All Purpose Facial Moisturizer is similar to Anthony Logistics' Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, minus the sunscreen. Otherwise, it has the same formulary concerns (discussed below) and is not a moisturizer we'd encourage any man to use.
This is claimed to contain a blend of natural AHAs to erase and prevent wrinkles, but ingredients such as sugar maple and lemon extract are not true AHAs, and there's no research supporting their use as such. (Even true AHA products cannot prevent wrinkles—that requires sun protection.) A well-formulated AHA exfoliant applied before bed can make a man's skin smoother and more youthful looking overnight, but that means using an exfoliant containing glycolic or lactic acids, not so-called "mixed fruit acids," whose efficacy is at best questionable. Another option is to apply a BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, which also helps reduce redness, oily skin, and breakouts.
Moving past the fact that this product won't exfoliate skin, it's great that the formula contains antioxidant vitamins, and it will moisturize without a greasy feel. What's not so great (and why this isn't recommended) is the inclusion of fragrant citrus oils. These pose a strong risk of irritation that cannot be overlooked, and guys should know that there are better, truly state-of-the-art formulas to consider instead. You'll find those on our list of Best Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime).
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).
Sugarcane, sugar maple, orange and lemon extracts (natural AHAs) help erase and prevent wrinkles, wheat protein smoothes and tightens, panthenol retains moisture, vitamins A, C, and E nourish.
Water Purified, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Squalene, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Bentonite, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Glycyrrhiza Blabra (Licorice) Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
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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