A few years ago ‘make-up for men’ was making quite a few headlines, with brands such as Jean Paul Gautier and Yves Saint Laurent both producing male versions of their core products. That ship sailed as quickly as the products went into discount stores, however it did give us a moment to step back and look at male grooming.
Over the past five years we have seen the rise in facial hair and its grooming, along with brands such as L’Oreal giving greater focus and development on their products for men. This week we are going to take you through our essentials for men to ensure you look your best at all times, without too much fuss.
Gone are the days of simply using soap and hot water, a good face wash will stand you in good stead for looking fresh all day long. I swear by L’Oreal Men Expert Pure Power for our daily fix. The main active ingredient is a new favourite: charcoal. This gives the face wash a great texture and helps remove spots, blackheads, oily skin, roughness and marks, and we can honestly say it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Next up is a good moisturiser; currently I have two favourites, both for different reasons. First up is Molton Brown Ultra-light Bai Ji Hydrator, all you need is one pump and you are sorted. It really is light and easily absorbs. However, if you have just trimmed your beard, shaved or neatened up a bit, Aèsop’s Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion is great. It sooths freshly shaved skin, and it’s great for those with a beard to soften those freshly trimmed ends.
Now, if you are really up for investing in your skincare regime and have a bit more time on your hands, this tea tree face mask from The Body Shop is just what you need. It’s cooling and refreshing for the skin, while the tea tree is also great if you have a few spots or redness (great if you want to banish the look of a hangover). However, I will warn you, it can be messy, so maybe one to wash off in the shower.
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