Man’s Guide To Lotion – How To Buy Men’s Face And Body Products

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Quick Note – the above audio is an exclusive interview I conducted with Male Skincare expert Jeff Dandurand, Co-founder of Jack Black Skincare.  Make sure to listen to it as it adds value to the points in this article! – Antonio

Hand, face, and body lotion – aren’t these tools used by girly men?

I mean a real man washes his hands with gasoline, showers under a waterfall only after the hunt, and eats his meat raw.

OK, so I enjoy a medium raw steak – but when it comes to skincare I do believe a man needs to take care of this essential body system.

Failure to do so – especially if abused – can lead to very painful consequences later on in life.

The problem: Most guys do not think about skin lotions & skin conditioners.

We know more about the engine of a 2000 Sprint ST than the chemicals in our hand lotion (if we even own any).

“Skincare products” just don’t have a very manly feel, no matter how hard advertisers try.

But the reality of it is that most men with good skin past the age of 40 are using something to help it stay that way.

There’s no one male skincare product that will make your skin look great forever, but there are definitely things you can be doing to keep yourself a little smoother and cleaner day-to-day.

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Help! What do all these chemical names mean?

The first thing you notice about most men’s skincare products is the long string of words you don’t understand. They’re supposed to be great for your skin but mostly they just sound like your senior chem paper. Don’t panic.

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The basic compounds that you’ll see in higher-quality male skincare products:

Alcohols: There’s a broad family of alcohols used in skin products. Some are made from ethyl alcohol and are astringents — chemicals that scour your skin. These can be harsh and shouldn’t be used in more than very small quantities. Milder “fatty” alcohols like lanolin (the chemical that gives sheep’s wool its distinctive scent and water-resistance) help strengthen and moisturize skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids: AHAs are a mild acid that help clear away dead skin cells and smooth your skin out. They’re naturally found in a lot of fruit products. Because they’re very mild they work better when they’re applied regularly rather than as emergency treatment.

Antioxidants: We’ll try to keep it simple. When the collagen in your skin breaks down it forms wrinkles more easily. One of the things that destroys collagen are unstable oxygen molecules called “free radicals” produced by UV light and a lot of kinds of urban pollution. Antioxidants, as the name suggests, help neutralize those oxygen molecules and keep the skin protected.

These are some of the best general treatments for men’s skin, and they can be found in literally hundreds of thousands of products, natural and synthetic. Unfortunately not every product tells you what’s in it or why that ingredient is good for your skin.

We recommend looking for manufacturers that list both the ingredient (i.e., “apple pressings”) and its function (natural source of AHAs, in this case). The actual tube is usually too small, of course, so check a company’s website out. Generally speaking, if they’re not up front about what’s in the product it’s because they know it’s not that great for you.

 

Hand Lotions: Staying soft while staying strong

Soft skin is nice, but no man wants to find himself applying hand moisturizers more often than his wife.

For working men there’s an even more practical concern — calluses are there for a reason. You don’t want skin that tears on the job.

Most of the non-violent damage to our hands comes from drying and chapping. The oil ducts on our palms and fingers are very small. Since our skin needs oil to stay supple and prevent cracking and chafing, you want a hand product that puts plenty of oil back in — more than you’d want on your face or the rest of your body.

Nut oils, dairy, and mild alcohols are all good ingredients in hand creams. Vitamins A & E can help keep the skin feeling softer as well, but you’re really looking for some good sources of fatty oils to keep the dryness off.

Jack Black makes an excellent hand lotion that I have tried and really like – you can grab it here.

 

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Lotion bars are an option – especially for travelers.

Body Lotions: Mild all-over care

Body lotions might be the toughest sell for a lot of men. No one likes chapped hands, and we all know the value of having a clean and healthy-looking face, but why worry about everything under the clothes?

