Perricone MD CBx for Men
What is it: A science-based skincare collection for men.
Signature technology: Phytocannabinoids, which visibly calm irritation, balance oil production, and promote moisture-retention.
Who is it for: Men with the beginnings of fine lines, unbalanced oil, topical redness, and whose skin is often subjected to the environment and aggressive shaving.
How does it work: Cleanse skin with Super Clean Face Wash, a gel-to-foam cleanser featuring a gentle surfactant, vitamin E, aloe leaf juice, and glycerin. If you are shaving, do so and then follow with Soothing Post-Shave Treatment which features witch hazel, aloe leaf juice, ginseng root extract, barley seed extract, and green algae. Finish with Lightweight Moisturizer, a lotion-like cream high in cannabis sativa seed oil, shea butter, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, and sodium hyaluronate.
Thoughts: PRE:EMPT is a brilliant collection of products that I think anyone can use, and this seems to be built from the same concept; a simple formula with star antioxidants. My only worry is the fragrance, as this does have a woodsy scent which I always associate with irritation, but I have yet to go hands-on with the collection so we will see. From a marketing perspective, Perricone is one of the most universal skincare brands; they cater to all genders, and nearly every concern, and this and PRE:EMPT are great gateway collections to the brand. Now if only they would make a dedicated treatment collection for acne…
Shop: Perricone MD.
StriVectin Advanced Acid
What is it: A trio of acid-based skincare products.
Signature technology: NIA-114 is featured in every product, paired with either hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, or oleic fatty acid.
Who is it for: Those looking for targeted products to address the first signs of aging, including dryness, loss of elasticity, rough texture, dullness, and fine lines.
How does it work: NIA-114 is a proprietary niacin molecule to StriVectin that has an enhanced ability to penetrate the skin as compared to traditional niacin and niacinamide. NIA-114 stimulates the repair of DNA, strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier, encourages cell growth, and reduces pigmentation. The Advanced Acid collection has three products, each pairing NIA-114 with a potent acid. Glycolic Skin Reset Mask features micro-encapsulated glycolic acid to refine texture and fine lines, Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum features 6 forms of hyaluronic acid plus ceramides to enhance moisture retention, while Oleic Rapid Recovery Milk features oleic fatty acid to restore the skin’s lipid barrier and restore plumpness and comfort.
Thoughts: People are often terrified of the word ‘acid’, but this collection shows the variety of acids available in skincare. Glycolic acid has years of research backing-up its ability to exfoliate and stimulate repair, hyaluronic acid in 6 forms plus ceramides is a comprehensive upgrade from the usual 1-form-of-hyaluronic formulas we often see, and a milky serum with omega-9 fatty acids to restore oil to the skin is something rare. Once I finish my current exfoliators, the Glycolic Skin Reset Mask will be up next.
Shop: StriVectin, BeautyBoutique, Ulta.
What is it: A multi-ingredient brightening serum.
Signature technology: A blend of new technologies that target future and existing pigmentation.
Who is it for: Anyone looking to address brown and red pigmentation with a formula more targeted than vitamin C.
How does it work: Diglucosyl Gallic Acid blocks the melanogenesis process by interacting with the skin’s natural microbes. Acetyl Glycyl Beta Alanine inhibits the production of tyrosinase (which produces pigmentation) and the process of pigment being pushed up to the visible top layers of skin. Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate is a new derivative of azelaic acid and glycine; it focuses on both red and brown pigmentation, as well as hydration.
Thoughts: Vitamin C is always touted as the gold standard at brightening, but so many people find it irritating, it destabilizes, or it is often paired with fragrance which further exacerbates the irritation. And while vitamin C can brighten the skin, there are far more effective ingredients to reduce pigmentation. RE:PIGMENT features a wide assortment of ingredients that all target pigmentation in different ways, which theoretically gives you a greater chance of seeing results. I currently use NIOD CAIS 1.00% in the morning and have seen a steady reduction in red marks, but once my bottle is done I think I will give RE:PIGMENT a try for a more targeted approach.