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Wednesday, 08 June 2022 16:36

The Men's Guide to Self-Tanning

men's guide to self fake tanning review tried tested chic geek men's razor bestIf you're feeling inspired by Love Island remember fake tanning is much safer than tanning in the sun. Men are 3x more likely to get melanoma than women, so if you want to be brown make sure it comes out of a bottle.

Over a quarter of British men aged 16–24 have already tried self-tanning, so you’re in great company. Whether you’re looking to get beach ready or to give yourself an added confidence boost, a self-tan may be the best way forward.

Follow the step-by-step guide to achieve that even, golden glow.

Moisturise: get into the habit early
For the smoothest tan application, it’s best to moisturise regularly in the build-up to your tanning session. That goes for your face and your body – but it’s best to use separate products for each. Facial moisturisers are formulated to address your specific skin concerns, like oiliness or acne, while body lotions tend to be a bit too heavy for the face and can make you break out.

We recommend moisturising your face twice a day, every day, after you wash it. For your body, apply a body lotion all over every day after you’ve showered or bathed.

Trim: 24 hours before you tan
Top tip – if you shave your facial hair, make sure you do it before you apply your self-tan. This is crucial, as it means your tanning product – whether you go for a clear tanning water or a mousse – sticks to your skin properly.

Shaving 24 hours before tanning is the optimum time. But if you’ve got a last-minute night out you need to tan for, don’t worry – you can still tan even if you’ve just shaved.

Exfoliate: 24 hours before you tan
Exfoliating your face and body is the next step. If you’re new to exfoliating, don’t panic – it’s really straightforward. Men's skin is thicker than women’s skin, which means it can be a bit rougher in texture too. That’s why it’s so important to remove any dead skin, which can turn a different colour to the rest of your skin when you’re tanning, resulting in an uneven colour.

To exfoliate, you can use a body scrub with physical grains that’ll slough off that dead skin. Chemical exfoliants, meanwhile use skincare ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid to get rid of dead skin on the surface of your skin and in your pores for smooth, soft skin that’s ready to be tanned. The latter is better for your face because scrubs can damage the more sensitive skin there.

After exfoliating, make sure you moisturise again and pay close attention to your hands, elbows, knees, and feet. These can be tricky areas to tan because the skin is even tougher here. This softens up these extra-tough areas even more for easier application and adhesion.

Dry and protect: immediately before tanning
Reduce potential streaking when you apply your tan by completely drying your body hair, stubble, hairline, and skin completely. Then, apply a thin coating of lip balm or Vaseline on your nails, eyebrows, and hairline to prevent the tan from staining or leaving weird streaks around these areas.

Apply your tan
Now it’s time for application. For sprays, apply a single, light coating all over your body from an arm’s length distance using a soft, circular motion. Once applied, take a dry towel and gently pat away any excess build-up on stubble or around your hairline.

When using mousse, a tanning mitt is the easiest way to apply the product without staining your hands. The ideal amount for a first coat is three pumps for each section of the body. After applying, use a clean, soft-textured face cloth over any hairier areas of the body to avoid any build-up at the hair follicles and to prevent the hair from changing colour.

The trick to successful self-tanning is that less is more. Start small and work your way up to a deeper tan. You can even build up a deeper tan over the course of a few days if you’re brand new to it and you want to take it slow. A bonus here is that you’ll look like you’re bronzing more naturally!

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Wednesday, 08 June 2022 16:16

Tried & Tested Oodee Skincare

oodee skincare allergen fragrance free moisturiser review tried tested chic geek men's razor bestA former brand manager for L'Oreal has co-founded a new skincare company offering the first allergen-free moisturiser, serum and cleanser. Oodee is the only skincare brand to actively eliminate all known food and fragrance allergens from their products, giving consumers control and freedom with high-performance, nutrient-rich formulas that feed skin from the outside in.

Based in London, Oodee is a pioneering Allergen Neutral™ skincare range that is providing a new solution to the links between allergies, intolerances and skin flare-ups.

Left - Oodee - HALO Purifying Foaming Cleanser - £24, NOVA Illuminating Moisturiser - £55

The range is backed by science, kickstarting a revolution to offer worry-free skincare for people that suffer from unknown flare-ups – a group that is often overlooked by the beauty and cosmetics industry.

Karen Harwood and Victoria Tdydeman first started the company in 2018 and spent four years developing the product range that eliminates 14 food and 26 fragrance allergens. Its formulation focus on using a multivitamin complex of scientifically proven active ingredients called DermaRDE+.

