Boys’ bare essentials
Meet the bathroom cupboard musthaves chosen by our team of male grooming experts that will keep every man looking like the best version of themselves. While products don’t have to be specifically designed for men in order to be effective, many male-branded buys will directly address common concerns experienced by men such as oily skin, enlarged pores, and beard care. Plus, perhaps you’ll start using your own skincare instead of digging into your wife’s very expensive pot of cream, won’t you, babe? THE CLEANSER: Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser Kiehl’s, Dh71 ‘Investing in a good daily cleanser is definitely a must and should be every man’s daily grooming routine stepping stone,’ says Matthieu. ‘A deep cleanser will have a noticeable impact over time, especially knowing the dusty weather in this region.’ This cleanser will remove excess oil without overdrying skin. THE MOISTURISER: SPF 30+ Face Moisturiser Natio For Men, Dh41 Be hydrated and protected with this lightweight day cream. It absorbs super fast, helps mattify the skin, and doesn’t leave a hint of white residue on facial hair. The broad-spectrum sunscreen rating nixes the need for an extra layer of sunblock. THE FACE OIL: Jojoba Oil Oil Garden, Dh77 Use a natural hydrator like coldpressed jojoba at night to replenish the skin and avoid excess oil production. Unlike traditional night creams, this lipid can also be used on beards to moisturise both the skin underneath and the hair follicles. It also works as a shaving rash soother. THE SCRUB: Rub Rub Rub Scrub Lush, Dh185 While showering, work a sea salt scrub into limbs, torso and feet to slough off dead skin. It can be used as a preshampoo treatment on the scalp to loosen the remains of styling products, skin flakes and sweat, with a massaging touch also encouraging new hair growth. Avoid using physical scrubs like this on your face – the particles can be too tough on complexions. THE STYLING CREAM: Dualsenses Men Dry Styling Wax Goldwell, Dh70 A teeny slick of a styling cream will make all the difference for a polished head of hair. Bin your hard-setting gels and opt for a natural hold cream or clay that will keep your preferred style in place while still feeling soft to the touch. Just a small dab is needed – the buildable formula means you can always add more if needed. THE TWEEZERS: Gear for Men Black Slant Tweezers Tweezerman, Dh148 A little clean-up around the brows can work wonders, without making you look too ‘done’. Pluck stray hairs trailing around the temples and upper cheeks, and make sure to keep that sneaky monobrow in check. And when in doubt – ask your wife for a hand. THE FRAGRANCE: Tom Ford Noir EDP Dh457 Top off the fresh look with a new signature scent. Upgrade from the basic sports cologne that you’ve used since you were 15 for something like Mr Ford’s sophisticated take on wood and citrus. More sensual than a bottle of Polo, but with a touch more tact than your older brother’s Drakkar Noir, Tom Ford Noir blends spicy nutmeg and caraway seed with zingy Italian bergamot and lush Bulgarian rose. THE PEEL: Reversaderm Micro-Cellular Age Correcting Peel Dr. LeWinn’s, Dh137 Formulated with a 15 per cent acid complex, this weekly peel from the good doctor is your stand-in for a facial scrub. The combination of glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids encourage deep microcellular exfoliation within the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while evening out skin tone. Leave on clean skin for 10 minutes, rinse off, and look noticeably refreshed in two to three days.