5 Winter Skincare Tips For Men

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The modern man should look after his skin, especially his face, and even more so in the winter. I've mentioned on here before that Clint Eastwood said he wishes that he had moisturised, and I'm not surprised after a life living in a Spaghetti Western. Personally, over the last few years, especially since writing this blog, my knowledge of not only how to make myself look better, but actually look after my skin, has improved greatly. Being the tender age of 31, I have no plans to look like the left over Christmas Turkey by the time I reach 40. Hopefully this little guide will help you avoid that awful fate too.


1. MOISTURISE 

The classic office, and indeed on-going argument, often between men and women, (but we won't go into that) is the central heating row. The radiators are one of the main culprits that will not be helping your skin over winter. Pumping out dry heat, removing moisture from the room and your skin; they are my pet hate if too hot. You can help tackle this though by using a good, and rich moisturiser. This year I've been mainly using these products.

The Body Shop Seaweed

This oil control lotion is quite thick, despite being labelled as an 'Oil Control' moisturiser. You don't need much to make a difference; a small amount goes a long way, and it does feel like it should, thick and rich. It's made mainly of seaweed (if you hadn't guessed) which is mineral rich, and contains SPF 15 to help protect from UV rays in the winter sun. It does say it's for combination/oily skin, which I would agree with, however I would not say this is an anti-shine moisturiser as it's so thick. Luckily the end goal here is to stop your face drying out, and this will most definitely not let that happen.

Perricone MD- Face finishing moisturising tint* 

This is a high end product, which is reflected on the price tag (rrp £59) but with that comes over 20 years experience from the brand founder, Nicholas Pierricone MD. A board certified dermatologist, researcher, scientist, New York Times, 'best selling author' the list goes on. Now if I'm honest, the word 'tint' did seem a bit daunting, am I going to look like someone from TOWIE, or a round orange fruit from California? The answer is no, this is not a fake tan product, it simply adds a gentle glow to your existing skin tone. Even us blokes can agree we all look better in the summer, than we do with our winter faces. It is loaded with vitamin C, and packs a healthy SPF 30 in it too.

Perricone MD Re:Firm Eye*

A good under eye cream is a must all year round. One thing I do find after leaving the house into the icy cold winter blast is my eyes can sometimes water. I'm not crying no, it's your eyes natural way of saying 'mate, is is cold, we're drying up here' thus adding some extra tear juice to help that out. Obviously one side effect of this is soreness around the eyes, usually due to rubbing them dry. This under eye cream will help add moisture, and it helps against the damage from the cold on your sensitive under eye area. A little goes a long way, warm it slighlty between your fingers and it'll turn from a gel to a serum. You can shop for Perricone MD here.


2. LOOK AFTER YOUR LIPS

If you're not generally aware of the winter taking it's toll on your face, one thing that won't take you long to notice is your lips. I've worked in a -17°  wind chill on a roofing job before, and the first thing to feel this was my lips. If however like myself currently, working in a normal (or roasting) office environment, you still need to keep your lips in check. A brand I've been a fan of for a while now is Anthony. They have recently released this little beaut of a lip balm packing a strong SPF 25, consisting mainly of mint and white tea. It contains avocado, a natural moisturiser with antioxidant properties, Shea Butter, which is well known for it's rich in moisture properties, and vitamin E which is key for skin improving properties. It feels lush on the lips too, a nice menthol, cool mint feeling, and you only need a small amount as it's quite thick. Has a matte finish too, so you won't be left standing looking like a lady boy. Anthony products are available from Space NK.

3. AVOID HOT SHOWERS

I'm not saying bath in ice water, but if possible, turn the temp down a bit. Water that is too hot removes your skins natural oils, which will just leave your face feeling dry and tight, and even worse, itchy. Avoid this by keeping the water temp down, and your time in the shower. The same goes for washing your hair, I tend to do it less in the winter, no more than three times a week. This will avoid drying out your scalp and leaving you flaky and itchy on top.

4. TAKE SUPPLEMENTS

Perricone MD Omega 3*

These Omega 3's are like no other, the fish oil is derived from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon. This is the most purest form of Omega 3 available, which means it's going to even better for your hair and skin. Why take Omega 3? Apart from the usual known benefits of joint protection and flexibility, it's a great way to boost your mood and help get you off the sofa, and to the gym. It is also known to boost serotonin levels which can help fight depression, that most of us struggle with in long, dark and cold January. The benefits of a strong Omega 3 like this are huge, including anti-ageing properties, increased skin radiance, lowered insulin levels, and stabilised blood sugar levels, helping us keep to that insane diet we all start in January.

