Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I never thought to use skin care products but when I was playing golf three and four days a week my dermatologist, a woman with skin so clear it was like looking into a pool of clear water, told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to start using sunblock and moisturizer every day, twice a day. And since the mother of the woman I dated as a young man had a face that looked like shoe leather from daily golf, I dutifully took her advice.
That was as far as I went in that direction until recently, when a representative of Dermagenics sent me a jar of Men's Mega-Hydrating Anti-Aging Cream, which claims to reduce large pores, fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating the skin and performing other technical miracles. Like other products of its ilk the stuff is not inexpensive - at $85 it is more than four times the cost of the Neutragena moisturizer I have been using - but I thought I might as well try it even though I would still need to apply sunblock. And I have.
The issue with this kind of product of course is that customers have to take it on faith. The consensus opinion from the bit of reading I have done is that there may be some incremental benefit from these creams but a daily application of Vaseline will accomplish much the same thing for a small fraction of the cost (of course, few among us are likely to adopt a bedtime coating of petroleum jelly to our faces each evening - if the stuff that some women coat on their faces before bed is complete justification for a guy to move to a separate bedroom then it is only fair that the reverse should also be true). In other words, after a month of twice a day application any difference between moisturizer A and moisturizer B is usually too subtle to see, though fortunately they are generally absorbed into the skin unlike the aforesaid Vaseline and those masks that the women who sleep in separate bedrooms wear.
But if you do not currently use SPF 30 or stronger sunblock when outdoors, go get some.