Glycerin Cleansing Bar is a classic bar soap, and although soap may seem like a great way to get clean, its negative effects on skin aren't something guys should "tough out." The major issue with bar soap is that it's highly alkaline; that is, it has a high pH. Skin's normal pH is about 5.5, while most bar soaps have a pH of around 8 to 10, which negatively impacts the surface of skin by causing irritation and increasing the presence of bacteria on and in the skin.
There is research showing that washing with a cleanser with a pH of 7 or higher, which is true of many bar soaps and bar cleansers, increases the presence of bacteria significantly when compared with using a cleanser with a pH of 5.5 (Sources: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, volume 10, Supplement 1, 2009, pages 13–17; Cutis, volume 78, Supplement 1, July 2006, pages 34–40; Dermatologic Therapy, volume 17, Supplement 1, 2004, pages 26–34; Clinics in Dermatology, January-February 1996, pages 23–27; and Dermatology, 1995, volume 191, issue 4, pages 276–280).
In short, bar soaps clean well, but their side effects aren't worth the trade-off, not when there are countless gentle yet effective body washes to consider instead.
One more comment: This soap is highly fragrant, and the fact that soap leaves a residue on skin means that the fragrance ingredients linger, from head to toe, potentially causing itching, dryness, and more irritation (see More Info for details).
- Bar soap is drying for all skin types.
- Highly fragrant.
- Formula leaves a residue on skin that can be irritating, and eventually will make skin look dull.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Strengths: The self-tanner is a cut above the norm; good lip balm with sunscreen.
Weaknesses: Like most mens lines, Anthony Logistics products often contain irritating ingredients that hurt rather than help skin; terrible shaving and post-shave products; expensive body washes with basic formulas; impossible to assemble a complete skin-care routine without exposing skin to several problematic ingredients.
There really is an Anthony behind the Anthony Logistics brandAnthony Sosnick, who began this men's line in 2000. In some ways, the brand opened up a whole new world of skin care for guys, because it went beyond the soap/shave/aftershave routine that for years was the only widespread option for men's grooming.
Now sold at major retailers, such as Sephora, Ulta, and numerous men's salons throughout the United States, Anthony Logistics offers men's skin care from head to toe. As impressive as that is, there's a catch: Most of the products contain one or more irritating ingredients that won't lead a man to his best-looking, healthiest skin. In that sense, Anthony Logistics differs little from almost every other men's product line, and that's a shame because clearly this brand has some good potential (and good intentions).
According to the company, their products are formulated with ingredients specific to a man's skin, but that claim is completely bogus. The fact is there are no special ingredients men need that women don't and vice versa. Yes, there are some differences between men's and women's skin but those differences don't have anything to do with how you take care of your skin. Sun damage, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, large pores, and on and on should be treated the same way, regardless of your gender. Men's products don't need to be stronger, because all stronger typically means is more irritating, and no one's skin needs that!
As mentioned above, most of the Anthony Logistics products contain ingredients that are extremely problematic for anyone's skin. Ingredients like alcohol, peppermint, eucalyptus, and many of the other irritants strewn throughout this line are seriously bad for skin. (Guys, skin care isn't about portraying a tough "no pain, no gain" mentality.) The limited number of well-formulated products makes this a less than logical line for any man.
For more information about Anthony Logistics, call (866) 268-4669 or visit anthony.com.
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