National Grooming Day Essentials | Men's Edit

National Grooming Day

To all the gentlemen out there, it's 2017 so there is no excuse for an unkept unruly beard these days - the stigma around men's grooming has well and truly dissipated. With National Grooming Day actually 'a thing' it aims to raise awareness and ultimately educate men on how to look after themselves better. Skincare and haircare are the main two areas of which small changes to your daily men's grooming regime will make major improvements. Here are my top male grooming products which have all be tried and tested by myself.

Jo Malone - Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Oil

£32.00 for 250ml - A soft shower oil which leaves your skin feeling soft and aromatic.

Heath - Hair & Body Wash

£8.00 for 250ml - Made in England this affordable option is enriched with ginseng and caffeine to provide an immediate power boost. 

Kiehl's - Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

£19.50 for 250ml - The masculine scented product removes hair product buildup whilst hydrating the scalp.

Jo Malone - Geranium & Walnut Body Scrub

£42.00 for 200ml - A unisex product that for a body scrub is gentle on your skin and therefore usable for frequent use. The scent is incredible.

Clinique for Men - Charcoal Face Wash & Face Scrub

Face wash £18.00 for 200ml / Face scrub £21.00 for 100ml - Best used together, firstly with the face scrub followed by the face wash. Revitalises and smoothes your skin.

LAB Series - Multi-Action Face Wash

£19.00 for 100ml - Being 100ml and multi-action makes this product perfect for travelling. The cream is foamy and leaves the face extremely conditioned.

Harry's - Shave Gel & Razor

£24 for the set - The shave gel is easy on the skin and allows the razor to glide along effortlessly. German blades, precision shaving.

Remington - Barba Beard Trimmer

£29.99 - The godfather of all beard trimmers, this little beauty is robust, affordable and does exactly what you need it to do, no gimmicks no fuss.

LA MER - All skincare products

The LA MER product range is unbelievable, you pay for what you get. The LA MER moisturising matte lotion is £180 but you'll be able to tell the difference immediately between this and a cheaper entry level moisturiser so if you love to indulge in the best, these products are it.

Tom Ford - Conditioning Beard Oil & American Crew Beard Serum

In my opinion these are two of the best beard oils on the market. The Tom Ford, is infused with their private blend scent and slightly lighter than the American Crew version which is better for shorter stubble.

Guerlain - Super Aqua Crème Day Gel

£83.00 for 50ml - This luxury face creme protects your face during the day whilst wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed out.

Dr Sebagh & Estée Lauder - Eye Serum

These beauties are great for making the eye area look smoother, younger and more vibrant whilst reducing dehydrated dark circles. Use Dr Sebagh during the day and the Estée Lauder serum during the night.

Clinique for Men - Maximum Hydrator

£34.00 for 100ml - Lightweight is weight but a heavyweight in stature this is a new product from Clinique for Men. This water-gel formula intensely hydrates the skins moisture over a 24 hour period, perfect to take away on holiday when your skin is over exposed to the sun and other elements.

TONI&GUY - Hair Products

I only use the best hair products and these are the TONI&GUY for Men range. Developed specifically for men their range is extensive and can cater for all type of hair and all styles.

Jo Malone - Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense

£112.00 for 100ml - Beautifully intense with notes of precious Middle-Eastern oud combined with the sweet citrus bergamot and cedarwood.

Tom Ford - Private Blend Fragrances

The godfather of fragrance, only the finest ingredients are used and you can smell evert single, perfectly put together notes. Two of my all time favourite fragrances are Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille, whilst Oud Minérale is new to the party.

My Men’s Grooming Top 4 Picks From MR PORTER

Men’s grooming has been and still is in a boom period, there are now many men’s grooming products on the market and with established brands launching men’s ranges and new brands launching completely new ranges. It is becoming increasing difficult to decide which products to use and which brands offer the highest quality results for fair prices. I’ve been reviewing men’s grooming products for a few years mainly working directly with the brands that make the products to give my feedback pre or post launch. Many of my favourite grooming brands are on sale at MR PORTER, your one-stop online resource for the best men’s grooming products. Recently I have been shopping at MR PORTER to trial a number of men’s grooming products and I wanted to share my Top 4 favourites with you.

