• Fashion & Beauty

    Manly. Skin. Care

    • Dec 27, 2012

    • By:Marco Medrano

    It’s time to talk about protecting your mug. I know, I know…you’d rather be doing anything else, but too bad. It’s time to get tough, guys. For some, reversing the signs of time wreaking havoc on your face is very important, but who doesn’t dread approaching a salesperson at the store seeking help selecting the best skincare products? It can be daunting. Here’s the good news: The days of false advertising are over for men’s skincare. Today, there are a number of scientifically proven products to help stop the effects of Father Time.

    The best thing you can do for your skin is to always have a suitable topical treatment on your face—in the morning, after the gym and, most important, before bed. It’s a fact that a man’s skin is thicker and ages a bit slower than a woman’s, but it also requires more effort for products to penetrate and work their magic. The beauty of face maintenance is that it’s invisible to others and can be done privately—that is until you start getting the compliments on your youthful appearance. So, if you’re new to the save-your-face game, the easier path is also the right path, and I’m here to help. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve personally product tested these new releases. Remember, there’s nothing pretty about ignoring your face.

    SOTHYS Paris has a decades-old reputation of anti-aging research using magnesium-rich volcanic rock to detoxify, boost and soothe. It has also honed its men’s lineup to be uniquely multi-tasking, efficient and effective. The 411: The Energizing Face Cleanser can be used as a daily cleanser or as a beard lift scrub on less damp skin, or left on for 20 minutes as a weekly mask. Score! The Softening Shave Foam provides an airy, light and creamy prelude to a close shave. Hair and Body Revitalizing Gel Cleanser is gentle enough for head to toe, while Age-Defying Hydrating Fluid combats the skin-aging process under the top layer and the external signs of lines. My favorite? The De-Stressing Eye Roll-On wand, used to de-puff, gently flatten excess tissue under the eyes and help nutrients nourish this delicate area.

    Babor Men stems from 1950s German skincare engineering and was an indulgence that delivered, providing impressive (and noticeable) results. Here were our faves: The Ultra Comfort Shaving Foam is just that. The Line Reducing Eye Cream (with rollerball) and Relaxing Anti-Jetlag Cream are perfect travel companions for long days at the office or endless flights, while the Dynamic Face Moisturizer and Energizing Anti-Wrinkle Gel-Cream gave an amazingly rich, yet springy lift. Taut, moist and designed as a no-shine product. This is N-I-C-E. As a bonus, try SeaCreation Concentrate from the unisex line—it has deep sea miracle ingredients harvested from 7500 feet below sea level. Pretty. Darn. Great.