The first of a series of posts exploring grooming products, accessories and underwear in simple to follow colour stories! Let’s bring some more colour into our lives and break through the dull!
Bask Menswear Briefs – Red
Comfortable briefs with a great cut, and provide good support and sexy in equal measure! Visit www.baskmenswear.com
Soap and Glory Billy Wildhair Hair Sculpting Putty
Crazy sticky stuff that sculpts the hair into gravity defying looks! I don’t know if this is available anymore (I got it in a gift set) but it’s great stuff for statement hair!
Keep Calm Badge
I have no idea where I got this from! But I love it, it has followed me around from place to place and a badge m is a temporary way to brighten up any look.
Sunglasses (stolen from a show I was in)
I was in a show many moons ago and since then I have never lost sight of these bad boys! I remember buying them for the costume and they were £1. I love them so much!
Bath And Bodyworks Car Fragrance Refresher – Winter Candy Apple
Without a doubt the best type of car fragrance on the market – so good I get my bestie to send them to me from the US! Winter candy Apple is as good as it sounds they create lasting full on fragrance for months on end! Www.bathandBodyworks.com
7th Heaven Passion Peel Off Mask – Pommegranate
I love a peel off mask to leave my skin feeling fresh and clear. These are pretty affordable and do the job nicely. Just have to avoid the facial hair areas as it gets a bit messy! Available in boots on this link
Molton Brown Bodywash – Pink Pepperpod
I was kindly bought a set of Molton Brown miniatures from a good friend of mine, and I couldn’t have been happier! This fragrance is mildly peppery and perks up bath time with this unisex scent. Full size available here.
Neutrogena refreshingly clear facial wash – Pink Grapefruit and Vitamin C
This is my ‘go to‘ high street oil-free facial wash and is zesty and zingy on the skin. It makes your skin feel thoroughly clear and is great for (non-sensitive) acne prone skin. Available in Superdrug.
So this is my Red Edit… feel free to show some love on this post and comment below with what you like from my Red selection!
Note: none of these products were gifted. All opinions are my own and no money or product was received for a feature in this post.
Lockdown is not all doom and gloom. Don’t get me wrong, it has been tough. But sometimes we could all do with a little personal reminder of why we are here and what we are trying to achieve.
Across the board, it seems that this week has been particularly tough for those in my circle. There is probably some science behind why, but if I’m honest I have been in too much of a haze to see much further than the end of my nose! But I do know this – whilst it’s hard to feel good about myself it is so easy to share my admiration of others.
Looking in at people I see all they have to offer, their warmth and their light. I see their achievements and their tenacity to make it through. But when it comes to me… I need a reminder.
The refocus band that I was kindly #gifted has given me gentle reminder that there is more to me than I can often give myself credit for.
We produce up to 60,000 thoughts per day. 80% of our thoughts are negative.”
The process is simple, when a negative thought enters your mind, you flip the band. By recognising the negative thoughts you make a choice to replace it with a positive thought. This momentary re-evaluation can be enough to change your trajectory and push you forwards with positivity.
I have been wearing mine for a couple of weeks and it it’s without a doubt and adjustment to make. You have to work at it and decide to recognise the negative, but has the band helped me focus on changing some of this negativity? Yes. It certainly has.
My band is a classic black and grey checkered design and reminds me to remember that “whatever it takes” is what I need to do. This message couldn’t be more relevant in these Covid times, where it’s easy to become unmotivated and, to be honest, a bit insular. I sometimes need to motivation to get me out of the house to exercise or to get the house cleaned instead of wasting time on social media or in front of tv re-runs.
This isn’t the wonder product that will end our mental health woes, nor does it claim to be. But by playing on our innate ability to be habitual, it may well make our days just a little bit easier to handle.
So far I have enjoyed the experience and welcome any positivity that can change my experience.
There are many messages available to personalise your band to a message that resonates to you, and make you more resilient.
