Ah, autumn. The leaves have started to fall from the trees and there’s a distinct chill in the air, meaning those vitamin D-filled days are well and truly behind us.
5 PRODUCTS TO GET YOU PREPARED FOR AUTUMN
By Daniel Reid, 2 October 2018
With the sun gone and the rain set to become unrelenting, now’s the time to switch up your grooming routine. To prepare you for the start of the new season, ASOSer Daniel Reid tested out five products that’ll have your skin and hair prepared for whatever autumn’s planning to throw your way.
Whatever hair type you have, you’ll know that blistering winds, downpours and low temperatures don’t do anyone’s barnet any favours. As I have afro textured hair, it’s especially important to keep my strands and scalp as hydrated as possible – and that’s where this Hanz de Fuko Anti-Fade Shampoo comes in. Vegan-friendly and packed with seven plant extracts as well as shea butter, this lathers up really nicely to give your hair a deep and effective clean. And if you've got colour-treated hair, this one's a definite cop.
Now, it’s all well and good using a solid shampoo and conditioner combo to revitalise your hair, but it’s important to pick a styling product that’s going to be equally as effective. Not only does this Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Styling Lotion from Shea Moisture smell incredible, it’s also packed full of goodness for your follicles. Nutrient-rich and with the refreshing scent of peppermint, it’s easy to apply and won’t leave your hands feeling gross and greasy.
Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s a smart idea to take it back to basics when it comes to your skincare routine to keep your face even and hydrated all season long. Maker of natural products, Origins has an extensive range infused with pure ingredients to do just that. This oil-free lotion with saw palmetto and mint comes in a lightweight formula and works fast to target problem areas. The fact that it comes in a small-ish bottle also means that it’s the ideal grooming pick for weekends away.
OK, so face masks may be new territory for some of you, but they’re more fun than they look – trust. This one from Barber PRO features hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring chemical – which helps your skin cells retain moisture. Thoroughly wash your face, slather this bad boy on and leave it to set for 20 minutes (it’ll feel warm and tingly on your skin but don’t panic). I tried the mask on a Sunday evening and it left my face looking fresh for the whole week.
As a creator of top beauty products for several decades now, I was hyped to be able to try out more from the Clinique For Men range – and I was excited for good reason. Extremely gentle and with a smooth consistency, this cleanser lathers up well and provides a deep clean. It also has a subtle fragrance to it that lingers on the skin – a surefire sign of a high-end product that does the job well.