Denise Li makes a case for raiding your man’s stash of grooming products.
Is there ever a good reason to steal from your man’s skincare stash, considering that it’s women who face an abundance of choices where that particular category of product its concerned? We’ve got lotions, serums, moisturisers and every step in between to deal with acne, roughness, dryness, flakiness, rosacea, pigmentation and …
Therein lies the problem.
The Material World team and I have the luxury of finding about the latest skincare technologies and products as part of our jobs. But I can imagine how bewildering it must be for other women to walk into drugstores and the beauty sections of department stores and feel completely overwhelmed by choice. These days, it’s not merely enough to cleanse, tone, moisturise. Besides serums, you can even use products that you can use pre-serum to help your expensive serums absorb better! And many of us use not one but two cleansers in our daily evening regimes. That’s not even taking into account eye products, makeup primers, and what have you.
Everything about the women’s skincare industry seems to be geared towards inflating the number of products we use in our daily routines because that’s how companies get us to spend more.
The male grooming industry, however, operates on slightly different principles, because it assumes that there are fundamental differences between what men and women want out of their skincare regimes. For men, it’s always about getting the maximum results using the bare essentials. The assumption here is that men don’t want to spend longer than they have to (5 minutes, tops) on putting product on their faces, so the challenge here is to create a complete skincare regime that requires no more than three steps.
If you’re tired of having to figure out which step in your skincare regime that primer is supposed to be, or consider yourself to be low-maintenance, or sick and tired of being told to spend more and more money on products that might be unnecessarily or superfluous, it might not be a bad idea to check out the more all-encompassing male skincare ranges out there.
The good people at Kiehl’s passed me their brand-new men’s skincare range, Oil Eliminator, awhile ago, and rather than unleashing it on the first unsuspecting man that passed, I decided to try out the regime for myself. Here are my thoughts:
Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash For Men
This is definitely a product I’ll consider using over the long term. For a “deep-cleansing, exfoliating” product, I found that it did the job well without making my skin feel dry and taut after that – a problem I’ve encountered using other cleansers geared towards men. I liked the clear, gel-like texture of the product, and that the crushed apricot seeds – the exfoliating ingredient – were in tiny granules so it didn’t feel abrasive on skin at all. As my skin is sometimes rough and flaky, this might be a good product to use to get rid of the dead skin cells and surface debris.
Oil Eliminator Shine Control Toner For Men
My favourite product in the range because EVERYONE and not just men should have access to a toner that you can spray directly on your face, instead of requiring cotton pads to apply. It can also be used as a cooling facial mist – I’m going to leave this in my office table as it’s going to come in handy after running around outside. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and dries quickly too.
Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men
Disclaimer: My priority now is to deal with my dry, dehydrated skin, so this isn’t the most suitable of moisturisers for me. But here’s why it’s a super cool product all the same: It has Aerogel, which has been used in space exploration. Aerogel is the lightest solid material on earth and, when used in skincare, can vaporise sweat droplets an absorb an amazing four times its own weight in oil. Aerogel is also the reason why this moisturiser feels so weightless on skin. Over time, it will eliminate shine from skin, and is supposed to help pores look less obvious.
Final thoughts: I think one of the best things about this men’s skincare range is that the products don’t have that overly musky or masculine scent. I found the scent of the products to be pretty neutral and fresh, and the Face Wash even smells a bit minty. All the products are oil- and paraben-free. The Face Wash is also sulphate-free. The only product I won’t use is the moisturiser as it’s not suited to my skin type, but the Face Wash and Toner are definitely keepers – regardless of whether you’re male, female, or have dry skin. If you’re trying to get your guy to commit to a skincare regime, this comprehensive, yet minimalist one is as good as they come.
The Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range is now available at Kiehl’s outlets islandwide. For a complete store listing, click here. The range was given to was given to Material World for review purposes. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is neither paid for nor advised by the brand. Please read our advertising policy here.
Have you tried a men’s skincare range before? What are your thoughts on it?
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