Last time, I asked a good guy friend of mine, Kirk, to review a product for me. He gladly obliged, and came up with this insightful review. Enjoy reading!
Many say that men are crude animals — they don’t give a damn about manners, grooming and hygiene.
As long as they have sports, beer and a hot girl they can call their own, they’ll live a happy life.
Considering all of these aspects, I can proudly say that I fit the description perfectly. I consider myself a Neanderthal. I love the violence and excitement of sports (I play for a flag football team), I believe that beer should replace water, and I have for myself a girl who understood and accepted my crudeness.
However, there is one thing that I consider an exception; something that I put a premium on is facial skin care. I don’t choose facial care products, even if they are hypoallergenic and all, immediately. These products must first pass a ‘testing phase’ before I consider using them.
I admit that I am not a handsome guy. I fully admit that I don’t possess the facial features befitting of a model and the flawless skin that almost everyone wants to achieve. However, I am still picky when it comes to skin care products, especially facial washes.
I have psoriasis. It’s a skin disorder wherein the body’s immune system speeds up the growth of skin cells, causing the some areas of the skin to flake. This skin disorder can occur all over the body, affecting even the scalp, palms and feet and even the nails. The condition is not contagious, and the cause is still not fully understood by medical experts. However, the cause is said to be genetic. Psoriasis can be aggravated by a number of factors which include environmental factors, stress and withdrawal to some drugs.
The severity of psoriasis differs from person to person. In my case, there are some patches that appear on my face. When these patches are irritated, I tell you, it’s like hell. My face is very itchy, and there are red patches everywhere. After these areas dry up, these patches will flake off skin. It’s gruesome, painful and at times, disgusting — especially if you have it on your face. It’s really that difficult.
To resolve the problem, it would take days and a rigorous maintenance regimen to help my face heal. I would need to moisturize often and not let my face dry up. I also need to have enough rest and sleep. I also need to shake off the stress. It’s an arduous task just to recover.
That is why I’m very particular with facial care products. One wrong move and it may cause my face a psoriasis outbreak. I tell you, I’m very particular. I shell about Php 600 just for a bottle of a hypoallergenic facial wash. I don’t settle for less.
It is also important to note that this is the first time that I will be using a masculine facial product. I think I have patronized one particular facial wash for the past 10 years. I did not even dare try another brand. We can say that trying this product was like getting out of my comfort zone, and it was quite difficult for me. The apprehension was already there, but when the product arrived, it transformed into fear.
My friend, Roanne had me try L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam. At first, I was like, “what’s this black sh*t?” I just thought that if there is a beauty regimen called a mud pack then using charcoal for your face wouldn’t be a far-cry. And also, in this time and age, the more natural the ingredient is, the better.
I set up a regimen in using the L’Oreal product. I used a two-week testing period. I decided not to immediately use the new facial product all throughout the testing period, because I’m afraid that my skin will react to it. I decided that I will only use it once a day for the first week, and gradually use it for the whole day for the following week. I wash my face twice in a day.
When I first opened L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam tube, I liked its musky, manly smell. It’s swabe. I checked for the product’s consistency and feel. I pressed the tube, thumbed a dollop, and let it lather between my fingers. I was impressed with the fine bubbles and the black particulates. I guess those are the charcoal.
When I used L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam, the sensation and the feel was good. It was quick to lather and very easy to rinse. My face felt clean after the wash and very smooth. The skin on my face is very oily especially after I’ve perspired. The product is said to work best against oily skin and it did exactly that after the wash. My face felt good.
However, I have stages in cleaning one’s face. I don’t do the exfoliating thing and I don’t use toner. I only wash and moisturize right after.
I wanted to see if my face would immediately dry up after using L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam, and it did. So, I had to immediately moisturize. That’s one thing that I feared that the product would do to my face, especially after the wash – to dry my face up.
But I cut L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam some slack as it was only the first time that I used the product. My sensitive face was still not used to it.
After the first few days, my face still dried up right after I washed my face. I immediately needed to moisturize. However, I immediately noticed that my pores were more visible. I guess it was because my face was cleaner as the sebum and dirt were easily washed away.
After the first week, my face was definitely cleaner, clearer. There were less blackheads and face shone – literally. I remember my girlfriend complementing my new cleaner look. Hehe.
After the first two weeks of using L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam, I can happily say that the product fulfilled all its promises and do even more. With my condition and all, it was able to perform quite adequately and do much better by getting rid of my pesky blackheads.
I’m happy that I decided to crawl out of what I’m used to and achieve something better. Based on my experience, I’d recommend L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam for those guys who do a lot of sports and live an active lifestyle. It cleans your face thoroughly and keeps the oil in check.
For me, L’Oreal Men Expert Pure & Matte Charcoal Black Foam is a must for every man’s gwapo arsenal — whatever kind of crude animal they may be.