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 fitskincare.co.uk

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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.

 

Available from nivenandjoshua.com

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.

For more information go to dermalogica.co.uk

Grooming Guru Essentials: Molton Brown Skin-Firming Lipoamino Hydrator SPF15

Moisturisers containing sunscreens are pretty much de rigueur thesedays. After all, if you can buy a moisturiser that doesn’t just hydrate skin but also protects it from the ageing-effects of the sun on a daily basis why wouldn’t you?

The problem is finding one that doesn’t sit on your face, looking as though you’ve slathered yourself with white emulsion. Thankfully, this new addition to the Molton Brown range blends in a treat, leaves a non-greasy matt finish and doesn’t have that nasty sunscreeny smell either. As well as hydrating it also has a slight firming action on the skin. As anti-ageing moisturisers go it’s definitely up there with the best.

Available from Niven & Joshua priced £38 for 50ml. 

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

Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturiser SPF35. The perfect grooming product. Almost.

It’s a fantastic premise isn’t it? A wonder product that addresses ten (yes 10) of men’s most common grooming needs, including hydration, shine control, pore reduction, skin brightening and skin firming. Sure, Sisley had a go at it a while back with their Sisleyum multi-functional product for men but at £150 it remains beyond the reach of the majority of men and it barely scratched the surface of the myriad of men’s skincare needs.

The new Lab Series BB Tinter Moisturizer is a more reasonable £32 and is clearly the future of men’s skincare – a one-stop-shop for great looking skin. With one eye on anti-ageing and sun protection it even packs a hefty SPF35 sunscreen and also contains a skin-perfecting pigment that cleverly adjusts to your own natural skintone. The catch? Well, there is one and, remarkably, it’s one that few reviewers seem to have picked up on – namely that it is blighted by that familiar sunscreen smell.

In fact, on applying it I was immediately reminded of the SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense I used on my face during the hottest days of last summer – a product that’s top-notch but has an odour I associate with beaches and sun loungers rather than a day at the office.  Get the BB in your eyes and it’ll sting like a sunscreen too (hence the irritation warning on the packaging).

Don’t get me wrong – these are small criticisms and maybe I’m a little on the fussy side. At the end of the day this is a product very much leading the way in men’s skincare from a company also very much at the forefront of helping men look their absolute best. As a cure-all product it’s close to perfection. Frustrating so.

Available from 16th March. For stockist call 0870 9342566

Insider Interview: Australian beauty and grooming expert Will Fennell

Will Fennell is one of Australia’s leading beauty and male grooming experts. As well as being a writer and consultant he’s also an accomplished TV Presenter, having appeared on programmes like 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and Seven’s The Morning Show where he is the resident beauty and grooming expert. Fascinated to learn more about Aussie men’s attitudes to male grooming and a little more about Will’s own favourite products I thought I’d fire a few probing questions at him. And here are the results…

GG: So Will, what sparked your interest in male grooming?

WF: I woke at age twelve with a huge pimple on my chin. My Grandmother with all the best intentions articulated to me that methylated spirits would clear it up in no time. Over the next 48 hours I applied metho continuously. Suffice to say mother rushed me to the doctor with a first-degree burn. That pimple changed my life (and the idea that my gran was sane). Within weeks I was cleansing, toning and moisturising daily.

GG: What are your favourite men’s fragrances and why? 

WF: I prefer light, fresh and fruity. But this is a tough one because I don’t really wear fragrance (especially when it is hot and humid in Sydney), but yet I need to review and test-drive them for my blog and DNA magazine. Last year I started to get my readers to review the fragrances instead of me, which was fun. At the moment I have a soft spot for A&F Fierce, but that might be because of the particular man wearing it. If I ever do wear anything, I love Honore’s Trip. It is 100% organic, with natural tangerine oil. The first spritz it’s like walking out into a citrus farm – delicious.

GG: Desert Island grooming product? 

WF: It is a joke (OK, they make fun of me continuously) amongst my friends that I never leave the house without lip balm (OK, lip gloss), so I cant see me jumping from the ship before it sinks without grabbing my Christian Dior Lip Maximiser.

GG: Best grooming tip? 

WF: When you start out keep things simple. I believe the biggest mistake men make (with all the best intentions in the world) is making their skin care routine too complex to stick to. Begin with two steps in the morning and two steps in the evening.

AM;  2 in 1 Cleanser Scrub (perfect as a pre-shave)

Daily Mosturiser (with a 15 or 30 SPF)

PM; Foaming Cleanser (to remove the SPF)

Repairing Moisturiser (containing any of the proven anti-aging ingredients like lactic acid, glycolic acid, antioxidants, peptides, copper)

GG: What are your favourite Aussie skincare brands and why?  

WF: There are several excellent Aussie skin care companies, but my favourite is Ultraceuticals. Dr. Heber who formulates the well-respected cosmeceutical range is second to none when it comes to using proven ingredients that rely on scientific research and not anecdotal evidence. In the past I was critical of this range (like many cosmeceutical lines) as whilst it did the job, it didn’t feel good on the skin. His latest generation of skin care feels good and makes you look younger – bingo!

GG: Is there anything British men can learn from Australian men in terms of male grooming?  

WG: We have grown up wearing sunscreen in Australia because of the fear we have of skin cancer; this has in turn saved Aussie men from aging as well. There is no other country in the world that takes sun protection as seriously as we do and the SPF rating here in Oz is heavily regulated. It has taken me years, but I am proud of the men I educate; nearly all of them wear sunscreen daily. It is quite simple – using a sunscreen moisturiser (an SPF of 15 will be adequate for daily use whilst inside working and much lighter in texture than a 30) will prevent you from incidental sun-induced aging. Remember it is easier to prevent aging than to reverse it!

GG: There’s often a stereotype of the typical Australian man: rough, rugged, positively ‘retrosexual’ if you will. Has this changed in recent years? And if so, what’s caused the change do you think? 

WF: Hollywood and celebrity men looking good have had a huge effect on how Aussie men groom and dress. David Beckham may sound like Minnie Mouse but I admire him for helping men appreciate you could look good, retain your masculinity and still be good at playing with balls.


GG: On a scale of 1 – 10, how well groomed would you say you are?  

WF: Today I have bed hair and weeks worth of grey beard re-growth, so I give myself a 2…. Normally however I am about a 7 or 8. I used to be far more concerned (one could say high maintenance) with my hair etc. but as I have gotten older I have (thankfully) become more relaxed. My skin however is another matter – my healthy skin is the best advertisement for my clinic – I give my skin a 9.5!

GG: Finally, have you seen the latest pics of newly uber-groomed Shane Warne? What do you think? 

WF: Best of luck to him, but I am sure Liz still turns the lights out before they root (Aussie slang for shag)!

For more info about Will go to www.willfennell.com.au You can also follow him on Twitter @WillFennell