In recent years, men’s grooming has been propelled from just your run of the mill shave foams and slap on-moisturisers to a whole host of luxurious products designed to suit all skin types and budgets, and manufactured to appeal to even the most rugged of men.
One brand which emerged on top during the male grooming boom is the Texas-based Jack Black, who have been stocking men with an armoury of powerful primping products for over a century.
Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave
Their award winning Jack Black Beard Lube, which comes in the company’s distinguished and virile black and blue packaging, differs from other products in that it is a pre-shave oil, shave cream and skin conditioner in one. This helps to make shaving a quicker and easier process, which is handy if, like me, your shaving kit doesn’t resemble a surgeon’s tool bag.
The product is best applied to a slightly moist face. Once it comes into contact with your facial hair, the formula’s built-in-moisturisers take over so that you don’t need to use much water. In your hands it has the look and consistency of a glossy, white shave cream; though unlike other pre-shave treatments, once applied, it melts into your beard as a translucent gel. This offers a rare advantage for facial hair wearers, allowing you to see what you’re taking off, which leads to a more defined shave, and fewer cuts! The light and easy to wash off product means it won’t clog your blades too, extending the life of your razor.
The distinctive formula contains phospholipids, a source of vital fatty acids that are essential to the function of the cell membranes. Put simply, this product helps bind moisture to the skin to support its natural barrier, the effects of which are felt immediately post shave. The Macadamia oil in the Beard Lube penetrates beneath the skin’s surface to moisten and relax hair follicles, so that future bristles growing through are softer and more manageable. Skin is noticeably smoother and cooled by the peppermint and eucalyptus oils in the product, the scents of which are prominent throughout the shave process.
Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser
Algae may not be something you’ve ever considered smearing on your face. But loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants, algae and seaweed have been scientifically proven to be dermatologically beneficial. (Though I don’t recommend trawling the coastlines and draping your face with the contents of rock pools as an alternative to your skincare routine!) Blue algae in particular, which is found in the Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturiser, is a rich source of vitamin E, helping to keep skin supple and noticeable reduce redness. The moisturiser’s other key ingredient, Sea Parsley, contains a cocktail of natural vitamins which work together to improve the appearance of skin.
Like most Jack Black products, this moisturiser also contains Phospholipids, which help moisture bind to the skin and support its natural barrier and the UVA and UVB absorbers block damaging rays and protects the skin from sun damage.
The bottle is packaged in the brand’s classically macho black and blue colours and features a dispense pump making application quick and simple. This is ideal for men like myself, who can’t comprehend spending a long time on their skin regime. This lightweight cream melts into the skin with a buttery sheen which disappears quickly, eliminating oiliness and leaving skin looking matte.
The formula’s nutritious and soothing aquatic ingredients offer a deeper hydration than most, making it an ideal post-shave moisturiser. It leaves skin feeling protected and less irritated. For a product which doesn’t contain perfumes or artificial scents, this cream is subtle and fresh smelling, without being over powering. This versatile cream is ideal for use as a daily moisturiser for long-lasting hydration, as a post-shave treatment to help lock in moisture and relieve irritation, or in the evenings as a deep, overnight conditioning treatment for the skin and neck.
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