Monday, May 05, 2008

The Men's Room: Anti-Age Expertise

In May 2008, Lancôme launched its men’s skincare line: Lancôme Men. I had the pleasure of testing the following products:

• The Ultimate Cleansing Gel
• The High Definition Shave Foam
• The Renergy 3D Firming Cream
• The Age Fight Yeux Perfecting Gel

In clinical studies conducted with 365 men of varying age, Lancôme produced some telling conclusions about men, and the way their skin performs in relation to women’s. Men's skin is physically different from women's: oilier, thicker, and warmer because it contains more blood vessels. Just consider the fact that us guys shave off our surface oils every morning, which causes micro-inflammation and a dehydration. Women don't do that - or do they?

So guys, please think twice before you use your spouse’s face cream. Lancôme knows what the male skin requires and that is probably not her face products.

Whilst staying in Montreal at the funky Opus Hotel, I was able to get intimate with the Lancôme Men’s skincare line. These are my stories. (Imagine the “doink doink” sound from the Law and Order Series)

Renergy 3D
When I opened up the jet black container and looked inside for the first time, I was impressed. The white cream was glossy and smelt very pleasant. After shaving, I applied this product and felt a difference right away. My skin felt hydrated and soft.

There is an invisible network of micro-particles that are tightening to give the effect of 25,000 micro-lifts and that’s just one of the dimensions of the “3D”. The other two dimensions are firming and erasing wrinkles which are both desirable.

Age Fight Yeux
Skin around the eyes is different than the rest of your face and requires special care. I have never used an eye product and was unsure if I really wanted to. After applying Age Fight Yeux, the ultra-light fluid disappeared immediately into my skin and didn’t leave an unattractive, makeup-like sheen. By wearing it inconjuction with the Renergy 3D, I created an impenetrable moisturizing barrier, perfect for blocking the Montreal winds.

High Definition Shave Foam
Simple is good, and this is a simply good product. The rich foam softened and prepared my beard for shaving, and I found the woody citrus scent appealing - and so did my wife! It is masculine, fresh, and discrete.

Ultimate Cleansing Gel
Every morning and evening for the past month, I have religiously used the Ultimate Cleansing Gel, and have noticed an improvement in the condition of my skin. The non-drying gel helps prevents blemishes and rinses-off easily so not to dry out my skin. I am left with clean, clear skin.

I continue to enjoy these products and know that all of my facial needs are being met, to protect, maintain and enhance all of the assets around my smile.

Available at Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew

- Faisal Mirza

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