Firstly, while I don’t doubt that this is probably one of the most ‘luxurious’ skincare ranges aimed solely towards men, this is definately not the most superior line available. You’ll find better skincare ranges from companies like Olay or La Roche Posay who market themselves as unisex. Limiting yourself to ‘for men’ products will only result in a restricted range to choose from, possibly missing out on the products you really need.
Now to the moisturiser!
This won the ‘Beauty Insider’s Choice’ award for Male Grooming in 2009 and contains ‘Barley and Tomato Extract , Chronobiological Cell Energizer , Marine-derived Oligosaccharide , Multi-Vitamin Liposome Complex , Soft Focus, Optical Diffuser , Watermelon Extract.’
There are a lot of things here which are fun to read but ultimately mean antioxidants, peptides, water binders and lipids. The ‘soft focus’ and ‘optical diffuser’ i’m still at a loss with but I assume it’s the subtle mica shimmer that instantly makes your skin look brighter.
As a night cream this works wonderfully for dry to normal skin. My skin does indeed feel drenched in moisture yet not greasy at all. After a month of using this I found I was waking up to increasingly bright, plump and firm skin. I think part of this can be attributed to the peptides:
The rest is down to the lipids that create a nice fatty moisture barrier on the skin and the antioxidants.
All in all i’d say this is an effective cream but Zirh has decided that far-fetched ingredients and interesting stories (plus a little prestige pricing) allows them to sell this at an extortionate price! Better products can be bought for much less. For an excellent alternative I suggest looking into the Olay Regenerist night moisturiser which is chock-full of both peptides and antioxidants. Having used both I’d choose Olay Regenerist even if price wasn’t an issue.