Algae Facial Cleanser

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$36 - 8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
8/22/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Algae Facial Cleanser is a water-soluble formula that we would recommend for combination to oily skin if it didn't contain irritating fragrant oils. These oils are a problem for skin and eyes and they negate the soothing effects of the beneficial plant ingredients that are present. There is also no benefit to adding algae to a cleanser, no matter what special properties it may have—and we find those claims dubious at best—because it is rinsed down the drain before it can benefit the skin.

One more comment: This cleanser is needlessly expensive. No one needs to spend nearly this much to cleanse their face, and they certainly shouldn't be dropping this kind of money on a formula like this! See our list of Best Cleansers for winning options that won't bust your budget.

Pros:
  • Water-soluble formula rinses completely.
  • Doesn't contain drying cleansing agents.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Contains citrus oils that are potent skin and eye irritants.
  • Claims made for the algae and aloe are not supported by published research.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (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).

Algae cleanses and refreshes, glycerin moisturizes dehydrated skin, aloe heals bumps and irritations, extracts of azulene, lavender and rose hip oil calm and soothe.
Water Purified, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Algae Extract, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Azulene, Rose Hips Oil, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Green 3.

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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