Gijim
7 months ago

Gijim's skincare picks (male, 40's, bald)

I've been working on functional skincare choices for different parts of the body - I'm sharing here and welcome your comments and feedback!

Targeted skin issues:

  • Forehead & frown lines: retinol, niacinamide (clinic: botox)

  • Crows feet: argireline, hyaluronic acid

  • Forehead uneven skin tone: retinol, niacinamide

  • Torso uneven skin tone: vitamin C

  • Comedones: niacinamide, retinol, cleanser

  • Thickened skin on heels and toes: salicylic acid (SA), urea

  • Prevention of spider veins around heels: vitamin K (clinic: laser)

  • Prevention of seborrheic keratosis on torso: moisturizer, ceramides (clinic: liquid nitrogen)

  • Papery skin (sun damage) on back of hands: moisturizer, ceramides, retinol, sunscreen (clinic: fractionated laser)

Price targets: 15 - 35 EUR for:

  • 15ml eye product

  • 50-100ml face product

  • 250-500ml body product

Current and future products by body area:

  • Cleansers:

    • Weekly Exfoliator: Clinique For Men Face Scrub (harsh)

      • To try: Bee Bald Daily cleanser (exfo/wash, mild)

      • To try: phFormula MD E.X.F.O.

    • Daily Cleanser: Clinique For Men Face Wash 200ml (slightly too strong)

      • Also: CeraVE Hydrating Cleanser - for ears and dry areas

      • Also: CeraVE Foaming Cleanser - for normal/oily areas

      • To try: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

    • Shaving oil: King of Shaves Sensitive Shave Oil (Aloe + Tea Tree)

      • Also tried: Bio Oil (not as lubricating)

      • Also tried: Wahl's Clipper Oil (mineral oil, works well)

  • Face:

    • Shaving balm: Bee Bald Post-Shave Balm (Aloe + extracts)

    • PM Serum: phFormula MD A.G.E. (Retinol + Niacinamide) - eyes and forehead

      • To try: CeraVe Anti-Aging Retinol Serum

    • PM Moisturiser: CeraVE PM Moisturizer (Niacinamide, ceramides - great basic)

    • AM Moisturiser (SPF): La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVmune 400 Hydrating Cream SPF50+ (perfect)

      • Tried: CeraVe AM SPF 25 (smells a bit, weaker)

    • Facial Sunscreens:

      • BioRe Super UV Milk SPF 48 (doesn't spread well)

      • Biore UV Watery Essence SPF 50+ (spreads really well)

      • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF50+ (great)

      • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist Spray SPF50+ (touch-free application)

  • Eyes:

    • Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Treatment Lotion (Agireline serum)

      • To try: The Ordinary Argireline 10% solution

    • Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye Creme Rich

      • To try: CeraVe Eye Repair

      • To try: AlumierMD Rejuvenating Eye Collection (Retinol, expensive - clinic referral)

  • Lips:

    • Lip balm: Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm 10ml

      • To try: Vaseline Lip Therapy Original Lip Balm Tube

      • Tried: Labello Original, Labello for Men (too greasy/smelly)

      • Tried: Burts Bees Lip Balm (too peppermint!)

    • SPF lip balm: Eucerin Active Care for Lips SPF 15

      • To try: Vaseline Lip Therapy Stick SPF15

      • Tried: Labello Med Repair SPF 15 (too greasy)

      • Tried: Salt & Stone SPF 30 lip balm (too shiny & salty)

  • Body:

    • Normal Skin Moisturiser: CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

    • Uneven Skin Moisturiser: Boots Vit C brightening body serum

    • Rough Skin Moisturizer: CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream for Rough and Bumpy Skin 340g with Salicylic Acid

    • SPF15 Moisturiser: Dove Body Care SPF 15 (smells weird on men)

    • SPF50 Moisturiser: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Hydrating Body Lotion SPF50+

    • Sunscreen cream: Sun Bum SPF 50 (smells of coconut)

