‘Peak beard’ - the concept that facial hair has become so fashionable that it's no longer fashionable - is a term that’s been thrown around a fair bit lately, which seems unfair in the lead up to winter, when beards are not only a stylish accessory, but a practical one, too. But whether you decide to blindly pursue fashion at the expense of a cold chin, or not, there's still the rest of your face...
‘Peak beard’ - the concept that facial hair has become so fashionable that it's no longer fashionable - is a term that’s been thrown around a fair bit lately, which seems unfair in the lead up to winter, when beards are not only a stylish accessory, but a practical one, too. But whether you decide to blindly pursue fashion at the expense of a cold chin, or not, there's still the rest of your face to consider, and thanks to the likes of David Gandy and David Beckham, men have had to up their skincare game like never before. Thankfully, the following new products will do most of the hardwork for you!
The Dear Barber shampoo and conditioner set works by adding a protective layer around the hair follicle to help seal in moisture. Its special formula also reduces static, which is a godsend during winter, and leaves your hair with a glorious shine. Plus the understated bottles look a lot manlier in your bathroom, much in the same way as a Yorkie bar does in your lunch box. Kapow!
The latest shaver from Braun is an absolute animal, and that’s putting it lightly. It’s made up of 400 individual pieces, delivering 10,000 sonic vibrations per minute, which in turn generates 40,000 cross-cutting actions. Sweeney Todd, himself, couldn’t keep up with those figures!
The fully flexible Syncrosonic head navigates facial contours with ease, while Braun's micro-adaptation shaving foils manoeuvre nimbly to cut hair as close to the skin as possible. All in all, those 400 pieces are working in synergy with a single goal – to provide you with closest, most comfortable shave possible, and it’s fair to say they achieve it!
While the Braun is certainly your go-to razor in terms of everyday use, a lot of men take pride in a more ritualistic and hands-on approach during the weekend. If this is you, it’s time to take things back a few years, and certainly a few blades.
The Bluebeards Revenge ‘Scimitar’ Safety Razor not only sounds ridiculously cool, but cuts ridiculously close, too. It’s got a lovely weight behind it, and, contrary to the times, features just a single blade - let’s face it, if the first blade doesn’t cut the hair, what chance do the next four stand? And talk about value for money; a pack of ten blades, all of which feature two usable sides, and can be sharpened, will only set you back £2.99. Now just think back to the last time you bought a pack of conventional shaver heads....
Kudos if you go straight for the moisturiser after a shave, but before you go giving yourself a solid metrosexual pat on the back, there’s another step you really ought to be doing in-between these two stages. The Bluebeards Revenge Beard Oil need simply be rubbed into your facial hair region, with the benefit of moisturising the skin, conditioning the stubble and adding a glorious sheen and smell to your beard.
One of the main reasons your skin ages is due to constant contact with high-energy particles known as free radicals. Thanks, guys! Antioxidants are their nemesis, and render them harmless. This is the philosophy behind Menage’s groundbreaking moisturiser range, which uses a patented copper-based formula, known for its unmatched antioxidant count, in order to keep your skin looking young.
It not only absorbs instantly, but also provides 5* UVA protection (the sun being another reason for premature wrinkles), making it the perfect choice for your morning beauty regime.
You’d be excused for thinking this groundbreaking anti-ageing range came straight from the ‘School of Rock’ frontman. You’d be less excused for thinking it came from the White Stripes frontman (that’s Jack White!). In actually fact, this iteration of Jack preceded both of them, and for good reason!
The first step of this triple play process involves the DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads. This high-potency formula offers results similar to a professional strength peel with less irritation and down time. In one easy step, it instantly but gently exfoliates the skin, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles, increases firmness and lightens dark spots.
The second and third step, now that your skin is cleaner than you’ve probably ever known it, is to apply the Protein Booster Skin Serum and Eye Rescue. The high-performance formula contains advanced peptides and antioxidants, to reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and wrinkles, while improving skin texture and clarity.
When a fashion house lends it’s impeccable sense of style to the world of toiletries, you just know your bathroom's about to look a whole lot sexier, and the geometric print sets from Ted Baker do nothing to buck the trend. The three limited edition designs are each named after one of Ted’s beloved areas of London – Farringdon, Brockley and Moorgate – and feature gorgeous art deco inspired patterns. The only problem is that they’re almost too pretty to use.
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