SUMMARY: After years of trying facial moisturizers purchased from department stores, and believe me I've tried a lot of them, there is one in particular that I seem to come back to over and over again: Jack Black's Double-Duty Face Moisturizer (SPF 20 with Blue Algae Extract & Sea Parsley). Why? The answer is simple - Double-Duty Face Moisturizer is a non-greasy, non-drying, quick absorbing, virtually unscented moisturizer that also happens to provide SPF 20 protection.
ABOUT THE BRAND: Jack Black is an American men's grooming brand developed in the USA in 2000 that was rated the # 1 men's skincare brand in the USA by The NPD Group, Inc./Beauty Trends ® US Prestige Skincare Retail Dollar Sales, July, 2014 – June, 2015. Not named after the actor, the founders chose the name as the embodiment of the comfort and approachability of a good friend.
USE: Double-Duty Moisturizer works as both an aftershave and daily moisturizer but can be regularly used as a sunscreen as well. It can be applied to neck and face day or night after shaving or cleansing. I've also used it on a shaved scalp to reduce flaking and experienced no irritation.
With Blue algae extract, a rich source of vitamin E and minerals, combined with sea parsley, an anti-irritant containing vitamins A and C, Double-Duty moisturizer improves skin’s overall appearance. Its broad spectrum UVA and UVB combines with antioxidants to protect and shield skin from premature aging due to sun exposure.
AROMA & TEXTURE: Double-Duty really has no perceivable aroma to speak of. The texture is a lightweight, white cream that easily absorbs into skin.
PACKAGING: An attractive, almost retro cobalt blue plastic container houses both sizes. The easy to press applicator allows for just the right amount to be dispensed.
INGREDIENTS: (from JackBlack's website) Octinoxate 7.50%, Avobenzone 2.20%. OTHER INGREDIENTS: Flower Oil, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Extract*, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethcone, Disodium EDTA, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Haslea Ostrearia Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lecithin, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract*, Linalool, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Phenethyl Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Plantago Lanceolata Potassium Sorbate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water (Aqua) *Certified Organic
PROS & CONS: Though more expensive than many drugstore equivalents, pros include its lightweight, non-greasy texture; effective SPF; lack of strong aroma; organic ingredients; absence of parabens, phthalates and salicylates; effective for both oily and dry skin.
And reviews are incredibly strong by not just men but women as well. For example, one 5 star review at GetJackBlack.com offered:
"Disclosure - I'm a female and have come to use only this men's line of skin care for almost everything. It's amazing. I first ran into the spf20 moisturizer at a gift shop in Alaska. I needed some sunblock that would also stand up to the elements and didn't think much more of it. Amazing product. Absorbs instantly and the first sunblock I've ever used that feels like nothing on. Then purchased the DIY peel pads and glycolic acid moisturizer and eventually the facial cleanser. Been using the above for 3 months now and this has changed my life. Best skin I've ever had and that's saying a lot coming from a female. Most importantly - has literally rid me of all acne and skin tone is the best it's ever been. Should market this skin line for women."
On the other hand, negative reviews include the following from Ulta.com:
"I like that the moisturizer is lightweight, but that also makes it less effective for me. I have really bad acne/blackheads and I need a strong cleanser, but that also causes my skin to become very dry. At first, I really liked how this moisturizer wasn't greasy or thick….it felt perfect. Until 30 minutes later, I would always see how oily my face gets. EVERY single time, about 30 minutes after, my face would be a shiny mess, and it didn't make any difference in my acne. If you don't mind your face being oily afterward, this is a really good moisturizer. But for my skin, I can't afford having more oil, which could lead to more acne. I also recommended it to my sister (who is also oily/acne prone), who liked it within the first 2 weeks, and later said she was getting irritation from using it. I also agreed that after using it for at least 2 weeks+, this moisturizer wasn't as good as I thought it initially was. I would try to look for something more affordable that does the same job. Don't waste your money."
WHERE CAN I BUY IT? At $28 USD for 3.3 ozs, or $48 USD for 8.5 ozs, Double Duty is priced well-beyond drugstore products but at the low end of niche and men's designer label grooming products. Available at GetJackBlack.com, Nordstrom, Ulta and wherever designer brand cosmetics are sold.
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