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Men’s summer grooming tips

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You may find your skin needs an extra bit of TLC after surviving the harsh winter and you might want to change up your facial hair to better survive the heat.

Here are our top grooming tips for summer:

Ditch the soap

If you’re guilty of washing your face with the same soap you use for your body, now is the time to stop! Your skin might be a bit dry after winter, and soap is drying on the skin. Using a facial cleanser not only helps maintain your skin’s moisture levels, but it also rids the skin of bacteria and impurities which may lead to breakouts.

We recommend ZERO’s Face Wash (R299.00). New to the market, ZERO manufactures plant-based skincare products that are as kind to your skin as they are to the Earth.

Moisturise twice a day

A good quality moisturiser should be a staple in your routine all year round. A lightweight formulation that doesn’t skimp on performance is a good choice for summer. Try ZERO’s Day Cream R399.00) for all-day hydration that doesn’t sit heavy on the skin.

SPF, SPF, SPF

Contrary to popular opinion, SPF is not just for beach days. The sun’s rays are more harmful than they’ve ever been, which means we have to take precautions every day, even if you are just taking a drive or running out to the shops. It’s important to select a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA rays (the rays that accelerate ageing) and UVB rays (the rays that cause the skin to burn). For the face, we suggest Piz Buin Allergy Face Cream SPF50+ (R189.95) and for the body we suggest Piz Buin Light Hydrating Spray SPF30(R269.95). A great little product to carry in your pocket is Piz Buin’s Lipstick Aloe SPF30 (R54.95), a lip balm that offers fantastic sun protection.

If you’re looking for an instant glow but want to ensure that your skin is protected from skin aging and sunburn, a broad spectrum sunscreen is perfect as it protects you from both harmful UVA and UVB rays, we recommend Australian Gold’s SPF 15 Sunscreen Lotion with Instant Bronzer (R249.95).

Wash and go

With beach days, braais and hikes being high on the priority list during summer, you’ll probably end up washing your hair daily. With frequent washing, it’s best to select a shampoo and conditioner that are formulated for frequent use. It should cleanse effectively without leaving your hair feeling oily or heavy with product build-up. Renpure’s Tea Tree Lemon Sage Shampoo (R159.95) and Conditioner (R159.95) are a great choice. 

Infused with Moroccan Argan Oil and Silk proteins, Creightons Argan Smooth Moisture Rich Shampoo (R99.95) and Conditioner(R99.95) replenishes moisture, leaving hair soft and more manageable from root to tip.

Deep treatment

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, the pool or in the sea, you may have to treat your hair to a masque or treatment once or twice a month to keep it soft and hydrated. 

For added hydration, we recommend Marc Anthony HydraLock Conditioning Treatment (R169.95). For an all-over boost in shine, health, nutrients and protection against damage and breakage, you can use Marc Anthony’s 12 Second Miracle Daily Conditioning Treatment(R169.95).

HASK’s Shea Butter & Hibiscus Oil Anti-frizz Deep Conditioner (R65.95) moisturises and strengthens dry, weak hair. Replenish moisture and restore strength back into frizzy, damaged strands with this conditioning treatment. The Shea Butter and Hibiscus Oil helps smooth the hair cuticle and reduce breakage for soft, strong hair.

HASK’s invigorating Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask (R179.99)

is blended with purifying tea tree oil and rosemary to help hydrate and soothe the scalp and hair. It gently detangles, softens and moisturises strands while leaving the scalp feeling rebalanced and refreshed. 

Managing your moustache

Whether you’re shaving your beard and leaving your moustache, or growing a moustache from scratch this Movember, it’s important to care for your facial hair (and skin!) with some good quality products.

Facial hair can be scratchy and get unmanageable if not moisturised, so we recommend applying a nourishing product like Clubman’s Beard and Tattoo Oil (R199.95) daily. This oil blend not only conditions your facial hair, but it also nourishes the skin underneath.

If you’re looking to style an unruly beard or ‘tache, try Clubman’s Beard Balm (R199.95). This waxy formula helps you gain control of your facial hair without leaving it feeling stiff or heavy. 

If you prefer a moisturiser texture, we recommend Clubman’s 2-in-1 Beard Conditioner (R199.95). This all-natural salve is as flexible as it is effective, serving double-duty as a facial moisturiser and beard / moustache conditioner.

Bright smile

Red wines, curries and coffees are great winter indulgences, but they tend to stain the teeth. Regain your pearly whites this summer by investing in a couple of home whitening products. A whitening toothpaste is a good place to start. White Glo Deep Stain Remover Toothpaste Charcoal (R99.95) for sensitive teeth is a deep whitening toothpaste that removes fussy stains and discolouration. It detoxifies your mouth and is effective at fighting unpleasant breath, giving you confidence for a brighter, happier smile.

You might want to take it a few steps further with some at-home whitening strips or treatments. 

White Glo Charcoal Deep Stain Remover Activated Charcoal Strips 

(R199.95) can remove up to 10 years of stain in just seven days with long lasting results. Enamel-safe & peroxide-free, the kit contains seven powerful, charcoal infused non-slip strips that offer a secure and comfortable fit to teeth. The activated charcoal penetrates and draws our stubborn stains caused by coffee smoking, wine and general aging.

Grooming needn’t be a drag. These simple steps can make all the difference to health and happy skin, hair and teeth this summer.

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