You need good grooming products for personal maintenance, but often feel overwhelmed each time you walk into a space like Sephora? We hear you. Here are five of our top picks for the month. You can grab them in a jiffy, without having to dawdle around the shops.

Dior Homme: Edt ’20
Grooming product: Fragrance, Dior Homme EDT 2020
Credit: Dior Homme

Dior Homme and house perfumer François Demachy concur that strength is desirable in a man. For the modern man, however, strength also lies in being able to accept one’s vulnerabilities. This message – the subtext in the French maison’s I’m Your Man campaign – is delivered by actor Robert Pattinson and embodied by its fragrance, Dior Homme EDT.

The tenderness of Dior Homme EDT comes from its zesty top notes and the sweet finish achieved by its base notes. The strength component lies in its virile woody heart, which has been the brand’s signature since launching its fragrance collection in 2005.

Its blend of fresh, sweet and muscular notes is proof that strength and tenderness can coexist. Essentially, Dior Homme EDT is about “a man who isn’t afraid to show his weaknesses”, as Demachy puts it.

Available at all Dior counters.

D&G: K
Grooming product: Fragrance, K by Dolce and Gabbana
Credit: Dolce and Gabbana

With a crown for a stopper and over the letter ‘k’, it’s obvious the latest Dolce & Gabbana fragrance is about royalty. However, rather than conveying a sense of power and grandiose, it suggests a man is king when he’s in his element.

For the famous design duo, Sicily has always been the source of inspiration. And so your first experience of K would come from exuberant notes of Sicilian lemons and blood orange. The Eau de Toilette then dries down to hints of pimento, geranium and lavender, before settling into masculine notes of patchouli, vetiver and cedarwood. It’s an energising scent that lingers on for a good four to five hours. It certainly lifts your mood, if you need that little boost to stay in your element.

Available at iShop Changi.

Estée lauder: advanced night repair
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Credit: Estée Lauder

It’s true that Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair (ADR) was first made for women. You may well have seen it on your mother’s or wife’s dresser. But that’s not to say men cannot use it to address their concerns about dry and ageing skin. A prime example is local actor Desmond Tan. He uses ADR every morning and night.

Essentially, ADR is an anti-ageing serum infused with the brand’s patented technologies including Catabolysis and Chronolux Technology to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its ingredients, packed with anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid, also help to strengthen the skin, allowing it to retain moisture to appear smoother and more radiant. What’s also great about ADR is that it works for combination, oily and sensitive skin, which is just about everyone being given another chance at youthfulness.

Available at Sephora.

Kiehl’s: Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Credit: Kiehl’s

Dark spots can come from that acne you had during adolescence, or when you’re out and about under the sun without adequate sunscreen. Point is, scars are inevitable. Not to mention, these spots appear more frequently when men inch closer to the age of 40. It isn’t, however, permanent – as Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (CCDSS) proves.

As the name suggests, it’s a serum that brightens skin and diminishes both the number and intensity of dark spots and skin discoloration. All that while maintaining the skin’s moisture, giving it a supple and radiant look. What makes it work? A tri-blend of glycolic, lactic and phytic acids, with Activated C, a form vitamin C, being the hero ingredient. If you’re looking for an instant improvement in two weeks, opt for the CCDSS 14-Day ampoules package. Otherwise, its 50ml sized bottle will do the same trick with time.

Available at kiehls.com.sg.

Clinique: Even Better Clinical
Clinique's Even Better Clinical
Credit: Clinique

A product doesn’t earn a nickname like “damage eraser” for nought. And it isn’t surprising to find that Clinique’s facial serum uses a technology called the CL302 Equaliser. This is a formula that combines the skin whitening ingredient dianella ensifolia, with skin-friendly gyukuro extracts and mulberry roots. In tandem, they work to erase hard-to-treat dark spots, acne scars and skin discoloration from your face.

Available at Sephora.

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Lester Tan
Lester is into films, food and basically anything culture related under the sun.

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