From “it doesn’t matter what they think” to “I am the storm” there really is something for everyone! So why not refocus and see if it works for you.
Taking care of our Mental Health is a way of life. It’s not something that you can switch on and off from, you need to make it a firm priority and take daily care of yourself.
Social media is of course a rabbit-hole of images, words and links that can have direct impact on our mental health, but at the moment the posts that I find hardest to take are the ones regarding vaccinations.
On the plus side, it is wonderful that the vaccinations are taking place and more and more people are being protected. But below the surface there is a real flare of injustice regarding the whole process. I sometimes sit here worrying Is The System Broken?
I preface what I am about to write with the following:
This post is not aimed at any one individual. I believe those plotting against the system for their own gain to be few and far between. I do not know individual people’s circumstances and neither is it really any of my business, BUT and it’s a big but (#ILIKEBIGBUTS) I am seeing a whole host of people on social media receiving vaccinations in their twenties and thirties, when I have family members in their late sixties and early seventies who have not even had a look in, friends and aquaintances with serious medical conditions who have not been called, and colleagues who are keyworkers with no option but to go to work, who could be waiting for eight months for their chance to vaccinate.
How is this possible? Are some counties so short of elderly people that they are already able to vaccinate younger people?
If this were a few instances, I would put this down to an individual’s underlying health issues, but this is a not a small number of people – it simply doesn’t make sense. In the older generations of my extended family, I have people with Diabetes, brain conditions, severe asthma… why haven’t they been given their vaccinations when people at much lower risk have.
I have been pontificating on the unfairness of this situation far too much. it can become all-consuming which is not good for me, so I decided to tap it into my keyboard instead of letting it stew.
I tend not to touch upon politics (it’s far too loaded) but I will say this:
Why am I surprised?
If I was offered a vaccine I would 100% accept it. This is NOT a critiscsim of individuals. But please, please, please… This system has to make sense. I am so disenfranchised by this whole sodding palaver that I don’t know what to feel other than this insane and overwhelming sense of dread and anxiety.
I sincerely hope that we manage to vaccinate those most at risk as soon as is humanly possible – this virus has had too large an impact on our communities already.
For now, I will try to take a step back, this isn’t personal, I know. But to the government I say the following:
Make sure that you do not penalise people for playing by the rules. The majority of people are waiting for news on when they can get access to their vaccination, and we must hold those people trying to divert around the due process, accountable. Doctors surgeries are asking us not to enquire about the vaccinations and that they will contact us when we are eligible… don’t let people fall through the net with their good faith.
I wish all of my readers the best for the coming months, and access to the vaccine whenever that time may come, and of course if that is what you want. Please take care of you and your mental health, I will be trying to do the same.
I am so lucky that I am not plagued by the paparazzi! Honestly I put enough pressure on myself to look a certain way, without a lens to the whole world tracing my every step.
In my previous job I looked after a perfectly lovely lady. She was from a huge girl group with international acclaim and she, like a lot of celebrities could not walk 10 paces without a flashing camera bulb in her peripheral vision.
At the beginning of the evening I was taken aback by her natural beauty. The sort of woman who exudes elegance and positivity from within. She had not wanted a big fuss made and sat with the crowds to watch the show. By the interval I noticed that she looked a bit uncomfortable. There were a gaggle of people around her and phone flashes were Peppering the auditorium. I approached and offered a room for her to escape to and she couldn’t have been more grateful. She explained that she hadn’t realised how big the theatre was and her agent had booked seats smack bang in the middle with no aisle!
After finding alternative seats for the second half, I was called to the foyer to deal with a disturbance. Outside were a (not diminutive) group of paparazzi with fat imposing lenses. I politely asked them to step away from the front of the theatre and to stop blocking the fire exits.