Karen Harwood, co-founder of Oodee, says, “I spent a decade trying to figure out the cause of my flare-ups, whilst missing out on all the beautiful products I couldn’t use. To make it worse, there was no evidence or answers to point me in the right direction, so I was lost in this constant cycle of trial and error. My flare-ups were random and painful; often red and raw, especially around my eyes, which also meant I couldn’t use makeup to disguise them.

“At the time, people were becoming aware of allergens in their diet thanks to the free-from food movement, but nobody was linking the same triggering ingredients with skincare. I realised that if you wouldn’t eat something you’re intolerant or allergic to, then why would you put it on your skin?”

TheChicGeek says, “This is a great idea. My skin is particularly sensitive to gluten and dairy, when ingested, causing painful acne and flare-ups, so I was looking forward to seeing whether anything topical could make a difference. Or, by eliminating these factors, how my skin fared when compared with products I had used before.

I tried the HALO cleanser and the NOVA moisturiser from Oodee’s launch of 3 products.

The cleanser has a pump dispenser which gives the product extra froth, but it dissipates almost as quickly as it appears. It feels like using nothing at all, which in some respects is good, but on that satisfyingly-washing-your-face barometer it makes you feel like repeating it all over again. My face didn’t feel satisfyingly cleansed.

The NOVA moisturiser has a gelatinous texture and a light aroma. It is non-greasy and goes on easily. It just doesn’t have any richness. My skin didn’t look any different at all.

Could this product range be a case of stripping so much out nothing is left?”

www.oodee.com

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Review Naturopathica Green Tourmaline Energy MaskNew to the UK, Naturopathica was founded by Barbara Close in 1995. She opened the Naturopathica Healing Arts Center & Spa in East Hampton to share her discoveries with a wider audience and is regarded as a pioneer in the wellness movement and the leader in holistic skin care. The perfect combination of natural herbology and science-driven actives have been formulated together to ensure extremely effective results, without harming skin. 

This warming gemstone mask is infused with the powerful energy of green tourmaline and wasabi, and is said it will leave you mentally recharged and with a nourished, dewy complexion. Perfect for all skin types.

Left - Naturopathica Green Tourmaline Energy Mask - 50g — £50

TheChicGeek says, “With a name like ‘Green Tourmaline’ I was expecting something looking like a magical green jelly, but it was a standard, light grey clay type mask with a faint lemon/citrus fragrance. The consistency is loose, if you like your masks light and easily spreadable. This is also better to get under men’s facial hair.

It left the skin clean without feeling stripped. The pot opening could be slightly bigger to accommodate men’s fatter fingers. It is fairly expensive for a small pot and I don’t feel this product, the first I’ve tried from the brand, really reflects why it has proven so popular in the US.”

www.naturopathica.com

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men's tested tried the chic geek Lab Series Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion

Lab Series' Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion has been reformulated with 'Youth Renewing Technology' and powerful ferments to condition and recharge skin after cleansing, leaving it smoother and younger-looking.

Left - Lab Series - Max L S Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion - 200ml - £40 

The new Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion is clinically proven on men’s skin to: enhance skin’s overall brightness, boosting skin’s radiance by 11%*, help refine skin’s texture and help it look smoother and minimise the look of fine dry lines
*Clinical testing on 27 men immediately after one use.

Ingredients include -

Molasses Ferment helps to improve the look of skin tone by restoring radiance.

Lactobacillus, a potent probiotic, helps strengthen the skin’s barrier to regulate moisture levels and to defend it against external aggressors.

Acetyl Glucosamine, an amino acid sugar, helps to gently exfoliate for smoother, more even texture.

Green Tea Leaf Extract is a potent antioxidant known for its soothing properties.

TheChicGeek says, "I'll be honest, I hadn't tried the original version of this, so I'd thought I'd give it go after the brand's recent refresh. Read more Lab Series Rebrands

"This really does feel like the water in its name. Light and non-fragranced, it is like refreshingly splashing your face with water. I used after cleansing, morning and night, and there was a visible difference. Skin felt and looked more refreshed and healthier. Definitely a product for guys who want something easy and gentle. Apply moisturiser over the top."

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King C. Gillette Face and Stubble MoisturiserKing C. Gillette has launched two new men’s grooming products specifically designed for men with stubble. New additions to the range include the Face and Stubble Moisturiser and 'Style Master', a tool which has been designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble to help men maintain their look in between barbershop visits.

