Shields up! Protect your skin this summer with FIT’s new Sun Protect Serum

unspecifiedFor men, the quest to find the perfect sunscreen isn’t always as straightforward as one might think. With our skin both oilier and hairier than women’s, the texture and stickiness of products if often a deciding ‘factor’ (if you’ll forgive the pun) in our choices; the ideal product being something that offers high SPF, broad-spectrum protection but which is lightweight, non-greasy and transparent on the skin. And

in terms of what men need from their suncare FIT Skincare‘s new Sun Protect Serum is a product that ticks every box.

FIT SUN PROTECT 2 (1)The first sunscreen serum created for men, it offers a broad spectrum, five star UVA rated, SPF 50 sunscreen to protect you from both the sun’s burning UVB rays and the UVA ones that age your skin; it leaves absolutely no greasy or unsightly white residue (if anything it leaves skin with a matte finish) and has a barely there fragrance that vanishes altogether after a couple of minutes. This last bit is a big bonus in my book since I’ve worn sun products in the past that smelt of everything from Digestive biscuits to – nightmarishly – curry powder. The scent of one I road-tested a couple of years ago mysteriously attracted so many flies I looked like Pig Pen from Peanuts!

FIT SUN PROTECT 2 (2)On top of these pluses FIT’s Sun Protect Serum uses cutting-edge ‘micro encapsulation technology’ that helps provide more evenly spread protection and also  contains antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and FIT’s unique OXY-FIT-10 oxygen delivery system – a few bonus features that help defend against the dehydrating and DNA-damaging effects of the sun. In terms of summer skincare it way well be your ultimate defence shield.

FIT Sun Protect Serum SPF50 is available now from

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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.


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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.

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Unilever shake up men’s face care market with their new Dove Men+Care range

The mass-market men’s face care market has been pretty quiet of late but that’s all about to change with the launch of an entire face care range from Dove Men+Care.

I’ve been giving the products a go for a couple of weeks now and rate them really highly. Unlike many of their competitors they steer clear of strong, pungent fragrances and leave the skin feeling clean, without feeling dry, and hydrated without feeling greasy.

Especially good are the rich, creamy face washes (there are three variants, the exfoliating Deep Clean+ , Sensitive+ and Revitalise+) and the three moisturisers, with the Hydrate+ version also offering sun protection in the shape of an SPF15 moisturiser.

They’re certainly going to give brands like Gillette and L’Oreal one hell of a run for their money. And, given their quality and efficacy, rightfully so too.

The Dove Men+Care range is available now from Boots.

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. 

Grooming Guru Essentials: SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50

I know the summer’s almost over but I just wanted to give a shout out to the one product that has loyally seen me through the sunshine we did have this year: SkinCeuticals’Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50. This high-performance mineral sunscreen has been an absolute godsend.

Since I have a fair, easily burnt Celtic complexion I’m uber-cautious about sunburn so always like to play safe with a high SPF. This lightweight liquid has been with me on beaches, picnics and impromptu hill walks throughout the summer and I can’t speak highly enough of it.

Absolutely nothing got through it and though I’ve tanned slightly, I never burnt once. It might be a mere 50mls in size but I’ve still got enough left for an Indian Summer and its dinkiness means I’ve always been able to finds a bag or pocket to store it. If you’ve still got hols in the pipeline don’t leave home without some.

Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50 is available from, priced £28 for 50ml

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

Garnier at Wimbledon – a good call

garnier 1Reluctant as I am to admit it, one of my favourite activities during Wimbledon (apart from giggling at the the ubiquitous grunting) is spotting something almost as British as the overpriced Pimms (£6.30 a glass this year)  – the sunburn. What is it with us Brits? Why are we so incapable of doing the decent thing and slapping on the sunscreen?

Yesterday while I killed time before the Andy Murry match on Centre Court I spotted all manner of summer skin disasters – burnt shoulders, charred toes, fried foreheads and  peculiar ‘peep-hole’ burns cause by women forgetting they had dresses on with cut-outs on the back.



garnier-2-1Being of Celtic complexion I made sure I was fully factored up before I left the house but it was comforting to see that Garnier’s life-saving  Ambre Solaire girls were on hand to dish out free protection to anyone in need (they even gave me a quick top up with some Clear Protect Spray). Of course, it’s easy to see their presence as a cynical marketing excercise but there was no hard sell or aggressive sales patter, just a friendly smile, some useful  advice on sun protection and a free spray to make sure you didn’t end up the colour of a Wimbledon  strawberry. All-in-all a good call from Garnier and one which may, without being over dramatic,  even save a few lives.  


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