Alright, my men, let's talk about life for a minute (I'm cringing too, but bear with me). It's a constant hustle (these days, it's a hustle with a side hustle or two for many) – advancing professionally, sometimes twice daily bodybuilding and HIIT workouts from Shred, hiking San Diego's endless trails and canyons, recovering from nights out until sunrise, and booking adventures around the world. But hey, I'm a 36-year-old dude who works hard and plays harder, and that incl
udes taking extra care of my skin. So when AminoGenesis gifted me their volcanic skincare set, promising to keep me looking fresh, young, and healthy, I couldn't resist the adventure.
My Skepticisms: Gender Marketing + Price Discrimination
I must be honest; when AminoGenesis sent me this beautifully packaged set, I had doubts. For starters, I'm not a fan of branding based on gender. I usually feel slightly insulted when a brand offers a basic product that sells men short and sets the expectation that we're only smart enough to buy something if it says 'for men'. The idea of "for men" skincare often raises questions about whether it's genuinely tailored to our needs or simply a clever ploy, and I'm banking on the latter.
But that wasn't the only thing that gave me pause. I've been loyal to some of the more expensive brands for years. The price tag on AminoGenesis's set was surprisingly budget-friendly, and you know how we often equate cost with quality. Could a more affordable option (but not cheap by any standard) really measure up to what I'd been using consistently?
(The flip side to both of these skepticisms is that the packaging is sleek and masculine, so it presents as a more expensive product. it's perfect to bring in your gym back for a lava refresh right after your workout or sauna session.)
The Hook for Me: Lava and Volcanic Ash
Here's where things get interesting. Volcanic ash, my friends, is not just something you'd associate with eruptions. It's a mix of rocks, minerals, and glass bits spewed by volcanoes. Believe it or not, these tiny, absorbent particles work wonders for your skin. Think of them as nature's little sponges, soaking up all the gunk and impurities that hang out on your face. Volcanic ash is similar to fine sand (silicon) and is Mother Nature's natural skin purifier. Not only is it rich in minerals, like sulfur, magnesium, and zinc, but its exfoliating properties mean that it removes dead outer layers of skin while cleaning the skin. Zinc helps heal inflammation.
The Routine: Using the Scoria Skincare System
Now, let's talk about how I used each of these bad boys:
Volcanic Mineral Cleanser: Wake-Up Call
Splash some warm water on your face.
Take a small dollop of the cleanser and rub it between your palms.
Gently massage it onto your face, making those circular motions for about 30 seconds.
Rinse it all off with lukewarm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Volcanic Mineral Facial Reset and Toner: The Refresher
After you've done the cleansing dance, it's time to reset your face. Just pour a bit of toner onto a cotton pad or your fingers.
Swipe that pad across your face and neck – avoid your eyes!
Let it do its thing; no need to rush.
Volcanic Mineral Daily Moisturizer: The Shield
Grab a small amount of this moisturizer.
Smooth it onto your face and neck. Go upwards and outwards with your motions.
Don't forget the neck; it deserves some love too!
Volcanic Mineral Body Bar Soap: Full-Body Revival
Shower time! Wet yourself down with warm water.
Lather up some of that body bar soap in your hands.
Spread the love all over your body, focusing on the spots that need some TLC.
Rinse it all off with warm water.
The Verdict: A Fresh Take on Life
So, what's the lowdown? With three months of daily use - AminoGenesis's volcanic skincare is (to my surprise) effective and refreshing. The routine is easy to repeat twice daily, and the ingredients don't leave my skin feeling too oily or even worse, too dry. Even with my fast-paced lifestyle and high-pressure job: my race to a promotion at work, my addiction to the gym, and beach days almost year-round, etc, these products have boosted my skin's radiance and helped with fine lines that the Botox wasn't actually affecting. And that's something I'm pretty stoked about.
For all you guys out there looking for a skincare regimen that keeps you looking fresh and healthy, I'd say (on top of keeping up your Botox) give AminoGenesis's Scoria Skincare Set for Active Men a try. It's been a smooth and rewarding ride for me, and I reckon it could be for you too. After all, our skin deserves to be as tough and surprising as we are. So, why not take the plunge into the world of volcanic skincare?
Let me know if you try this product, and I'd love to hear your thoughts! I'll post thoughts and recommendations on my Instagram (@jonas.dmnq), so use the follow button throughout this site to keep up and add your experience to the conversation.