4 You Men's Beauty Board Tests Men's Facial Scrubs
If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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June Jacobs for Men Exfoliating Scrub
Preservative-free and infused with pine bark extract, this product will "help reduce skin redness and irritation typically associated with men's grooming.''
Ken says: Who knew I needed to exfoliate? But I've had my share of redness and irritation, so this trial run had promise. Needless to say, with a $32 price tag, this face scrub needed to make me feel like the Old Spice guy on the horse. Infused with pine bark, it has a woodsy scent that reminds me of Pine-Sol without the paralyzing smelling-salts effect. Since it exfoliates – or basically rubs off a dead layer of skin – it feels a little gritty but smells clean and manly. The manufacturers say the scrub moisturizes your skin and gives it elasticity. That's way too many things to consider in a morning face wash, but the results were positive. My face wasn't as red, and it left my skin feeling smooth and moist. Look at those pores, baby! If you have the cash, this product works. You can buy it online or at "prestige spas nationwide.'' Never been to one of those, so I might just make this tube last awhile.
Ken Koehn, 49, is assistant managing editor for The Tampa Tribune
Elemis Energising Skin Scrub
Eddie says: When you first crack open this bottle of Elemis Skin Scrub, it just smells as though it should work. Really, it smells expensive – whatever that smells like. Once you get beyond the masculine, woodsy aroma, there's the texture. The beige-hued concoction comes out of the bottle with the consistency of a heavy lotion. Now, I've used exfoliating scrubs before, and in the past it's felt as though I'm rubbing crushed pieces of walnut shells against my skin. Not good. On top of that, it doesn't feel as though you're getting full coverage. But this? Wow! The small granules do the trick. I've shaved my face and head for years with a razor and when I used Elemis, the nicks are kept to a minimum. Without the scrub, it's almost a guarantee a small cut will happen. The shaves last longer as well. According to the back of the bottle, it lifts hair, allowing for that better shave. Well, I second that notion. Here's my one gripe: The bottle's too dang small. I need more of this stuff!
Eddie Daniels, 36, is a staff writer for The Tampa Tribune, covering news in Pasco County. In another life, he covered professional boxing, arena football, and high school sports for the Trib.
Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub
Available at www.getjackblack.com and some Macy's and Sephora stores; $30 for a 6-ounce tube
"Deep cleans and smoothes your skin, clearing the way for a closer, easier shave."
Dennis says: Nothing like a "Face Buff" has ever touched my face. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long. The claim on the Jack Black label is that it wakes up tired skin and reduces shaving irritation. I say let's think more positively. This stuff leaves your face feeling alive and tingly and makes shaving afterward an enjoyable experience. I actually walked away from the sink wondering if others could see the glow I felt. Of course, it passes after a few minutes, but you may find you keep smiling from the memory long afterward. Now, all that said, whether I keep using it is a question of time. As I've mentioned here before, it takes something really special for me to trade five minutes of sleep in the morning for five minutes of extra toilette. The hand-brushed shaving soap didn't last, for example. Plus this stuff takes work. It goes on like fine beach sand – don't rub too hard or ouch! – and getting it all off takes six or seven rinses. The makers advise using it just three times a week. I think I will.
Dennis Joyce, 56, is the Tribune's Metro editor.
Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care Laser-Free Retexturizer Exfoliating Scrub
Available at Peterthomasroth.com, amazon.com, sephora.com; $38 for a 2-ounce tube ($23 on Amazon)
Multi-action retexturizer reveals smooth, radiant skin.
Rod says: I have used a similar product made by another company for a while now. When I tested this one, I found it to be not quite as good. The product says it will "reveal dramatically younger looking, smoother, radiant, replenished skin." I didn't quite get that. I was hoping to feel a tingle when I used it, as I had with other products. I didn't. I can't say it revealed "dramatically" younger-looking skin. It was a decent product to use and I did see some difference, but it was very slight. It didn't seem to deliver all the changes it purported. In a word, it was just OK.
Rod Carter, 43, is the morning anchor on News Channel 8 Today.