I have to say that they were pretty imposing men. Whilst they did eventually disperse, I think that had more to do with the 8 security guards who were flanking my sides! Of course they were out of my hair in a matter of moments, but I knew that our guest would have to deal with being trailed and bothered by them not only today but for a long time to come.
When I met her after the show to let her know, she declined an offer to sneak her out of the theatre. She reasoned that they already knew she was here and that if she escaped they would stay here healing the staff for the rest of the evening. She then asked if o would mind waiting with her whilst she got ready. She was shaking. Clearly caught off guard, she started to apply later after later of make up. In total it took 25 minutes to complete the transformation. As we headed to the foyer she stopped at a mirror, took one final glance and then turned her smile on to the blinking cacophony of the camera flashes.
What struck me most that evening, is that she felt the world needed to see her in a certain way. Even though she looked fantastic, she knew it wouldn’t read well under the hard flashlight and so changed her appearance to suit.
I have been known to post many a picture on social media, but if I am honest I am quite discerning about which ones make the cut. It’s sort of applying a filter over the way that the world sees us. Excentuating what we see as good and hiding all of the bad.
I don’t like this side of me. There is enough judgement in the world without subjecting myself to harsh critiscism at my own hands as well. But I do think it’s prevalent across the internet and something we should consider. What does it really matter if someone sees me from another angle or if (god forbid) there is some fat somewhere that looks a little unsightly.
I will be doing more to highlight all of my angles – and not apologise for myself or to myself for being who I am. Even the bronzed Adonises have work to do on themselves and I for one am not doing to do my harm with my judgement.
I can safely say that I would have done exactly the same as my celebrity acquaintance in that situation, but what a sad world it is that any of this matters. To that end I thought I would share some pics that went immediately into the deleted folder and why…
Here’s to looking great at any shape or size, and here’s to also being kind to ourselves.
“What the world needs now is Love Sweet Love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. “ be kind to yourselves.
I am sort of bored about talking about Covid-19 and being locked down. With the adverse effects of lockdown penetrating the lives of most of the world, it can sometimes feel that the pandemic is inescapable and right now it’s directly related to what I wanted to write about – go figure!
Throughout the last year I did not let the Corona Virus get in the way of what I wanted to achieve. I worked hard and had the time to really focus on self-care. I had a coach who helped me to get and feel more healthy with every passing month. I set myself new challenges to keep me occupied and I had my son to help navigate through these crazy times ensuring as much normality as possible.
Even when I lost my dream job which I had spent 13 years navigating a route to, I managed to soldier on through the grief-like grip it had on me and weathering the swings of mood. But it has been a long year and with the festivities of Christmas and being surrounded by chocolate and home-made confections – I have made a few excuses for the extra calories… ok full disclosure A LOT of excuses!
As the new year arrived I had decided to get tough again. Count the calories, exercise regularly and take care of my mental health more carefully. I got out running, I went on regular walks I ate more healthily and I prioritised things that gave me focus and allowed my creativity to flow.
My routine though was short-lived as homeschooling was introduced into our lives again – there wasn’t time to exercise, the nights were too wet and dark for regular exercise and I was mentally and physically exhausted.
But what I couldn’t tell throughout all of this was whether I was making excuses or whether I was prioritising other things over my physical health. I miss the gym. If the gyms were open I would be a more mentally stable and physically healthy person. I have limited equipment at home, but it’s not the same as the routine and regularity and consistency that I managed to achieve at my beloved gym. I find it hard to motivate myself.
I started to run more regularly and then horror hit – my old knee injury flared up. The acuteness of the pain is (I think) partly the cold weather and partly that I hadn’t stretched enough and so the tight muscles are putting extra work through the knees. Historically I have had issues with my knees but then again I was carrying round a few extra stone! So perhaps that is to be expected!
Now the conundrum…
Should I rest my knee because it’s painful or am I using this pain as an excuse not to go out? I could strap it up, I could move more slowly or shorten the distance to make things easier. Right now my brain is telling me to rest. But it’s also beating me up with thoughts of gaining weight losing muscle mass and fitness. I want to make the right decision for me and not fall into a pattern of excuses like I have done in the past.