 

LA MER, The Treatment Lotion, 150ml, £100.

Very aptly named The Treatment Lotion. After cleansing with a daily face wash, this product is the vital first step in my facial daily regime. Deeply hydrating, it comforts skin, soothes sensitivities and improves visual tone and texture. The formulation of this incredible product includes an extract from a remarkable marine algae originally found in the desert. This dormant algae has a naturally protective response system to help defend against extreme conditions and can be revived by a single drop of water. £100 for 150ml of this product is extremely good value and even with daily use it will last a long time. When applying to your face, this product initially has a smooth texture which feels like a light oil/water mix and therefore is easy to apply but what I love the most is that the shine then turns into a matte finish leaving your skin hydrated yet not shiny or wet in the slightest. To use: After cleansing, sprinkle a small amount onto fingertips or saturate a cotton pad. Press into skin. Massage outward from centre of forehead to temples, and then circle eyes gently 3 times. Sweep upwards from nose to cheekbones and from corners of the month to nose.

 

ERNO LASZLO, Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair, 15ml, £150.

Personally the most important step of my skincare regime is eye care and I think the majority of men would agree. Reducing puffiness and dark circles under the eyes is something that I would spend good money on a product that can help with this issue for many men. I’ve used many eye creams and this Phormula 3-9 eye repair from Erno Laszlo is my top pick due to the luxurious, rich, silky texture and it’s smooth finish.

It has the unique ability to hydrate and balance stressed skin. Its rich formulation of botanical oils and advance nourishing ingredients create a health dome over the skin. Phormula 3-9 deeply penetrates and saturates the skin to repair environmental damage, effectively improving tone, texture and hydration. To use: Twice daily, apply on cleansed and toned eye contour area. Using the ring finger, apply delicately around the ocular bone.

 

DR SEBAGH, Serum Repair, 20ml, £69.

As I mentioned earlier, eye care is my number one concern for my skin so in my top 4 MR PORTER men’s grooming products I have included this eye care serum formulated by Dr Sebagh. As this product is a serum, it will penetrate deep into the skin at the lower layers repairing any damage and can be used together with the above eye cream, or individually. If used with another eye cream, apply the serum first. This Dr Sebagh Serum Repair deeply moisturise and repairs your skin with this intensive treatment. Collagen levels and boosted and moisture retained for a fresher, plumper look. Use under your day or night cream, around the eyes for an instant tightening effect. To use: Apply morning and night to your perfectly cleansed face prior to moisturiser. Use any time for an instant radiant look. Shake before use.

 

ALLIES OF SKIN, 1A Overnight Mask, 50ml, £87.

Nighttime/Overnight care is as important as your daytime skincare routine. During sleep we lose a lot of hydration from our bodies and therefore from our skin. Keeping our skin hydrated during sleep time will majorly improve your skins health and look. Therefore this targeted Overnight Mask formulated by Allies of Skin is my final recommendation. In the 4 weeks I have trialled this product, it has become the first product I put in my wash-bag when packing to go travelling on holiday or for a work trip away. Not only during a nights sleep, this product protects and repairs your skin during air-conditioned flights or hotels rooms when you really need a luxury product you can trust.

Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask stimulates cellular renewal, regenerates and repairs skin whilst it sleeps, protects against dehydrating conditions. This leave-on mask works overnight to repair tired, stressed skin as it forms a protective shield against dehydrating heat, cabin air and pollution. It syncs with your skins sleep cycle to erase the effects of too much travel, partying, alcohol and too little sleep. Think of it as the most non-judgmental companion your skin with ever know. To use: Apply this treatment mask nightly to clean skin. For best results, use after misting face with Molecular Saviour Mist. Always use SPF the morning after.

 

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