Instant Fix Oil Control

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$28 - 3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying
Last Updated:
2/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This citrus-scented mattifying product is supposed to absorb "excess grease" immediately and keep shine under control all day. It does set to a matte finish that takes down shine, but the effect doesn't last long. That's because caprylic/capric triglyceride is the second ingredient in Instant Fix, and it's moisturizing, not absorbent. The formula does contain absorbent ingredient silica, but it's competing with several moisturizing ingredients—talk about an unfair fight!

Because this won't work to keep skin shine-free for long, the only reason to consider it is for a lightweight moisturizer—but even then the fragranced formula is lacking and there are no state-of-the-art ingredients anywhere to be found. All in all, this is a mediocre option for normal to dry skin, but it absolutely is not recommended if you're looking for lasting oil control or wanting beneficial ingredients as part of your skin-care routine, which is what everyone should want and get.

Pros:
  • Makes skin smooth and soft.
  • Doesn't contain a lot of fragrance, which isn't true for most Anthony Logistics products.
Cons:
  • Does not fulfill its claimed purpose, which is to absorb and control excess oil (shine).
  • Won't reduce the appearance of pores as claimed.

Instantly absorb excess grease on contact and keep shine at bay all day. Help reduce the appearance of pores. An instant fix anytime, anywhere.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyacrylamide, Polysilicone-11, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Carbomer, Laureth-7, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Limonene.

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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