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Energize me

Men’s skin creams, lotions and potions rarely talk of radiance or luminosity – it’s all about energy and performance. Fair enough – they basically do the same thing – but it’s how it appeals to the audience. Male grooming uses more straight talking language and note, just because a product says “For Men” doesn’t mean it’s any good. There are dozens of skincare ranges that aren’t specifically designed for men that are excellent and produce fantastic results. Recently I have put a couple of engergizing products to the test. These aren’t gender specific but focus squarely on the benefits to the skin. I was most impressed with Sothys Energizing Day Cream, it’s particularly good for winter skin. It has a rich, thick texture that cocoons and protects the skin and is great after shaving. It’s formulated with Siberian Ginseng extract to protect, Yeast extract + Rice peptides to stimulate and Lupine extract to regenerate. Then I turned my attention to a super serum. Serums are a little harder to judge in terms of efficacy as …

Sothys seasonal facial

To combat the effects of a harsh winter, Sothys has crafted a limited edition seasonal facial boosted with pear and grape extracts. Providing an intensive mineral boost, the Oxygenating Facial harnesses the anti-oxidant properties of grapes and the softening action of pears. Working together, the ingredients help restore the skins’ natural suppleness and radiance. This new spa treatment combines four tailored products, two of which are also available for home use. Activating cellular regeneration and stimulating cellular defences, it provides the first line of facial defence against the harsh winter weather and is a great spa treatment for men and women alike.  The two new retail products to the Sothys spa range that are suitable for professional use include the 2 in 1 Mask Exfoliant. It’s a gentle and effective product that contains polyethylene particles for soft mechanical exfoliation to remove dead cells and impurities. Used as a mask, it acts as a source of oxygen for the skin and contains the additional benefits of pink clay which purifies, oxygenates, remineralizes and detoxifies. The second …

It’s all about the eyes

  Responding to the needs of ultra-sensitive skin, Dermalogica has developed UltraSmoothing Eye Serum for people with thin, easily irritated skin around the eyes. Utilising a powerful combination of ingredients to sooth, protect and hydrate the delicate skin tissue around the eyes, it gently works to target fine lines and wrinkles.  Formulated with botanical extracts, Harpoon Weed, Golden Chamomileand Norwegian Kelp, to sooth and reduce puffiness, Hexapeptide—11 and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) work to improve skin tone and elasticity. The addition of Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Complex helps to reduce inflammation, redness and irritation making this perfect for sensitive skin. www.dermalogica.co.uk

New travel kit from The Refinery

It’s new and it’s coming your way – The Refinery Skincare Essentials kit. This is a comprehensive collection of essentials, including the Refinery Revitalising Moisturiser, Refinery Eye Gel and Refinery Face Scrub. Formulated with carefully selected botanical extracts and essential oils with rejuvenating properties for skin that is clear, smooth and revitalised. THis really is my top pick for male grooming. I have said before, I am a big fan of The Refinery and this contains all the top products. REFINERY SKINCARE ESSENTIALS, £65.00 Available at Aromatherapy Associates Boutique & Treatment Rooms, 5 Montpelier Street, London, Liberty’s, Fortnum & Mason, Space NK and selected spas & salons nationwide.

New brand discovery: Homo Naturals

THE STORY: Homo Naturals is a brand I discovered whilst on holiday near Barcelona in Spain this year. It’s based on a simple four step routine: cleanse, scrub, tone and hydrate – so all the basics, but nothing new in the regime. OK, the name may alienate some straight men from the outset. It’s not specifically designed for a gay audience. This is a Spanish brand so homo is indicative of men. It focuses on active ingredients, is formulated naturally and without synthetic chemicals. In particular it is free from: mineral oils, petrolatum, parane, silicones, vaseline, animal oils, trietanolamine, EDTA, PEG, PPG, BHT, BHA, parabens, phenoxyetanol, formaldehydes, synthetic perfumes. THE PRODUCT: I tried a sample of the Youth-Blend Anti-stress Moisturizer I was given whilst in Sitges. It’s a hydrating, anti-ageing moisturiser with shea butter, jojoba oil and avocado oil vitamin E and C and Organic Gingko Biloba extract. It’s based on aromatherapy and has a slightly woody scent but is not over powering. THE SCIENCE: Organic Gingko Biloba extract: great revitaliser and anti-ageing. Alantoin and …

