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One of the latest newcomers to the men’s skincare market is Menza, from the makers of Prana SpaCeuticals. The description for the line states: “Sourced from dynamic, natural ingredients, Menza addresses men’s rising awareness of their aging skin, problematic shaving and other skin concerns.” A group of five products, the Menza line includes: Daily Face Wash (Step 1), Refining Pads (Step 2), Eye-Strong Creme (Step 3), Mattefying Serum (Step 4) and Deep Clean Clarifying Wash (Step 5).
Whenever I see a group of skincare products intended to be used as a “system,” I get a bit nervous. My first thought is how can a one-size-fits-all group of products work for my particular skincare needs? After all, I have over time, through trial and error curated my best skincare routine from companies here and yon. But then the thought of “what if they’re right?” immediately follows. So I just finished trying out Menza’s Steps 1 through 4 for a month, and here are the results:
The Daily Face Wash ($40/3.4oz) worked great. Applied to wet skin, this is a soap-less cleanser that really lathers up from less than a dime-size amount. It rinses away easily and left my skin soft without over-stripping or leaving that taut, dry feeling. I also like that it has ingredients to help exfoliate (papain, lactic acid, pineapple extract) as you wash. There’s no heavy perfume, just the faintest citrus fragrance derived from extract. I’ve used this twice daily for a month and since a little bit goes a long way I estimate this bottle to last about two and a half months. I think this would work well for all skin types.
The Refining Pads ($44/50 pads) are specially formulated for oily and problematic skin. They contain 2% salicylic acid to help unclog pores, reduce oil and prevent blemishes. There’s also witch hazel for astringent and a chamomile derivative (azulene) to calm and soothe. As directed, I used one in the evening right after cleansing and it did help to keep me free of blemishes.
The Eye-Strong Creme ($74/.05oz) is described as a “multi-tasking age-defying eye treatment that diminishes the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet.” For me this was the weak link in this skincare system. I only needed a tiny dot for each eye and found the cream absorbs well and does a good job of moisturizing and also helps with puffiness. I don’t have dark circles, so I can’t address that, but where I found it lacking is dealing with lines. For me, it really didn’t do anything for the crow’s feet or fine lines, and for that reason I think it may be more suited for the mid-20s-and-under age bracket. This is in an airless pump and you can’t see the contents so I’m not sure how much remains.
Step 4 is the Mattefying Serum ($44/0.5oz), which serves as an after-shave treatment. This product multitasked quite well, from soothing shave irritation and moisturizing to controlling excess oil. A small amount applied easily and absorbed quickly, leaving my skin soothed and soft without any stickiness. It also kept my skin feeling well moisturized for several hours while maintaining a matte appearance (one of my favorite attributes of the product). Although this product doesn’t completely stop oil production, it does slow it down. Along with noticing my skin was slower to become oily, once it did the overall degree of oiliness was lessened when using the serum. This product also dispenses from an airless pump that you can’t see through.
Overall, I liked the performance of this skincare line and while the products do complement each other, they can also be used on their own, depending on your individual needs. For me, the Daily Face Wash and the Mattefying Serum were the stars of the group, and I would be most likely to restock them.
Ingredients in Daily Face Wash: Purified Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Cellulose, Papain, Pineapple Extract, Usp Glycerin, Yucca Extract, Soapwort Extract, Alpha Bisabolol (Chamomile), Sodium Lactate, Citrus Extract And Annatto
Ingredients in Refining Pads: Purified Water (Aqua), Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Alpha Bisabolol (Chamomile), Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Usp Glycerin, 2% Salicylic Acid, Sodium Pca, Allantoin And Azulene
Ingredients in Eye-Strong Creme: Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Methylsulfonylmethane (Msm), Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Astragalus Root, Marigold Extract, Ivy Extract, Mimosa Hostili, Lactic Acid, Vitamin B5, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sunflower Oil, Horsetail, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Allantoin, Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice), Organic Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender), Organic Olea Europaea (Olive), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Organic Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn Oil), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Phenoxyethanol
Ingredients in Mattefying Serum: Purified Water (Aqua), Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Micronized Zinc Oxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Montmorillonite Clay, Usp Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Pca, Dimethicone Copolyol, Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose And Borage Oil, Camphor, Micronized Flower Of Sulfur, Bentonite, Enantia Chlorantha, Protoberberines, Oleanic Acid, Wheat Protein Amino Acid And Silk Protein Hydrolysate, Soy Isoflavonoids, Ginseng, Eyebright, Alpha Bisabolol (Chamomile), Ginkgo Biloba, Usnea Barbata, Green Tea, Grape Seed, Centella Asiatica, Peppermint Oil, Retinol Palmitate, Beta Glucan And Phenoxyethanol