How To Choose The Right Moisturizer

a) What are your skin concerns? b) Choose your moisturizer.

Why moisturize?

Moisturizer locks in water to keep your skin’s barrier layer strong and soft. Moisturizing creams can also be great vehicles for more active treatments.

How to Choose:

Simplest Selection: By Skin Type…

The easiest way to choose a moisturizer is to go by skin type. Our SuperSkin Care moisturizers are formulated to provide drier skin with more intensive humectants, oilier skin with oil-free hydration, and combination skin with targeted care (more moisture in drier areas and less in oilier areas, for a moisture-balanced result). If your skin is generally more dry, try Creammmy-Rich Intensive Moisture Milk. For oily skin, try Spring Fresh Oil-Free Nourisher. For Combination Skin, try Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer..

Treat & Nourish: 

Because moisturizers spread well and sit on the skin for a long time, and tend to be absorbed well, they are great ways to hit two birds with one stone: moisturization plus active therapy. Id Anti-Acne Oil-Free Lotion is a unique, non-drying option for acne-prone skin, and can be used on face and body. For anti-aging, use Re-Everything Creams. To help lighten dark spots and melasma, try Illuminants+ Creams.

TIP: These active treatment moisturizers need a slow increase in application frequency, starting only once or twice a week, and slowly moving up until you achieve 2x-a-day applications (around week 8 of therapy). When gradually increasing application frequency, use interim moisturizers such as Spring Fresh Oil-Free Nourisher, Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion, or Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion.

Very Sensitive Skin: 

For skin that is allergic, atopic, or with certain barrier-compromised or inflammatory conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis, moisturizers that specifically strengthen the skin’s barrier layer, that have fatty acids native to skin, and that are anti-inflammatory (and, obviously, that are allergen-free) can be valuable at managing the condition, soothing the skin, increasing comfort, and preventing flare-ups. For eczema and rosacea, a moisturizer with antimicrobials that target the microorganisms common to these skin conditions is also helpful. For rosacea, try Red Better Daily Therapy Moisturizer. For all other sensitive skin conditions, we recommend Know-It-Oil, organic virgin coconut oil or Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil.


If you think shaving is a pain…or about the only skincare you’ll ever be into (besides sunscreen, we hope!), make your aftershave pull double duty with 1635 Aftershave Salve. It’s deeply hydrating (so you get the moisturizing requirements so important to your skin’s health) but it also helps soothe angry, irritation-prone, sensitive skin, and razor burn. It’s non-comedogenic, too, so you needn’t worry about acne.

Hand & Body: 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ — don’t stop caring for it at your face! Try Re-Everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion or Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion for active therapy on body skin. For a light, super-soft, year-round moisturizer, pick up Essence Hand + Body SmootherKnow-It-Oil, organic virgin coconut oil can also be used on the entire body.

Pregnant or Nursing? 

There are currently no studies conclusively showing that topically-applied cosmetics, particularly with the concentrations of ingredients they usually use, can penetrate the dermis, get to the bloodstream and affect the fetus or breast milk. Still, to be extra cautious, the rule of thumb is to avoid products with active ingredients that are not quickly washed off, and to avoid certain actives altogether.

What we can recommend: Grandma Minnie’s Mommycoddling All-Over Lotion or Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil. Both contain monolaurin (naturally found in breast milk) to help you combat acne and infections while caring for baby. And, awesomely, both can be shared with baby after she or he is born!



Finally, a little-known tip. Many newer sunscreen formulations contain healthy humectants, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. If you just can’t bring yourself to add another step to your skincare regimen, choose sunscreen!


For more on how to apply skincare, check out: Which Comes First, The Toner Or The Lotion? How To Apply Skincare In The Right Order

For more of our most popular combined regimens, check out: Combining Actives: Customize Your Skincare Regimen Like A Pro


Facial Shaving Products For Your Legs?

Why do bumps happen?

If you happen to prefer shaving your legs — because it’s more convenient or faster or you just like it better — a common problem can be nasty red bumps. Not great on an area of the body that you’re showing off in summer shorts and minis. A surprising solution can be found in products associated with men’s-only shaving. Facial shaving can be such a problem that a multitude of specialized products exist to address everything from razor burn to, yup, bumps. But before you go raiding your guy’s medicine cabinet, make sure you’re dealing with shaving bumps.

