Men's grooming: The essential superyacht party prep products
by Teo van den Broeke
It’s that time of year again. Depending on where you happen to spending the festive season, the nights may long and the sun strong or the winds chilly and the days lacking in Vitamin D. Whether you're spending Christmas in New York before hopping over to St Barths for New Year's Eve or holing up in London then heading to the Alps for a spot of skiing, one thing you can count on is an array of fabulous parties and festive celebrations. This, of course, means you’ll need a little extra preparation to make it through the season unscathed so it’s time to think about your pre- and post-party grooming regime. Scroll down to see the essential kit you need this season...
First up, pre-party prep. The look you want to go for is sun-kissed and holiday healthy – toned, dewy and ready for action. After a day on the water (or out in the city) you’ll want something to soothe your saline-caked hair. First, use a gentle shampoo – something like Malin + Goetz Gentle Neroli Shampoo, which contains olive oil to smooth the most tiresome of locks.
Gentle Neroli Shampoo, £18 for 236ml, Malin + Goetz
After washing apply Aveda’s After-Sun Hair Masque - your hair needs one of the best after suns as much as your skin does. This rich intensive treatment packed with coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E is designed to restore sun-damaged hair (be that from slope or sea). Leave in for five minutes, rinse out and towel dry.
After-Sun Hair Masque, £24 for 125ml, Aveda
A post-shower application of the collagen-boosting Zelens Z Recovery Intensive Repair Balm will nourish your skin after a day soaking up the rays as well as fighting damage from the wind or cold.
Z Recovery Intensive Repair Balm, £95 for 50ml, Zelens
Think about your feet too, especially if you’re wearing flipflops. Ensure they’re up to par with a quick wash with Cowshed’s On the Hoof Foot Scrub - the combination of black volcanic sand and avocado oil will banish pesky dead skin and soothe in the process.
On the Hoof Foot Scrub, £22 for 150g, Cowshed
Follow with an application of Templespa's Sole Balm. The scrub’s salicylic acid gets to work on rough patches and will ensure that your feet are instantly party ready.
Sole Balm, £19 for 100ml, Templespa at Harrods
Finally, your scent. For something light, fresh and sensual, look no further than Tom Ford’s modern classic, Neroli Portofino. Grown up and delicious, the neroli, bergamot and rosemary-laced scent is perfect in the heat (be that sunshine or open fire).
Neroli Portofino, $230 for 50ml, Tom Ford
The post-party regime is arguably the most important. A tan hides a multitude of sins and hangovers are often less painful in the sun or relieved by lungfuls of fresh mountain air. But there are some tricks that will have you shipshape in no time. First, rehydrate and recalibrate your depleted skin with a nutritious hit of hyaluronic acid, which will plump and hydrate quicker than H20. Enter Active Gold Collagen. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, collagen and vitamins, it’s a drinkable hangover shot, which instantly invigorates and tastes nice too.
Active Gold Collagen, £35.99 for a 10 day supply, Gold Collagen
Show a better face thanks to the healing properties of Lab Series Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask, which unclogs pores, removes dirt and gives skin a boost.
Urban Blue Detox Clay Mask, £26 for 100ml, Lab Series
Take a final hit of hydration with a dab of Liz Earle’s all natural Superskin Face Serum. Containing pomegranate flower and rhubarb extracts, it will lift, firm and brighten dull skin, which you will appreciate the morning after the night before. After that you’ll be ready to start all over again.
Superskin Face Serum, £39.50 for 30ml, Liz Earle