The Grooming Guru Awards 2012. Best Problem Solver: Glamglow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment

glamggawrd12lJust so you know, not all of these awards were planned ages ago (something that can’t be said of all grooming awards) and by way of proof, my choice for Best Problem Solver presented itself just this week when I finally got around to trying the much-hyped Glamglow Super-Clearing Mud Mask Treatment.

A potent blend of six skin-improving acids (don’t worry sulphuric isn’t one of them), it’s one of the best detoxifying masks I’ve come across. Most tend to leave my easily-irritated skin dry and red but miraculously – given its potency – this one doesn’t. In actual fact my skin looked and felt better than it has in a long while after using it.

Designed to help prevent breakouts and blocked pores it’s actually very good for helping prevent ingrown hairs too and you can use a small amount on a specific problem area (like the notorious T-zone) or slap it on all over. The best thing about it, though, is that as it goes to work, vacuuming out grease and grime, it darkens over your pores showing you just how huge and numerous they are.

This special feature, which is both horrifying and compulsive viewing (much like the grooming award ceremonies I mentioned earlier), makes it hugely entertaining. In fact, I’ve not had as much fun using a skincare product since I first discovered Biore Cleansing Pore Strips and the joy of examining what they remove. And problem solving should be fun right?

Glamglow Super-Mud is available from SpaceNK

Coming tomorrow…Best Grooming Gadget of 2012

Grooming Guru Essentials: Elemis Tea Tree SOS Spray

One of skin problems I’m asked about most is the dreaded ‘bacne’ – shorthand for a spotty back. The problem with this affliction, as anyone who’s ever suffered from it will know, is that it’s a real bugger to treat such a difficult-to-reach area without help. Which is where this spray comes in.

Tea-tree is a natural antiseptic so is brilliant for spots, the spray itself is a cinch to use (you can easily reach those difficult bits) and it also gives great coverage thanks to it’s fine spray mist.

What’s more, it’s also great keeping feet fresh and healthy, is the perfect product to protect skin after waxing and also makes a great scalp freshener too. The ultimate multi-function skin-saver and a gym bag essential.

To get your hands on some click here

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.

Eucerin’s DermoPurifyer is the dogs

For many years now Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel has been one of my favourite face washes. But that may well well have changed now that I’ve found an alternative that’s as good as but less than half the price. The usurper’s name? It’s Eucerin’s DermoPurifyer Cleanser.

Now, Eucerin is Beiersdorf’s decidedly unsexy skincare brand for problem skin but I have been a huge fan for years. It is absolutely the last word in dry skin treatment and is excellent for people with eczema. In my book their Dy Skin Bath and Shower Therapy is an absolute must-have for gym goers who want to avoid dry, tight skin after showering.

Anyway, the DermoPurifying range, launched a while back, is specifically for spot-prone skin but the Cleanser makes an excellent daily face wash. Soap and fragrance free, it’s perfect for getting skin clean but doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or  tight. Believe  me, when it comes to face washes this is as good as it gets.

£8.99 from http://www.boots.com

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