Moisturizer For Men

by Matt Savage

Moisturizer for Men
I can’t believe I just did that. I was bamboozled. There must be a way out. I grab for the receipt out of my back pocket and slowly read over the fine print… dammit, “no refunds.” Shiiiit…

As I lay my head back in utter disgust, the view of the five beauty products lingers in the corner of my eye. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of buyers remorse. I let out a deep sigh and grab for the nearest bottle to examine it’s contents.

It’s a small crystal like potion bottle that reads, “Dead Sea Minerals: Eye Serum.” Ughh, I can’t believe I fell for this. If it wasn’t for that persuasive busty beauty and her seductive French accent, I’d still have an extra $350 in my bank account right now.

I reach and grab another. This one is large, purple and claims to be some type of milk cleanser and moisturizer for men. Another is a white facial moisturizer which apparently should be applied after the purple stuff. This makes no sense to me.

Yet another product is simply called “Skin Peeler.” Oh shit, what the hell did I get myself into? Skin Peeler, seriously?! I’m a man, this type of stuff shouldn’t even be in my house, let alone three hundred and fifty dollars worth. Do you know how much beer I could have bought with that money?

I won’t lie, I am interested in moisturizers for men, since I do like to retain my boyish good looks. And so far, my current regiment has served me well: a simple face wash with an oil free cleanser followed by a slathering of Aloe Vera gel, all for less than twenty bucks at the local CVS. Despite my age of 31 years, I still regularly get confused for a young college guy. So to say the least, I probably didn’t need to spring for any advanced skin care treatments.

Well, there’s no use worrying about it now. The deed is done. Lets try some of this goop and see if my face falls off, eh?

I shuffle into the bathroom with my expensive skin care products and carefully lay them out in order of their designated stage of the “skin care system.” I can’t help but think this is going to be a timely routine; it’s no wonder women spend so much time in the bathroom.

Face Cream for Men
I start with the scarily named skin peeler which upon opening appears to be a gelatinous form of Goldschlager. I put a few dabs on my hands and begin rubbing it in circles all over my face as instructed. After several seconds, small dirty globs of what I presume is dead skin begin to appear. I splash my face with water to clean the residue off and examine myself in the mirror. Holy crap, it actually looks a lot better! I just hope that I didn’t give myself face cancer…

No turning back now. On to the purple cleanser and white creamy moisturizer for men. I apply the purple stuff, rub it around and it just feels greasy, so I wipe it off. I then apply the white moisturizer which isn’t bad, it feels… well, moist. It looks good in the mirror but I already know that my $3.99 bottle of Aloe Vera could have done the same thing. Sigh.

Next up is the eye serum. This one intrigues me the most and it’s also the one that I hope to work. You see, because I work in front of a computer, I tend to get those dark circles under my eyes, which I don’t find flattering. I slowly rub the gel under my eye being careful not to get any in the eye. Examining the results, I’m not sure if there is much of difference, however, this product is meant to work over a longer period of time, so it’s hard to say what the results will be.

There’s one more product. It’s one of those mud type facial masks. The French beautician threw it in as a free gift because I was such a swell guy. However, I won’t be trying this tonight as it seems like a whole evening’s worth of self pampering which frankly I don’t have time for right now.

I’ll likely continue to use my new system of moisturizer for men, especially since it cost so much, I might as well use every last drop.

Just out of curiosity, what do you guys and gals out there use for skin care?

{ 17 comments }

Mack Tight October 1, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Interesting post Matt!

I’ve been somewhat fascinated with skin care products since watching “American Psycho” and seeing Christian Bales’ character so obsessed with them back in the early 2000′s.

I’ve seen skin moisturizers with vitamin E, Q10, collagen, fruits, vegetables, and other exotic ingredients that are supposed to make your skin more youthful. My conclusion is that the only ingredient that makes any real difference is SPF sunblock. A skin moisturizer is not going to repair damage, but it can prevent future damage by blocking the suns harmful rays. You can get a 4oz. bottle with SPF 15 in it for under $10 at Target.

Otherwise, salicylic acid can also help if you have acne/oil problems. I use St. Ide’s apricot scrub (has crushed walnut shells and salicylic acid) on my face once or twice a week to exfoliate.

That’s my 2 cents :-) I’m interested in reading what others have to say!

Aunt Haley October 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I’ve been using Mary Kay Timewise cleanser for oily skin and Timewise moisturizer with SPF15 for years. I’ve occasionally tried other products, but nothing works as well or keeps my skin as soft, given the price point.

Graeme October 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Haha, yeah I was also just about to reference American Psycho.

Ah, does Menthol Shaving cream count as skin care? ;)

alex October 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm

so hilarious.. i just did the same thing the other day… mine was a russian cutie though.. after some banter, i scored $250 worth of stuff for $80.. I’m quite certain i got ripped off just the same.. sounds like it’s much the same stuff like you got. dead sea vitamin enriched moisturizing stuff.

I’m 38 but pass for 10 years younger… so figure it’s time to pay a bit of attention to the skin before age does catch up.

jmkaye October 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I hate to say this (because it’s expensive as hell) but I use Jurlique products. I was given a set as a gift last year, discovered it was the only thing that didn’t irritate my skin, and was hooked.

I’m 42, and people frequently think I’m ten years younger. I would like to think it’s because I take care of myself, but it’s probably just a combination of lucky genes and no kids.

Jennifer October 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

American Psycho came to mind after reading this too… after I got over the sticker shock. Holy crap that’s a lot of money.

