It would be challenging to discuss skin care without coming across Clinique, one of the biggest names in the skin care and beauty industry. Dating back to 1968, Clinique began by creating a universal three step skin care system that included a daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing routine. It was the first ever dermatologist-created, allergy-tested, 100% fragrance-free collection of beauty products ever marketed. While this original skin care system could be used by both men and women, Clinique recognized that men have different skin care needs than women. Thus, the Clinique For Men™ line of skin care products was born.
The top three best selling products in the Clinique For Men™ line include the Face Scrub, the Moisturizing Lotion, and the Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer.
The Clinique For Men™ Face Scrub is suitable for all skin types and is designed to clear the way for your closest shave. The fine, non-abrasive silica grains found in this scrub de-flake, lift beard hairs, and help to reduce ingrown hairs. This scrub also contains salicylic acid, one of the most popular beta hydroxy acids (BHA) used in skin care products. Salicylic acid and other BHAs act as exfoliants by softening and dissolving keratin, the protein found in our skin that causes cells to stick together, thereby speeding up the natural shedding of dead skin cells. By clearing out dead skin cells as well as excess oil, dirt, and other impurities from pores, salicylic acid reduces inflammation and makes skin less likely to break out.
Another top seller, the Clinique For Men™ Moisturizing Lotion, is a lightweight formula that delivers all-day moisture plus skin-strengthening ingredients. There are three major moisturizing ingredients found in this lotion, including glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, and urea. Glycerin is both a humectant and an occlusive moisturizer, which means this ingredient helps skin cells absorb water better as well as occludes, or locks in, moisture. Sodium hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid, a sugar molecule that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. When applied to the skin, sodium hyaluronate absorbs water, making skin look more firm and plump. Lastly, urea is a natural moisturizing factor that binds water to the skin and prevents TEWL (transepidermal water loss). The Clinique For Men™ Moisturizing Lotion also contains petrolatum. If you’ve never heard of petrolatum, it is the main constituent in Vaseline. Petrolatum can be both good and bad for the skin. It acts as a great moisturizer because it rests on top of the skin, preventing water loss. However, this same principle prevents other skin care ingredients from absorbing deep into the skin. So while the Clinique For Men™ Moisturizing Lotion is described as having “skin-strengthening ingredients”, there’s a chance these ingredients may not be absorbed due to the petrolatum found in this product.
The third best selling product in the Clinique For Men™ line is the Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer. In order to provide protection against UVA and UVB rays, this moisturizer contains chemical UV filters, including ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and ethylhexyl salicylate.
While these names may seem pretty complex, the way they work is relatively simple: chemical sunscreens protect the skin by first absorbing UV light, then transforming that light energy into some other form of energy, such as heat.
In addition to the key products mentioned above, the majority of the products in the Clinique For Men™ collection are formulated with skin-loving ingredients, such as aloe vera and vitamin E. Both of these ingredients are excellent additions to men’s skin care products as they help to soothe irritated skin, which can often occur after shaving.
Aloe vera has the ability to reduce inflammation as well as hydrate the skin due its unique composition of 75 beneficial phytochemicals. After applying any product with aloe vera post-shave, you’ll immediately feel a cool, fresh sensation. Then, you’ll notice how your skin’s redness and inflammation begins to diminish. This is all thanks to aloe vera!
Alpha tocopherol, the most biologically active form of vitamin E, exerts powerful antioxidant activity. This means that vitamin E is able to stop harmful free radicals right in their tracks, which is important because free radicals contribute to signs of aging, damaged cells, and mutated DNA. In addition to reducing free radical damage to the skin, vitamin E helps skin retain moisture by strengthening the skin’s barrier function. When vitamin E is delivered to your skin through the sebaceous (oil) glands, it provides a protective barrier and helps to reduce transepidermal water loss.
The reviews for all of the key products in the Clinique For Men™ line are very positive, particularly for the Face Scrub. Out of 122 reviews, the Clinique For Men™ Face Scrub averaged 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 93% of respondents reporting that they would recommend this product to a friend. This product is said to cool off your skin without drying it out while at the same time effectively removing any impurities that may have accumulated throughout the day.
The Clinique For Men™ Moisturizing Lotion has received an average of 4 out of 5 stars, but with only 70% of users recommending this product to a friend. Those that dislike this product say it is too oily for summer, especially if you sweat. It appears from the reviews that this product works best for those with dry or sensitive skin.
Reviews for the Clinique For Men™ Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer describe this product as being light and hydrating, unlike a traditional sunscreen. Users also love that it absorbs quickly.
In sum, the Clinique For Men™ line of skin care products has many beneficial ingredients that treat a variety of common skin concerns specifically for men.