Comfort is a big part of it. If you’re blessed with naturally healthy skin you might be all right day to day, but the reality is that a lot of men are enduring itchy, sweaty, or otherwise uncomfortable skin. And it makes you fidget more than you think, so a good skin lotion is helping your nice clothing look better too — or at least get yanked and rumpled a lot less.

A good body lotion should have some AHAs or other mild acids to help get rid of dry, dead skin before it causes any itching. You’ll also want a small-molecule oil that can really sink into the skin and stay there. Natural nut oils like shea or jojoba work well. Stay away from petroleum products like Vaseline — the molecules are so large they don’t absorb into the skin, leaving it greasy-feeling and potentially clogging pores as well.

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Face Lotions: Fighting oil without drying

Men’s faces can actually wind up needing more care than women’s, at least for regular shavers (and if you don’t at least trim regularly you probably need to start with more basic articles than this one). Shaving is a daily abuse of the skin that can roughen it prematurely if you don’t add a bit of maintenance care in there as well.

A good face lotion can go on immediately after you shave, in the place of alcohol-heavy aftershaves that dry the skin out too much. You’re looking for something that will close the pores up and keep your skin oil-free without drying it out.

Mint, menthol, and eucalypts all provide a bit of natural astringency without drying you out. Some mild nut oils will moisten the skin but have a small, simple molecular structure that won’t clog pores. If you have trouble with acne or oily skin you can use a product that includes mildly absorbent ingredients like cotton or clay dust.

FYI – I recommend Jack Black Face Moisturizer

 

The Cardinal Rule of Men’s Skin Products: Know what’s in it and what it does for you.

Skin products aren’t going to cost you anything on the scale of a new suit or even a shirt, but they do add up over time. You want to get something tangible back for that money.

If you’re buying a product you should know what the active ingredients are, what sort of chemicals those ingredients are, and what that kind of chemical does to your skin.

If that’s not listed or available anywhere on the packaging or the company’s website, you don’t know what you’re spending your money on. Maybe it’s good and maybe it’s not, but regardless of how many stars it gets on Amazon (and companies often pay people to artificially inflate those ratings) you’re still buying a pig in a poke.

 

Quick Note – don’t forget to download or just listen to the above audio.  It is an exclusive interview I conducted with Male Skincare expert Jeff Dandurand, Co-founder of Jack Black Skincare.  - Antonio

 

  • whatzitmather

    In reference to the question posed in Antonio’s e-mail about this post, I think I would be inclined to try a more expensive skin care product. As time goes by, I find that I never suffer from buyer’s remorse when I know I’ve purchased something that offers a higher standard of quality. And as Jeff points out in the interview, even with “disposable” products like skin care items, something good will last longer because you won’t have to use it as frequently to get the same results. Whether it’s a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes, a double edge safety razor and nice shaving cream, or a well made musical instrument, sometimes it pays to pay more.

  • Wipeout

    I believe that with any product, quality ingredients are what separate top tier manufactures from “mass market” products. Smaller, niche companies are more readily able to experiment with exotic and higher end base materials which in turn, can lead to a better product. With anything in life however, there are companies that sell products that command a premium, and yet offer little to no benefit over other lower cost alternatives. These companies however, do not seem to last long in the marketplace and fizzle and go away. I have not used any Jack Black products, but if they offer greater product life and a better end result (smooth, protected skin in this case) than existing products such a Nutrogena, they certainly deserve a place in my medicine cabinet.

  • Leeward

    I might be persuaded to try a more expensive solution if it works. My hands are usually very rough and dry during the winter months, and I’m constantly re-applying lotion through-out the day. If It lasts longer, then it would certainly be worth the cost.

  • gem1

    working out everyday and ending up showering twice a day I have always used some type of body lotion to stay hydrated and not end up with dry skin. I had always heard though to buy the cheapest lotion available and put it on while your skin was still semi-wet to seal in the moisture.

  • zachsdad1

    Higher prices do not always mean better quality.  However, if a product offers benefits that far exceed those provided by lower cost products, then the higher expenditure is worth while.  I have some products for which the “entry fee” was higher, but the results and the longevity of the product made it more economical than the generic items.  That being said, if the higher cost is justified, I am all for it and I will spend it. 