Are these things pimples? As a general rule, no…but don’t rule out the possibility either. Laura, VMV Hypoallergenics CEO, told me of a “horrifying” experience with steroid acne on the legs. “It was the 80s and I’d been playing tennis with sauna pants (a real thing) because I wanted to be tougher, sweat more, and lose more weight. This genius idea of training with my legs encased in an airless, soggy sauna clogged the follicles on my legs. This led to a rash and some topical steroids, and then the worst, most disgusting, pus-filled, inflamed and painful acne all over my legs, from mid thigh to ankle.” Barring steroid acne from an unfortunate encounter with a 1980s torture outfit (in which case, see your dermatologist), your bumps could be “sweat acne” or pityrosporum folliculitis. In this case, the fungus pityrosporum which lives naturally and happily on our skins with other healthy microbes goes on overdrive because you happen to be sweating a lot more and this charming organism feeds on sweat. This is a relatively easy fix with Id Monolaurin Gel, an anti-fungal and helps control sweating. But true shaving bumps are actually “ingrown” hairs: coarse or curly hairs that loop under and grow back upwards to the skin’s surface.

What are shaving bumps, exactly?

Shaving bumps, ingrown hair (a rose by any other name), is a condition called pseudofolliculitis. Pseudo because it is not a true inflammation from bacteria or fungi. It can mimic such conditions (which is why it sometimes looks like acne) and inflammation can also occur. But the cause is physical, not fungal or bacterial.

If you have shaving bumps — raised, uniform bumps, normally without visible infected matter (pus) — on areas where you shave, men’s shaving products such as an anti-inflammatory shaving regimen like 1635 Gentle Men’s Therapeutic Shaving could be your solution. We’ve always said, we don’t formulate for a gender, we formulate for skin. Pseudofolliculitis can occur on any skin and 1635 has an entire regimen to help deal with it and other shaving issues.


How to use facial shaving stuff to prevent bumps on the legs:

  • Two of the most important factors to a good, painless, bump-free shave are heat and water. Try the Pre-Shave Soft Scrub before shaving to make sure the area is cleansed but not stripped of important oils which some soaps (particularly hard ones) can do. This pre-shaving cleanser contains hydrophobic ingredients to lubricate the skin, lock-in moisture and soften the hair. Massaging it on the skin while in a hot shower takes care of the warming part. The fine scrubs help dislodge ingrown hair and remove dead skin and debris which can clog up your razor. This simple step can do wonders for preventing bumps, nicks and cuts.
  • The Pre-Shave Barber “Oil” ups the heat-and-water factor even more. This unique formulation traps in moisture, keeps the hair warm and makes for an easier shave (guys get a wet, hot towel in a barbershop for the same reason). This is also a great option for very precise shaving or shaping.
  • Choose from 3 options of shaving creams to best address your hair type: fine, coarse, or in-between.
  • End with one of 3 aftershave options. Each will help with inflammation, but the Aftershave Salve soothes very sensitive skin that tends to experience razor burn, and the Aftershave Solution is made specifically to help prevent various bumps, from clogged pores to shaving bumps. Pair it with Id Monolaurin Gel if you think you might also have sweat acne.

If your dermatologist diagnoses your bumps as pseudofolliculitis, you could also opt to not shave at all. Ask your doctor about other options such as laser hair removal.

As with most skin concerns (for most things health-related, for that matter), an accurate diagnosis is fundamental to achieving clarity. See a properly-boarded dermatologist.

Two other major pluses to using your man’s facial shaving products:

1. Because 1635 is made for hair and skin, your body skin gets treated to skin-enhancing, antioxidant goodness normally reserved for “fancier” areas like your face and neck, and…

2. Like the top photo shows, you can gift your guy with awesome shaving products that you can use, too!



Read more in Shaving Bumps: Pseudofolliculitis on

Curious about safer, gentler waxing, check out: The “Wax” Of My Tears

Family Blog Skin

Gentle (Beneficial!) Shaving: The Skin-Saving Shave

Skin-Saving Shaving

VMV’s literal dad (husband to our founding dermatopathologist, my mother) loved to shave. It was his time for quiet contemplation and self tending. Yet it took a while for shaving to catch on at VMV because my side of the family, being Filipino and without a rich depilatory tradition, didn’t see the big deal…until my Argentine husband came alone. Thanks in part to his rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, he hated to shave. Shaving hurt so he considered it a chore, and he envied my dad the pleasantness of his shaving routine.

