Most men want their skin care to be simple, which is all fine and good, but this moisturizer from the Simple brand can make skin care complicated for a guy. This formula is yet another reminder that most products aimed at men are poorly formulated.
Rather than being a soothing formula packed with anti-aging ingredients, this lightweight, silky lotion contains several fragrant oils known to be irritating, including lavender and citrus—and the citrus oils can cause skin discolorations when skin is exposed to sunlight without sun protection (something this product lacks). See More Info to learn why lavender oil is a problem for all skin types.
It also contains the formaldehyde-releasing preservative 2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3 diol, which can further irritate the skin.
In short, this product has little ability to soothe or help skin act younger, and stands a good chance of creating, rather than solving, skin problems.
Simple's skin-care statement is as follows: "Our philosophy is: Simple says—never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says—settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says—trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin." That's a good philosophy, but, unfortunately, most of Simple's products don't live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products; there are potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products; their sun-protection products contain synthetic sunscreen ingredients, which aren't the best for sensitive skin; and many of their ingredients are not natural. (We know their claim of natural goodness doesn't state outright that they use only natural ingredients, but that's what they imply, and many consumers will believe it.)
- Lightweight, non-greasy texture.
- Contains far too many irritants to be soothing.
- Stands a good chance of making post-shave redness and razor bumps worse.
- Contains citrus oils that can cause skin discolorations when exposed to sunlight.
- Contains a potentially irritating preservative ingredient.
- Doesn't contain sunscreen, which is a problem for daytime use.
Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
Formulated to help guard skin against environmental damage and the signs of ageing. Its light, non-greasy formulation will re-hydrate tired skin and ease tightness.
Aqua, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl Palmitate, Decyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Dichlorobenzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, d-Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil
Simple is a United Kingdom–based skin-care line whose self-described claim to fame is that they're the "pre-eminent brand of skincare and toiletries products developed especially for sensitive skin." They also claim to be the United Kingdom's No. 1 skin care-brand, as measured by units sold, and given the line's wide distribution and low price point, the sales figures are probably accurate. But, although their sales claim may be accurate, Simple's claims about their products being good for sensitive skin are spurious at best because too many of the ingredients are completely inappropriate for sensitive skin.
Simple skin care states the following: “Our philosophy is: Simple says - never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says - settle for only the purest possible ingredients. Simple says - trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin.” Although that's a good philosophy, most Simple products don’t live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products, they use potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products, their sun protection products use synthetic sunscreen ingredients which aren’t the best for sensitive skin, and many of their ingredients are not natural (we know their claim of natural goodness doesn’t say outright that they only use natural ingredients but many consumers will think that’s what's being implied)
Unfortunately, there are no standards in Europe or anywhere else that regulate which cosmetic products can be deemed suitable for sensitive skin and which cannot. Therefore, any company can make that claim for its products, regardless of what the products contain. It's not all bad news though, as several of Simple's products are fragrance-free, which is a key starting point for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.
As mentioned above, the price point for Simple is low; in fact, it is one of the least expensive cosmetic brands you’ll find in the United Kingdom (and a small assortment of their products are sold in the U.S., too). We are all for consumers getting more for their money, but in most cases with Simple you're being shortchanged, and that’s not the way to save money. Most of their products are either very basic or the frills and good ingredients are but a dusting in an otherwise ordinary formula. There are few outstanding products in this line, which is similar throughout the industry.
The anti-aging products are a great example of Simple's combination of low prices and lofty claims, with nary an ingredient on the list capable of delivering any benefit over and above a Band-Aid®. Even the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and anti-aging products won't bring about a significant reduction in wrinkles or other signs of aging, but using well-formulated products (and they don't have to be expensive) helps a great deal. Overall the folks behind Simple took their name too literally.
For more information about Simple, call 0121-712-6523 or visit www.simple.co.uk.
Note: All prices are given in United States currency.