Left - King C. Gillette - Face and Stubble Moisturiser - £10

According to Gillette, today, 60% of men have facial hair, and, after clean shaven, stubble tops the list of most popular styles, however, men still have concerns when it comes to their facial hair. Common frustrations are that skin underneath their stubble feels dry or itchy, while the hair feels rough and even scratchy. The new King C. Gillette products have been created to address these facial hair concerns and help men master their personal style to establish a pleasurable at home grooming routine.

The Style Master features the 'World’s First 4D cutting technology'. Designed to edge, trim or sculpt stubble, the multifunctional tool features four cutting elements - including two side cutters for trimming longer hairs and two central blades to cut shorter hairs - and a pivoting head that adapts to the contours of the face. The Style Master offers men the flexibility to master their stubble with one simple tool that is cordless, water resistant and gentle on the skin.

The Face and Stubble Moisturiser moisturises the skin to sooth and relieve signs of dryness and skin irritation such as itchiness, redness and skin flakes while hydrating and conditioning hair to soften prickly stubble. The moisturiser is enriched with vitamin B Complex and glycerine to hydrate and strengthen the natural skin barrier, and argan oil conditions prickly stubble for a soft and smooth feel

Left - King C. Gillette - Style Master - £39.99

TheChicGeek says, "Stubble often dries out the skin underneath producing flakey skin which looks particularly bad when wearing dark clothing. Anything which claims to help with that is a good thing.

The 'Style Master' is in a similar vain to the ever-popular Philips OneBlade (See TheChicGeek's honest review here), but is black and anonymous. The name 'Style Master' isn't even on the gadget. It is made by Braun, another P&G brand, a name respected in electricals, so should have the strength to tackle even the coarsest of facial hair."

www.gillette.co.uk/kingcgillette.list 

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Gillette SKIN grooming products for men's sensitive skinShaving giant, Gillette, has launched its new skincare collection, Gillette SKIN, designed to prepare, protect and replenish guys shaved skin. The line-up, which can be used as a regimen or individually has been designed with fast absorbing and non-sticky formulas and created to address sensitive skin issues at its core. 

Certified by the British Skin Foundation (BSF), Gillette SKIN is designed to prepare, protect, and replenish the skin.  The range includes a face wash, shave cream, shave gel, shave mousse, post shave balm and moisturiser. The products are enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, are made without alcohol and dyes and help men avoid skin irritation when shaving. 

“We know guys look for simple and effective skincare products that are easy and comfortable to use” said Callum Wood, Gillette UK Brand Director. “As the brand that sets the standard for guys grooming routines, we know a smooth shave and healthy-looking skin go hand in hand to help them put their best face forward each morning. Gillette SKIN is therefore designed to give all men, including those with sensitive skin, skincare that not only makes a difference, but is easy to integrate into their grooming routine.” 

Matthew Patey, Chief Executive of the British Skin Foundation, added “The BSF reviewed the research and formulation work Gillette undertook and we’re proud to certify the new Gillette SKIN range and its proven benefits for sensitive skin.”  

TheChicGeek says, "Sensitive skin can be irritating and annoying so anything which reduces this form irritation, particularly associated with shaving, is a welcome relief."

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Tuesday, 05 October 2021 12:38

Lab Series Rebrands

Lab Series rebrands men's grooming adviceLab Series, a pioneer in men’s skincare, has had a '360 degree upgrade'. All the brand's packaging has been redesigned with the consumer in mind to be functional, modern, and easy to navigate with clear product benefits and ingredients callouts on pack. Six new product series targeted to the most common male skincare concerns are colour coded based on the benefits of the products for instant recognition: Daily Rescue, All-in-One, Oil Control, Anti-aging MAX LS, Grooming, and Instant Fix. A new, sleeker logo ties it all together.

New sustainability measures include: more than half of packaging by weight will be recyclable, refillable, reusable, recycled or recoverable with the goal to reach 75% by 2025. More than half of the new packaging contains a minimum of 20% recycled content. 100% of cartons will be recyclable and are made using FSC-certified paperboard.

The Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion has been reformulated with Youth Renewing technology and powerful ferments to condition and recharge skin after cleansing, leaving it smoother and younger-looking.

Lab Series has also launched a new e-commerce experience featuring the exclusive 'Lab Series Skin Diagnostic'—a personalised online skin analysing tool that provides consumers with private, customised advice at their fingertips. Activated using a smartphone with an uploaded selfie, the skin diagnostic uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide a personalised skin report mapping six main skin concerns and providing customised product recommendations.

The new Lab Series digital experience is available now, followed by the Skin Diagnostic in early 2022.

