Tested on animals:Yes
Designed for men with oily skin and said to control surface shine (excess oil) for 24 hours, you may be tempted to think this product is the solution for your reflective complexion, but think again! Sadly, like so many men's products, this one overdoes the fragrance and contains far more skin-damaging alcohol than state of the art ingredients capable of absorbing excess oil.
The alcohol definitely helps "de-grease" skin but see the More Info section to find out how alcohol can hurt skin, and why irritating oily skin is very likely to make it worse, not better.
This lightweight, gel-textured moisturizer sets to a matte finish and leaves skin smooth, but its ability to keep skin shine-free all day simply doesn't happen. Your mileage may vary, but we got less than two hours of shine control from this product, and that was with nothing else on skin! During the day, you'll still need to follow with sun protection and you may be layering this over other products, which further reduces its ability to temper shine. In the end, there's not much reason to consider this over oil-absorbing products we recommend in the Best Products section.
- Sets to a matte finish.
- Feels very light and leaves skin smooth.
- Not able to control shine for 24 hours (it barely lasted 2 hours).
- High amount of alcohol is likely to irritate skin.
- Fragrant formula poses further risk of irritation.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23