I also spend a lot of time outdoors and in the pool. The sun, chlorine and the brutal Santa Ana winds (that blow regularly where I live) leave my skin dry and irritated.
Few men’s products hydrate my skin and provide me with post-shave relief; and, even fewer meet my personal requirement of being cruelty-free tested, all natural and smell great. I can’t stand artificial fragrances from the likes of Gillette, i.e. “Sea Breeze” and “Winter Storm”. They smell like window cleaner, make me feel toxic and do not work beyond a couple of hours.
There is such a product that meets my initial requirements. It’s called Combat Ready bar soap, balm, and lip balm by Skincando. But, does it work?
With the Santa Anas working magic on my skin and local temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, the timing was perfect to begin trying the three products. I am happy to report that they began working immediately, synergistically providing immediate relief after my first use.
Made with organic rosemary and brewed black tea, the bar soap smells great and is refreshing and light. I can feel it working each time I wash, penetrating the particular dryness in my legs, back and face.
The peppermint-flavored lip balm penetrated and provided quick relief to my sore and cracked the lips, and skin around my nostrils. Its scent and subtle taste on my lips is pleasant and invigorating.
I applied the balm to my face to combat post-shaving dryness. It began soothing my irritated skin and razor burn right away and continued working throughout the day. This stuff also works on diaper rash (yup, tried it on my two-year-old Conner; cleared his little butt right up!). After forgetting my volumizing mousse at the gym, I also put a little of the balm in my limp “do”. It worked really well in giving it some moisture and body.
I felt even better about this product and its founder when I read that Skincando and its customers donate thousands of jars of the balm to our troops overseas. Those using it for relief from the sunburns and sandpaper-dry skin caused by140 degree temperatures and sandstorms rave about how well it works.
Combat Ready is great stuff. It is superior to the temporary relief I receive from other products containing preservatives and alcohol. Founder, Sara Damello, is a licensed Esthetician, who has put considerable research into the locally produced and natural ingredients contained in her products. Her balms and soap deliver on their promise and I feel good about using them.
Guest blog post by Maxwell Sucee.
Maxwell is currently developing successful public relations campaigns for corporations and non profit organizations. He has also guided the PR function for an international commercial real estate firm, Fortune 500 homebuilder, and one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. In his spare time he chases around his five and two-year-old children, fights a never-ending battle with a “fixer upper” home, and chills by practicing yoga.