Elisabeth King on the instant, makeover products that can help you transform your grooming game… quickly.
Clear Shave Gel
Tired of paying a small fortune for an even smaller bottle of shave oil just to see your whiskers during a shave? Aussie brand Milkman offers a big 500ml bottle good for 100 see-through shaves – or a four month supply for those with a daily shaving routine. Other sweeteners of the water-based formula include intense hydration, superior razor glide and the freshness of peppermint and menthol. No more dry or irritated skin from aerosol shave foams and there’s no need to wash your face or apply moisturiser unless your skin is dehydrated. $25; milkmanaustralia.com or Shaver Shop.
VS for Men
Even movie star good looks can be ruined by a badly-trimmmed beard or stubble. That’s why the three Chrises – Evans, Hemsworth and Pine – keep their facial hair looking camera-ready. This game-changing trimmer comes with three double-sharpened blades that cut twice as fast as competitors. There are 50 precision settings, beginning with a close 0.4mm. A smart memory function remembers your last setting so you don’t have to adjust your favourite length every time. Self-cleaning, a lithium-ion battery and worldwide voltage means it can be used anytime, anywhere.
$299.95; exclusive to Shaver Shop.
A belt-and-braces re-surfacer that not only leaves skin looking super-smooth, it also battles pollution – a leading cause of brown spots and fine lines. Featuring activated charcoal powder, rice bran extract and three powerful enzymes, red algae in the mix also prevents pollution particles from getting lodged in your skin. Use every other day if your skin is sensitive. $85; buy.dermalogica.com.au
Crabtree & Evelyn
La Source Refreshing Body Wash
At the end of summer, the skin on your body can feel as tight as your best mate just before payday. This nourishing body wash conditions, moisturises and cleanses in one easy step. Green seaweed and brown algae extracts and mineral-rich Dead Sea Salts boost skin suppleness and leave the scent of bracing ocean air. $28; crabtree-evelyn.com.au. For added buffness, use Aesop Body Redemption Scrub ($39; aesop.om) once a week from neck-to-toe.
lqd EYE Restore
Claiming to be the most concentrated eye product for men in Australia, this advanced tech serum contains high percentages of six proven peptides to tackle dark circles, puffiness and fine lines head-on. Most guys notice a difference after five days, but the full rejuvenating effect can be seen after a month. $95; lqd.com.au
MAX LS Matte Renewal Lotion
You don’t need a sheaf of studies to know that men have oilier skin and sweat more. Keep shine and enlarged pores to a minimum without sacrificing hydration and anti-ageing muscle with this high-performance, oil-free moisturiser. Lightweight, absorbent powders mattify and reduce shine immediately, keeping up the good work for hours. Soft focus optics rev up dull, tired-looking skin caused by long hours and/or sleep deprivation. $80; Myer and David Jones.
Fusion ProShield Razor
Stroking too much? Um, while shaving, we mean. According to Gillette, most men use an average of 170 strokes with a razor every time they shave, most of which go over the same areas and become a major cause of rashes and razor bumps. The world’s biggest shaving brand has weighed into the constant friction debate with the latest update of its best-selling Fusion razor. The new ProShield features a before-shave Lubrication Bar and an after-shave Lubrastrip to cushion impact. The blade cartridge has the thinnest blade edges for less pull, a more advanced blade coating and a MicroComb to guide stubble to the blade.
$22.49; supermarkets and pharmacies.
One in five Aussies sports ink, rising to 30 per cent of Gen Ys who have one or more tatts, reports McCrindle Research. Created with the guidance of dermatologists, leading tattoo artists and much decorated vets, this 100 per cent organic, multi-purpose cream rejuvenates faded ink, relieves the itchiness and irritation caused by new tattoos, and boosts skin vitality with a roll-call of vitamins and active ingredients. In addition to locking in colour, it’s a handy all-rounder that can also be used to soothe eczema, cracked and dehydrated skin.
From $24.99; ink-nurse.com