A complete head-to-toe selection of 2018’s best grooming products fit for the active. Photographed by: Dominic Phua/Daydream
It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete, a surfer or a gym rat. Skincare and grooming should be just an important part of your life as your love for sports and activities. In fact, even more so considering how all that heart pumping action – from lifting weights to a 10 click run – can stimulate excessive perspiration and sebum production. Great for a a serotonin boost, we’re sure, but it also spells trouble for the skin and scalp. Think of all the grime and impurities trapped in them if you took grooming lightly. When your skin becomes a breeding ground for bacterial growth and infection, painful and uncomfortable blemishes may result.
Hence, purifying and deep cleansing is key for those with an active lifestyle. Focus on exfoliation and anti-microbial products work to avoid unnecessary breakouts, while fresh-smelling fragrances and trusted hair products help to take you from the gym to a great night out.
Below, we’ve listed all the winning tried and tested products you should incorporate into your active lifestyle.
Shampoo: Brew Extra Clean Shampoo, $29, Redken
Extra Clean Shampoo, Redken Brews. Photo: Redken
It will take a little bit more effort to rid the scalp and hair of sweat and grime from an intense session at the gym. Especially if you came right after work. All that product, sebum and sweat will make a sweet haven for microbes to thrive and and bring about unwanted acne and dandruff. Keep clean with Redken Brew’s Extra Clean Shampoo that effectively dissolves impurities and keeps hair and scalp feeling fresher than ever. And if you left your conditioner at home, don’t worry – the nourishing malt extracts (rich in amino acids and B vitamins) will leave your hair lightly conditioned in the mean time.
Conditioner: Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner, $15, The Body Shop
Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner, The Body Shop. Photo: The Body Shop
After a heart-pumping session in the gym, wouldn’t you want a relaxing moment to unwind in the shower? A gentle head massage with The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner will do the trick. The refreshing scent of green tea will ignite your senses, while nourishing ingredients like soybean oil and glyerin will leave your hair touchable and frizz-free after every wash.
Hair Styling Product: Original Pomade, $30, Boardwalk at Sultans of Shave
Original Pomade, Boardwalk at Sultans of Shave. Photo: Boardwalk
Set yourself apart from all the other gym bros post workout with Boardwalk’s Original pomade. The conditioning styling product is loaded with aloe vera extracts to condition the hair and scalp, so you’re left with soft, manageable hair after you wash it off. The pliable product provides a good medium hold when you have it on, and leaves a healthy sheen unlike any other.
Gentle Cleanser: PRO Lab Series LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel, $28, Lab Series
PRO Lab Series LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel, Lab Series. Photo: Lab Series
If you’re a grab-and-go kinda guy who’s only beginning his foray into skincare, this is one product that will ease you into it. This no-nonsense formula dissolves sweat from a good work out session and accumulated grime build up from a long day efficiently. The peppermint oil leaves your skin feeling brand new, while the chamomile flower oil soothes and conditions overworked skin so you’re left with fresh, clean skin after just a single wash that’s ready for the next step.
Deep Cleanser: Anti-Oil and Wet Cleanser, $45, Biotherm Homme
Anti-Oil and Wet Cleanser, Biotherm Homme. Photo: Biotherm
Problem skin types may want to stay away from activity stations because all that sweating it out can aggravate acne. But don’t let that stop you. Biotherm Hommes Anti-Oil and Wet cleanser not only dissolves surface gunk with its impurity-dissolving formula, it also contains clay to draw impurities from the pores and zinc to inhibit microbial growth. Clearer and healthier-looking skin result after frequent use.
Cleansing Device: ReFa CLEAR, $360, ReFa at Sephora
ReFa CLEAR, ReFa at Sephora. Photo: ReFa
It may seem a little extra, but your skin will thank you when you introduce a proper cleansing device into your skincare regime. ReFa’s ReFa Clear is a good bet. The velvet-soft bristles combined with its 3D Sonic Ion technology provide gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing to really get into the pores at three different strengths. When you’ve got cleansing – the basic of basics in skincare – down pat with this, you can be sure that healthier, clearer skin awaits.
Exfoliant: Medicube Zero Keratin Pad, $56 for 20, Medicube
Zero Keratin Pad, Medicube. Photo: Medicube
There’s nothing wrong with a traditional face scrub or a chemical exfoliant but these seemingly gimmicky exfoliating pads sure pack a punch. While the textured surface played its part in sloughing off dull dead skin and dislodging stubborn black and whiteheads, the fermented rice water and extracts of chamomile and Asian pennywort work to nourish and soothe freshly exfoliated skin. Astringent white willowbark extract and patented compound Anti Sebum P work in tandem to keep the pores clear and free of excess sebum. The result? Blemish-free skin that glows.
Deep Cleansing Mask: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, $32.90, The Body Shop
Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, The Body Shop. Photo: The Body Shop
A deep-cleansing skincare routine is not complete without a clay mask. This one draws gunk out with a potent cleansing trio of kaolin clay, charcoal powder and Moroccan lava clay. While they get to work, oils of eucalyptus and tea tree help to bust zits deep within the pores. Shea butter and argan oil condition the skin, leaving it supple and soft to the touch. Crushed pumice stone and argan shell powder provide some texture to gently slough off dead skin, revealing brighter skin after cleaning this off. All that said you can be sure of healthy clear skin and still maintain an active lifestyle without the fear of breaking out.