  • ChrisGoodwin

    I always laughed at the money my wife spent on products. As time has gone by, she has recommended some higher end items like moisturizer and sunscreens, and the quality of the items has been much higher than the cheapo crap I had settled for. I am far more willing to give a mhigher priced item a try today than in the past. Especially since I am now 41, and wish to keep the young face I took for granted for so long.

  • rmrstyle

     @ChrisGoodwin Why is it that those wives always seem to be right and it takes us guys a decade (or two) to figure it out:)  Thanks for commenting Chris!

  • rmrstyle

     @zachsdad1 Agreed with the higher price point – although when information is scarce or lacking it’s often one of the only indicators of perceived value.

  • rmrstyle

     @gem1 Not sure about that theory sir – although I still follow the ten second rule when it comes to dropping food.  Or is it two seconds?  

  • rmrstyle

     @Leeward Agreed – I also don’t like the oily residue some lotions leave.

  • rmrstyle

     @Wipeout Great point about true quality and staying power – I wish I would have included in the interview the first 20 minutes as we talked about the development of the Jack Black products – but I didn’t want it to be a commercial!

  • rmrstyle

     @whatzitmather Great point – couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • seanm

    My wife convinced me to start using skincare products shortly after we began our married life together.  At that point I was only using Clinique face wash and moisturizer.  Now, 20 + years together I continue to use “product.”  My wife giggles about this on occasion.  However, I am happy with the results.  I’ve tried many a brand over the years, which keeps things interesting.  I am sure, however, that taking care of my face and skin can’t be anything but a good thing. 
     
    I’ve learned that the best bang for the buck with this type of product is found with products near the mid-point of the price spectrum.  Inexpensive products are generally inexpensive because they contain inferior ingredients.  Products at the higher end of the price range generally are not worth the high cost.  The mid point seems to be just right.  I’ve tried several Jack Black products, (face wash and facial moisturizer) and I’ve been really pleased.

  • VegaOrion

    I don’t have any lotion per se, my wife got me this aftershave for Christmas and it feels great. One of you experts out there would have to tell me if there’s anything good for me in it.
    http://www.melaleuca.com/ProductStore/Product.aspx?sku=5459
     
    She’s all about this “miracle” Melaleuca oil. I really don’t know much about it. It cured my ear infection (weird I know) so why not slap it on my face too eh?
     
    I’m guilty of not using the sunscreen as well. I ought to. Here in Fort Worth it gets pretty harsh out.
     

  • luhai167

    Personally I recommend SebaMed for skin care. It’s quite neutral in terms of smell, and it’s one of the few skin products that didn’t give me a rash.
     
    In the beginning, like most men I don’t use any products, but after moving to California, my hands actually cracked and bleed because of the dryness here. After that, I learned my lesson.

  • Prano

    Hi Antinio i really wish to recieve your book with CD.It was something like $48.I was hoping that i am gonna get a book and Cd by post.When i did the order did not see anything that ask for my postal addres.So  how i will be able to grab my product.I really like to have them.I am a great fan of yours.I have found you the only person who took a step to care about men’s style.My email address is johnfd7@hotmail.com 

  • rmrstyle

     @Prano Just emailed you sir – let me know if you didn’t receive my response otherwise I’ll be deleting this post in 2 days so the spambots don’t grab your email! – Antonio

  • rmrstyle

     @luhai167 I haven’t heard of this brand – will look into them – thanks for the tip sir!

  • rmrstyle

     @VegaOrion I didn’t see to many details listed – anyone else used this before?  Thanks for the tip sir!

  • rmrstyle

     @seanm I like this theory of shooting for the middle – are you still using Clinique then?

