My brother, Arthur, has a special kind of lazy. The skin on his face might be bone dry, using anything like cream might cause stinging, and he would really rather it all just be better but...he won't moisturize. "I just don't like the way it feels!" With his logic, the feeling of lotion on his face, is worse, than knowing the top layers are mimicking the topography of the Atacama Desert.
The situation must have gotten bad enough because he finally reached out to me. When I asked why he didn't just moisturize, "It's just like, this weird layer of stuff. I don't like it." Really, what did he expect? So I put my mind to what could be minimally detectable when applied and easy to use.
The answer is sprays.
Hydrating formulas in a spray or liquid form fit both criteria and digging through my stash, I found travel sized items which would give him a small moisture boost. Watching his eyes widen when I told him that all he needed to do was spray made me feel something close to a eureka. I also threw in a light cream in case he wanted to "graduate" to something that would actually solve his problem more efficiently.
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner: An ultra light toner with humectants that helps smooth and refresh the skin.
Etude House True Relief Moist Mist Toner: This line has the full set of emulsion, lotion etc but the mist option seems to be the only thing Arthur wants to tolerate. The line is supposed to provide deep moisture for dry and sensitive skin.
Hada Labo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion: This had a key ingredient I felt Arthur needed to use. If Hyaluronic Acid can't help him...then we've all be drinking the Kool-Aid.
Etude House True Relief Moist Emulsion: I added this just in case Arthur decided to try something more effective. Still though, I had to make sure it still had the lightest texture possible. An emulsion fits that bill.
Arthur hasn't reported back and I'm sure I'll have to check in to see if he bothered to try but it felt nice to be unexpectedly asked for help! I'm hoping I can save another male from trashing his skin/not caring about skincare. We'll see!