Reviewed: Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk

I meant to write about this great little hydrator a while back but somehow forgot to (it’s my age!).

Anyway, an ultra-light moisturiser it’s brilliant for oiler skins or anyone who suffers from spots as it regulates sebum production (don’t use it if you have very dry skin as it won’t provide the intense hydration you need).

It’s also absorbed immediately, leaves no sticky-residue and helps mattify skin. It even includes fruit enzymes to help exfolaite skin of dead skin cells too.

What I love most about it though is the smell. There’s a raft of aromatic essential oils in there – from rosemary and tea tree to pelargonium flower oil, which makes it smell of geraniums – one of my favourite aromas. So if you get chance, check it out.

Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk is available from Space NK

Real men wear face masks don’t ya know?

Much has been said about the constant need for male grooming brands to ‘butch up’ their products to make them acceptable to the average bloke in the street and though we’ve come a long way, most brands still use hyper-masculine brand ambassadors to give everyone else permission to use ‘beauty’ products. If you want proof this trend is still going strong just check out the campaign for Montagne Jeunesse’s new face packs for men.

Featuring five separate masks to give skin a deep clean, tackle blackheads, perk up morning-after skin, rescue tired eyes and deal with blemishes, the masks have been ‘put through their paces’ by the Cardiff Blues Rugby Team. So clearly, if they past the locker room test they must be ok.

Ironically, of all sports, rugby always comes across as the most metrosexual one to me, with the majority of players comfortable enough in their own masculinity not to give a damn about appearing ‘girlie’.  Ex-Lion Gareth Thomas’ coming out was greeted with a chorus of  ‘so whats’ and Ben Cohen, though straight, is a champion of LGBT equality. So the use of  rugby players in campaigns like this strikes me as being both perfectly natural but surprisingly tame. Imagine the impact if the line up above had been Millwall players. And how everyone would have reacted then. Just saying.

The five masks are available from www.montagnejeunesse.com priced £1.09




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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