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In today’s competitive business environment, it is essential to always be at your very best. Numerous studies indicate the importance of your appearance at a job interview and in the workplace, and a slovenly, unkempt or poorly groomed look is noticed immediately.

Here’s how to make the right impression from the get-go.

In today’s competitive business environment, it is essential to always be at your very best. Numerous studies indicate the importance of your appearance at a job interview and in the workplace, and a slovenly, unkempt or poorly groomed look is noticed immediately.

Here’s how to make the right impression from the get-go.

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

A morning soak in the bath is clearly out of the question. Press a hot, wet cloth against your face for a minute to get the steaming effect – this helps open the pores, so you can clean deeper than usual – ridding yourself of oil and dirt and leaving skin brighter and fresher.

LAB SERIES PRO LS All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel instantly refreshes while delivering four essential skin benefits: cooling, purifying, balancing, and conditioning leaving your beard soft and your face ready for a close, smooth shave. (150ml R310.00)

ELEMIS Deep Cleanse Facial Wash is a potent blend of Oak Bark, Spearmint and Peppermint in an unique milk protein base that deeply cleanses removing impurities and pollution. Skin is left clean, revived and refreshed. (150ml R445.00 exclusive to Edgars)

CLINIQUE FOR MEN Face Wash is a gentle yet thorough daily cleanser for normal to dry skin that leaves skin feeling comfortable and never tight or dry. (200ml R385.00)
(200ml R385.00)

Tom Ford for Men Purifying Face Cleanser conditions while it cleanses. Its lightweight formula hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth, luxurious shave. (150ml R890.00)

MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW

In your teens you get a new external layer of skin approximately every two weeks. By the time you hit 40, that rate has decreased to once every five weeks, which is why you look blotchy, tired and unrefreshed. Exfoliate regularly to strip away dead cells that would otherwise prevent cleansers and moisturisers from reaching the layers below.

LAB SERIES Invigorating Face Scrub is an energy-boosting gel that deep cleans, refreshes, and stimulates blood flow to refine skin’s texture and condition. (100ml R450.00)

CLARINS MEN 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser cleans and removes impurities to leave skin feeling rejuvenated while active exfoliating ingredients eliminate dead skin cells and unclog pores. (125ml R360.00)

ELEMIS ENERGISING Face Scrub rapidly resurfaces, polishes and brightens leaving the skin feeling smooth, refined and prepped for shaving. (75ml R705 exclusive to Edgars)

TOM FORD Exfoliating `Energy Scrub contains crushed apricot seeds to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores for clean and polished-looking skin. (100ml R925.00)

KEEP YOUR MOVES SMOOTH

Clean shaven should always be your default facial hair position, especially in the workplace. Generally speaking there’s a direct correlation between how much facial hair is acceptable and how formal your dress code is. The basic rule of thumb: collar and tie = no facial hair. No tie? Three day growth.

ELEMIS Skin Soothe Shave Gel, formulated with skin-soothing Arnica and Jojoba oil and an active blend of Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel, Chamomile extract and cooling Menthol, leaves post-shave skin soft and hydrated. (150ml R545.00 exclusive to Edgars)

ELEMIS Smooth Result Shave & Beard Oil This multi-purpose, face and beard-smoothing oil can be used to soften bristles and prepare skin for the ultimate, close shave or to groom beards and moustaches. (30ml R565.00 exclusive to Edgars)

KIEHL’S Close-Shavers Squadron Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream White Eagle, spiked with invigorating Menthol and cooling Camphor, superbly prepares skin for a smooth, comfortable shave. (150ml R300.00)

CLARINS MEN Smooth Shave’s nick-resistant foaming gel cushions skin for easy razor glide – so you can manage your most challenging angles with expert handling and control. (150ml R305.00)

MAX ON HYDRATION

The dry, conditioned air in the office environment accelerates moisture evaporation from the skin leaving skin dehydrated, stressed and prone to premature ageing. A dollop of moisturiser will make you look and feel a lot better. If your morning mirror time is limited, opt for a moisturiser with an SPF factor.

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Anti-aging Moisture Lotion SPF30 defies dryness and deflects UVA and UVB rays while neutralising free radicals at the same time. (50ml R1520.00)

CLARINS MEN UV PLUS Anti-Pollution SPF50 UVA-UVB provides protection from both the sun and pollution. Its handy size make it perfect for the city and outdoor activities. (50ml R440.00)

ELEMIS S.O.S Survival Cream, a powerful combination of hydrating Eucalyptus, Willow Bark and Myrrh helps protect from the effects of environmental stresses. (50ml R1110.00 exclusive to Edgars)

CLINIQUE FOR MEN Super Energizer SPF40 instantly energizes skin with 12 hours of anti-fatigue power, combatting UVA/B, Infrared, and even Blue Light. (48ml R965.00)

LAB SERIES Oil Control Hydrator soothes, conditions and hydrates skin without clogging pores (minimising the chance of breakouts), reduces shine and decreases pore size. (50ml R520.00)

TOM FORD Oil Free Daily Moisturiser is lightweight, mattifying and quickly-absorbed leaving skin hydrated and energised. (50ml R1690.00)

KEEP YOUR EYES BRIGHT

Y our eyes might very well be the window to your soul but they are also a dead give-away to a big party the night before. Use an eye treatment to help puffy tired eyes.

One of the best know tricks is to store your eye product in the fridge – the cooling effect of the cream will constrict blood vessels and calm down puffiness.