Anti-Blemish Treatment: T-Pur Anti Blemishes Concentrate, $58, Biotherm
T-Pur Anti Blemishes Concentrate, Biotherm. Photo: Biotherm
You wouldn’t want to relinquish your active lifestyle for stubborn recurring blemishes now, would you? Biotherm’s T-Pur Anti Blemishes Concentrate will get you out of that rut with its potent acne-busting formula that contains pore-cleansing salicylic acid, and anti-microbial piroctone olamine. Balancing out these powerful ingredients are Life Plankton™, vitamin B3 and glycerine to soothe, nourish and protect the skin from further infection and damage.
Calming Treatment: Dr Belmeur Cica Serum, $44, The Face Shop
Dr Belmeur Cica Serum, The Face Shop. Photo: The Face Shop
Outdoorsy types will be familiar with sunburns and cracked, fragile skin all thanks to harsh elemental factors like sun, sand, wind and sea. Moisturisers today are a great help with the use of modern technology and sophisticated ingredients, but sometimes a little extra boost to nurse your skin back to good health isn’t always a bad thing. The Face Shop’s Dr Belmeur Cica Serum is one we’d recommend seeing how the lightweight product is packed with powerful ingredients like ceramides and panthenol which strengthens the skin’s barrier, while Indian pennywort extracts soothe damaged skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Mattifying Moisturiser: Pure & Matte Volcano Moisturiser, $21.90 L’Oréal
Pure & Matte Volcano Moisturiser, L’Oreal. Photo: L’Oreal
All that working out is great, what with all the boosted blood flow that gives your face a healthy complexion. But all that stimulation can encourage excess sebum production, going past a “healthy glow” and going straight up oily. And as we all know, oily skin can bring about a whole slew of skin woes like acne and clogged pores. L’Oreal’s Pure & Matte moisturiser addresses that with its mattifying formula that contains pore-cleansing salicylic acid and skin-smoothing volcanic minerals. Your skin will be left blemish-free and velvety smooth after every use, just the way we like it.
Nourishing Moisturiser: Total Revitaliser Cream, $85, Shiseido Men
Total Revitaliser Cream, Shiseido Men. Photo: Shiseido
An active lifestyle transcends age, and so does skincare. Mature skin types will benefit from Shiseido Men’s Total Revitalizer Cream in which it pampers aged and compromised skin with skin-strengthening Marine Protein Complex, restoring resilience so you can charge through the day with your best face forward.
Sunscreen: UV Defense Ultra Light Texture SPF 50/PA+++, $68, Biotherm
UV Defense Ultra Light Texture SPF 50/PA+++, Biotherm. Photo: Biotherm
Imagine running a marathon with streaks of sticky white sunscreen rolling down your face. Unsightly and uncomfortable, we’d want to avoid this situation as much as possible. Thankfully there’s Biotherm’s UV Defense Ultra Light Texture SPF 50/PA+++ available in the market. Not only does it provide supreme protection against skin-damaging UVA/UVB rays with organic and mineral sun filters like Mexoryl® SX & XL and encapsulated titanium, it also detoxifies the skin of irritants with its D-Tox Complex.
Body Wash: White Musk Sport Body & Hair Wash, $22.90, The Body Shop
Body Wash: White Musk Sport Body & Hair Wash, The Body Shop. Photo: The Body Shop
2-in-1 products are always great, but most of the time they fall short on quality. Not The Body Shop’s White Musk Sport Body & Hair Wash. The rich lathering formula is great for both hair and body, and unlike most hair and body washes, this one doesn’t the hair and skin feeling stripped of moisture, thanks to the moisturising properties of glycerin and honey present in its ingredients list. We like the citrus-musk scent it leaves behind too.
Deodorant: Sport Very Cool Spray, $125, Dior Homme
Sport Very Cool Spray, Dior Homme. Photo: Dior Parfum
Deodorants are great for keeping yourself smelling fresh even though you’re perspiring buckets. The only problem is that they all smell alike. Not Dior Homme’s Very Cool Spray, though. The sparkling notes of citrus keeps you smelling fresh, but it dries down to a warm, inviting blend of ginger, nutmeg, sandalwood and amberwood. Touches of cedar and vetiver keeps the scent classy with its green, woody nuances.
Post Workout Scent: The Original, $265, Eight & Bob at Escentials
The Original EDP, Eight & Bob at Escentials. Photo: Eight & Bob
Working up a stink while you sweat it out is easy, but so is smelling expensive thereafter. Spritz on Eight & Bob’s The Original Eau de Parfum and you’ll be leaving your gym site unlike everyone else. Light with great lasting power, this fragrance blends together the sparkling note of citrus with woody notes of gaiac and sandalwood. Powdery notes of iris and violet mellows the scent with its powdery nuances, while cedar keeps the scent fresh.
Produced by: Syed Zulfadhli