The last stage of the Osmotics Male regimen is the moisturizer and, as mentioned in the last post, it was a welcome arrival following the harsh scrub, the close shave and the excruciating aftershave.

Like the aftershave, the moisturizer is very liquid and spreads easily on the face. This comes in part from the diethylhexyl 2 which brings a light and non-greasy emollience to the skin.

The product contains multiple fillers including PTFE which is used as a synthetic implant and in cookware (!) and methyl methacrylate crosspolymer that absorbs sebum. Also of note is sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid, a water-binding ingredient that has the ability to fill the spaces between the connective fibers known as collagen and elastin. Hyaluronic acid is often injected into the skin (on the face most often), and hydrates and separates the skin, allowing it to retain water and create a plumping effect. Sodium hyaluronate has been used for moisturization and wound healing since its discover in the 1930s.

An interesting point is that, for three weeks, I saw no appearance of acneic irritation. This may be normal as I have long passed my teenage years, but it may also be due to the sodium ascorbyl phosphate. There is a lack of information available regarding this because it is a relatively new derivative of vitamin C for skin care products. However, it is considered to be a very stable precursor of vitamin C that is able to liberate the powerful antioxidant in the skin. It is considered gentle and convert into ascorbic acid once it is absorbed. Therefore, it is thought to be a powerful antioxidant that can also treat acne.

The active sunscreen ingredients are ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, benzophenone-3 (oxybenzone), avobenzone (Parsol® 1789) and the moisturizer contains C12-15 alkyl aenzoate to preserve UV absorbents.

Two  words of caution though, if your skin is not intact, you may want to abstain from using this screen because of the PEG-100 Stearate and there are also doubts on the safety of triethanolamine.

Initially, the moisturizer offers a welcome relief on the skin. However, the face is left a bit too shiny for my taste. The skin feels greasy. My concern is that this shine and greasy feel persists for multiple hours and it remains obvious that one has smeared on some cream (I even had a comment from a male colleague!). Besides being a touch embarrassing, this lack of absorption is also unpleasant and one wants to wipes one's face with a towel. There are even marks left on the collar of a clean white short. A big no-no for me.

More concerning is that, one or two hours after applying the moisturizer, the uncomfortable tightness of the face from the aftershave application comes back and remains for the day. We all know the scary pictures of women’s faces with stretched skins due to too much Botox or the wrong surgery: this is how I felt all day, every day for three weeks…

To conclude on our test of the Osmotics Male Daily Essentials Travel Set, I would say bravo for the concept. I was very reluctant to impose on myself no less than four morning products, but all in all, the approach appears to be good for the cleanliness and health of the face. Their ingredients are on the whole very advanced as befits an innovative company with sophisticated skin care products for women. Where the products fail is in their execution towards a very targeted male purpose and their use as daily shaving: the scrub is like emery, the shaving cream does not raise hair, the aftershave tightens the skin uncomfortably and the moisturizer does not appear to be absorbed. A good attempt but more work is needed.

Ingredients in moisturizer

Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diethylhexyl 2,6-Naphthalate, PTFE, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Methyl Gluceth - 20, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3(Oxybenzone), Avobenzone (Parsol® 1789)