Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is said to contain a blend of natural AHAs to erase discolorations (they call them "blotches") and fine lines, but ingredients such as sugar maple and lemon extract are not true AHAs, and there's no research supporting their use as such. A well-formulated AHA exfoliant applied before bed can make a man's skin smoother and more youthful looking overnight, but that requires using an exfoliant that contains 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 active ingredient mix provides broad-spectrum sun protection and that the formula contains antioxidant vitamins. 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, especially when you consider that the synthetic sunscreen actives can be sensitizing on their own. See our list of Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen for preferred options.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight lotion contains some good hydrating and antioxidant ingredients.
- Sugar maple and citrus extracts cannot exfoliate skin to improve discolorations and wrinkles.
- Contains fragrant citrus oils that pose a strong risk of irritation.
- Would not be a gentle option to smooth on after shaving.
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).
Extracts of sugarcane, sugar maple (sweet!), orange and lemon (natural AHAs) erase fine lines and blotches, panthenol retains moisture, vitamins A, C and E nourish. SPF 15 protects.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (6.5%) and Avobenzone (2.5%); Inactive Ingredients: Water, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Ethylhexyl, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, PEG-100 Stearate, Bentonite, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol
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.