Mack is mostly right – protecting your skin from the sun is the best thing you can do. Along with aloe treatments (my doctor actually told me that was excellent for skin moisturizing).

Me? I do nothing extra for skin moisturizing and never have. I don’t have dry or oily skin, so I never felt a need to use anything. A majority of people guess my age to be mid to late 20s and I chalk it up to lucky genes (after I thank them giddily and giggle).

Kyle October 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Damn those busty European women! Where the find them and how they get them to work those stores remains a mystery to me. My regiment? Cheap and cheaper, to your point CVS is all a man needs. A good cleanser, a quality moisturizer with a bit of sunblock in it and you’re good to go. I’m just past 40 and frequently am told I am still in by early 30′s, and my genes ain’t that good but I’ll take that.

Buyers remorse is a bitch, isn’t it? Thankfully she didn’t work at a car dealership!

Matt Savage October 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Interesting, I haven’t seen American Psycho so didn’t really know about that reference to skin care, though I’ve just added it to my Netflix, hopefully my small obsession with moisturizer isn’t I sign of being a psychopath.

The suggestions to wear sunscreen are good too, though I don’t really wear any on a daily basis, usually just to beach or when I definitely know I’ll be out in the sun all day. I suppose I should think about that more often.

Speaking of sunscreen, I’ve always liked this video:

Jennifer October 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

It’s a great movie.. watched it a few times.

Hammer October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

I don’t believe in skin care. This comes from my paleo philosophy of nutrition and lifestyle, but basically, your body is designed to sort of “self clean” without the use of soap, shampoo, chapstick etc. It has been my experience that using soap actually dries out your skin, thus requiring you to use these skin products, just as shampoo makes your scalp produce oils faster, requiring you to use it more frequently. I still shower at least once a day, the only difference is that I don’t use any products in the shower. I don’t really get any acne anywhere anymore, and I generally smell better, particularly my balls after sweating.

I guess it’s safe to say that I think the sunscreen stuff is also bullshit. Vitamin D is super important and underrated with regards to health and appearance, and sunblock inhibits its production. I’m somewhat olive skinned (half greek), so I don’t really burn, although part of that also has to do with my very low inflammation diet, as I’ve noticed that while I used to burn on my face and shoulders, I don’t burn at all anymore even in Vegas in July with multiple hours of direct exposure.

So yea, a proper diet, plus proper skin care (i.e. not using this shit) is going to be more effective in dealing with skin dryness, appearance and of course acne than chasing problems with more problems while attempting to treat symptoms rather than underlying causes.

Jennifer October 4, 2010 at 11:08 am

You’re right about Vitamin D. I started taking a blend of it with Probiotics a month ago and have noticed a huge difference. I’ve always taken vitamins in general, but since I added more Vitamin D to the daily regimen it has improved my overall feeling.

Ha, lucky you that you don’t burn. I fry to a crisp if I stay out too long. Damn fair skin.

Stoner with a Boner October 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

U R a meterosexxxual!

Matt Savage October 5, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Hammer,
That’s interesting about the whole “au natural” way of skin care and have thought about it in the past. I do have a friend who has completely stopped using soap while bathing or showering for the same reasons. Also, I believe Roosh does something similar with minimal bathing and only uses conditioner for his hair.

You wouldn’t happen to know of any links/resources/research which support your au natual way?

Jennifer,
I’m in the same boat as far as fair skin and the sun goes. I’m pretty sure I’d be burned to a crisp if I completely avoided sunscreen altogether…

Hammer October 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

This is the only place that I’ve seen it written about formally: http://freetheanimal.com/2009/12/paleo-i-dont-care-i-like-no-soap-no-shampoo.html. It’s really just one of those things you have to try for yourself. The shampoo thing takes a while for your body to adapt to, and it’s very noticeable if you have long hair while you’re transitioning. I’ve recently cut my hair (maybe a month ago?) and with shorter hair it’s less of a deal.

Cailin December 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hahahaha! The Dead Sea peddlers…cracks me up. SO glad to know this crap works on men too. There’s always some European guy with one of those accents that gives me a soothing Zen tingle wanting to touch my face at those booths…I generally walk away a good bill or two poorer myself.

Natasha January 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Matt as an esthetician it makes me happy to know that you care enough about your skin that you spent that much money on a cleanser, moisturizer and exfoliater:) By the way you shouldn’t exfoliate more than 1-2 a week, and if your skin is really sensitive try once a week. Unfortunately, those booths tend to have overpriced products whose quality is not really good.

Ace February 2, 2011 at 4:41 am

Hi Guys,

First of all, I’m impressed by the comments on here, it’s great that more and more men are becoming proactive in taking care of their skin.

In regards to good quality products, I would recommend using products by Kiehls. Their products are known worldwide for being some of the best you can buy but of course with that there always comes a price. However, I believe if you are investing in your skin and want products that will benefit and be of no determinant to your skin then you shouldn’t be too worried about the price, as long as it doesn’t cause you to declare bankruptcy.

My other piece of advice comes as a word of caution for those who supplement with Vitamin D. Unless instructed by your physician to supplement due to a Vit D deficiency, please refrain from self supplementing. I recommend this because as individuals we are receiving plenty of vitamin D from our diet, especially if you are drinking milk, which fortified with Vit D .

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it actually is stored in our bodies if there is excess, instead of it being excreted out like Vitamin C, which is a water soluble vitamin. Once there is excess, this can lead to toxicity and severe side effects. Just be smart about what you eat and know the importance of balance.

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