Executive care for your skin

Mazorin is a new skin range for men in the city. Designed specifically for city types and stressed office workers it tackles stress factors that cause problems for the skin like UV rays, pollution and air-conditioning. Combined with general stress and lack of sleep these can cause inflammation, excess sebum, visible signs of fatigue and accelerated ageing. It’s a problem most guys face who are desk bound or live in an urban area. I like this range as it’s compact – straight to the point and designed for simplicity and to offer a few solutions to pep up the skin in an instant. My two favourites are: Pre-meeting Face Revamp The name says it all and it promises to awaken any dull and fatigued complexion. Portable and discrete, it comes in tiny sachets you can keep in your desk or pocket for use in the office or on a plane, whenever you need to impress. Refreshes and invigorates Uplifts skin and diminishes signs of fatigue Stimulates cell renewal Apply to your face avoiding eye area …

Thai spice for your skin

THE STORY: Stick with me on this – yes it does use Thai ingredients and what you really get the most is the lemongrass. But it’s not like ladelling your dinner on your face, it’s like being on a sun soaked beach in Thailand. And it lasts. I tested the Cedarwood & Lemongrass Daily Defence Moisturiser for Men (50ml) by Borealis Natural Skincare whilst on holiday in Sitges. It’s zingy, zesty and if you like lemongrass, you will love this. It’s hydrating enough without leaving the skin claggy or overly oily. THE SCIENCE: It’s a rich, hydrating blend containing cold pressed Rosehip Oil, which is quite well-known for its excellent skin repairing properties, Hempseed and Red Raspberry Seed Oil can help nourish and provide some natural protection from UVA/UVB sun damage. Infused with woody Cedarwood, uplifting Lemongrass and citrus Orange that is ever so subtly complemented with musky Patchouli. I’m not a huge fan of Patchouli – but didn’t really notice it. No parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, preservatives or additives. THE VERDICT: Nice for …

Dermalogica launches MultiVitamin Power Serum

Dermalogica’s new MultiVitamin Power Serum is a a brand new super-serum that has got multi-tasking down to a fine art. It does the lot! It’s primary goal is to address the critical skin changes associated with ageing. Candice Gardner, Education Curriculum Manager explains the background to the new development, ‘Serums are becoming increasingly popular due to their fast results. High impact formulas are excellent as they create skin change in a relatively short time frame’. THE SCIENCE: The new serum expands Dermalogica’s AGE smart® line with the use of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR), a newly patented retinoid to reverse the signs of ageing without typical retinoid sensitivity.  MultiVitamin Power Serum is boosted by the use of stabilised vitamin technology and peptides that dramatically improves skin function. It provides concentrated doses of Vitamins A, C, and E which have been encapsulated in 2nd generation advanced liposomes for deeper delivery into the skin. Designed as the day time companion for the Overnight Repair Serum, MultiVitamin Power Serum has a host of additional benefits as Candice Gardner explains, ‘From …

Germaine de Capuccini for Men – Energy Eyes Roll-on

THE STORY: Eye creams and gels marketed at men are plentiful. But the simple act of unscrewing a lid, squeezing the gel on your finger and applying to the eye area is yet one more thing to add into a grooming routine. For me – it’s often a step too far. I do it for a week and then promptly forget. The advent of roll-on eye products is a god-send. Unscrew the lid and roll-on. Done. So in the name of research I have committed to a months trial of Germaine de Capuccini for Men Energy Eyes Roll-On. Light, fresh and easy to use, it’s anti-ageing and designed to target the signs of tiredness and wrinkles around the eyes. The roller is cooling on application and you know what – I can truly, honestly see the difference to my wrinkles. They are smoother, look less pronounced and (generally being a bit of a cynic) am well and truly sold. THE SCIENCE: Contains Micro-Dermoxine complex that works to reduce the length and depth of wrinkles. Caffeine …

Breakfast Smoothie for your skin

THE STORY: Temple Spa Breakfast Smoothie is designed for normal skin and is a smooth, creamy facial scrub that gently and effectively lifts dead skin, leaving it fresh and clean. It smells really fruity and delicious and if it were served in a glass, I would scoff it for brekkie. I’ve been known to apply it and leave it as a mask treatment (when I have time). THE SCIENCE: Apricot Oil – moisturising and nourishing Honey – softening and smoothing Jojoba Oil – moisturising and reduces moisture loss Oat Seed Extract – soothing and calming Pear and Apple – clarifying Papaya – softens and refines the skin Strawberry – skin brightening and astringent Orange Oil – refreshing and stimulating THE VERDICT: Works as good as it smells. I use it sparingly as I don’t want it to run out. THE DETAILS: 100ml – £22 www.templespa.com

