This Grooming Gift Set Is Perfect for Skincare Newbies

Photo credit: Geologie
Photo credit: Geologie

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  • Geologie's four-step set is an easy-to-follow regimen designed to meet your skin's needs.

  • It's developed by leading dermatologist Dr. Steve Xu alongside a team of cosmetic chemists with clinically proven active ingredients at effective concentrations, which are clearly listed on every product.

  • If you find skincare to be complicated and time-consuming, Geologie streamlines your routine without sacrificing results.

Skincare isn't simple—or so many men believe. Acne, sun damage, and dryness are just some of the conditions that affect the way your skin looks and feels. Most men have a combination of conditions they're battling at any given time, and the skincare products you can find at the drugstore simply aren't that effective. With the overwhelming amount of options, the world of skincare can be complicated, confusing, and intimidating, especially for men. When you find something that works exactly as promised, you actually look forward to completing your skincare routine every morning and night because you know consistency leads to great results. That's exactly how we felt when we tried Geologie's skincare system.

Geologie thought of everything. They took the guesswork out of putting together a complete skincare routine that's deceptively simple yet wildly effective. Founded in 2018, Geologie goes the extra mile to ensure your regimen is right for you, and delivers real, positive results you can actually see. Below, we'll walk you through the process that makes Geologie so unique and the results that convinced us that this regimen was worth sticking to.

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The System

Geologie makes smarter skincare backed by real scientific data. Developed by dermatologists, Geologie is constantly refining its personalization algorithms and recommendations to make sure they get it right for every guy. The brand surveys 100,000 guys every year about their skin, and they use that robust data to formulate skincare solutions for every type of skin.

The gift set from Geologie contains the brand's four core products: everyday face wash (two bottles; one for your shower and one for your travel/gym bag), vital morning cream, repairing night cream, and nourishing eye cream. The formulas are already optimized for results and feature active ingredients at efficacious percentages, including 0.2% retinol, 3% niacinamide, 2% hyaluronic acid, 2% kojic acid, 2% salicylic acid. When used together, this skincare routine can help fight aging, dark circles, and provides sun protection—the number one thing you can do to prevent winkles and signs of premature aging.

Products and Ingredients

A skincare routine is only as good as the ingredients in the products themselves. Luckily, this is where Geologie shines. Most brands will tell you that their products contain popular skincare ingredients, like salicylic acid, but they won't tell you how much. Geologie lists the percentages of all their active ingredients right on the bottle, so you know exactly how much of these key ingredients you're getting.

Some brands emphasize the importance of using natural ingredients, but natural doesn't always mean better. In fact, some natural skincare products have a shorter shelf life, which means they break down or expire quicker, rendering them all but useless and your money wasted.

Geologie uses ingredients that have been proven to be effective in clinical trials and studies to achieve certain results. For example, retinol is one of the most well-studied ingredients in skincare and has been shown to increase cell turnover and reduces wrinkles, scars, and fine lines. Geologie's 0.2% Retinol Night Cream works overnight to gradually reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because retinol can help promote cell growth, this incredible skincare ingredient may even help reduce the look of acne scars.

Most, if not all anti-aging skincare products contain some amount of retinol, but only a few brands are confident enough in their formulas to state the percentage clearly on the bottle. Geologie's primary focus is on efficacy, which is why they're always transparent about what's in every product.

The products in the trial set are clearly labeled so you know exactly what order to apply them in. They even tell you how much to apply: the back of the face wash features a circle to demonstrate how much to squeeze out, and the morning and night creams both direct you to dispense one pump of the product for each application.

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Why You Should Consider a Multi-Step Skincare Routine

It's safe to say none of us are getting any younger. As the body ages, so does the skin. A splash of water and a swipe of bar soap just isn't going to cut it anymore, especially if you want to keep your skin healthy and youthful for a long time to come. Doing so now will ensure it'll be able to do the job it needs to do when you're older, after collagen production has slowed down and your cells are taking longer to repair themselves. (It happens to all of us one day.)

Most men know they need a skincare routine as they get older—they just don't know where to start or what to include. That's where Geologie comes in. They do all the hard work for you so all you have to do is spend a couple minutes each day (one in the morning and one a night) applying as directed for quick results and long-term benefits.

Geologie makes skincare that adapts with you as you age. Maybe you start your routine in your 20s targeting acne but by your 30s, you want to tackle dark circles. In your 40s, you want to make anti-aging skincare products the focus of your routine. Geologie's gift set adapts to your changing skincare concerns, and their knowledgable customer service team is there with you every step of the way to make sure you're completely satisfied and seeing the results you want.

Final Verdict

When it comes to skincare, consistency is key. You're only going to see an improvement in your skin if you regularly follow a routine, which you're only going to do if it's simple and easy. Geologie knows this, which is why their morning and evening routines are a maximum of four steps, but more often two or three. The results you get from this easy-to-follow routine (which some reviewers say you'll start to notice in as little as 30 days) motivate you to keep going and see just how much your skin can improve with a few simple steps.

If you're a skincare skeptic and you've never experienced significant improvements from a skincare routine, we encourage you to give this personalized system a try. It might surprise you just how much of a difference a few products can make on your overall appearance —resulting in smoother skin and a serious uptick in your confidence.


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