands are great but who can dig so deep for everyday use?

    I suggest (because I do use) organic skin care products. Whole foods, fairway, or your local organic food store would sell skin care stuff. These may not be cheap like Vaseline or neutrogena. But it is far more effective and natural than most other products.

    Goats milk lotion is wonderful. And so is Dermal E. South of France and Dr. Bronners body wash is fantastic. I am pushing for organic skin products.


    Also, a healthy diet helps with the skin. It's a much more wholistic way to go about it. I bought a juicer and started having green-veggie cocktails, and my skin became impressively improved in like three weeks. I almost started glowing-Twilight vampire style.

    Plus, whenever I'd have a cocktail with cucumber, coriander, and spinach (which would be 80% of my cocktails), I save some of the residual pulp after having cleaned the machine. It works fantastically as a skin fortifying agent.
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    Apr 24, 2014 2:09 AM GMT
    My face was so dry and ashy today omg.
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    Apr 24, 2014 3:38 AM GMT
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    jmusmc85 said$54?!?!?!

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    $3- works for me! icon_wink.gif


    I use this from Target as well $3 and it works amazing. I use it on parts of my face that get dry after washing it, and my arms / upper back. The tube lasts forever.
  • LJay

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    Apr 24, 2014 3:45 AM GMT
    Of course, drinking lots of water helps, too.

    My skin has been in much better shape after a bout of dryness a couple of years ago since I followed the doc's suggestion to bathe in warm, not hot, water and to use Dove soap. I also run a humidifier in the winter and drink LOTS of water all the time.
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    Fritter said
    jmusmc85 said$54?!?!?!

    Goddamn!!!icon_eek.gif



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    $3- works for me! icon_wink.gif


    yeah, I can't get into $50 lotions and potions. icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 24, 2014 5:59 AM GMT
    I use unrefined shea butter. It is the base ingredient in many cosmetic items. I still shave with a safety razor, so shea butter makes a great preshave prep as well as a post shave moisturizer. (I don't just use it on my face).