A life of outdoor pursuits has its virtues, but exposure to UV rays, environmental pollution and moisture-sapping winds can leave you looking craggier than a Dartmoor tor. Bolster your body’s defence against the elements with these combative cures.
All In One Defence Lotion, £49.50
If you’re not a K-pop teen, spending the entire morning in front of the bathroom mirror probably isn’t an option. Luckily, Lab Series aims to take the faff out of the equation with its All In One Defence Lotion. It’s loaded with botanical goodness extracted from plants known for their reliance to harsh weather and combined with an advanced moisturising SPF35 formula, it acts as solid sentinel against environmental aggressors, including UVA and UBA rays, blue light and air pollution. The best part? If the name wasn’t already a clue, it will transform your grooming regime into a slap-on-and-go affair.
Available at Lab Series.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Hand Cream, £16
Unless you’re one of the rare human beings with prehensile feet, it’s your hands that bear the brunt of everyday life. If your digits are starting to feel more callusy than a coral reef, it’s time to slather on the salve. Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Hand Cream is loaded with moisture rich macadamia nut oil and vitamins A and E to restore your hands to peachy perfection. It’s been test driven by carpenters, golfers and chefs, so you know it’s guaranteed to be the hardest working handyman in your wash bag.
Available at Jack Black.
Dermatology M Hong Hua You Red Flower Trauma Oil, £38
No matter how well equipped you are, or carefully you choose your footholds, time spent in the great outdoors comes with its hazards. If you have taken a tumble, then Dermatology M’s Red Flower Trauma Oil will cure what ails you. Blended using traditional Chinese medicinal know-how, it contains a glut of anti-inflammatories and antioxidants including red Safflower – or hong hua – frankincense, myrrh and angelica root to ease trauma and tension in strained tissues and muscles. Rub in this remedial concoction and you’ll be fit as a fiddle in no time.
Available at Dermatology M.
Patricks FW1 Facewash, £58
The inhabitants of the antipodes are the envy of the world over for their active, alfresco lifestyles, so it stands to reason that Patricks – Australia’s premier grooming brand – knows how to clean up after a day spent gadding about in the wilderness. It’s FW1 facewash is formulated with anti-oxidant green tea to heal sun-damaged skin, while white tea and pomegranate extracts protect skin cells from premature aging and iron out those UV-induced lines. Just think of it as a pint-sized multi-tasking miracle from Down Under.
Available at Patricks.
Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips, £19.75
If you’re planning to embark on an outdoor expedition or hit the slopes this winter, your trusty chapstick isn’t going to cut it after a day spent facing Mother Nature’s wrath head on. Kiehl’s Buttermask for Lips has a double-pronged formulation to combat exposure to the elements in the form of coconut oil and wild mango butter that help reinforce your lip’s natural moisture barrier. Apply it before you catch 40 winks and wake up with irresistibly smooth smackers.
Available at Kiehl’s.