My workload has somehow managed to double in the past month, which requires more time in front of the computer. I was blessed with pretty good vision but I'm at the point (and, age, I believe!) where my eyesight is taking a toll from hours at the computer screen. While I don't mind wearing glasses if it comes to that point (actually, I have been known to wear non-prescription glasses for fun) it's my skin that I'm worried about. Physical damage, while important, is not as detrimental as the mental repercussions: I look and feel haggard.

So it's nice for me to know there are some products out there that "revitalize" your skin. It's a nominal and temporary solution but it does help, especially when you feel like you're aging 20 times faster! To me, looking at the computer screen ten hours a day (yes, I do not lie) is like staring at the sun for just as long. Radiation anyone?

Payot's Men's line, Optimale, has a product—Regenerating Care—that is meant to optimize the skin's appearance, making it "more stronger, more resistant and more comfortable." I couldn't resist getting a sample.

What was interesting about this product was that it was very similar to the Energizing Care, which I reviewed in past: similar scent (masculine but fragrant), consistency (though energizing care is a little thicker) and effect (refreshing). Aside from cocoa and caffeine, the Energizing Care is promoted with iron and zinc, whereas the Regenerating Care is iron and silicium. Silicium (or methylsilanol mannuronate) is the anti-aging property, known to restructure and firm, that's present in the algisium C (ah, yes, back to chemistry 101), which basically supports the collagen network, and its derived from seaweed extract. We know seaweed (internal/external) is good for you. It detoxifies and helps minimize those fine lines. Iron is fortifying, found in the hermatite extract, and there are wheat proteins thrown in there to further help tighten. There's a few things in here that make me frown but nothing that's going to keep me awake at night. Actually the only real ingredient that had me raise an eyebrow is canola oil. It's never really been proven to be effective (some say its moisturizing) and... hey.. don't we cook with it?

I have to admit that after using the Regenerating Care for a few days, it does feel quite nice, especially knowing it's protecting my face from sagging. It's like a cheap version of botox in a box (very extreme comparison), only this product isn't instant and I'll have to wait weeks to see results (however mild). Though there are no immediate physical signs of improvement, a few days of it definitely feels like a difference. Furthermore, it is soothing and moisturizing. I think in this situation, some SPF would be a nice addition, but its more of a night regimen.

As for me... back to work!

Ingredients in Payot Homme Optimale Soin Regenerant / Regenerating Care for Men

Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Alcohol Denat., BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ehter Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Mannitol, Canola Oil, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Smithsonite Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Sodium PCA, Hematite Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Manganese PCA, Steareth-21, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tromethamine, PEG-150, Ceteareth-12, Propylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, BHT, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool.