Shave Cream is a standard formula whose soap-like base produces a creamy lather that rinses fairly well from the razor blade. Although the formula contains some fatty acids and water-binding agents to offset the potentially drying soap base, it also contains the potent menthol derivative, menthoxypropanediol. The tingling, cooling sensation this ingredient causes means your skin is being irritated, and that's never the goal.
The previous version of Shave Cream contains fragrant oils of eucalyptus and rosemary, both also skin irritants. Although those ingredients no longer appear on the list (they are mentioned in the claims), a member of Anthony Logistics' Product Development team told us via telephone that those ingredients are still there, just part of the fragrance. The problem? If those ingredients are still included, they need to be listed separately, not lumped with fragrance! That's pretty much cosmetic regulatory 101, and needless to say the company's response left us wondering how well they know this stuff.
Please see our list of Best Shaving Products for superior options that won't irritate skin. By the way, irritating ingredients in shaving products can make post-shave redness, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs worse. See More Info for further details.
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).
Eucalyptus and Rosemary Extracts work as natural antiseptics, Squalene helps to lubricate, while an infusion of Hops helps to relax the skin (note: do not drink).
Water, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Isostearyl Lactylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Arachidyl Glucoside, Panthenol, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Menthoxypropanediol, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene.
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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