This one’s for the guys out there who only use products that are strictly labeled for men. You know who you are. You desire no fancy packaging, are wary of trying new products, and have a basic pared down daily routine. (But in a pinch you will raid the product stockpile of your significant other, confident that no one will ever know.)
For those of us that shave daily, it is no more than part of a daily routine. However, for me the aftermath can include red, irritated skin and the occasional appearance of an ingrown hair, usually on the neck. To counteract these problems, a post-shave product is imperative. The product I have been trying out is the STUF After Shave Balm
(4oz/$27). Stuf Men’s Defense is a line of seven products commissioned by gold medal Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz, focused on natural ingredients, without parabens
, or animal testing. When I received this product, I checked out the ingredients list first and didn’t see anything not to like: Aloe to soothe, coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize, and allantoin
(an extract from comfrey leaf) to promote healing. Also included are tea tree oil with its many skin benefits, combined with Pycnogenol
(a plant extract from the maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France) that is purported to be an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Studies also suggest Pycnogenol selectively binds collagen and elastin, and helps to dilate blood vessels.
Since I shave daily with a disposable razor, I had no problem putting this after-shave balm to the test. When I first squeezed a small, creamy dab from the flip-cap tube my initial concern was “Will this product exacerbate my oily skin?” After almost four weeks of testing, I am glad to answer a resounding “no.” I didn’t have any breakouts, clogged pores or extra oiliness in the applied area, for which I can likely thank the addition of tea tree oil. The balm was immediately soothing upon application and left a lightly moisturized feeling for several hours on the skin without being tacky or oily. Only a small amount is needed to cover the entire face and neck. I have only used about one-fourth of the tube in a month’s time, so at around $6.75 per month this also proves to be quite economical. I liked this product and so did my skin. It delivered on all that it promised to do and should be a welcome addition to most any guy’s routine.
Ingredients: Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ethylehexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Isonomanoate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Panthenol, Allantoin, Tocopheryl (vitamin E) Acetate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Menthol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol©) Bark Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone, Fragrance