Lab Series prove they’re the pros of men’s skincare again

LAB PRO LS WITH BOX LOW RES

Soothsayer that I am I remember reporting a couple of years ago that male skincare was moving inexorably towards multifunctionalism. And Lab Series‘ new PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment is yet more proof that my crystal ball still works occasionally.

Essentially a four-in-one face treatment it can be used as an aftershave balm to sooth irritated skin but also as an all-over-the-face anti-ageing and mattifying moisturiser, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hydrating skin and absorbing excess oil.

Not only is it the perfect introduction to Lab Series as a brand it’s ideal for travel  – when space is at a premium –  too. One day all male grooming products will be this simple.

Lab Series PRO LS ALL-IN-ONE FACE TREATMENT is available from March, priced £22 for 50ml. For more information see www.labseries.co.uk

Disclosure Notice: I received a free sample of this product for review purposes

Nivea For Men go for the double

88884_Double_Action_Balm_tottleAnother day, another launch from Nivea For Men (there’s no resting on laurels for this skincare behemoth). This time it’s a brand new post-shave product called  the Skin Energy Double Action Balm. Capitalizing on two current trends in male grooming  – ‘energy’  and multi-functionality –  it’s the perfect modern grooming aid: versatile, revitalising (thanks to guarana extract and taurine) and easy to use.  Because it’s a moistursier and an aftershave balm you can just slap it all over your face after shaving without having to use separate products. And anything that makes the morning routine simpler and faster has got to be good right?

Nivea For Men’s Skin Energy Double Action Balm costs £7.14 for 100ml.

 

Disclosure Notice: I received a free sample of this product for review purposes

Big Green Tree launch Virtus – their first ever men’s range

If you’re a fan of skincare that eschews chemical nasties in favour of traditional, natural ingredients and which is British (and in these tough economic times we should be supporting home-grown businesses) then make sure you check out Big Green Tree.

Based in Derbyshire the company specialise in hand made bath and body products, fragranced with top-quality essential oils and enriched with shea and cocoa butter and jojoba and almond oils.

And now they’ve launched their own dedicate men’s range Virtus (the word is latin for a virtue capturing courage and excellence). Launching with an Aftershave Balm, Body Wash and Shave Soap it features some of my favourite essential oils, including lavender, juniper and (my all time favourite) patchouli and is perfect for men who prefer natural ingredients over nanotechnology.

For more information and to buy Big Green Tree products go to www.biggreentreetrading.com

Everything you ever wanted to know about shaving but were too afraid to ask!

Over the years I’ve provided hundreds of male grooming pieces for menshealth.co.uk in my capacity as Online Grooming Editor. What’s emerged is an invaluable online rescource for anyone who cares about looking good. To make things easier for you to access, though, I thought I’d gather a few of the links together, via subject matter. So I’m kicking off this week with probably men’s biggest grooming concern – shaving. Read these and you need never leave the house covered in bits of loo paper ever again!

Foam, cream or gel?  Click here.

How do I use shaving oil? Click here.

Can I slow down the growth of my stubble? Click here.

Why it’s not a good idea to shave against the grain. Click here

How do I use a shaving brush? Click here.

How to prevent ingrown hairs. Click here.

The rules of electric shaving. Click here. 

How can I make my razor last longer?  Click here

How do I treat nicks and cuts after shaving? Click here.

How to pick the right shaving balm for your skin. Click here

Neal’s Yard’s new men’s products are the perfect remedy

prod_2410Back in the mists of time, when I was a mere teenager with hair like Simon Le Bon, Neal’s Yard Remedies were a beacon for male grooming’s early adopters like me. Though they didn’t have any specific men’s products to speak of  back in those days, the neutral packaging, herby, unisex aromas and no-fuss formulations meant there was always something you could find to improve your daily routine. And there’s always been at least one of their products on my bathroom shelf ever since. Their Geranium and Orange Shower Gel is, without doubt, one of the best body products out there and regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, you’re a mug if you don’t try the Frankincense Hydrating Cream. But despite the odd product and gift set aimed at men there was no dedicated real range for men’s skin. Until now.

prod_2412This month sees the launch of a whole array of specially  formulated (and packaged) men’s products under the banner of NYR Men. Of all the products, the Purifying Face Wash, Calming After Shave Balm and Revitalising Face Scrub are probably the must-haves but it all smells good, feels good on the skin and, crucially,  does exactly what it says on the beautiful blue bottle. What’s more, the labels tell you how much of each product is certified organic. Great stuff.

For more info and to get your hands on the gear go to:

www.nealsyardremedies.com

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