TheChicGeek says, "Lab Series was one of the first premium men's grooming brands, started in 1987 by Estée Lauder Companies Inc. This new rebrand feels contemporary and fresh, while still recognisably Lab Series. The range is extensive - maybe still a little too large? (Below) - but they'll be something here for everybody.

The new imagery is less chiselled and more inclusive. Men's grooming brands can be softer today and less stamping of masculinity. This new look feels modern and while retaining the science we've come to expect from Lab Series. The personalised Skin Diagnostic tool sounds like it has potential and will help to navigate the products. I will be testing the reformulated Max LS Weightless Anti-Aging Water Lotion." 

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Wednesday, 08 September 2021 15:54

Tried & Tested Wake Skincare

men's skincare wake face mask face cream eye gel tested tried the chic geek'Skincare for the ‘On’ generation', *calls Roger Federer!* Wake is the young beauty brand tailored to the skincare woes of a generation connected. Innovative products said to solve the problems of a non-stop lifestyle including long hours on screens emitting blue light, working out at the gym and the lacklustre, photo-aged skin that can result. Wake was born in 2018 from two smart Millennials - Anton Burton, 30 and Alex Mavor, 29 - noticing these issues in themselves, their families and friends .

The Wake story begins with just three essentials: an Eye Gel, a Face Cream and a Face Mask. All products are fragrance free and gender neutral or come with a natural scent. And all come housed in glass jars to reduce plastic consumption and recycled cardboard packaging which is also recyclable.

Left - Wake - Eye Gel - 30ml - £22.98, Face Cream - 50ml - £24.98, Face Mask - 50ml - £27.98

TheChicGeek says, “Not be confused with Waken, the hipster mouthcare brand, Wake, sticks to the simple formula of three products: face, eyes, mask.

I was actually surprised both founders were male, not really sure why - Anton and Alex, who met at University - maybe because the packaging is fairly neutral, but I would have lent towards the feminine.

The Face Mask is Millennial pink - Australian pink clay - and has a satisfying restful result. The Face Cream is light, non-greasy and nourishing and so too the eye cream. While not that memorable, fragrance free, these products feel reliable and the packaging says quality.

There could possibly do with putting the directions on the actual products, especially on the Face Mask, as you’re not using it everyday and we forget. And, like I always say, an SPF in the daily/daytime products.”

www.wakeskincare.com

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The Other Saint SPF Grooming MoisturiserPaying particular attention to the daily effect of the elements (e.g. UV rays) on premature ageing, The Other Saint is a new grooming brand taking a simple two-pronged approach to face care; repair your skin and prevent further damage. They, firstly, help to repair damage already done to your skin, then secondly, help to protect your skin from further damage, all by us- ing a variety of natural derived actives & antioxidants.

Left - The Other Saint - SPF 30 Protective Moisturiser 50ml - £22.50

TheChicGeek says, “I have to admit I had a false start with The Other Saint. They approached me last year and asked if I wanted to try and review their products. Looking at SPF being a central message, which I’ve never understood why more brands don’t as I’ve been banging on about this for years, I was looking forward to them arriving.

Four products arrived with not a single one containing an SPF. A little perplexed I tried the did try the products - if you like coffee, the Caffeine High Exfoliator is basically the scrapings from a barista’s busy day.

New PR, new approach, and I asked for something with an SPF and the SPF 30 Protective Moisturiser arrived.

With most moisturisers containing SPF you are aware of it. It often feels less silky and drier. If I did a blind testing you would never guess with this one. Which I rate highly. It is light and at SPF 30 it is giving you significant protection. A product that makes you want to apply it more is a winner.

The tub packaging doesn’t do the product justice, while being compostable pot, it doesn’t feel as premium as I would like. I’m not sure what ‘Vegan friendly’ means either, it’s vegan or it’s not?”

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Monday, 24 May 2021 11:29

Harry's Launches Skincare

Harry's razors launches skincareHarry’s unveil its full skincare range with the introduction of 4 new easy-to-use skincare products for healthier-looking skin. In addition to its existing Face Wash and Face Lotion, the new products feature innovative formulas with effective ingredients like wintergreen leaf extract and niacinamide. 

Since taking on shaving in 2017, Harry’s has expanded to offer easy-to-navigate products that solve for unmet grooming needs across categories including hair, body and scalp. The 4 new products include; Freshening Face Toner, Hydrating Night Lotion, Brightening Eye Cream and Targeted Blemish Treatment.

Left - Freshening Face Toner - £8, Hydrating Night Lotion - £8, Brightening Eye Cream - £8, Targeted Blemish Treatment - £7

Harry’s Skincare is available exclusively at Boots and Harrys.com from May 24th 

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