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 mood and prospects

Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sun Lee

MH picks the desk-drawer unguents that will help you look best (and hide the worst…)

01 Game Face

Stress­ful days at work com­bined with overzeal­ous air con­di­tion­ing can cause your skin to be­come shiny. “Ap­ply­ing mois­turiser to an oily mug might seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive,” says Nick Cox, edi­tor of The Groom­ing Guide, “but if you can wash your face first, a mat­ti­fy­ing prod­uct like this is a smart move. Its light con­sis­tency is eas­ily ab­sorbed and will dampen the shine.” Clin­ique For Men Oil Con­trol Mat­ti­fy­ing Mois­tur­izer £ 25

02 Erase Fa­tigue

Don’t kid your­self that no one knows you had a late one. A re­cent study pub­lished in Open Science showed that look­ing tired could not only af­fect your pro­fes­sional and so­cial life but make peo­ple as­sume you’re in poor health. “This sheer tint will even out skin tone and blend away fine lines and wrin­kles, mask­ing the ef­fects of a big night,” says groom­ing au­thor and blog­ger Mar­cus Jaye. Gentle­man’s Pol­ish Min­eral Sheer Tint £35

03 Green Re­cruit

Av­o­cado may be a break­fast sta­ple, but ac­cord­ing to groom­ing Youtu­ber Robin James, it could also hold the key to an af­ter­noon pick-meup. “Full of use­ful fatty acids and an­tiox­i­dants, av­o­cado is great for your skin. This eye cream gives you av­o­cado’s ben­e­fits – glow­ing, elas­tic skin – with­out plas­ter­ing your face with the stuff.” Per­fect when you need to look fresh for that 4.30pm meet­ing. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treat­ment £34

04 Up­per Hand

Those who lift reg­u­larly at lunch, or sim­ply have the hands of a navvy, will know there’s a fine line be­tween keep­ing paws mois­turised and end­ing up with a slip­pery hand­shake. Thom Wat­son of Man­face blog sug­gests a grease-free for­mula. “Aveeno Re­store & Pro­tect is light and ab­sorbs quickly for fast hy­dra­tion with­out the clammy residue.” It’s a deal we’re happy to shake on. Aveeno Skin Re­lief Re­store & Pro­tect Hand Cream £6

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. “Cit­rus oils have been proven to aid con­cen­tra­tion and lift mood,” says James. “A quick spritz to com­bat the post-lunch slump will ben­e­fit you and your col­leagues.” Jo Malone’s zingy and up­lift­ing Lime, Basil & Man­darin Cologne makes per­fect scents. Jo Malone Cologne £44 for 30ml

06 Clean En­ergy

Daily espres­sos might put the jump leads on your morn­ing and speed up me­nial of­fice tasks, but se­ri­ous java breath is no good for of­fice co­he­sion or get­ting more time with the boss. So try switch­ing your rocket fuel of choice oc­ca­sion­ally: re­search from the US Na­tional Cen­ter for Biotech­nol­ogy In­for­ma­tion found that green tea is more ef­fec­tive at com­bat­ing bad breath than chew­ing gum. Twin­ings Pure Green Tea avail­able at Gar­roways £ 2.29

The av­er­age slump oc­curs at 2.22pm, with a warm of­fice the main crash cul­prit

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