ESPA Men's Grooming 2011

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ESPA, the internationally renowned skincare and spa brand founded by Susan Harmsworth MBE is delighted to unveil a bold new look for 2011. ESPA will be launching with beautiful new packaging and some exciting new additions to the award-winning product range. ESPA’s formulations now average over 99% natural ingredients and are both luxurious and efficacious ensuring that consumers enjoy the ultimate skincare experience. Every day life is tough on a man’s skin which can result in a dull, dry and fatigued appearance. The new ESPA men’s collection is packed with powerful natural ingredients in highly efficacious levels that work hard and fast to keep men’s skin in optimum condition; perfectly moisturised, supple, smooth and healthy-looking every day.

The Duel Action Shavemud is a first in men's grooming. It is quite addictive, purely due to it's silky consistency, shave-mud doubles as a deep cleansing mask to nourish the skin and replace lost nutrients. I rarely shave (I trim with a clipper for a close stubble) but trying it out for the last fortnight, it really does give a comfortable shave and banished razor burn. Due to the Kaoline and Bentonite clays, this draws out the impurities whilst the Shea Butter and Sweet Almond oil soften, which left my skin very, very clean and smooth. Like I say I do not shave much so I will be using it as a face mask which is something ESPA recommend. 

The second product was Clarifying Skin Scrub which sort of left my skin with a hot sensation, a bit like those heat face masks which open the pores. Again, this is predominantly a shaving product which helps clean and exfoliate prior to shaving. It contains a cooling Eucalyptus which accounts for the fresh sensation as well as Mornica seed extract which hydrates but together make for a warming sensation which was a little unnerving. Lastly the lavender is antibacterial which sooths and guards against blemishes and made my skin looking incredibly fresh. Like I say, I will be using this as a washing product, not a shaving one - once I get used to the heat! 

They have a new 2011 collection out which I was meant to review but they sent the wrong pieces. But here it goes anyway with some info. 

Age Rebel Eye Hydrator (£35, 25ml) is a powerful hydration for the eye area to prevent the signs of ageing, reduce puffiness and protect against environmental pollution. A super-hydrator to deeply nourish the delicate tissue around the eye area and replenish dehydrated skin. Reduces the appearance of fine lines whilst combating puffiness and protecting the skin from external pollutants. Key Ingredients include Ginko Bilboa which stimulates micro-circulation to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Borage hydrates the dry skin around the eyes and Neroli offers environmental protection through antioxidant properties. 

Age Rebel Moisturiser (£37, 35ml) is an intensive age-defying formula to boost vitality whilst firming and quenching dull, dry skin. A powerful moisturiser to firm and restructure the skin the actives-rich formula hydrates and revitalises to leave skin smooth and supple whilst protecting it against the environment sweeps away dead cells to reveal fresher looking skin. The key ingredients Micro Algae firms and restructure, Sea Fennel’s antioxidant properties help protect against environmental damage and Velvet Horn, Golden Seaweed and Black Oat lock in moisture to retain skin hydration. Chitin aids the removal of dead skin cells and finnaly, Acai is a powerful antioxidant to boost skin vitality. 

Energising Shower Gel (£18, 200ml) is an intensely enlivening shower gel to stimulate the body and awaken the mind. A refreshing, rich SLS & SLES free foaming cleanser that gently yet effectively cleanses the body. Zesty aromas awaken the mind, enhancing clarity and aiding concentration, and revitalise the body. Key ingredients include Peppermint which enhances mental clarity and focus Eucalyptus revitalises the body. 

NEW Invigorating Body Reviver (£22.50, 200ml) is an instantly invigorating and intensely cooling exfoliating cleanser to revive, cleanse and smooth the skin. A rich SLS & SLES free foaming cleanser that gently yet effectively removes dead skin cells to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth and uplifting and zesty aromas awaken the mind and the body. Antioxidant properties enhance skin protection and key ingredients include Lemongrass, Lime and Thyme revitalise and awaken the mind, Bora Bora Sand clears and exfoliates the skin, Coconut extract and Moringa Seed Oil deeply cleanses, Malachite gives the skin antioxidant protection. Treating the skin, you massage into the skin in vigorous circular movements to create a creamy lather and rinse thoroughly. 

By law or something that mean's this post is on Her Majesty's Service, I have to say that OK, yes, I was paid a little to write about these products. However, in no way did it sway me into positivity. Not even The Queen can't sway my integrity. 
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