Perricone MD Super Berry Powder*

This super berry power is a nice little treat indeed. A box contains 30, 6g packets which can be added to smoothies, yogurt, or mixed with plain water. Each packet contains a mix of raspberry, blackberry and cranberry, which are packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. These are known to help with things such as heart disease, arthritis and ageing, tired skin. Blueberries have had countless studies to show that they help fight against skin damage and slow down the ageing process. And finally Acai, natures Red Bull, used by tribes people for over thousands of years for increased energy and focus. Could this replace my morning coffee..?

5. EXFOLIATE


Apparently we produce less skin cells in the winter due to the colder months, but it is still essential to remove dead skin cells. I'd say if you've got normal skin to exfoliate no more than once a week, however I do it 1-2 times a week, purely because I feel I need to. Removing dead skill cells will leave your fresh and clean, but again, don't over do it or you'll do more harm than good. Here's a link to my exfoliator of choice and why I use it, GoldfadenMD.

So there is my guide to help you stay looking good, and feeling even better. I've always said, look good, feel good. To keep it simple stick to a plan similar to what I've talked about, drink more water, avoid hot water, and moisturise. You can't go wrong,after all... Winter is coming..



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NEW // Original Shine Bar

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I'm always getting told off by the misses for using up expensive shampoo (an argument I can imagine that happens in many households) so she recently bought home this shampoo bar for me to use instead of her £15 a bottle stuff. The Shine Bar has been created by hairdresser and owner of Shine hairdressers in Brighton, Jonathan Harries, who wanted to create something simple, unique and environmentally friendly. It's designed for daily use on short hair, so is ideal for men who still want to use high quality products at home without getting an earful. 

With normal bottles of shampoo, it's easy to waste product that you can't get out of the bottom of the bottle and the plastic bottles often end up in landfill, but the Shine Bar has zero waste. The bar dissolves down like a bar of soap so there's no product waste, and the packaging it comes in is biodegradable.You just need to make sure you pat it dry and store it out of the shower, so that it doesn't disintegrate. It's also made up the road in Lewes which is good, I'm always in favour of locally made products. 

The Shine Bar is made with quinoa which, although I don't like to eat it,  is good for conditioning the hair and also treating dandruff. With a few quick rubs on my head, the Shine Bar lathers up into a thick mousse with it's lemon and ginger scent, which leaves my hair feeling clean and fresh. Another thing I liked about the shine bar is that is does feel like an actual shampoo wash, I've tried some natural products before that just don't have the same effect. 

The bar is ideal for the gym bag and travel, as it's small compact and isn't a liquid. All in all it's not a bad little thing to have. I'd say it works very well for short hair, if your hair is longer, you probably need to foam it up a bit more, but I'm confident it would work well too. Either way it's definitely worth checking out. You can get your very own Shine Bar here.
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Green People Mens // Christmas Collection

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Yet again it is that time of year, and Christmas is approaching. So for many of us it's time to start thinking, if only a little bit, about gifts; what to get, for whom to get, and when to start buying. Personally I usually nickname Christmas 'Stressmas' but to be honest, that could be down to me doing my Christmas shopping at 7pm on Xmas eve and coming back with somewhat below par gifts. You know what I mean. And on that note I will be adding some gift ideas to my blog from now on and up until the end of December to hopefully help you out and give you just few ideas.

This time last year I was contacted by Green People to have a look at their extremely popular men's Stag gift set, which was a really nice, novel treat - something different from the normal high street brands. So naturally when they very kindly got in touch with me again this year, I was more than happy to collaborate.

This year, Green People have released their very uniquely wonderful butterfly gift sets. The beautiful designs from their in house designer, Anna Parkinson, really does set these apart from anything else available. A warming collection of colours and the butterfly designs are more than eye catching to say the least. Green People as you may have read in my previous post, aren't all about profit. A donation from each gift you purchase will go towards supporting the Butterfly Conservation, which help to protect and preserve British butterflies and moths and the environment they live in.

I was very kindly sent the Hydrate men's skin kit* and the Energise men's body set* to review. So below is what I thought...



HYDRATE


The hydrate pack is made up of an exfoliator, a face serum, and a face wash. The face wash (81% organic) is real treat. The ingredients alone, based on orange and Aloe Vera, are enough to invite you in. It also contains plant proteins and seaweed to help retain your skins elasticity. The orange is the main scent of this wash which is a lovely warming, and awakening morning citrus burst any time of day.