For now I am focussing on other challenges until I am pain free. I have recorded some music and am working on editing the first few tracks for my “album”, I am gradually working through some DIY at home and making sure that our home is a place where we can all feel tranquil and relaxed in. That will be enough.
In terms of fitness I am aiming to get my steps up, to do short but regular weights sessions and some home yoga. That will perhaps have to do – but if I am still saying this is a months’ time you have permission to kick me into gear!
It is my undeniable truth, that the length of time in lockdown is directly proportional to how hard it is to find my motivation!
However, this doesn’t mean that I am less productive or achieve less on those days, it just takes so much more mental strength to conquer my goals.
To quote a wise man…
When you play games against yourself there can only be one loser, yourself. So how do I maintain a level of motivation that will keep me going through this pandemic in dreary winter conditions?
There is certainly a self-judgement that creeps in when you spend hours in your own company, so more than ever I have been using some tactics to keep my motivation on track and my mood as high as possible. So whilst I am no expert on the subject of motivation, I thought I would try and highlight some of the approaches that I have found useful.
ADDING STRUCTURE TO YOUR LIFE
I like to know what the next day will have in store – and make the preparations for that day to be as stress-free as possible! I dont like to be distracted by mess or disorder when we are trying to work, so a plan of what we are doing and where helps me maintain a clear head where I can focus on the tasks at hand. With so many aspects of life currently up in the air; tiers changing, homeschooling arriving when it can, stealing opportunities to exercise; dinners being determined by what happens to be in the fridge (the list is endless). So for me a semblance of structure and goal setting can really motivate me to embrace the day with an open mind!
Each day I insert a task that is disguised as learning for the little one, but is as much about my focus and goals as it is about his! This could be making scones, or building a craft or 30 minutes of learning in the shed instead of the kitchen (where I can organise the nails and screws whilst he practices drawing).
Whilst schedules are impossible for a 4 year old, listing the tasks that i want to achieve in that day in no particular order, means that I have my eye on the prize throughout the day and feel a sense of achievement when I can tick tasks off of the list!
GET UP AND GET DRESSED
Now don’t get me wrong! In life there are choices, and a perfectly legitimate one is to choose to spend a day in your pajamas in front of the TV… but just make sure that its not EVERY day!
My productivity is so much better when I have started the day showered, dressed and ready to embrace it. Personal care can make us feel stronger and more at ease to tackle the day even if that day will be spent within the same four walls.
More than that, having good skin, clean hair and and aroma from a fragrance that you like, builds the confidence and gives you one less thing to become self-deprecating about. Its sometimes hard to be kind to yourself, but in these times a little self-care can go a long way to ensuring you maintain your motivation throughout. You know if you put on your exercise gear, then you are much more likely to ACTUALLY exercise!
CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT
As I said earlier, I can get very preoccupied with mess and disorganisation. It not only makes me anxious but distracting as well. with my focus needed for teaching my son, spending time preparing the space for the next morning is time well spent.
During lockdown 1.0 we had an ever growing pile of completed works, papers and books, crafts and playdough – really it was getting out of hand. That pile became the straw that broke the camels back and the back that was broken was mine! Two lockdowns later and I have found a better way of organising the space. We now have a wall to show off my son’s work that we all love to see when we are having meals. We utilise many more spaces in the house to vary the experience of home schooling for us all. And last but not least we make sure that all areas are clear of mess to maximise the experience for us all as well as ensuring my (mild) OCD is kept in check.
KEEP A RECORD
Creatively I have many tasks on the go. It stops the monotony and also in many ways helps me feel connected to the things that make me who I am. Right now, I am particularly focused on tasks where I can see a progression. I am painting by numbers and it is a task that develops every time that I return to it.
