Getting men to wear sunscreen and moisturizer can be a battle. One trick that seems to work is purchasing products with 'for men' labels. They appeal both in name and in functionality. Men do, after all, have some different skin-care needs. Kiehl's has been catering skincare products to men for decades now and their latest line 'Facial Fuel' is cleverly designed, packaged, and named to appeal to men. With a name like 'Facial Fuel', one might imagine men raring to get their skincare on at the start of a day. Not to mention, the cobalt bottles with the retro biplane motif would look manly-chic on any countertop. Kiehl's Facial Fuel line flies high on presentation marks, however, seasoned beauty lovers know that it's what's inside the bottle that counts. So let's get on to the review!
Kiehl's Facial Fuel No-Shine Hydrator is a fragrance-free, oil-free moisture gel for men. Men's skin tends to be thicker and produce more sweat and sebum, so this moisturizer is geared to reduce the effects of oil and shine. I think a gel moisturizer formulation for men is brilliant. Prior to this, I've been successful asking Mr. Lovey to wear one of my gel formula lotions. I think that he's just more likely to use a lighter formula as opposed to a thick lotion-y one. He was quite willing to pick up and test Kiehl's No Shine Hydrator for me. Getting him to use a moisturizer is most of the battle won, so I'm already a fan of the product. The texture of Kiehl's No-Shine Hydrator is light and it sinks into the skin very quickly. The effect a brightened complexion (I can see the difference when he wears it). Although I cannot attest to the oil control since Mr. L has dry skin, the lotion does impart a matte feel, which I imagine will help to a certain extent.
While convincing your man to use lotion may be a challenge, getting them to use sunscreen is another one all together. However, it's an important issue since men (over fifty years of age) are more than twice as likely as women to develop skin cancer. This is probably due to an increase in exposure in addition to a reluctance to use sunscreen. Mr. L is quite fair, so I'm always trying to get him to sunscreen, if only during extended outings. Kiehl's Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+ has powerful sun-blocking capacity along with a light waterproof, oil-free, and fragrance-free formula. The bottle is actually a squeeze bottle with a nozzle tip. The sunscreen inside has a light liquid feel. It's a bit bizarre; I've never encountered one this liquid-y. It spreads easily and dries fairly quickly (though slower than the hydrator). The finish is matte and doesn't have a colored cast and there is only a faint sunscreen scent. This will be a great facial sunblock to use on top of the hydrator for a day at the beach or on the golf course. I'm happy since I know I'll be able to convince Mr. Lovey to wear it!
Disclosure: This post contains product(s) sent to Cute and Mundane for consideration by PR. The ideas and opinions in this post are genuine and my own.
Ingredients (No Shine Hydrator): Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Isoproply Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Diacaprylyl Carbonate, Inululin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Acrylates, Polyethylene, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Sodium PCA, Fmla 685560 7 Code F.I.L D50597/4
Ingredients (UV Gaurd): Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Oxybenzone 6%. Inactive: water, cyclopentasiloxane, alcohol denat., silica, dicaprylyl ehter, styrene/acrylates, copolymer, PEG-30, dipolyhydroxystearate, dimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, polymethylsilsesquioxane, nylon-12, dicaprylyl carbonate, phenoxyethanol, lauryl PEG/PPG-18/19 methicone, sodium chloride, caprylyl glycol, PEG-8 laurate, methylparaben, tocopherol, poly c10-30 alkyl acrylate, disteardimonium hectorite, isostearyl alcohol, caffeine, ascorbyl glucoside, disodium EDTA, dodecane, poloxamer407.
ive never tried any kiehls products (due to the price.. sigh). but as for gifts i dont mind paying more. my bf's bday is coming up. ill be sure to keep this in mind since he uses vaseline body lotion as his face moisturizer hahaha.ReplyDelete
Hi Donna, I know what you mean! Skincare is tough to splurge on sometimes since everyone responds differently. It's not like a tube of makeup that what you see is what you get!Delete
I'm glad you found something he'll use! My boyfriend uses moisturizer but not sunscreen...it honestly makes me worry!ReplyDelete
Thanks Caroline! You're lucky with the moisturizer. I'm still working on the sunscreen!Delete
I think these are JUST rolling out here in Belgium! I'm sure I won't be able to convince mine to use them though. SOMETIMES he puts on sunscreen just because I nag (thank God we live in a very cloudy/rainy country), but other than that he is very traditional like that. Every once in a while when I squeeze out too much lotion I can sneak up on him and pat some over his face, but that's really about it!ReplyDelete
Hi Sunny, LOL, I love idea of sneaking up to put lotion on his face! I try not to nag, but it ends up happening all the time. Fortunately though, it seems to be working and now he wears moisturizer quite often!Delete
haha, oh yes, I could tell stories about how I applied all the creams and sunscreen on my hubbie's face, lol. I never tried Kiehl's on him but I am very glad, after 2 years of saying that creams and skincare in general are important, he finally uses skincare almost every day. I think I tortured him a bit with my sunscreen talk but oh well, his skin has improved, hehe. I like that the packaging is men-oriented ...fuel, yes, men need facial fuel. Thank you so much for this post Dovey :)ReplyDelete
Hi Claire, I'm glad we share the same experience!! I've been giving the skincare lecture too, complete with carrots and sticks. Great job with your success!!Delete
I had a look at these at the last Kiehls blogger event that I went to and loved the look of them, my fiance is beginning to take care of his skin since my blog began and I think the moisturiser sounds perfect for him :)ReplyDelete
Hi Emma, how awesome that you got to go to a Kiehl's event! I think the blog is helping convince Mr. Lovey too!Delete
I haven't really tried Kiehls before since they're on the pricey side and the SAs are notoriously stingy with samples. But your post has me wondering if I should try some for-men products. I think I have more oil, sebum and sweat than Mr. Lovey!ReplyDelete
LOL! I enjoyed your sweat comment :) I hope they consider giving more samples in the future. For skincare, sampling really is key and you bring up a good point!Delete
hiya, do u know how much is it? i am a guy that is so light skinned and never use any of the skincare and especially sunblock coz its thick, greasy and it bothers me, i sweat more i am greasy and i feel uncomfortable. last summer i was roasted. this year i avoid the sun :P this sounds great, i might give it a go, where can i buy it or order online? i am stupid when i need to buy stuff like this. sorry :SReplyDelete
Hi Maar, I think it's common that guys dislike greasy skincare! For pricing and availability, try www.Kiehls.com or other major department stores. Depending on your country, I think prices may vary!ReplyDelete
i love you so much right now <3, thnx soo bloody much, cheerssssss!Delete