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!
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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.