It’s good to talk – as the old adage goes, and sometimes there is nothing better than sharing some of your achievements. My best friends and family enjoy hearing what I have been up to and I feel more connected to them and can share in their achievements too. There is nothing better than investing in those close to us and sharing our lives with them, in getting motivated – share the love and be proud of your achievements.
BE PROUD OF EACH ACHIEVEMENT HOWEVER SMALL
Each day we will achieve a great many things so try not to forget exactly what those things are! Some days I am motivated by getting on top of the laundry and there is a sense of achievement in completing the mundane tasks. Does this make them any less of an achievement? No it does not. We should be proud of all that we achieve.
In summary, our motivation will waver. Its just a symptom of the lives we are forced to be living right now. But share, open up and try your best to get motivated to achieve whatever you can in these uncertain times. That high score on a video game, a walk around the block, a homecooked meal – take the pressure off of your self and celebrate the small victories.
I have a bit of a facination with the humble sock! It is without a doubt the most useful and thoughtful present that anyone can get me. I often find my eyes rolling as the inevitable phrase crops up after the festive season
” …Oh and some socks, you know, boring stuff.”
I am affronted by the very notion that socks could be “boring”. If this is the case my friend, then you havent been wearing the right ones!
Having spent years in jobs where a uniform is drab and lacking in character, I stamped my personality on the monochrome foundations by choosing socks which were overflowing with personality. Some would say this was a rebellion, and I would 100% agree with this notion – my small battle made me feel better even if it impacted noone else!
Without digressing too much – I am also a wearer of bow ties for work. On my last day of a maternity cover contract, two of my team presented me with a luxury bow tie as a gift. They asked me one question whilst handing it over…
“Why do you always wear a bow tie? We all want to know!”
At my final briefing I explained:
We spend our lives delivering the best customer service that we can manage. And a lot of the time this is still not enough for the people we work so hard for. When a customer is (literally) screaming at me because there is a queue for the toilets, or crying because they were late to arrive – I know that I am wearing a bow tie just to give me joy, no other reason than this. It reminds me, that I am still me in the face of adversity.
Socks serve this same function for me. They are fun. They make me feel warm and snuggly but more than that they bring a little joy to my day.
There are amazing sock brands out there to suit most budgets, so I have a little round up below in case any are of interest to you…
I have been aware of this very swish brand for a while now, and i’ll be honest, I am priced out of the market! They are an aspirational brand with celebrity fans including Daniel Craig, Bradley Cooper and Colin Firth. And if you needed another celebrity name-drop, then David Gandy became an investor in 2015 and the brand has never looked back!
The gift set featured above comes in at £72.00 for 6 pairs but I can only imagine the quality and feel. I know DG is very discerning about which brands to put his name to, so I have no doubt that these are the real deal! If only I had the budget to go with the socks!
Happy Socks are the Ronseal of the sock world, how can you look at these designs and not feel, well… Happy? Their designs range from the colourful to the absurd and I love that there is literally something for everyone. On the whole they are a little cheaper than the London Sock Company, but their designs are younger and more techno!
Gift sets are around the £36 pound mark for 4 pairs or you can get collector sets of 6 for £70. This Swedish brand also do a very cute kids range too, if like me you are all about the father son matching outfits!
ASOS are not my favourite people at the moment after a bungled delivery to the wrong address where they left my package on a busy London street (which they claimed was a “safe Place”). BUT these socks were gifted to me this Christmas and I absolutely love them! So they are getting a feature in spite of their appalling treatment of me.
With ASOS you know what you are getting. It will be on trend and generally you get the quality that you pay for. This pack of 5 pairs or sport socks in bright colours, were exactly what I needed to upgrade my #gymlifestyle ! At £14 for the set, they are affordable but also of a decent quality. The elastic holds the shape well and keeps them in place, and there is an interwoven section in the arch of the foot which helps keep a good shape with zero bunching inside the trainers even during a half marathon!
