Facial Fuel No-Shine Hydrator Oil-Free 24 Hour Moisture Gel for Men
As claimed, this moisturizer is oil-free and its ingredients allow for a shine-free finish that many men will appreciate. The problem is the formula: It's not only stunningly basic (leaving all skin types wanting more), but also contains an amount of alcohol that likely will be irritating (see More Info for details). Ironically, even though this moisturizer is said to control shine, applying alcohol to the skin can end up making oily skin worse because alcohol stimulates oil production at the base of the pores!
This cannot work "24/7" to control oil and sweat. That sounds great, but is impossible; oil production is controlled by hormones and so cannot be modulated by skin-care products; if your body temperature rises enough, you'll sweat—this isn't antiperspirant for your face. There is no research showing that the tiny amounts of zinc, magnesium, and sodium PCA this contains can control even one drop of oil.
- Feels very light and sets to a matte finish for oily skin.
- The amount of alcohol likely will be irritating.
- Alcohol can increase oil production at the base of the pores.
- Formula leaves skin wanting more, and is only minimally hydrating.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm). Product like this may not be as much cause for concern as those where alcohol is more prominent, but it's worth calling out because you can find similar, alcohol-free alternatives.
Works 24/7 to control oil, shine and sweat while providing oil-free, healthy hydration. This refreshing, lightweight moisture gel is powered by a shine reducing blend of Zinc, Sodium and Magnesium to reduce the appearance of facial oils.
Kiehls has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.
Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehls main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.
Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.
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