Vitamin C Facial Serum
Vitamin C is a great ingredient for all skin types, and it helps fight multiple signs of aging. That said, vitamin C is far from the only ingredient skin needs. Think of how your health would suffer if you ate only vitamin C–rich foods, and nothing else. Just like your body requires a range of nutrients to be strong and healthy, your skin requires a range of beneficial ingredients to look and act its best.
We like the fact that this lightweight, non-greasy serum contains more than vitamin C, and some of the other ingredients are great for hydrating and helping to repair skin's surface. The problem? Those ingredients are in short supply and this serum contains a high amount of a film-forming agent (think hairspray) that doesn't leave the most comfortable finish on skin.
The amount of vitamin C (listed as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) is potentially helpful, but the formula also contains a fragrant oil as well as citrus extract that can be irritating. Guys, a vitamin C serum doesn't need to smell like a citrus grove for it to work; effective forms of vitamin C don't actually have a scent. A fragrance-free serum with vitamin C and an array of other beneficial ingredients is by far the best way to take care of your skin. See More Info to find out why daily use of highly fragrant products is bad for skin.
You can find superior serums on our list of Best Sensitive Serums, and men, lots of these come in masculine-looking or gender-neutral packaging.
- Contains a potentially effective amount of stabilized vitamin C.
- Lightweight, non-greasy texture contains some good skin-repairing ingredients.
- On the pricey side for a less-than-stellar formula.
- The amount of film-forming agent can leave a sticky, uncomfortable finish.
- Contains a fragrant plant oil and extract that put skin at risk of irritation.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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).
Stabilized Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant helps skin to appear smoother, brighter and more firm. Polypeptides help retexturize skin, cucumber extract soothes, licorice extract helps even skin tone.
Strengths: The self-tanner is a cut above the norm; good lip balm with sunscreen.
Weaknesses: Like most men's 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 brand, Anthony 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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