AUSSIE MEN NEED OUR HELP GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THEIR SENSITIVE SIDE
According to new research* nearly two thirds of young Aussie guys claim to have sensitive skin – which may be unlucky for the eight out of ten women who said they would find signs such as facial redness, flaking, rashes or bumps a turn off in men. The study conducted by Gillette found that sporting more severe sensitive skin symptoms would cause eight out of ten guys to feel embarrassed, self-conscious or frustrated and close to half (46%) to postpone a first date.
With women being turned off and potentially stood up, it’s time to help men out! There are a number of things that women can do to help their man lift his grooming game and thankfully almost two thirds (64%) are confident that he would listen to their advice. Leading Australian dermatologist, Dr Lim, provides some tips.
• Not surprisingly, 60 percent of guys put signs of sensitive skin down to shaving, but shaving-related skin issues are often the result of incorrect shaving technique or using dull or poor quality blades. Using fresh, good quality blades will result in a much closer, more comfortable shave. Storing the razor in the bathroom cabinet is a good way to prolong the life of the blades as it’s away from moisture and wandering women’s hands!
Gillette tip: With a 5-blade suspension system that adjusts to the contours of your skin to reduce irritation, Gillette Fusion is the razor most recommended by US dermatologists . The five blades are spaced together to help reduce pressure for a more comfortable shave. An Enhanced Lubrastrip which fades from blue to white signals when shaving conditions are no longer optimal, reducing the risk of irritation due to dull blades.
• Contrary to the way women shave their legs, guys should shave with the grain to start with and then back against it if necessary. Rarely does facial hair grow in the one direction, so help him map out each stroke. Get him to grow some stubble and then use a mirror to see which way the hair is growing in each area. Those with really sensitive skin and a susceptibility to in-grown hairs should be careful of over-shaving and shaving against the grain as it may aggravate the condition. Mastering his shaving technique will help avoid nasty bumps and lumps.
• Encourage your partner to take a few minutes to step up his skincare routine. Beard hair can be as tough as copper wire, so it’s important to leave gel on for at least a minute or two before shaving to reduce the cutting force. Applying an alcohol free moisturiser after shaving will also help replenish and rehydrate the skin, resulting in smoother, more comfortable skin.
Gillette tip: The Gillette Fusion HydraGel Pure + Sensitive helps protect the skin during the shaving process and is great for men with sensitive skin. Follow the shave by applying the Gillette Series After-the-Shave Moisturiser to help rehydrate the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and comfortable.
• Remind him to avoid shaving before prolonged periods in the sun, surf or playing sport. Shaving opens the pores and perspiration can increase the chance of irritation.
• Four-in-ten guys who suffer from sensitive skin have grown stubble or facial hair to cover symptoms, suggesting that ‘designer stubble’ may be the male answer to concealer. Don’t fall for it. Find out what’s missing in your partners routine and help him address it.
Inspired by the science of shaving, Gillette has a range of products designed to provide great performance on sensitive skin. Even the most inexperienced groomers will be able to incorporate these products into their shaving routine.
Gillette Fusion Hydra Gel Pure + Sensitive 200ml (RRP $6.99)
Gillette Fusion Gamer Manual (RRP $12.59)
Gillette Series After-the-Shave Moisturiser (RRP $10.99)
These products are available now from leading supermarkets and pharmacies.
The Beauty World never stops. From new skin care products, hair care products, Colour Stories to whole new Product Ranges the new products coming to the market are endless!
We have selected some of the few that have caught our eyes this month!
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Australis Mineral Eyeshadow $9.95
Pure Natural Beauty
Australis Cosmetics introduces New Australis Mineral Eyeshadow, an all-natural mineral make-up, free of chemicals and fragrances.
Containing high quality natural ingredients, this mineral eyeshadow has a long-lasting
intensity that demands attention without creasing.
The special formulation does not include classic “irritants”, such as fragrances, binders and synthetic dyes, so it is considered “purer” and kinder to sensitive skin.
Australis Mineral Eyeshadow comes in a range of extremely wearable
Deep Blue Sea – Blue
Mermaid – Green
Mother of Pearl – Pearl
Sea Urchin – Brown
Treasure – Pink
It’s back to nature with the simple beauty of Australis Mineral Eyeshadow.
From: Kmart, Target and Priceline stores nationally
What were your first impressions of the Eyeshadow when you used it?
I love the ‘pod-like’ packaging & a mineral eyeshadow that is pressed is so much easier to apply.
The eyeshadow is so easy to apply & the pigment can be built up for a more dramatic effect. It could take me from day to night without creasing or smudging.
The product is gentle on the lids & smooth to apply.
Did you notice any benefits from using this Eyeshadow as opposed to others you have used in the past?
The convenience of a eyeshadow that didn’t crease made touch ups quicker during the day.
I would definitely purchase this product, I plan on having 1 of each colour soon.
It ticks all the right boxes for me – 5 Stars out of 5.
What were your first impressions of the Eyeshadow when you used it?
I thought it was just another eyeshadow. But when I went to wash off my makeup I realised that my shadows I had applied over the Australis one was still where I originally put it.
How did you find the application and wearability of the Eyeshadow?
Goes on easily. The wearability is astounding. This is what has converted me. I used it as a base, and then put other colours on top. Everything stays in place. No creases.
Texture is quite smooth – I guess that’s the mineral powders. No smell to note.
