Boys’ bare es­sen­tials

Friday - - Grooming -

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.

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