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Springtime Is the Right Time: Grooming & Gift Guide 2012

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Saturday Mar 3, 2012

Spring cleaning isn’t only for your closets. Springtime is the right time to clean up your life. Cleanse your pores while cleaning up the clutter. Get a new haircut and look at yourself in the mirror a little more closely. Scrutinize your skin after a winter spent indoors.

Then, peer into the medicine cabinet and donate some of your least favorite emollients to a friend in need. It’s time to make room for some new product.

Springtime is the right time to sip a cup of hot tea in a garden. Close your eyes to the sun and feel the warmth on your face.

Listen to the birds and the bees - and let the pheromones of the season reheat your libido.

Because springtime is also the right time for love.


Dirt for Men: Charge AM

It took us exactly one application of Dirt for Men Charge AM to realize that we had a new love. As soon as this vitamin C-charged serum touched our face, we were smitten by the way it caressed our skin and left us feeling younger than springtime. We stared at our reflection as if we were meeting us for the first time - and falling in love.

Dirt for Men was created for guys who want their products to look as masculine as their Black Party gear, hence the name. Nonetheless, Dirt for Men’s containers are positively chic with a twist-and-pump dispenser that is as clever as it is perfect for packing in a travel bag. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients (and never tested on animals), Dirt for Men products are designed to make skin care as easy and reliable as the man with whom you share your bed.

Think of Dirt for Men Charge AM as a multi-vitamin supplement for your face. Almost immediately, your skin soaks up this light serum, which helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity. You can almost feel your pores tightening and lifting - as if they’d just completed a morning workout. Use Dirt for Men Charge AM after shaving and you’ll swear that your complexion looks as peachy as the first time you took a razor to it. Who knew you’d ever see sixteen again?

PRICE: $110.00 / 30 ml.
LINK: Dirt for Men Charge AM
Dirt for Men AM Charge at Ave You


Kiehl’s Since 1851: Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution

Not unlike the way we feel when Gaga releases a new song, we always get a bit of a thrill when Kiehl’s introduces a new product. Founded in an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village, Kiehl’s has been blending herbal pharmaceuticals since 1851, using knowledge passed down through the generations.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution is a crystal-clear serum that diminishes dark spots and evens skin tone. Formulated with Activated C, a potent vitamin C derivative, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution breaks down melanin clusters and prevents their recurrence, resulting in a more uniform and luminous skin tone.

Silicone-free and without any parabens or optical diffusers, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution is both lightweight and hydrating, thanks to the addition of white birch extract, which restores hydration and nutrients to the skin. Peony extract, a traditional Chinese medicinal antioxidant, helps to protect the skin from free radicals and the production of melanin.

As usual, that’s a lot of science for the introduction of a Kiehl’s product, but it’s also one good reason why Kiehl’s products are so effective - and popular. If you’re looking for your skin to regain that dewy freshness you associate with Kate Middleton or Taylor Lautner, well, miracles do happen. Start applying Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution - and in eight weeks, you might be marrying a prince (or a werewolf).

PRICE: $49.50 / 1.0 fl. oz. bottle
LINK: Kiehl’s Since 1851 Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution


Menaji: 911 Eye Gel

Late nights are killer when you have an early morning call. Your eyes reveal all - and an ice pack on the subway isn’t your style. You’re a little more discreet with your beauty regimen, which is where Menaji 911 Eye Gel comes in.

This all-natural eye gel works like an ice pack by cooling puffy eyes with a combination of aloe, chamomile, wheat germ, and eyebright. The aloe cools and tightens the skin, while eyebright, a plant that has been used for centuries as a remedy for eye problems, relieves inflammation. Menaji 911 Eye Gel is also formulated with allantoin, which promotes the growth of healthy tissue, and mica, which adds a light diffusing effect to minimize the appearance of fine lines.

For year, Michele Probst, the founder of Menaji, worked with a celebrity clientele that was often in front of the cameras. Clients such as Enrique Inglesias, Bryan Batt, Aaron Neville - and even Barack Obama - recognized Probst’s expertise at making her clientele look youthful and natural - without suffering from "foundation face."

In creating her own line, Probst focused on products that would enhance the natural healing properties of men’s skin. "Skincare For the Confident Man" is the company’s tagline.

Bryan Batt, star of "Mad Men" and an inveterate night owl, swears that "Menaji 911 is my savior; there’s nothing else like it." Given that Mr. Batt usually looks as if he’s stepped off the cover of a magazine, we’re following his lead.

For an added boost, chill Menaji 911 Eye Gel in the fridge. In the morning, gently massage a drop of the lightweight gel around the eye and watch as the glittering specks of mica have their way with your dark circles. The effect is almost immediate. Now you’re ready to go get ’em, tiger.

PRICE: $36.00 / 1.0 oz
LINK: Menaji 911 Eye Gel


(Spring Grooming and Gift Guide continues on next page...)


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