Shave Cream

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$16.50 - 6 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels
Last Updated:
2/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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 water-binding agents to offset the potentially drying soap base, it's also loaded with irritants that won't make a man's shaving experience any better. Among them are peppermint and eucalyptus, ingredients whose cooling sensation may feel momentarily refreshing, but that sensation is your skin telling you it's being irritated.

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.

Pros:
  • Creamy, protective texture rinses easily from razor blade.
Cons:
  • On the pricey side for what is just an ordinary shave cream.
  • Contains potent skin irritants that can make skin red and irritated.
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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 oil and aloe vera gel soothes, squalene lubricates, an infusion of hops (do not drink) relaxes.

Water Purified, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Sodium PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Eucalyptus Globus Leaf Extract, Squalene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben.

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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