Now I’ve long since been a fan of Hairbond, as it was one of the first companies I came into professional contact with when starting out as a beauty writer. Their owner Scott Michaels is the definition of a cheeky chappy and has clearly given his all to what has blossomed into an outstanding brand.
The Moulder was a product I’d not a prticularly used before and always favoured the strong, matte, clay hold of the Distorter. Since changing my hairstyle to a more classic, long-fringed quiff, I’ve started with the Moulder, finding it gives great definition, hold and a glossy sheen (rather than a plastic-like, crispy shine)
It has a clay-cream consistency, being quite compacted but it loosens very easily once rubbed between your palms. Run through your hair with your finger tips and then using a little more product, then twist the areas you want to detail such as your fringe. Your hair isn’t left feeling either crispy or then greasy but smooth and natural. Your hold lasts throughout the day but it’s completely re-shapable and the you’re going to love the stunningly sweet smell.
Your ‘skin-type’ is a pretty tangible thing that can change year by year and season by season and should not be confused with ‘skin concerns’. There are 4 distinctive skin types in skincare terms: Dry, Normal, Combination and Oily.
Dryness often leads to the skin feeling fairly tight and uncomfortable all over. Often because there is such a lack of both oil and water, the surface skin cells shed unevenly causing flakes and a rough texture.
Normal skin is pretty ideal and what everyone ultimately strives for. Normal skin has a good balance of oil and water, so skin doesn’t look shiny, nor does it appear dry and dull. Often someone with a ‘normal’ skin type feels comfortable without the use of a moisturiser, although using one is highly important to maintain this, as this equilibrium doesn’t always stay around for ever. If you chose not to use a moisturiser, make sure you at least use daily sun protection fluid of a minimum of an SPF15.
Combination skin often has a distinct combination of characteristics. The most common combination is dry cheeks with a normal to very slightly oily t-zone, but this isn’t set in stone. Look for products that balance, this will be your key word. Often the use of two different moisturisers is more effective; something oil based for the cheeks and something oil-free/gel based for the t-zone.
Oily skin is very advantageous because you have an abundance of natural oils, meaning that your skin will look younger for longer. Often oily skin is very shiny, particularly in the t-zone, but also on the tops of the cheeks as well. You need to reduce the excess oil by using a moisturiser which goes against what people tend to think. Using gel based moisturisers will hydrate the skin, repairing the moisture barrier and coax the skin into slowing down oil production. Anything designed for a ‘normal’ skin type will just add unnecessary oils and lead to a high risk of pores becoming blocked, forming spots.
Following this very loose set of rules will stand you in good stead when it comes to buying skincare, but bear in mind that there are many subtle variations in your skin and that skin concerns may also need to be addressed such as spots, redness, pigmentation etc.
With Dragon’s Blood (a plant extract, don’t worry) and Ginger extract, this skin tingling body scrub packs a punch and smooths skin with the exfoliating power with exfoliating Jojoba beads. Even though it’s labelled as a body scrub I’d say it’s both a body scrub and a shower gel, even better!
It has a beautiful oriental fragrance that leaves the skin smelling like soap and incense, but more importantly smooth.
So why is it important to exfoliate? Well, for men it’s more so because we tend to be hairier and have larger pores, this means that hairs on are body are more prone to blockages, and when pores block, hair becomes trapped, and that’s when you get ingrown hairs, that can be both unsightly and painful.
By using gentle exfoliation, little and often, really help prevent this! I definitely suggest giving this a try, and it actually comes in another 3 scents : earth, water and wind.