Fresh Tal­ent

Evict the pa­per clips and Post-its from your desk-side drawer and con­vert it into a groom­ing ar­se­nal. The ben­e­fits are more than just cos­metic: these prod­ucts can lift both your mood and prospects

Men's Health (Australia) - - Contents - MATT HAMBLY WORDS BY

The top-drawer groom­ing ba­sics to turn your work­day around.

01// GAME FACE

Stress­ful days at work com­bined with overzeal­ous air con­di­tion­ing can cause your skin to be­come shiny. Ap­ply­ing mois­turiser to oily skin might seem coun­ter­pro­duc­tive, but if you make sure to wash your face first, “a prod­uct like this can ac­tu­ally help ab­sorb oil and mat­tify the skin through­out the day,” says Clin­ique state ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Kerry Sten­zler. Clin­ique For Men Oil Con­trol Mat­ti­fy­ing Mois­turiser, $42, clin­ique.com.au

02// UP­PER HAND

Those who lift reg­u­larly at lunch, or sim­ply have the hands of a tradie, will know there’s a fine line be­tween keep­ing paws mois­turised and end­ing up with a slip­pery hand­shake. That’s why a non-greasy for­mula is an ab­so­lute must. Charles + Lee’s Hand Cream is a rich-yet-fast ab­sorb­ing lo­tion that pro­vides in­stant hy­dra­tion with­out the clammy residue. It’s a deal we’re happy to shake on. Charles + Lee Hand Cream, $16.95, charlesan­dlee.com

03// ERASE FA­TIGUE

Don’t kid your­self that no one knows you had a late one. A re­cent study pub­lished in the UK’S Royal So­ci­ety Open Sci­ence showed that look­ing tired could not only af­fect your pro­fes­sional and so­cial life but make peo­ple as­sume you’re in poor health. Not only will this sheer tint sub­tly even out your skin tone and pro­tect it from UV dam­age, but it’ll also mask the tell­tale ef­fects of a big night. Der­ma­log­ica Ul­tra Sen­si­tive Tint SPF 30, $61.50, der­ma­log­ica.com.au

05// THE ACID TEST

There’s more to a fra­grance than smelling like a duty-free con­ces­sion. Some scents can make you work more ef­fi­ciently, too. In fact, cit­rus oils have been proven to boost both con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and mood. A quick, post-lunch spritz of this zingy and up­lift­ing cologne makes per­fect scents. Jo Malone Lon­don Lime, Basil & Man­darin Cologne, $98 for 30ml, jo­ma­lone.com.au

06// GREEN RE­CRUIT

Avo­cado may be a break­fast sta­ple, but ac­cord­ing to Kiehl’s re­gional ed­u­ca­tor, Lind­say Car­ney, it could also hold the key to an af­ter­noon pick-me-up. “Known to be the most mois­tur­is­ing of any fruit oil and rich in es­sen­tial fatty acids, an­tiox­i­dants and amino acid pro­teins, avo­cado is a nat­u­ral skin saviour.” This eye cream will pro­vide avo­cado’s ben­e­fits – glow­ing, youth­ful skin – with­out need­ing to plas­ter your face with the stuff. Kiehl’s Creamy Un­der Eye Avo­cado Treat­ment, $44, kiehls.com.au

04// CLEAN EN­ERGY

Daily espres­sos might put the jump leads on your morn­ing and speed up me­nial tasks, but se­ri­ous cof­fee breath is no good for of­fice co­he­sion. So try switch­ing your rocket fuel of choice: re­search from the US Na­tional Cen­ter for Biotech­nol­ogy In­for­ma­tion found green tea is more ef­fec­tive at combating bad breath than chew­ing gum. Pukka Supreme Matcha Green Tea, $7.95,

KATE NIVEN AD­DI­TIONAL WORDS BY

MAY 2018

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