What’s On My Bathroom Shelf: Christopher Phelps

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From stylish shaving essentials to dry skin heroes, grooming guru Christopher Phelps told SLMan how he looks after his skin…
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In the morning, I keep things simple. I splash my face with cold water and apply Dr Barbara Sturm’s Clarifying Face Cream, one of my favourite skincare products. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to skincare – it hydrates and smooths but also levels out sebum levels and doesn’t clog pores. It’s pricey, but great. Pharrell Williams once said he swears by cold water when washing his face, and he hasn’t aged a day since 2003. 

Exfoliation in the evening is a great way to keep the skin clean. Neville’s Deep Cleansing Facial Scrub is my go-to – it’s made with extra-fine walnut shells and perlite particles to gently remove dirt and leave the skin feeling refreshed. It also contains cocoa butter and antioxidants to nourish the skin – you’ll always find it in my shower. I’m a fan of Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub, which comes in a huge tub. After exfoliating, I apply Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Recovery Overnight Serum, a fantastic product that makes light work of dry, dull skin as you sleep.

Collagen is for men too. If my skin is feeling really dry, I apply a generous amount of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. It’s super light in texture but really gets to work where it’s needed. Dr Barbara Sturm’s Men Face Cream is also great for hydration – it helps calm the skin and reduces irritation too.

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Le Labo’s Shaving Cream is a product I buy on repeat. Combining coconut, chamomile and sage, it’s made with plant-derived extracts and the unisex scent is a crisp mix of bergamot, lavender and tonka bean. It’s a great way to soften stubble and prep the skin prior to shaving, and I just love the smell, texture and branding.

A decent spot treatment is worth its weight in gold. I recently borrowed my girlfriend’s Dr Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment and it works a treat. It contains a mix of ingredients to deal with breakouts and is also tinted to cover up blemishes and other signs of irritation. I also regularly borrow her gua sha – a facial massage tool that helps boost blood circulation and relieves tension in facial muscles. Susanne Kaufmann’s Facial Roller is great when you feel puffy and tired.

I’ve used a sea mineral shampoo for years. You can’t beat Sea Magik’s Mineral Shampoo – it’s made with minerals from the Dead Sea and very few chemicals. It leaves my hair smooth and shiny. When it comes to hair styling, I also rate anything by Bamford and am never without a tub of Neville’s hair pomade.

Pharrell Williams once said he swears by cold water when washing his face, and he hasn’t aged a day since 2003.

Aesop is a great brand for body care. A body moisturiser may not be something that’s on your radar, but once you’ve tried Aesop’s Intensive Body Balm you won’t look back. It’s super hydrating and smells great, and is also a good choice for tattoo care. I’m currently using Le Labo Rose 31 Body Lotion, which contains rose as well as spicy cumin and woody cedar. 

A non-greasy sun cream is essential. I recently discovered Sun Bum’s spray SPF, which I love. It smells like bottled holiday nostalgia. It’s also completely vegan and reef-friendly. 

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