Personal Comments: I’m tired of chasing applicators in my makeup drawer, and figuring out which pot of eyeshadow it belongs to. I swore I wouldn’t buy any more eyeshadows that didn’t have their own space to store the applicator within the eyeshadow container. I might have to relax that rule again.
It would make my day to see Australis change the packaging to include an applicator and space for it within the container. This would make the product the totally perfect eyeshadow.
OP Therapy Facial Oil – 22mL, $29.95
OP Therapy Facial Oil is a blend of natural oils and plant extracts renowned for their nourishing, firming and soothing qualities. It is fortified with emu oil, which has remarkable powers for moisturising and is able to enhance the skin’s upper layers to hold onto water and penetrate the epidermis. And unlike other oils, emu oil does not clog the pores of the skin. It is also enriched with essential oils of rose damasc (for sensitivity and redness) and mysore sandalwood (ultra-hydrating).
What were your first impressions of the Facial Oil when you used it?
I loved the idea of it and was very keen to try it, however, I hated the smell – it smelt like cooking oil – and didn’t really feel it achieved its claims.
How did you find the application and use of the Facial Oil?
Application was easy, although one push of the dispenser dispensed a rather large amount of the oil in one go. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use so much each time. It also meant the whole bottle didn’t last very long.
How did you find the texture and smell of the Facial Oil?
The texture and feel of the oil was fine – but I almost had to wonder if it was “off” as the smell was so unpleasant. I had expected the rose damask and sandalwood to have offset the emu oil.
To be honest I didn’t notice any difference or improvement in my skin. I do often use an oil under my moisturiser for extra hydration so I was expecting more from it than it delivered. I also found if I wore it during the day, my foundation would “disappear” very quickly – and I use a long lasting one.
Sebastian Professional Potion 9, 150ml $48.00
Potion 9 is the ultimate versatile styling cream infused with nine botanical extracts to help restore lost moisture. It creates and holds the shape while simultaneously restoring hair, revitalising over processed locks to leave them in fabulous condition.
Composed of natural ingredients including babussa oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil and amore credcido extract, Potion 9 has a cumulative effect – the more you use it, the better your hair will become. It’s time to clean up your hair habits and practice safer styling. Potion 9 is unique because conversely, the more you use it as a styling product the more it will improve the condition of your hair. The botanical extracts infuse hair with moisture and vitality, making hair feel softer and healthier.”
Potion 9 is a highly versatile product. When combined with different styling techniques you can achieve very different looks. The fact that Potion 9 cares for your hair while it styles means you have free rein to style with debauchery – as often as you want.
Potion 9 will become an indispensable tool in your hair routine. Essential for keeping your style provocative and your hair luscious and glossy, it will give you hair confidence like never before.
Apply to damp or dry hair and blow or air-dry for silky, touchable looking hair, or use hot tools for refined curls. On dry hair, reapply to add texture and control or apply anytime for an instant style boost.
What were your first impressions of the Styling Cream?
I was a bit worried, as I’ve not had good experiences with leave in treatments in the past, they tend to make my hair greasy and lank.
How did you find the application and use of the Styling Cream?
I found this very easy to apply and use, the only problem was deciding how much to use as the instructions are vague on that point.
It felt quite thick from the tube and was a bit worried as to whether it would stay thick in my hair, but it didn’t. It has a slight fragrance but is not unpleasant.
I was really impressed that it didn’t weigh my hair down, nor did it make my hair feel greasy. Those are the two big problems I’ve had with leave in treatments in the past. With this product, once my hair was dry (blow dried or naturally dried)I didn’t even notice that it was there. Also, it was really good for styling my hair. When I used a hair dryer I didn’t have to use any other product to keep my hair in the right place though it wasn’t stiff at all.
If Price would be of no concern, would you purchase this Styling Cream for yourself in the future?
Yes, I think this one is a keeper. My hair was shiny, non greasy, soft and in place all day.
I’d give this one 5 out of 5 Stars.
Le Tan Every Day Glow Face, 75ml $8.99
3-in-1 skincare regime that tans, moisturises and protects against the sun.
Le Tan has utilised its artificial tanning expertise to create a tan that gradually builds in intensity to create a beautiful colour. Simply apply evenly to face at the start of each day. After 5 days you will notice a gradual light tan developing. Continue as required.
The special formula contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera for intense hydration, so it’s perfect for use as an every day moisturiser under make-up.
Le Tan Every Day Glow Face provides sun protection against UVA and UVB rays which is essential in slowing down premature aging.
Wear on the beach. You will be protected against the sun but you will leave with a beautiful, natural looking, safe artificial tan!
Variants: Available in – Fair to Normal skin, Normal to Dark skin
Available from: Kmart, Target, Priceline, Priceline Pharmacies, independent supermarkets and selected pharmacies nationally.
Jacqueline – Age: 37, Skin Type: Dry Skin
I was really excited to use it. I have been looking for a cream that has all these benefits in it and this met my expectations.
How did you find the application and wearability of the Cream?
I thought it was great. It is very easy to apply and the it was fantastic in terms of moisturising my skin. The texture was lightweight and did not have that smell that usual fake tans have. I really liked it.
Did you notice any benefits from using this Cream as opposed to others you have used in the past?
Yes as it has everything that i have been looking for in a day cream, moisturising, SPF and a fake tan.
If Price would be of no concern, would you purchase this Cream for yourself in the future?
I give it 4 Stars