MEN+CARE Extra Fresh Body and Face Wash
Other than a change in fragrance, this is identical to Dove’s MEN+CARE Clean Comfort Body and Face Wash. As such, the same review applies: Using this on the face isn’t recommended due to the amount of fragrance and the residue that the petrolatum and film-forming agent leave on skin. It’s an OK body wash for dry skin, but for whatever reason, Dove just didn’t get the rinse factor right. For example, Olay’s body washes also contain a high amount of petrolatum, but they rinse easily from skin without a perceptible “film-y” feel. Not so with this Dove product, which leaves skin feeling more like you washed with a bar of soap. No, this isn’t a soap, but the residue it leaves behind isn’t pleasant or the healthiest thing for your skin.
Dove Men+Care Extra Fresh Body and Face Wash with MICROMOISTURE technology is clinically proven to fight skin dryness better than regular mens body wash. This ultra-light formula delivers extra refreshment with a cooling agent, then rinses off easily for total skin comfort.
Strengths: Inexpensive; available in every major drugstore and mass-market store; some very good body washes.
Weaknesses: The Beauty Bars are not as bad as true soaps, but all bar cleansers present problems for skin.
From its beginnings in the 1940s with its still-available original Beauty Bar, Dove has expanded and the curiously curtailed its selection of skin-care products to the point where their facial care offerings are back to nothing more than bar cleansers.
Although their Beauty Bars have their share of problems (such as containing drying ingredients and not rinsing well), they're better than traditional bar soap. However, if you can get past your propensity for bar cleansers, neighboring lines at the drugstore offer better, gentler, water soluble cleansers (the kind Dove has offered in the past).
Where Dove holds sway at the drugstore is with its vast selection of body washes. Although the formulas often differ only by fragrance, for the most part they are excellent, affordable options, especially for normal to dry skin. The body washes in their men's line aren't quite as elegant as those in the main line, and guys should know their skin will do just fine with Dove's regular body washes.
Note: All Dove products contain fragrance unless otherwise noted.
For more information about Dove, call (800) 761-3683 or visit www.dove.com.
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