  • seanm

     @rmrstyle I’ve not used clinique products for a few years.  I use a variety of shaving soaps / creams in the morning when I shave.  These days I follow up my shave with Aveda Dual Action Aftershave Moisturizer.  Its a bit pricy, but a great product.  I use Jack Black face wash and moisturizer in the pm.
     
    Two forums that I visit to learn about such products are “shavemyface.com” and “badgerandblade.com”

  • Barthoven

    I’m glad to finally see a real market for Men’s skin care.  Just the other day I saw a great selection of lotions specifically geared towards men consisting of products having Post-shaving / Face & Body / Sunscreen Lotion- all in one bottle. Kind of intrigues me that I can bypass 3 or 4 of my morning ritual skincare steps with One Product.  What is your take on these ALL-IN-ONE (Lubriderm, Nivea, etc..) products Antonio?
     
    ps. Antonio I’m enjoying the Internal Search engine option.  Thanks!!!

  • seanm

     @rmrstyle I have not used Clinique for a few years.  These days I use Aveda aftershave.  I also use Jack Black face wash and facial moisturizer.  I’ve used a bunch of different shaving creams.  Trying new creams is a fun way to make a daily task more interesting.  Check out “www.shavemyface.com”
     

  • rmrstyle

     @Barthoven I haven’t used the ones you name, but Jack Black does have a good general-purpose lotion that’s supposed to be an all-in-one sort of solution. It’s maybe not going to do it for guys with really specific skin needs — someone with oily or dry skin that really needs a big change, say — but it’s good daily maintenance stuff. Glad the search function is working okay!

  • rmrstyle

     @seanm Thanks for sharing the info!

  • JesseMonroe

    This is great advice. I came here looking for something not overly fragrant and at a reasonable price and now feel like I have the tools to find something. I also found a list of the “best” men’s moisturizers over at www.ranker.com/list/best-moisturizer-for-men/makeup-tips and I’d like to try some of them. Have you had any success with any of their choices? Thanks.

  • benderjl1

    I think this is great advice. I have been following Antonio for a while now and everything he posts gives practical advice for men’s style and grooming. I am not a real big lotion man, but maybe I will start using some now.
     
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  • rmrstyle

     @benderjl1 Thank you sir!

  • rmrstyle

     @JesseMonroe I haven’t Jesse – I’m actually still using the Jack Black products and may be sticking with them for a while (I do have Nivea products as well!).

  • rmrstyle

     @seanm Contest winner!- Contact me with your address sir via email (you should have it via the email list!)  FYI – will delete this message in 48 hours. – Antonio

  • rmrstyle

     @Wipeout Contest winner!- Contact me with your address sir via email (you should have it via the email list!)  FYI – will delete this message in 48 hours. – Antonio

  • rmrstyle

     @whatzitmather Contest winner!- Contact me with your address sir via email (you should have it via the email list!)  FYI – will delete this message in 48 hours. – Antonio

  • JdHolbert

    Ok so I am a little late to the party, but I have to add MHO here.
     
    Jack Black products are awesome!!   I am a 34yr old man,  and a pretty rugged guy I guess you could say.   I alos have Rosacia which mean I pretty much look like I am blushing all the time or worse think adult acne type stuff.    About a yr ago I switched up the way I shave.  I switched to using JB Shave creme the Tripple cushion stuff and a synth. shave brush followed up by JB double duity moisturizer and sunscreen.  I tell you I no longer use my Rx for my face it is completely clear on most days.  Not even blushing, the only change is the JB roducts this stuff works!!!!
     

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  • rmrstyle

     @JdHolbert That’s an awesome testimonial! I’m glad JB worked out so well for your condition.

  • seanm

     @rmrstyle I’m having a hard time finding the email list that you are speaking of.  Can you help me out a bit so that I can contact you about my prize?

  • rmrstyle

     @seanm Just use my contact form then sir – provide me an address and I’ll ship you a gift here in the next 2 days!

  • lacedrabbit

    Thanks for the advice.
    Would have ordered some, but they don’t ship to Australia. Know anywhere that ships down under?
    Cheers
    Paul