A super little face (and beard) wash

THE STORY: We all know we have to wash our faces – but as beards are very much in vogue it’s timely to remember that they need a good wash too – every day. I’ve been giving Pevonia Botanica Spa Care for Him Aqua Gel Foaming Cleanser (long name) a go over the past few weeks. An excellent face wash – it’s perfect for the beard too. It has a gentle foam – but doesn’t go overboard, a light aromatic scent and washes away quickly and easily. It leaves the skin (and beard) clean and fresh. THE SCIENCE: Green Tea is a natural antioxidant, Lavender is uplifting and adds to the fresh aroma (as does Patchouli and Lemon Verbena) and the oats and amino acids help make this a hydrating face cleanser. THE VERDICT: Clean your beard and face with this now! THE DETAILS: £30 for 200ml www.pevonia.co.uk

U Little Beauty

THE STORY: U Little Beauty Clay Facial Cleansing Mask is something I picked up at the Natural Products Europe Trade Show. It hails from Australia and its name is a popular catch phrase Down Under. The face mask promises a detoxifying, cleansing and revitalising end result. Clay based with a host of berries, native Kakadu Plum, green tea, lemon and rosemary oil, it’s got all the right ingredients and was a nice little mask to use once a week. It left my skin hydrated and feeling cleansed. THE SCIENCE: Kaolin Clay is often used in masks to draw out impurities. Kakadu Plum is a natural source of concentrated Vitamin C. Said to be 50 times stronger than oranges, native to Australia’s Northern Territory, it assists collagen production, is rich in antioxidants tackling free radical damage. Bilberries – nourish the skin Green Tea – antioxidant Lemon and rosemary oil – detoxifying and cleansing Also contains orange and chamomile essential oils and Oak Bark Extract. THE VERDICT: A super little face mask to use once a week. …

The Spa Man’s favourite: exfoliating cleansers

Cleansers come in all shapes and sizes and the men’s market has produced some excellent ones in the past year or so. They combine the benefits of a cleanser, usually with micro-exfoliation particles – giving you a gentle scrub and an effective cleanse too. Here are my favourites. Clarins Men Exfoliating Cleanser An award winning launch from Clarins Men, the 2 in 1 exfoliating cleanser is creamy, smooth and peppered with micro-beads to gently exfoliate the skin. It’s soap-free and helps reduce the drying effects of hard water on the skin. Refreshing and simple to use in the shower, this one deserves the accolades it’s been getting. 125ml – £21 www.clarins.co.uk Trilogy for Men Face Wash and Scrub Yes, it combines a face wash and a scrub, but it’s really an exfoliating cleanser. Creamy, soft and a great one to have in the shower. It doesn’t strip the skin of essential oils and leaves it feeling clean and smooth. Contains zinc, copper and magnesium to boost the skin. It’s natural and comes from New Zealand. …

Clinique for Men Dark Spot Corrector

THE STORY: Clinique Skin Supplies for Men has been around for years and has long led the pack in terms of grooming products and launches. So, staying true to form it has launched Dark Spot Corrector. This serum utilises the technology in Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector to help reduce dark spots, pigmentation and some aspects of sun-damage. What’s even more interesting is that this also adds in extra benefits including anti-inflammatory ingredients to calm skin that has been irritated by shaving. It’s also said to be good for ingrown hairs and works on post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (melanocytes in the skin go into overdrive causing pigmentation) due to skin irritation and ingrown hairs. THE SCIENCE: Ever heard the phrase – blinded by the science. Well, there’s so much science here – it’s almost mind blowing. The key breakthrough is CL-302 Complex (plant derived) that improves the skin tone, radiance and clarity. This contains (amongst other things) Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid that work to exfoliate the skin’s surface and encourage cell renewal. It also contains: Blackout …

Korres Black Pine Serum

THE STORY: Korres has launched a new anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle serum. Black Pine Serum is based on Black Pine extract – a rich source of polyphenols that helps to firm and tone the skin. It’s a thick serum that borders on being a light gel. It absorbs easily, sits well under any moisturiser and I used it in the morning (and at night when I remembered). THE SCIENCE: Stick with me – I found it a little complicated and have tried to really simplify it. Connective tissue is constantly being renewed through protein synthesis and the partial degradation of those proteins by metalloproteinases (MMPs). Black Pine polyphenol has been shown to regulate MMPs thus helping to maintain skin tone and texture. Hyaluronic acid – helps hydration Black Tea – restores skin volume Oat polysaccharides – skin firming and volume Hexapeptide 11 – firms skin and increases elasticity Soy fibres – boost collagen And there’s a lot more that work in synergy to make this a super-serum. THE VERDICT: I like the texture, the feeling on my …