Bulldog get protective

bulldogI’ve said on countless occasions that I’m a big fan of mass market brand Bulldog Skincare For Men and funnily enough, after mentioning their Original Moisturiser in a piece for Fashionbeans.com someone complained that they didn’t do a moisturiser that contained a built-in sunscreen. And lo and behold, what lands on my desk this week but their soon to be launched Protective Moisturiser which features a broad spectrum SPF15 sunscreen?

Even low-level sun exposure outside of summertime can lead to premature skin ageing so this lightweight, quickly absorbed and affordable daily moisturiser is a great way to protect your skin from sun damage –  from January to December.

Bulldog’s Protective Moisturiser will be available from nivenandjoshua.com from May. RRP £8.99.

dermalogica’s daily defense block SPF15 – my summer skincare hero

Daily Defense Block SPF15Several things have seen me through the summer this year. Not least a sense of humour, given the sweltering heat and torrential downpours. But on the skincare side it’s this non-greasy daily defender from dermalogica that’s been my hero. It’s been with me halfway around the world and now I wouldn’t be without it.

Designed for men (it can be used after shaving and contains ingredients to combat ingrown hairs and breakouts) it has a barely-there fragrance and is quickly absorbed, leaving skin with a matt finish.

The best thing about it though? Unlike many products that also offer a built in UV sunscreen there’s no white residue so you don’t look like someone’s splashed your face with a base coat of emulsion. If you care about the damaging effects of the sun this is a must-have. Absolutely one of the best daily skin defenders I’ve come across.

For more information go to dermalogica.co.uk

Put to the test: Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream

Like many people in their forties one of my main skin concerns (along with wrinkles) is pigmentation. Since I have what you might call Celtic colouring I’m prone to freckles anyway and although no-longer a sun worshipper (poppy red is not a good colour on me) my hands are showing the first tell-tale signs of sun damage.

So when Clinique’s Even Better Dark Sport Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 landed on my desk last week I decided to give it a go. As you can see from the pic my hands aren’t that bad but I’m still hoping that this product can live up to its promises and diminish the appearance of dark spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation while protecting my hands from further damage.

Part of Clinique’s hugely popular Even Better range (which now includes four products for tackling pigmentation) the new hand cream is just the latest product in the burgeoning list of remedies for pigmentation out there and while tackling the problem is already a big trend with women it’s only a matter of time before men get in on the act too.

Since I’ve just started using the hand cream I’ll report back in exactly a month’s time – and then again a month after that – to let you know how I get on.

Clinique’s Even Better Dark Sport Correcting Hand Cream SPF15 is available exclusively from harrods from 15th May and nationwide from 18th June, priced £22.50 for 75ml.