 The face serum, which packs an even more impressive 89% organic ingredients, consists mainly of seaweed and green tea, both of which are rich in antioxidants. This hard hitting organic serum for men can help to fight the ageing process which again, in my opinion, as I'm starting to crack on (31 years young) is all good news to me. It contains lemongrass and rosemary essential oils which smell incredible, and the rosemary oil is something I'd say helps you relax to encourage a better nights sleep.

And finally the exfoliator which is made mainly of grapefruit and bamboo, and when I say mainly it is a whopping 92.7% organic! How's that for a natural product hey?! Obviously following on from that it is micro-bead free. The bamboo particles work as the scrubbing agent in the exfoliator and as with the face wash, this has a wonderful grapefruit citrus burst aroma too.



ENERGISE

The energise kit consists of two men's body washes. Orange and Clove is an invigorating wash both for your hair and your body. It's packed with vitamin E (great for your skin) and Cypress which will help to retain the skins natural oils, ideal if like myself, you're sometimes guilty of having your shower too hot!

Mint and Eucalyptus is the second part of this duo, again a hair and body wash. Also containing vitamin E and packing some pineapple properties and yucca, all of which are great for boosting your skin. Both washes mention on the back about retaining the skins natural oils, especially after the gym or swimming. As you know with hitting the gym often comes the need to shower often, so it's important to make sure you're not drying yourself out. Keep the shower temp down and keep it quick. As for swimming, most pools contain chlorine (bleach) which is the reason I don't swim in most pools, find a UV filtered pool if possible.

Well there we are, my thoughts on these great men's gift sets from Green People. Stocking filler or not these are an ideal set for men, something different and as mentioned earlier, supporting a brilliant cause. Both sets are vegan friendly and 100% certified organic products.
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Diesel BAD // Review

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Most men these days have, or will have had, a signature scent. For whatever reason we tend to choose our smell, and generally stick to it. I'd say I was probably the same; I like to try new things as I'm a yes man, but when it comes to buying a new cologne that's a harder sell. That was until I was contacted to see if I wanted to try out the new Diesel Bad*... 'why not' I said to myself.

If you're a regular reader (hopefully!) you'll know I always start with how something looks. Am I drawn to it? Does it set itself apart from the norm? The Diesel Bad bottle does. The matte black bottle looks like it's black leather, with a smooth to touch, but rough looking finish. The bottle itself is actually in fact made from micro-engraved glass. It also has BAD lettering engraved on the bottle which is in a golden, clear glass so you can see inside the bottle, which for me is a really cool and contemporary touch, and it's topped off with a rose gold nozzle.

So how does it smell? In my honest opinion it does smell good. Unlike a lot of fragrances which are just too overpowering, this is just right, but I will add I only use one spray from the bottle, as I have found it will last all day with ease. It's moderate scent which carries rich undertones of tobacco and has a natural woodiness to it. It's also packing some warming, yet mild hints of citrus and lavender. Overall this is a masculine smell I've been wearing often as it's something personally I quite like.

When to wear it? If I'm honest I'd happily wear this a few times a week but perhaps not always in the office as it's not going to be for everyone due to the rich and rugged tobacco tones. However, like an excited child, when I did receive this I had to get as many people as possible to have a sniff, and most people have given it a thumbs up. So that's for you to decide. At the end of the day, like I said in the opening paragraph of this review, everyone has their own scent and style, so as with all fragrances, pop into a shop and have a go on a tester. I would recommend giving this a go for sure.

Have you tried the new Diesel Bad? Let me know what you think, comment below or hit me up on my twitter(@richieday85) or instagram(theclassicmaleblog)

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Johnny's Chop Shop

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Walk into any supermarket today and chances are you'll same the same old, big, and never changing brands as far as men's hair products go. You know the one; blue tubs, fibre putty etc. I'm not saying they don't work or that I've never brought a tub or two, but change is good right? So like I always say, if I get offered to try something new, then sure, why not.

So let me introduce you to Johnny's Chop Shop Barbers, yes they are very real and have their own barber shops for you to check out. One in Topman, Oxford Circus, another in Soho, Marshall Street. And as I'm sure you'll now be aware of, they have their own products.. drum roll please..

ASIAN WILD CAT HAIR CLAY


A bright orange tin with a tiger on!? It looks cool af. If you're a regular reader, you'll know I love anything that catches my eye. This makes me think of Rocky Balboa so I'm loving it. So the most important part, what's it like? Well It's actually pretty bloody good. Unlike a lot of matt hold clays, this is ready to go 24/7, there's no warming it up required. I was using it with my longer hair, and more recently I've had a shorter French Crop, it's worked amazingly well with both styles, and it comes of your hands in seconds under a cold tap. No awkward stickyness.