Noticing that there weren’t a lot of options for people like him who had problem skin and wanted or needed to shave, he spearheaded the creation of a VMV shaving line. With my mom’s research, we discovered that we could make it multi-tasking: allergen-free safety and real skin benefits with each shave.

My dad succumbed to multiple myeloma, thirteen very full, active years after his diagnosis. His initial prognosis was 6 months and so we are forever grateful to the brilliant, researching, innovating, publishing minds at the University of Arkansas for Medical Services Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy for buying him over a decade of health. By the time we launched our shaving line three years later, we knew he’d be an inspiration for it somehow (or “skinspiration,” in our parlance 🙂 and he was. Everything about these formulations make shaving safer, less of a pain, gentler, and — with ingredients like yerba mate and coffee — a joy and a great morning picker-upper.

True to our mission of safety and proven efficacy, and our “why” of saving the world’s skin, this line’s efficacy, multi-beneficial elegance of function, and quiet luxury make this daily ritual a true pleasure, one that can be done leisurely, and with great benefits beyond the simple chore. And because these formulations are great on various skin and hair types, they’re awesome for anyone who needs to shave, any where!

We hope you enjoy it!

Laura, VMV CEO


Laura is the CEO of VMV Hypoallergenics and eldest daughter of our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist. She has two children, Madison and Gavin, and works at VMV with her sister and husband (Madison and Gavin frequently volunteer their “usage testing” services). In addition to saving the world’s skin, Laura is passionate about learning, literature, art, health, science, inclusion, cultural theory, human rights, happiness and goodness.


How To Shave Right


WHY: Because you’re not gross. You clean the rest of you daily and it’s your face that gets the most dirt and pollution. Cleansing begins shaving’s softening and warming process, too. Try a scrub like 1635 Pre-Shave Scrub to dislodge dirt, dead skin and ingrown hairs that can clog up a razor.

DO NOT use bar soaps. Their higher pH dries out the skin and strips away hair-softening oils.

TIP: Cleanse during a warm shower — the two most important things in shaving are heat and water.


WHY: The same reason barber shops use wet, warm towels. Heat and water, that important.

DO NOT use scalding hot water. If you don’t know why maybe you shouldn’t be shaving.

TRY THIS: Right after a shower (the steam helps, too) prep skin with a lubricant like 1635 Pre-Shave “Oil.”  Made to mimic the barber-shop towel, it keeps the beard warm and soft, and traps in water for a longer time.


APPLY cream with a massaging, circular motion to work it through the beard well.

IT’S NOT the size of the lather that matters — lots can be mostly air and mean less contact between razor and beard. Shaving Creams are more follicle-fixating than most and come in three options customized to your beard’s texture: fine, coarse and in-between.

TIPS: Shave in the direction of hair growth. Going against it pulls hair up and away, increasing the chances of shaving below the skin’s surface (how ingrown hairs happen). Shaving in the right direction and not repeating strokes is also gentler on skin and prevents razor burn.


RINSE with cold water to reduce inflammation (like a cold compress on an injury). Gently pat dry (don’t rub) with a soft towel.

DISINFECT & MORE: A multitasking aftershave product does more than bring down inflamation and prevent infection. Try 1635 Soothing Aftershave Salve if your issue is razor burn, dryness or sensitive skin; Anti-Bump Solution for ingrown hair, acne and large pores; Invigorating Aftershave Gel for a little of everything plus a peppery kick of energy. Each formulation packs anti-aging, antioxidant and moisturizing stuff in it, too.

SUNSCREEN. Because you should. Because healthier, smoother skin makes for a healthier, smoother shave. And because no one wants cancer.


1635 Aftershave Salve – Bloomberg Business

Check out coconut oil-based, antioxidant-rich 1635 Aftershave Salve in Bloomberg Businessweek (“A New Take on Your Old Spice: It’s not your dad’s after-shave”)! ? Thank you, Bloomberg Business! ⛑?
・・・“The antioxidant powers of green tea and phytic acid combine to fight irritation and cell damage.”

