Your Grooming Kit Revamped

With inclement weather coming up, it’s time your grooming kit caught up.

One for the road: If there’s one word to remember this season, it’s hydration. And downing countless glasses of water isn’t enough; your skin needs some love too. That’s why the Vichy Acqualia Thermal Light (Rs 900 / 40ml) is a good product to have in your kit. It combines the glorious sounding hyaluronic acid with the brand’s signature thermal water to rejuvenate and rehydrate your skin.   Use protection: Turn a blind eye to anyone who says you don’t need SPF with the temperatures dip. Sun protection is vital all year round – whether you’re sitting indoors at your office desk or strolling outdoors on a cloudy afternoon. The H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion (Rs 2,400 / 38ml) comes with SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Plus, it contains decidedly healthy ingredients like sea lettuce fennel and radish root, which leaves your skin softer and firmer.   Healing touch: Shaving cuts and gashes become more prominent in winter, especially if you have dry skin. So splash on the Gillette Men Series Lotion (Rs 399 / 100ml) the next time your razor troubles you. The pocket-friendly product even doubles up as a moisturizing lotion thanks to its aloe vera enriched formula.     Under the table: Working late? Keep the Neutrogena Liquid Pure Mild Facial Cleanser Face Wash (Rs 270 / 150ml) handy. It comes infused with glycerin that scrubs your face without leaving it dry, while the neutral fragrance means you won’t smell any less masculine. The result? You’ll look brand new when you hit the pub for post work drinks.   Keep your hair on: It’s not just your skin that feels the effects of inclement weather; your scalp is tested too. But don’t fret about having dandruff fall on your crisp black party shirt. The Manufaktura Dead Sea Salt Hair Shampoo (Rs 990 / 280ml) controls dandruff, is gentle on your scalp and leaves your hair soft and shiny.   Bring back the brush: Shaving gels might be more practical but there’s nothing like working up lather the good old-fashioned way. The Body Shop Maca Root Shaving Cream (price on request) is a winner for that reason, while its star ingredient – Peruvian maca root – ensures a smooth razor glide.

- Ashwin Rajagopalan

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