new year | new face


Now I'm not heading under the knife (if it's not broke, don't fix it) but there comes a time when you need to take stock and maybe have a re-fresh of the old grooming routine.

I've posted a pretty stark picture of myself below. There's no point in Photoshopping it or adding filters as I want to be honest. If I edited out my greasy patches, blackheads or wrinkles, it would defeat the purpose. These problems are visible in my every day life and these are the areas I want to work on

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I am approaching (if I have not already entered) my mid-thirties so there's no point in pretending that I still have the skin of a teenager. Although, that being said, my skin was awful as a teen...
As such, I have to take preventative measures. Wrinkles and lines are inevitable but you can delay or mask their appearance. 

I was sent some products by Skin Chemists London from their men's range late last year and have been using them for roughly 8 weeks; I wanted to give them a proper test. There is not much point in trialling something of this scale for a weekend.

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Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer Duo Moisturiser £159.00

The Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer Duo Moisturiser features their Syn-Ake technology, designed to mimic the effects of snake venom. While this sounds pretty scary, it is the mild muscle contraction that the moisturiser delivers that helps to smooth out wrinkles.

On application, there is an immediate, mild, tingling sensation. This is the serum taking effect, helping to relax your skin to prevent the appearance of lines wrinkles. My heaviest wrinkles are around my eyes and between my brows (I guess I scowl a lot?) but this helps negate these while also keeping my skin feel hydrated. 
The mattifying effect also helps to reduce shine, which is a bonus if you have a problem with greasy patches like I do.

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Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer Eye Serum £149.00

The Wrinkle Killer Eye Serum is designed to combat those dark circles and eye bags we all experience from time to time. Late nights and early mornings are not friends to faces so a little lift is never a bad thing. With the same Syn-Ake technology found in the Duo Moisturiser, the Eye Serum works on the softer tissue around your eyes.

Since using the serums, my face has felt much fuller. I don't know if that is the correct term, but there is a tautness without tightness, a sensation of a fresh and healthy finish. Coupled with an improved exfoliating and cleansing routine, my skin is feeling better than it has in years.

While the products are at the higher end of many men's grooming budget, they are a true investment. Like I said, I've been using them daily for almost 2 months and as the photos taken this evening can attest, there is plenty of product left. 
The Wrinkle Killer Duo Moisturiser costs £159.00, and I've been using is for about 60 days. This represents a cost of around £2.66 per day - that's less than the price of your daily coffee!

Like I said in my previous post, I want 2016 to be the Year of the Rogue so taking better care of my skin is a good place to start.

Thank you to the generous team at Skin Chemists London for sending me the products to review.


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