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How To Choose The Right Toner

a) What are your skin concerns? b) Choose your toner.

It’s that simple.

What tends to be more complicated: figuring out if you need a toner at all, and choosing a toner if you’re pregnant.

Do I need a toner?

Toning removes deeper-seated grime (why you still see some gunk on your cotton ball after swiping on toner) and can be an additional way to treat your skin with active ingredients. But for skin that is barrier compromised (with psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, for example) or that is already very dry, over-cleansing can further irritate or dry out skin. If your skin has any of the conditions mentioned above, or if it is currently experiencing a reaction, irritated or dry, skip the toner.

Pregnancy and Nursing

There are currently no studies conclusively showing that topically-applied cosmetics, particularly with the concentrations of ingredients they usually use, can penetrate the dermis, get to the bloodstream and affect the fetus or breast milk. Still, to be extra cautious, the rule of thumb is to avoid products with active ingredients that are not quickly washed off, and to avoid certain actives altogether.


Quick & (No Longer) Dirty Suggestions:


All-“Skinclusive”: for the most benefits with the least product

If you’d like the simplest regimen, with one toner that addresses acne, photo-aging, and brightening, opt for the Superskin Mandelic Acid-Monolaurin Toner for your skin type (1 for dry, 2 for combination, 3 for oily).

Face & Body Acne:

Id Anti-Acne Toner has both salicylic acid and monolaurin, so it effectively treats multiple types of acne (including fungal) on the face and body. TIP: Use it before an Illuminants+ Cream to help the brightening actives penetrate better for more effective lightening of dark spots, scars, and other hyperpigmentations.


If your skin is already dry due to photo-aging (our skins tend to produce less sebum as we age), forego the toner. But if you’re being good and starting anti-aging therapy at a younger age, check out Re-Everything Treatment Toner.


Why use just an aftershave when you can use a treatment aftershave and get more benefits with each application? 1635 Anti-Bump Aftershave Solution helps disinfect minor cuts after a shave, soothes skin with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, plus helps prevent shaving bumps and acne.

Pregnant or Nursing?

Grandma Minnie’s Kid Gloves Monolaurin Moisturizing “Anti-Micro-Bug” Hand Gel contains monolaurin (naturally found in breast milk) to help you combat acne while caring for baby.



For more on how to apply skincare, check out: Which Comes First, The Toner Or The Lotion? How To Apply Skincare In The Right Order

For more of our most popular combined regimens, check out: Combining Actives: Customize Your Skincare Regimen Like A Pro


Our Founding Physician on Shaving –

Our Hypoallergenic Shaving Cream line exists because we believe shaving shouldn’t be a pain. And why not add real skin-therapeutic benefits while we’re at it! Our founding dermatologist-dermatopathologist joins other experts in sharing tips for healthy shaving on’s “6 Shaving Habits You Need to Drop immediately.”

Can’t make shaving safe, pleasant AND therapeutic? #candew!


1635 Aftershave Solution – SpotPH

Spotted! 1635 Aftershave Solution for acne and ingrown hair as one of Spot PH‘s “10 Skincare Products for Your Boyfriend!”

Can’t turn shaving products into skincare? #candew!


1635 Gentle Men’s Therapeutic Shaving –

Our Hypoallergenic Shaving Cream line is in Cheat Sheat’s “13 Men’s Products Worth Splurging On“: for its

“combines shaving and skincare to help you multi-task when shaving. This the line to opt for if you have sensitive skin. Not only are all the formulations designed with anti-acne and anti-aging properties, the shaving creams come in various iterations specific to your hair type (fine, coarse, etc.). They’re also rich in virgin coconut oil to prevent razor burn.”



Armada Sport 70, Armada Lip Balm, 1635 Aftershave Salve, 1635 Pre-shave Oil, and Re-everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion – Grid Magazine Philippines

Couldn’t be more psyched: Armada Sport 70, Armada Lip Balm, 1635 Aftershave Salve, 1635 Pre-shave Oil, and Re-everything Face-Hand-Body Lotion — are in Grid Magazine Philippines! Thank you!