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For a change, this one's for the men!

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 5:04pm

Irish men are becoming more conscious of their skin and hair regimes. No longer is a splash of aftershave and then out the door enough (although it might be for some).

Hair care and beard care has become big business! Beards are quite in vogue now as is the concept of designer stubble. Like the hair on your head, though, you need to mind your beard. For the daily cleansing of the beard, face and hair, try L'Oreal Men Expert Barber Club 3-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioning Wash (€12.99). It's enriched with cedarwood essential oils and free from soap, parabens, colourants and ingredients from animal origin.

You might remember just before Christmas, I spoke about Kennedy and Co male grooming products. A capsule skincare suite for men, the five products cater for hair and skin with more products to launch later this year. All the products in the range are under €15 are made in Ireland and are vegan.

Let’s take a closer look at them:

Matte Hair Clay (€12.95) is ideal for sculpting and adding texture. The mattifying hair clay has many added benefits due to the use of baicapil which combines three super active and natural ingredients to visibly reduce hair loss, stimulate hair growth and increase hair density. The finish is soft and malleable with no greasy or crispy texture.

Hydrating Beard Oil (€14.95) helps to avoid the dreaded beard-druff which is like dandruff but instead it comes from the beard (it really is only dry skin but is annoying none the less). Used daily, this elegantly scented balance of natural botanicas, spearmint and cedarwood will soothe, moisturise and invigorate.

The best thing you will do for your skin is use SPF, however it is known for being thick. The Daily Moisturiser (€12.95) is a lightweight formula and contains SPF 20 to deliver all-day hydration. It offers protection from sun damaging UVA/UVB rays. Skin mattifying, the caffeine-based formula combines three active ingredients of pro-vitamin D, vitamin E and sodium hyaluronate, to help combat lines, wrinkles and dullness ensuring a revitalised look.

Purifying Peat Scrub (€14.95) is formulated to combat the effects of a busy lifestyle which can leave skin feeling dull and lifeless. This scrub combines the power of peat, minerals and natural exfoliants to create an espresso for your skin effect, to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores leaving skin feeling refreshed and renewed. You can use it like a mask also. The grains wash away quickly, and the scrub is gentle yet effective.

Revitalising Eye Gel (€14.95) is specially formulated for the delicate eye area.

Next, let's look at a novel product called the Foamie (€7.95). Originating in Germany, the product is ideal for travel. It is a sponge infused with a cleansing cream bar inside. You wet it and squeeze it, and this activates the foam which is suitable for the body. It exfoliates, massages, cleanses and nourishes. It’s also vegan and cruelty free.

For fragrance, why not try the Jo Browne Male Woody scent? It is a solid cologne in a stick with a rich and powerful woody fragrance. A solid fragrance is so handy for travel or keeping in your glove compartment to keep you fresh on the go. It is handy as well for skin that might be sensitive to regular cologne.

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