As I have alluded to previously the current men’s skincare market is loaded with both well established brands as well as lesser known up and coming brands. One of these lesser known brands in the UK is LQD Skin Care who are a Premium Australian skincare brand that have now expanded into the UK market. LQD Skin Care have also signed up to be a main sponsor of London Fashion Week Men’s for the next 3 years so you will be seeing a lot more of these products in and around the most premium of shopping aisles.
Founded by Anthony McDonough & Cristopher Glebatsas in 2012 the full range was developed to provide the skin with hydration as well as slowing down the skins ageing process. All of the products are built around science and innovation and with Anthony having studied Chemistry at Melbourne University he had a great input in the design and formulation of each product which meant that none of them contain any known skin irritants, only anti-oxidants which in turn makes them suitable for the most sensitive of skin, such as those suffering from rosacea, dermatitis and eczema. On top of all of this none of LQD Skin Care products are tested on animals which in my book is a massive plus and none of the products have any scent which again links back to them being suitable for all skin types.
Having received the full range of products a few months back I have been meticulously using them along with my other skincare routines in order to work out which ones to fully incorporate into my daily and nightly routine and these are my top 3 products for the range:
LQD Skin Care Face Scrub
A lot of my skincare regime revolves around using a nicely textured and abrasive face scrub and LQD have developed a product I have really enjoyed using and have felt that my skin has been feeling fresher, clearer and more hydrated since I started using it. Initially I felt that the bio-degradable micro-beads were a bit too jagged and rough on my skin as opposed to my regular scrub but after persevering (which you have to do with new products) my feelings changed and I began to really enjoy using this scrub, so much so that I have just returned from a week in Cyprus and this was the only face scrub I took with me. After a long day in the sun catching some rays and doing other activities (eating, drinking and partying) this scrub was the uplift my partially tanned skin required to get it looking hydrated and rejuvenated, ready for the evenings shenanigans. The main ingredients in this scrub are Glycolic Acid (12%), Polylactic Acid (Bio-Degradable Beads), Aloe Vera, Macadamia Oil, Cucumber and Vitamin E. This is my favourite product from the whole LQD range which comes in at the top end of the skincare market but is worth the loftier price tag.
LQD Skin Care Face Scrub is available from £35.00 and you can buy it here.
LQD Skin Care Blemish Control
I have never really been sold on blemish control products as I have never found one that has totally worked for me. I am not the most blemish prone person but when I get a batch they tend to hit me hard and can make me feel horrible and wanting to literally wear a mask until they disappear but life goes on and it’s something that a lot of us have to embrace and live with. LQD’s Blemish Control comes in the form of a salicylic serum and is designed to help clear the onset of skin blemishes, ranging from spots, blackheads, whiteheads and sunspots. Designed to work within 3-5 days, I found that upon application I receive a tingling feeling which initially I thought was strange until I read the packaging which states this is normal. The blemish control is certainly a product that works well on my skin which is quite sensitive but for each individual this is definitely a product that you have to try for yourself due to its unique nature. The key ingredients in this product are Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide (Vit B3), Symsitive 1609, Aloe Vera, Bisabolol, Chamomile and Cucumber. A product that will work for some people but not others, but it works for my skin and makes me look and feel better about myself although the price tag is steep it does match up to other premium level male skincare blemish products.
LQD Skin Care Face Scrub is available for £50.00 and you can buy it here.
LDQ Skin Care Face Hydrate
This a LDQ’s moisturiser and it’s another product that ticks boxes for me. It’s a thick, non-greasy moisturiser which with me having “normal” skin means it works well and gives my skin a good hydration balance without it looking like I’ve moisturised in grease. Even in the blistering heat of Cyprus I found that this product kept my skin feeling hydrated and well-nourished without it running or causing me to sweat excessively. I have found that using this product after using LQD’s Post Shave, Face Scrub or Face Wash has provided me with the most hydration and nourishment for the day ahead. Face Hydrate contains a lot of ingredients ranging from anti-irritants, anti-oxidants, anti-ageing peptides and anti-inflammatories. The one thing that I think would improve this product even more would be the introduction of an SPF for the ultimate skin protection.
LQD Skin Care Face Hydrate is available from £60.00 and you can buy it here.
There you have it, my top 3 products from the range of LQD products, but that’s not to say that I don’t like the other products, I just didn’t feel like I would include them into my skincare routine as much as these 3. As always, it’s not up to me to tell you if these products will work for you but I would recommend popping online or into Harrods which is the UK’s exclusive in store stockist to find out more on all of the LQD products.
*Thanks to LQD for providing me with their products for review purposes and the invite to LFWM (which I couldn’t attend ☹). All thoughts portrayed are my own.