TRIED & TESTED: SUMMER SKINCARE
By Steven Potter, 28 July 2019
Clinique For Men Oil Control Face Wash
The verdict: A clear, gel-like consistency with a super-subtle fragrance (barely noticeable really). It left my skin feeling nicely refreshed and cleansed. Plus, there's news for any of you guys rocking a beard or shaving frequently, as it helps to soften stubble and hair pre-shave, too.
L'Oréal Men Expert Anti-Fatigue Quenching Gel
The verdict: Ideal for the tricky period when you’re trying to cool down against the clock post-shower. An added bonus is that the icy blast briefly tricked my mind into thinking I’m actually more awake in the mornings, too. The result? Softer and smoother skin, minus any greasy residue.
Tommy Now Aftershave
The verdict: Considering this fragrance is part of the fruity family, I initially caught elements of a citrusy nature – very summery. During the day, the fragrance mellows to a more subtle scent so, in essence, you’re getting two fragrance experiences in one. Great for daily wear, for sure.
Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion Spray
The verdict: Designed for medium to thick hair, the spray added volume and texture, both of which I lack after washing my hair, so consider that a win. It’s made from a tropical blend of coconut, mango seed and passion fruit oils, so smells amazing, too. If that wasn’t enough, the spray features added UV protection. Take that, summer.
L'Oréal Men Expert Purifying Clay Mask
The verdict: Actually setting aside 10 minutes to work on my complexion was a first for me. I moisturise (of course) but anything other than that is a bit of a stretch. So, in the name of journalism, I applied the mask over my face (avoiding my eyes and mouth) and then kicked back for the duration, letting the charcoal and other ingredients do their pore-cleansing thing. Not only did I feel the benefit of doing nothing for 10 minutes, but my skin felt a deeper kind of cleansed. Super-cleansed, if you will. More use will prove the mattifying effect, I’m sure, but in terms of baby steps into the world of more indulgent pampering, it’s a great start.