GROOM­ING

Elis­a­beth King ON THE IN­STANT, MAKEOVER PROD­UCTS THAT CAN HELP YOU TRANS­FORM YOUR GROOM­ING GAME… QUICKLY.

Men's Style (Australia) - - Contents - From $24.99; ink-nurse.com

Prod­ucts that de­liver in­stant trans­for­ma­tion

Back in the early Noughties Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the much-hyped makeover TV show for men, proved that an army of males liked the be­fore-andafter con­cept. But you don’t need to be a sad sack who even re­quires the con­tents of his fridge to be re­vised to take a good look at how you can im­prove your looks.

Only the ter­mi­nally vain haven’t asked them­selves, “what would I look like if my hair was thicker, my face was less shiny and a nearcon­stant shav­ing rash didn’t put the ki­bosh on smooth skin.” A new breed of ego-pleas­ing prod­ucts will help to sharpen your ap­pear­ance with­out the hour-long chaos of the Bravo TV show’s “Fab Five”.

MILKMAN GROOM­ING CLEAR SHAVE GEL

Tired of pay­ing a small for­tune for an even smaller bot­tle of shave oil just to see your whiskers dur­ing a shave? Aussie brand Milkman of­fers a big 500ml bot­tle good for 100 see-through shaves – or a four month sup­ply for those with a daily shav­ing rou­tine. Other sweet­en­ers of the wa­ter-based for­mula in­clude in­tense hy­dra­tion, su­pe­rior ra­zor glide and the fresh­ness of pep­per­mint and men­thol. No more dry or ir­ri­tated skin from aerosol shave foams and there’s no need to wash your face or ap­ply mois­turiser un­less your skin is de­hy­drated. $25; milk­manaus­tralia.com or Shaver Shop.

VS FOR MEN BEARD DE­SIGNER

Even movie star good looks can be ru­ined by a badly-trim­mmed beard or stub­ble. That’s why the three Chrises – Evans, Hemsworth and Pine – keep their fa­cial hair look­ing cam­era-ready. This game-chang­ing trim­mer comes with three dou­ble-sharp­ened blades that cut twice as fast as com­peti­tors. There are 50 pre­ci­sion set­tings, be­gin­ning with a close 0.4mm. A smart mem­ory func­tion re­mem­bers your last set­ting so you don’t have to ad­just your favourite length ev­ery time. Self-clean­ing, a lithium-ion bat­tery and world­wide volt­age means it can be used any­time, any­where. $299.95; exclusive to Shaver Shop.

DERMALOGICA DAILY SUPERFOLIANT

A belt-and-braces re-sur­facer that not only leaves skin look­ing su­per-smooth, it also bat­tles pol­lu­tion – a lead­ing cause of brown spots and fine lines. Fea­tur­ing ac­ti­vated char­coal pow­der, rice bran ex­tract and three pow­er­ful en­zymes, red al­gae in the mix also pre­vents pol­lu­tion par­ti­cles from get­ting lodged in your skin. Use ev­ery other day if your skin is sen­si­tive. $85; buy.dermalogica.com.au

CRAB­TREE & EVE­LYN LA SOURCE RE­FRESH­ING BODY WASH

At the end of sum­mer, the skin on your body can feel as tight as your best mate just be­fore pay­day. This nour­ish­ing body wash con­di­tions, mois­turises and cleanses in one easy step. Green sea­weed and brown al­gae ex­tracts and min­eral-rich Dead Sea Salts boost skin sup­ple­ness and leave the scent of brac­ing ocean air. $28; crab­tree-eve­lyn. com.au. For added buff­ness, use Ae­sop Body Re­demp­tion Scrub ($39; ae­sop. om) once a week from neck-to-toe.

LQD EYE RE­STORE

Claim­ing to be the most con­cen­trated eye prod­uct for men in Aus­tralia, this ad­vanced tech serum con­tains high per­cent­ages of six proven pep­tides to tackle dark cir­cles, puffi­ness and fine lines head-on. Most guys no­tice a dif­fer­ence af­ter five days, but the full re­ju­ve­nat­ing ef­fect can be seen af­ter a month. $95; lqd.com.au

LAB SE­RIES MAX LS MATTE RE­NEWAL LO­TION

You don’t need a sheaf of stud­ies to know that men have oilier skin and sweat more. Keep shine and en­larged pores to a min­i­mum with­out sac­ri­fic­ing hy­dra­tion and anti-age­ing mus­cle with this high­per­for­mance, oil-free mois­turiser. Light­weight, ab­sorbent pow­ders mat­tify and re­duce shine im­me­di­ately, keep­ing up the good work for hours. Soft fo­cus op­tics rev up dull, tired-look­ing skin caused by long hours and/or sleep de­pri­va­tion. $80; Myer and David Jones.

GIL­LETTE FU­SION PROSHIELD RA­ZOR

Stroking too much? Um, while shav­ing, we mean. Ac­cord­ing to Gil­lette, most men use an av­er­age of 170 strokes with a ra­zor ev­ery time they shave, most of which go over the same ar­eas and be­come a ma­jor cause of rashes and ra­zor bumps. The world’s big­gest shav­ing brand has weighed into the con­stant fric­tion de­bate with the lat­est up­date of its best-sell­ing Fu­sion ra­zor. The new Proshield fea­tures a be­for­e­shave Lu­bri­ca­tion Bar and an af­ter­shave Lubras­trip to cush­ion im­pact. The blade car­tridge has the thinnest blade edges for less pull, a more ad­vanced blade coat­ing and a Mi­cro­comb to guide stub­ble to the blade. $22.49; su­per­mar­kets and phar­ma­cies.

INK NURSE

One in five Aussies sports ink, ris­ing to 30 per cent of Gen Ys who have one or more tatts, reports Mc­crindle Re­search. Cre­ated with the guid­ance of der­ma­tol­o­gists, lead­ing tat­too artists and much dec­o­rated vets, this 100 per cent or­ganic, multi-pur­pose cream re­ju­ve­nates faded ink, re­lieves the itch­i­ness and ir­ri­ta­tion caused by new tat­toos, and boosts skin vi­tal­ity with a roll-call of vi­ta­mins and ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. In ad­di­tion to lock­ing in colour, it’s a handy all-rounder that can also be used to soothe eczema, cracked and de­hy­drated skin.

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