ESSENTIALS FOR THE MODERN MAN
The progressive man may have moved beyond soap and water but as the grooming market grows, it becomes increasingly hard for guys to navigate. The sheer volume of new products, never mind the convoluted Franglais/blind-you-with-science jargon emblazoned on every box, is bewildering. And so, with tangible results in mind, we've separated the wheat from the chaff and selected six essential products to help you make an impeccable first impression.
NEROLI SHAVING SERUM BY AESOP
If you find traditional gels or creams too dense - and new-fangled oils not dense enough - this low-foaming serum provides a happy medium. Concocted by Australian brand Aesop, the botanical formula cushions the skin while providing adequate slip for a close shave. Anti-inflammatory extracts of aloe vera, sandalwood and neroli mean you won't emerge looking like a slasher victim. One of the very best shaving products available.
SISLE?UM FOR MEN BY SISLEY
A multipurpose formula designed for inherently low-maintenance men, this wonder product moonlights as a moisturiser, anti-ager, fatigue fighter and aftershave balm, with a formula based on phytotherapy, aromatherapy and lithotherapy (Google it). Where the two-in-one products of yesteryear meant you had to compromise on quality (we're looking at you, Wash & Go), this veritable Swiss Army knife of a formula offers results that are on par with high-end standalone products.
FACIAL FUEL ENERGIZING FACE WASH BY KIEHL'S
A caffeine-laden face wash that surpasses bog-standard cleansers by infusing the skin with what feels like a Red Bull with an espresso chaser. The mentholated formula is an ideal pick-me-up on mornings when you're feeling a little jaded.
FATIGUE FIGHTER BY CLARINS
Whether you're burning the candle at both ends or just completely burning out, a shoddy night's sleep and elevated stress levels will show up instantly in the form of sallow, dehydrated skin. This instant invigorator helps speed up the skin's recovery process by way of wintergreen plant and bison grass extracts.
MOJITO LIP BALM BY MALIN+GOETZ
Cutting-edge product design and cutting-edge formulas appear to be mutually exclusive concepts for everyone except Manhattan's Malin+Goetz. This balm rehydrates and repairs the vulnerable skin around the lips (which is up to four times thinner than the skin on the face) with a cocktail-inspired concoction.
BAIN GOMMAGE BY KÉRASTASE
If there's one thing capable of destroying the perfect sartorial ensemble, it's a snowstorm on your shoulders. Unlike the pseudo-pharmaceutical (and toxic-smelling) solutions designed to control dandruff, this gentle formula nourishes hair while sloughing off dead cells and calming an itchy scalp.