Don’t be a disaster when it comes to sun protection – be a triumph instead!

NO DICEThe other day I wrote a piece about how rubbish men are at protecting their skin from the sun (you can read it here) but what I forgot to mention is that, sometimes, what puts men off sun protection products is the way those products actually smell and feel.

Things have improved massively since the days of claggy creams that stank to high heaven and got matted in your body hair, of course, but many brands still have a few, er, “issues” with their products (there’s a Nivea spray I used to use religiously until I realised it had a faint whiff of chicken jalfrezi, for example).

Anyway, New Zealand brand Triumph & Disaster sent me their No Dice SPF 50 Sunscreen For The Face to try the other day and I must say I’m rather impressed. Light as a feather, it’s totally non-greasy, doesn’t leave any visible residue on the skin and is virtually odourless too. Offering factor 50 protection (and with rather cool packaging to boot) it’s now become one of my favourite summer skincare essentials.

 

Available from nivenandjoshua.com

Clinique make skincare even simpler

clinique1Clinique have always prided themselves on the simplicity of their men’s skincare range – whether that be the minimalist packaging or the easy-to-follow way the products dovetail together to form a basic routine. So it’s a bit of a surprise that they’ve felt the need to simplify things for their customer even further. But simplify they have, by ditching the tongue-twisting Skin Supplies For Men tag, renaming classic products like their M Lotion (it’s now simply ‘Moisturizing Lotion’) while updating some of the formulations and altering the packaging of products like the Aloe Shave Gel (revamped and renamed from M Shave Aloe Gel).

There are a few niggles (the Anti-Age Moisturiser could have included a sunscreen and I would have liked to have seen a Night Cream in the line up) but it still remains one of the best premium ranges to stock up on. In truth, this revamp is more of a tinkering around the edges rather than a radical overhaul of the range or an exercise in innovation (though we’re advised to watch this space on that front) but as with a gentleman’s wardrobe, a little refresh now and them never hurt anyone.  And if you’re into your skincare I can think of few better starting points than Clinique.

The new range, featuring 22 products, is available now. For more info go to cliniqueformen.co.uk