CLARINS MEN Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum is an energising solution to combat early visible signs of ageing around the eyes, reduce puffiness and dark circles leaving eyes fresh and rejuvenated. (20ml R370.00)

LAB SERIES MAX LS POWER V Instant Eye Lift delivers five key actions to boost moisture and instantly lift and tighten the skin reducing the look of fine lines and crow’s feet. (15ml R565.00)

KIEHL’S Eye Alert combats puffiness and dark circles with cooling extracts of cucumber to energize and hydrate, and a potent blend of vitamins and Caffeine to fight fatigue. (15ml R270.00)

TOM FORD Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment visibly lifts and firms around the eyes, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles while creating a barrier against the visible effects of pollution and toxic stressors. (15ml R1300.00)

HANDS ARE A DEALBREAKER

Handing over a document to a client for an approval signature with dry and craggy cuticles, or extending a calloused hand to shake, might just have them rethinking if you’re really the kind of man they want to do business with. Make sure a good hand moisturiser is part of your office-grooming arsenal. Keep one in your office drawer at all times.

KIEHL’S Intensive Treatment and Moisturiser for Dry or Calloused Areas, is enriched with intensively moisturising Avocado Oil and Shea Butter. (100ml R395.00)

ELIZABETH ARDEN Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment is rich in soothing emollients that reverse the signs of dryness and cracking.(75ml R270.00)

CLARINS Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is formulated with extracts of soothing sesame oil and strengthening myrrh, protecting them from climate damage while minimising signs of ageing. (100ml R400.00)

ENSURE A WEEKLY TREAT

Dusty workspaces, walking through exhaust fumes and everyday city living clogs your pores with gunk that makes it look as far from handsome as possible. White collar or blue collar: you all need to pack on a masque once a week. It’s like valet cleaning your face.

TOM FORD Intensive Purifying Mud Mask counters the dulling and irritating effects of a busy lifestyle on the skin. As the mask dries and turns light grey, it draws out oil, dirt and toxins and diminishes tension lines. It rinses off to leave skin feeling clean, hydrated and conditioned, helping your face look revitalised and younger. (100ml R1250.00)

LAB SERIES Oil Control Clay Cleanser + Mask’s dual-use formula clears pores of oil & debris that can lead to breakouts. Amazonian White Clay absorbs surface oil, while Salicylic and Lactic Acids help reduce the appearance of pores for clearer-looking skin and a less shiny appearance. (100ml R565.00)

PREP AGAINST SWEAT

While we all physically need to perspire, excessive sweating can be embarrassing and altogether unpleasant. With all the so-called remedies and numerous antiperspirants on the market for excessive sweating, it’s hard to know where to start and what to do if you find yourself in a sticky situation. We’ve made it easy for you – here are 2 products that will keep your pits fresh and your colleagues near.

CLARINS MEN Anti-Perspirant Roll-On approaches the problem of perspiration from a skincare treatment perspective by controlling the body’s natural perspiration while respecting its natural process and providing long lasting odour control with a non-sticky, alcohol free formulation. (R260.00)

KIEHL’S Superbly Efficient Anti-perspirant & Deodorant Cream is an unscented, extremely gentle, yet efficient antiperspirant and deodorant cream offering 24-hour protection utilizing advanced micro-sized drying molecules for sheer absorption with no residue.  (75ml R290.00)

MIND YOUR HAIR

In the business world, one of the top personal grooming issues that garner attention (and complaints) is hair. But when it comes to getting great hair – choosing the right shampoo is where most men go wrong. Whether your hair is thinning, flaking or damaged, greasy or dry, lathering up with the right, quality shampoo can result in way better hair days.

KIEHL’S Smoothing Oil-Infused Conditioner, formulated with Argan oil and Babassu oil extracted from Brazilian palm trees, releases tangles, tames frizz and leaves hair shiny and manageable. (200ml R330.00)

KIEHL’S Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo nourishes and provides smoothing and frizz-calming properties for soft, healthy hair, without stripping away natural oils. (250ml R340.00)

KIEHL’S Nourishing Shampoo + Conditioner, suitable for all hair types, generates a creamy lather to gently clean hair and remove build-up while nourishing and hydrating the scalp leaving hair soft, touchable and healthy. (250ml R410.00)

GO EASY ON THE COLOGNE

Wearing fragrance in the workplace should always be done with care and attention. No one should ever smell you from down the corridor let alone over the coffee aromas filtering out from the kitchen. The rule? Small amounts placed strategically underneath your shirt collar and around your neck. No more.

Leathery and spicy, Gucci MADE TO MEASURE is luxurious and sophisticated. (90ml EDT R1495.00)

Citrusy and woody, Dunhill London CENTURY is modern, light and fresh. (135ml EDT R1495.00 / 75ml EDT R1095.00)

Salty and citrusy, Kenneth Cole FOR HIM is vibrant and magnetic. (100ml EDT R1195.00)

Aromatic and spicy, Emporio Armani STRONGER WITH YOU, transitions elegantly from day to night. (50ml EDT R1320.00)

Aromatic and citrusy, Mr. Burberry INDIGO, is crisp, clean and fresh. (100ml R1850.00)

Woody and aromatic, Bvlgari Man WOOD ESSENCE, is elegant yet masculine. (100ml EDT R1640.00)

Citrusy and woody, Hugo Boss, BOSS BOTTLED, still stands the test of time. (100ml EDT R1285.00)

CONTRIBUTORS

Editor | Neil Doveton
Art Director | De Wet van Rensburg
Photographer | Ian Engelbrecht | One League
Assist stylist | Corey Boyana

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