Worth every penny in my humble opinion. My one piece of advice is check every last detail on your account before pressing buy… if I still had the app I would be tempted to buy another set.
Sockshop.co.uk is a website where you can purchase any number of other brands, but they also have their own range of socks available too. There were a whole range available including some less adventurous styles, but I loved the look of these bright coloured yet more sensible designs that they had on offer. The featured gift set is available in 10 different colour combinations and is retailed at £9.99 for the three pairs (which if you ask me is a bargain). I have yet to purchase a pair from them yet, but as they have a decent sale on at the moment – this might be the moment to get some!
When looking for high end sock gift sets, you cannot miss out Peper Harow. This 7 pair set is a mere £105 but they do entice me with a “Truly british fashion experience”. I like the designs and like some of the others featured, the gift box itself is a thing of beauty. This is their best of British collection and whilst I cannot attest to this, what I can see is a set of bloody nice socks!
I would be happy with any of the socks on offer from these brands, and I hope to get my hands on them at some point in the near future… although if i’m honest its unlikely…
With brands like this out there for your delectation, next time you think a gift of socks is “boring” perhaps you should put a sock in it!!!
Let me know in the comments what your fave sock brands are, or a pic of your fave pair #letstalkaboutsocksbaby
For many years, like a lot of people out there I had set myself impossible goals on the 31st December for the upcoming new year and 6 weeks in all had been left for dust, when life got in the way!
This is no new story. I discovered last year that my fitness goals were best established before the new year so I had the momentum moving forwards. That coupled with a really excellent online trainer ( www.tpmhealthandfitness.com ) meant that not only did I complete the full year with a 3.5stone drop, but the trying circumstances that COVID 19 brought to all of our lives, did not get in my way either! 2020 was the first year that I have ever kept to a resolution – but it took motivation, momentum and clarity on the results to actually achieve my goal.
This year I am doing things differently. I am a goal orientated sort of fellow, and so instead of resolving myself to achieve/ not achieve specifics, I have instead decided to set myself challenges across the wider scope of my life with no dates to achieve them and no order, instead the aim is to keep my experience varied throughout 2021…
Some of these things are big challenges and some are much simpler to achieve, but for me 2021 will be about enrichment. So here is what I came up with!
1) Run a Marathon – I have run 2 and walked 1 in past years, but I want to run another at some point this year.
2) Record an Album – only stipulation is that it must be 12 songs by the end of the year.
3) Put energy into reading – other than reading children’s books for my son and nephews and nieces, I read a grand total of 1 book in 2020! My aim is 5 in 2021.
4) Complete a full 30 day programme of yoga – I have dipped my toes I got the water with yoga but not managed to complete any programme. This is my year.
5) Guarantee two blog posts a month – the aim is to create consistency and regularity, but I will also accept 24 quality posts for the next year!
6) Teach my son a new skill – quality time is always important, but I want to pass on some skills to my little one. My wife and I helped him ride his bike without stabilisers in December, and it was so rewarding! So I am on the search for a new skill to share with him…
7) Begin a new creative channel, brand it, and house my Creative pursuits there – from photography to performance, painting by numbers to writing I want to create a place where I can share my creative pursuits.
8) Continue a Zoom relationship with my Nephews and Nieces – through full lockdown we zoomed and read 2 Harry Potter books, since then we continued with the Magician’s Nephew which brought us to Christmas. Spending time with them every week has been a real highlight of 2020 – so I aim to continue this routine as long as they continue to enjoy it!
9) Give back to my local community – My god there are so many people who could do with assistance in these troubling times. I want to actively make a difference where I can. My aim is one event per season.
10) Phone off time – One night a week my wife and I will have our phones switched off all evening… no interruptions.
11) Perform on a stage – another highlight of 2020 was getting to perform on a real stage with an audience. I am determined to do this again this year. (I will perhaps couple this with my community fundraiser for later in 2021).
