Choosing grooming products can be an absolute nightmare, especially because of the sheer number of them at our disposal. To make things a little easier for you, we have come up with a list of grooming products that we have truly enjoyed using this year. Read on to find out what items you should throw in your cart the next time you go shopping.
Best Electric Shaver- Braun series 5
I have never been one for electric shavers. Considering I have a rather thick beard, previous encounters with electric shavers left me with excrutiating razor burns. So when a colleague passed me the Braun Series 5 to try, I was a little reluctant. However, I have to admit I was extremely surprised with the result. In addition to no razor burns, this electric shaver afforded me the closest shave I’ve had in a while- and in record time too! If you’re looking for an electric shaver, this is the one you want.
Best Manual Shaver- Gillette Fusion Proglide with Flexball Technology
If you prefer a more conventional shave (like me), Gillette has got your back. This shaver has five blades that guarantee you a close shave with as few strokes as possible. This will prevent from having to press the shaver against your skin to get a closer shave. The Gillete Fusion Proglide also features thinner blades to minimize any tugging or pulling.
Best Shaving Cream- Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – White Eagle
Whether you use shaving cream, gel, or foam may come down to just habit or convenience, but we urge you to choose wisely. Personally, I go with shaving creams because they provide better lubrication and cushioning than the other two. Also, gels and foams tend to contain chemicals that dry out the skin. Kiehl’s White Eagle is one of the best options out there because it is great for your skin. It contains a botanical lipid called Sqaulane that helps restore the skin’s natural moisture.
Best Face Cleanser- Aesop’s Balancing Cleanser
As mentioned in a previous post, men typically have larger pores and oilier skin than women. So if you find yourself constantly breaking out, it is probably time to add an effective cleanser to your routine to rid your face of grime. We recommend Aesop’s Balancing Cleanser because it contains citrus-based botanicals that expertly expel the build-up of oil and grime while absorbing excess sebum- ideal for those residing in humid conditions.
Best Day Fragrance- Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme
The Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme is great for a day scent because of its fresh and spicy elements. Its top notes of bergamot, Sicilian mandarin, grapefruit peel and juniper are refreshing while its base notes of musk wood, incense and oak moss add a welcome sensuality to the scent. This is a perfect scent to start the day with.
Best Evening Fragrance- Tom Ford Noir Extreme
An evening fragrance is one that should be more spicy and potent than their day counterparts. Launched earlier this year, the Tom Ford Noir Extreme is an ideal example of an evening scent. You can already tell from its name that it is not a subtle fragrance. The heart of the scent contains accord of Indian kulfi (a dessert), which contributes to its sweetness. The hot amber and sandalwood in its base notes give the fragrance a perfect balance of spiciness and woodiness. Spritz this on before a dinner date, and you’re good to go.
Best Sunscreen- Daylong Extreme SPF 50+ Gel by Cetaphil
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we need to emphasize the importance of using sunscreen. You may not suffer from sunburn easily, but that does not mean your skin is immune to sun damage. In time, sun-damaged will start to look dry, wrinkled and leathery. You can avoid all this by slapping on some sunscreen before you step out every day. We recommend the Daylong Extreme SPF 50+ Gel by Cetaphil because it is a lightweight gel (good for oily skin) and has a good SPF rating.
Best Moisturizer- Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men
No matter your profession, work days in Singapore tend to be long and arduous. So it is unsurprising that our faces look fatigued after spending 8-10 hours slogging away at a desk. To combat this, we suggest using a moisturizer with revitalising properties. We have found that Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men is a great pick-me-up. I’ve been using this for over three months and have been thoroughly impressed at how it has kept my skin looking hydrated and healthy all day.