Review: Lab Series Skincare For Men

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lab-seriesFor the past several weeks I have been testing some complementary samples that I received from Lab Series, a company that offers “high tech, high performance skincare for men.” Lab Series offers skincare products in three categories they have labeled as “Clean, Shave and Treat.”

From the “Clean” category of products I tested the Multi-Action Face Wash ($16.00 for a 3.4 fl. oz. tube). The Lab Series website indicates that this “unique multi-action foaming cream cleanses, exfoliates and conditions the skin.” The “lathering system dissolves excess oil and unclogs pores,” the “purifying beads remove dead skin cells and impurities,” and the “vitamin enriched formula nourishes and re-conditions the skin, prepping it for a close shave.” The Multi-Action Face Wash was my favorite of the products that I tested. During use of the product my skin felt cool and invigorated. The purifying beads were gritty and nicely abrasive. Afterwards my skin felt clean and tight.

From the “Shave” category I tested the Smooth Shave Oil ($18.00 for a 1 oz. pump bottle). The product can be used alone for a “precision shave” or as a pre-shave oil in combination with another gel, foam or cream. I was not terribly impressed with this product. I tried using it by itself and found that it left my face very oily. I’ve heard of some men who shave with vegetable oil and I imagine this product provides a similar experience. I also tried the product as a pre-shave oil in combination with the Proraso Shaving Cream [www.proraso.com] that I use daily. I could not detect any noticeable benefit from the pre-shave oil, possibly because Proraso already comes infused with Eucalyptus oil.

From the “Treat” category I tested the Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 ($37.50 for a 3.4 oz tube) and the Power Protector SPF 50 ($40.00 for a 3.4 oz tube). Both products had a consistency and feel similar to suntan lotion (without the overpowering scent of coconut) and would provide similar protection from the sun. Regardless of what product you choose, it is always a good idea to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays that can cause wrinkling, age spots and skin cancer.


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Andrew Hodges is a small-town Southern lawyer and author of a-southern-gentleman.blogspot.com, a blog about classic style and culture in the American South