Men’s products could arguably be considered the stepchild of the skincare world.  An oft overlooked niche that a new line called Dermagenics hopes to help fill.  With only five products, they have an Anti-aging Moisturizer ($85) marketed specifically for the guys.

According to their website this is an all in one product that “radically reverses the signs of aging in as little as 30 days,” and here’s their self described website ‘pitch’:  “Dermagenics Mega-Hydrating Anti Aging Cream is specifically formulated for men. It's powerful and effective ingredients heal skin quickly, without toxins, dyes or fragrances. It dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes large pores, reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles, and lifts sagging eyelids. It promotes a firmer, more toned look and feel, while brightening the skin and generating a radiant glow. We formulated Men's Dermagenics to be strong enough to be effective for the face and neck, yet gentle enough for the more sensitive under eye area.”

In theory an all in one skin care product would be great – one product to pack for vacation or throw in the gym bag – space freed up on the vanity and a quick and easy morning and evening routine.  A true relief all the way around and a life that’s less encumbered.  With these thoughts in mind I began my trial with hope and a bit of skepticism.  Contained in a screw top jar, the Mega Hydrating Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a fairly lightweight and unscented cream that applied easily and absorbed well.  To be used twice daily, I began after cleansing with an evening application to my entire face including upper and lower eyelid areas and the entire neck.  It left no shine or greasiness so I thought I was off to a good start. The following morning I awoke to find my previously unblemished face was broken out adjacent to my nose on both sides.  Dismayed but not deterred, I continued using the product morning and evening but avoided applying to these areas that subsequently cleared up.

Now, after having finished the jar, I am a bit disappointed but not that surprised this all in one product is not for me.  Thankfully, I don’t suffer from under-eye puffiness or dark circles so I can’t speak to how it might affect them, but I just didn’t see any improvement in the other issues it claims to address such as firmer skin, fine lines, pores or eyelids.  As for the under eye area, it seems to have missed my usual application of KaplanMD Eye Cream ($95 in the TIA shop) as it doesn’t look as firm since I have used this product in its place.  What I did notice was a bit of skin brightening and some moisturization, but for my experience that was it, so for now I won’t be chucking my favored products or gaining any real estate on the bathroom vanity.