12) Try a new form of exercise – variety is the spice of life so tell me which new sport should I try this year? Suggestions in the comments below😉
So there you have it 12 challenges to keep me engaged with life and continuing to be an active participant! You will see me trying to build momentum on some of these challenges over the coming weeks – please feel free to engage with my posts and let me know what challenges you will tackle in 2021 – maybe I can get involved too!
Wishing you all a Productive, Happy and Healthy 2021
As with most things these days, I am choosing to blame the pandemic for the state of my skin! Coupled with the rather chilly weather and the constant need for hand sanitiser my skin is choosing to punish me for all that its been put through.
I have had 3 products which are an essential part of keeping my skin full of life and close to IG ready for that cheeky selfie!
There is no doubt that our lips take a battering in the cold weather anyway, then factor in the dry air from the much needed heating as well, and you have the perfect storm for dry chapped lips, that need some serious care. For emergency use, when the cracking and chapping has got out of hand I always refer back to the Blistex Lip Relief Cream 6g (which if I am honest tastes medicinal and horrid, but definitely does the job).
But for everyday use to stay on top of those lips, I dont need to steer far from my favourite barber brand – Murdock London and their REPAIRING LIP SALVE (the packaging has changed, but the product is the same big boy stuff). With its traditional minty scent, you can’t really go wrong, and with every Murdock London product, it’s quality ingredients, intensive repair and better still, designed and made for MEN!
This lip salve for cracked lips moisturises, heals and soothes lips by getting to work immediately on application. Contains a carefully chosen blend of butters and oils that protect from chapping and cracking without leaving a sticky or shiny residue. Easy to use, convenient enough for a man to carry with him everywhere.
I know that I am not the only one suffering with dry, flaky and damaged skin on my hands… in fact between soap, anti bac, the cleaning wipes that are used multiple times every hour at work and my training regime, I am really putting my poor hands through the ringer.
So for a solution to this ongoing problem I have turned to my favourite U.S. brand Bath and Bodyworks for a festive answer! The Twisted Peppermint nourishing hand cream is a great product. Its a heavy cream formulation with:
A winter-fresh blend of cool peppermint, sugared snow, vanilla buttercream & fresh balsam
It sinks into the skin nicely and rejuvenates them leaving the skin moisturised and soft. I keep mine to hand at all times.
NB: BATH AND BODYWORKS DO NOT DELIVER TO THE UK. (which is a massive shame) I have my suppliers in the U.S. !
My skin has the perfect balance… of being hugely oily and super dry! Honestly, I avoided skincare for such a long time because I had no idea where to begin. The main problem being, a super dry complexion with a propensity to sweat A LOT – it can sometimes feel like there is a film covering my face!
I have a whole routine now (thanks to my lovely wife) but the cleansing, toning and general preparation stages are where i was going wrong. I needed a single product that would cleanse down the surface and prepare the skin for all of the moisture i was going to apply! I have tried so many, with varying amounts of success, but i was so pleased to stumble upon the Neutrogena Refreshingly Clear facial wash (available on the link through Superdrug).
This refreshing daily facial cleanser contains pink grapefruit & vitamin C for a clearer radiant complexion. The gel gently cleanses to help prevent imperfections without overdrying skin.
It’s oil free and excellent for blemish prone skin. I love how refreshed my skin feels, you can feel the zing from the pink grapefruit and it is a deep cleanse. some people with super sensitive skin may find it a bit much but as I precede my heavy mosituriser with this facial wash it lays the foundation nicely for my skin to take in all the goodness.
I would highly recommend.
Listen, I am never going to have perfect skin. But simple to use key products make skincare easy and effective for everyday use. Another important factor for me is convenience – a sort of grab and go product that makes the grooming process a little easier. And if we can spend less time looking after our skin, then we have more time to focus on other things… like netflix, painting by numbers or baking banana bread!