      • To try: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF50+

    • Sunscreen spray: Heliocare 360 Invisible Spray SPF 50+

  • Hands:

    • Hand cream: CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream

    • Papery skin: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane 30ml

    • Cuticle oil: Bio Oil (too many ingredients)

      • To try: Kanzy Jojoba Oil Organic

  • Feet:

    • Heel balm: CeraVe SA Renewing Foot Cream

      • To try: CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream with Salicylic Acid 177ml (and 10% Urea)

    • Dorsal foot moisturizer: DermaFIX RegenerateFX (Vitamin K + growth factors, prevent spider veins)

CeraVe - Eye Repair Cream
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CeraVe - SA Smoothing Cream with Salicylic Acid for Dry, Rough & Bumpy Skin
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Biore - UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+/PA++++
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CeraVe - SA Renewing Foot Cream
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CeraVe - Reparative Hand Cream
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La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Anti-Shine Invisible Fresh Mist Spray SPF50+
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pH formula - MD AGE Active Recovery
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Heliocare - 360 Invisible Spray SPF 50+
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CeraVe - Moisturising Cream Pot with Ceramides for Dry to Very Dry Skin
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La Roche-Posay - Anthelios UVmune 400 Hydrating Cream SPF50+
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La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Hydrating Body Lotion SPF50+
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CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser
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La Roche-Posay - Anthelios Anti-Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF50+
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CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturising Lotion with Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin - UK Version
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The Ordinary - GRANACTIVE RETINOID SERUM 5% IN SQUALANE
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Vaseline - Original Lip Therapy Balm Sticks
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Estée Lauder - Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Treatment Lotion
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Estée Lauder - Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Creme
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Eucerin - Acute Lip Balm
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Hi, the Labellos are some useless products that don't hydrate correctly. I would suggest Eucerin lip balm (I think it's without SPF) or Avène, La Roche-Posay or Bert's bees.

For your fine lines : always use a vitamin C serum under your sunscreen.

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Thank you Tunderb, I hadn't looked into lip balms yet, but I will try those brands first!

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The first Eucerin I bought turned out to be Eucerin Active stick which has SPF 15, but I've since also bought the Eucerin Acute in the tube.

I notice Vaseline Lip Therapy also has SPF in the stick, and not in the tube - and will try that too.

I find the peppermint in classic Burt's Bees to be irritating.

Haven't tried Avène or La Roche-Posay balms - would prefer a lower price point than those.

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Re the Cerave anti-aging retinol serum, do you mean this product? https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/cerave-skin-renewing-retinol-serum

If yes, I’m wondering if it would make sense for you to go for a higher concentration of retinoid - if you are not new to retinol and your skin isn’t sensitive

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Also, on hair growth, in a couple review scientific papers, it is mentioned that Cu-GHK (Copper Tripeptide 1) can have an effect comparable to Minoxidil (for example, here: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/4/2/16/htm?crsi=6624969152#B36-cosmetics-04-00016) but I couldn't find the actual study with a quick search. Minoxidil definitely would be a more sure in terms of effectiveness and value for money, but maybe you'd be interested in combining the two. I would imagine the concentration of the Cu-GHK for hair growth would need to be higher than 1% offered by the Ordinary (https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-ordinary-buffet-copper-peptides-1), but the price could be affordable enough to give it a try - especially if you go for 2x daily application.

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Thank you Maria, I'll look into the Cu-GHK.

I'm only using Minoxodil when in the office because I've read it's extremely toxic to cats who are extra sensitive its blood pressure effects. To be safe I also shower on arriving home when I do that before interacting with the cat. So a safer alternative would be great!

I'm also trying 1mg finasteride pills, which seems to be working gradually.

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Hi Maria, I'm currently using phFormula MD A.G.E. for my facial retinoid (though I'm not clear on what's the concentration!). It was a little irritating for the first two weeks but fine now.

I've just received The Ordinary Granactive 5% retinoid to try on the backs of my hands in the evening

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Hi there. I've read that red light therapy is good for stimulating hair growth. Not sure if that's just for thinning hair though.

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