HOBO HAIR DRY SHAMPOO


I have never before in my life used, or even thought about using, a dry shampoo until now. The hobo hair dry shampoo with 'matt look cleanser with a builders dust vibe' written on the can is just that. I spent years as a builder and know exactly what they mean by that. I've found this most usefull when I've been to the gym, showered and not washed my hair, a quick blast of this will freshen it up and add some depth to your mullet.

TRIGGER HAPPY


The Trigger Happy Texturising Spray is basically like a sea salt spray for the surfer hair look. I've not surfed much since moving away from Dorset but hooking up some waves in the sea followed by hooking up some waves in my hair was always fun due to the post beach, salty volume it would create. The Trigger Happy does just that. One I'd say only to use on longer hair styles to give it some much needed surfer attitude! It's also packing caffeine for that extra buzz.

SHARP AND EASY SHAVE


The Sharp and Easy Shave Foam took me a while to test, purely on the fact that I rarely clean shave. However, due to several job interviews lately, I decided to get clean faced. The foam does exactly what it says on the tin, it's really cooling too which for me is perfect. Aloe Vera and cooling are always something I'll look out for if I do need to clean shave, no one likes razor burn right?


So there we go, some great, funky new products that work. Definitely pop into one of their shops if you're in town.You can always grab yourself some products here.
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Autumn Wishlist- Ft House of Fraser

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Autumn is here. Cooler evenings and the days gradually getting shorter, along with the infused array of warming colours, and the skeletal trees creeping upon us. For most though, including myself, it is prime time to get your AW knitwear back out, or start adding new items to your wardrobe. The spoilt choice of burnt oranges, rusting browns, and weaker tones highlighted by the shallow sun rays are idyllic to say the least.

With all this in mind I've put together a wish list for this season to hopefully get you started and inspired for your favourite autumn pieces from House of Fraser.

This Polo Ralph Lauren crew neck cable jumper is my favourite type of knitwear. The fisherman's knit; a timeless, simple piece. Shop it here.



This shawl neck button front marl cardigan from Denim and Supply Ralph Lauren is perfect for when the temp really starts to drop. A thick, chunky, stylish knit could be well complimented with a suitable scarf. shop it here.


A chunky knit scarf like this from Howick is ideal to break away from just a plain colour or texture when layering and will add detail. Shop it here

Sherpa jackets are, in my opinion, something that will never be out of fashion and always remain a classic. This Levi's Type 3 fleece is 100% my style as I love the more rugged, lumberjack look. Shop it here.
Boots are a must throughout Autumn and Winter, not only do they look the part, more importantly they are practical from keeping your feet warm and dry. These super tough Barbour Whitburn Heavy Comb boots will do just that. Shop them here

I can't wait to stock up on some new pieces for the Autumn season, and these are just a few of the items I would love to get from House of Fraser. To see more, click here. What's your Autumn style staple? Let me know in the comments or on twitter @richieday85.

Cheers, 

Rich



this is a collaborative post with House of Fraser
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Goldfaden MD. Ruby Crystal Power Exfoliator

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If you've read any of my previous male grooming posts you'll know I'm a sucker for new products. This one in particular is just that. An exfoliating face scrub from Goldfaden MD*, that uses real Ruby Crystals. Posh or what? An advanced physician strength exfoliator available to you and me over the counter. I will add it's not specifically a men's product - it's for him and her. You may have guessed that from the packaging, but either way due to its highly praised performance from both men and women alike, I wanted to try it.


What I will say firstly is this is a hardcore scrub, you need a very small amount to feel it working. In my own words it's like a sand blasting your face, which personally is great for me as I prefer a tougher more abrasive exfoliator. If you've got a more sensitive skin, or you're a lady reading this it may be one to avoid or I'd suggest trying a sample first. Saying that though, if it is the one for you, the results after are pretty impressive! It left my face feeling like a new born after just one go. Goldfaden MD isn't a face wash either, there's no foaming up etc, just a pure scrub that really does do the job.

The Doctor's Advanced Scrub contains some seaweed extract too, along with some hyaluronic acid and organic red tea, all of which will help to soothe and protect your skin. Bonus. 

This is a very high end luxury product, weighing in at £85 from Space NK. Saying that though you'll save money if you were to see a skin specialist for a day treatment or short course etc. I'd say a pot would last anywhere between 6-12 months.
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