As much as we love getting our hands on the latest, most exciting new grooming products and trying them out for ourselves, sometimes you just can’t beat an old faithful. You know, the favourites that stay in your wash bag month after month, year after year, making up the corner stones of your daily routines. The Jackal’s editors have decided to open the contents of their (admittedly well-stocked) bathroom cabinets to the world, and share the products that they keep returning to. Here’s what we wear day in and day out.
Nick Carvell, Editor: Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub
I’ve always had fairly awkward skin – it’s dry, but gets oily very quickly. In short, I need a face wash that not only strips the oil away from my skin gently so as to not leave it thirsty post-shower, but also something that sloughs away dry patches gently and effectively (using natural crushed apricot seeds). I have yet to find an exfoliator that suits my skin better than Tom Ford’s Exfoliating Energy Scrub, which I use once a week to leave my skin feeling fresh, buffed and bright – plus, with a heavy dose of eucalyptus and citrus, it’s one of the cleanest, most luxuriously scented products I have ever used.
£39 for 100ml, tomford.co.uk
Gareth Scourfield, Style Director: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
I’ve been a convert of French skincare experts La Roche-Posay for sometime now, after an introduction to their high performance sun cream range last summer. While my body left puberty some time ago, my face has never really caught up. Blessed with slightly oily, blemish-prone skin, this prebiotic corrective moisturiser has been something of a godsend. It feels super light and non sticky when applied to the face, hydrating the skin sufficiently while the active niacinamide (vitamin B3) helps reduce appearance of spots and the LHA and salicylic acid unclogs blocked pores, even on the most sensitive skin – which I also happen to be blessed with. I saw results in the first 4 weeks, leading to much less oily skin which the zinc PCA (a sebum absorbing agent) helps control.
£17 for 40ml, laroche-posay.co.uk
Ben Browne, Style Editor: Dr Jackson’s 02 Night Cream
Paying attention to your skin overnight is just as crucial as during the day, which is why this night cream from Dr Jackson doesn’t ever leave my bathroom cabinet. It’s a really sensational cream, and the kigelia fruit extract (known for its calming and soothing properties) and baobab seed oil (which visibly tightens skin) made a difference to my skin almost immediately. The gorgeous smell and old-school apothecary-style bottle also make this a firm favourite of mine.
£80 for 50ml, drjackson.co.uk
George Hilton, Senior Designer: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I love putting this on before I go to bed as it replenishes and moisturises my skin overnight, leaving it feeling much fresher and brighter in the morning. And, even though it’s an oil, it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy, but rather seems to target the areas of my face that need it most, something that is especially necessary in the colder months as I tend to get dry patches. The lavender scent is also a good sleep inducer right before bed.
£38 for 30ml, kiehls.co.uk
Dale Lyster, Social Media Editor: Clarins Anti-Fatigue Eye Serum
Clarin’s eye serum is my 7 am go-to. Whether it’s after the optimum amount of sleep – I always need to get my eight hours – or hiding last night’s one-too-many R&Ts, it disguises all kinds of sins. With its vitamin A and C compounds to combat early signs of ageing (yes, which is even important in your twenties) and caffeine to brighten eyes, I sleep safely knowing tomorrow will be puffy eye free.
£30 for 20ml, clarins.co.uk
Darren Sital-Singh, Managing Director: Truefitt & Hill Beard Balm
As a proud beard owner, I’ve tried numerous products over the years to find the best fit for my particular set of facial hair. This balm from Truefitt & Hill just happens to be the best beard product I’ve ever tried, leaving it in great condition thanks to the blend of kojoba, kukui nut, avocado and aloe vera oils. The fact that it’s made from 100 per cent natural ingredients is even better.
£22 for 50ml, truefittandhill.co.uk