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Clinique

For Men 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner

3.30 fl. oz. for $ 29.00
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Clinique's men's line often perpetuates what's wrong with most men's skincare products, by selling drying, irritating formulas that do men's skin a serious disservice. Imagine our pleasant surprise when we discovered that their 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner is such a thoughtfully formulated product!

2-in-1 Skin Hydrator + Beard Conditioner feels light yet hydrates skin as it works to soften beard hairs. The lotion texture makes this easy to apply over a beard---it's not so thick that it gets caught in beard hairs which prevents absorption to the skin beneath.

Unlike most men's skincare products, this contains an impressive mix of antioxidants and replenishing ingredients. The non-greasy finish will appeal to most men, yet this is moisturizing enough to deal with dryness.

Technically, this isn't fragrance free because it contains a small amount of tangerine peel, which contains fragrance components that pose a slight risk of irritation. The extract isn't as potent as the oil, which is to your skin's benefit. Overall, we don't feel this single ingredient is reason to avoid giving this moisturizer a try—it certainly beats what most men's lines offer!

Pros:
  • Lightweight yet hydrating lotion texture doesn't get trapped in beard hairs.
  • Leaves beard/whiskers and the skin beneath soft and smooth.
  • Impressive mix of antioxidants and skin replenishers.
  • Non-greasy finish most men will find appealing.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • A small amount of tangerine peel extract poses a slight risk of irritating skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Multi-benefit lotion instantly improves skin and softens beard. Applies easily over facial hair, from one-day stubble to a light beard, to soothe the skin beneath. Over time, strengthens skin and conditions beard for easier grooming. Oil-free.
Water / Aqua / Eau, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Sucrose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Panthenol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Pantethine, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Yeast Extract / Faex / Extrait De Levure, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Isononyl Isononanoate, Potassium Stearate, Phytantriol, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Citric Acid, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate / VP Copolymer, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested arent regulated by the FDA and can mean anythingthus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundationsmany of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin colorthough the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their 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 Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.

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