What is it about the male ego? What is this inner drive they possess that makes them not just a normal person, but a sweat-soaked, testosterone-driven, strong as an ox, and hung like a bull, god-in-their-own-mind? And why do they turn into sniveling babies if anyone so much as hints they are anything less? And why are they so damn scared of skin care products??

I was in Target tonight when I happened to catch a glance at a new skin care line for men. I wouldn’t have even realized it was there had the words “Anti-Pale Skin Moisturizer” not jumped out at me. Anti-pale skin?? I’ve seen anti-redness creams, but never anti-pale stuff. Wtf? So I read further- “Provides gradual, natural looking color.” It took me a second to realize what I was actually looking at was sunless tanning lotion for men! Seems we have to be very careful with the wording, because I guess the male ego just could not handle using something with the words ‘tanning lotion’ in it? So now its not sunless tanning lotion, its anti-pale skin moisturizer. Riiiiiight. Anyone else find this funny? Just a little? Actually if you want a real good laugh, the directions further explain that you will see “maximum anti-pale, anti-pasty benefit within a week of twice-daily usage”. Gosh forbid ya just tell the guys they will start to see a little color on their face within a week. I checked my bottle of sunless tanning lotion, btw, and nowhere do the words “anti-pasty benefit” show up.

Naturally I had to check out this product line, and the madness continues. Men do not use things that make their skin fresh it seems, they use “Power Clean Anti-Dullness Face Wash”. (Sounds like something my husband would clean his car with.) Feeling dry? Try the “Hydrapower Invigorating Moisturizer”, or if you have combination skin, how about the “Oil Controller Anti-Oiliness Moisturizer”. And we must have our “Power Buff Anti-Ruffness Exfoliator”.

Is it just me or does all this stuff sound more like something you’d find in a garage than a medicine cabinet?

What are guys so afraid of that they actually have to market it this way to get them to use basic products. My husband is just as guilty, he could use a little moisturizer after shaving, and he actually uses the same soap on his face as on his body. But he won’t, and why? Is it too much trouble? Would the guys make fun of him if they found out? Would his penis shrivel up and fall off if it suspected he were using the same type of product as your wife?(Who has much better skin than him btw.)

Maybe women just have anti-ego, anti-don’t give a damn protection built right in? Too bad Loreal couldn’t bottle and sell THAT for men!

3 Comments on Man, How Fragile Art Thou Ego.

  1. Angie
    August 1, 2006 at 11:18 pm (11 years ago)

    Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

    I saw it, raised an eyebrow at the marketing of mens “skin care” products and thought, seriously are you going to make your money back on this?

    DH is soap and water guy, he looks at me like I’m crazy if I suggest using something to do _________ for his skin.

    Yet, I’ve managed to make headway because he will use stuff for his dry skin that’s on his feet or elbows. So, I guess years of me pestering him has paid off in some way.

    Oh and DH would laugh at “anti-pale” He can get his anti-pale mowing the grass. 😀

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  2. LINDSAY ELLIS
    November 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Haha my boyfriend bought this and he refused to accept that it is fake tan even though his hairline and eyebrows turned orange while using it!

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