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What happened to the stud in the mirror?

You know how it goes… you wake up still tired from the night before, you drag yourself to the bathroom and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. But instead of a virile, young-looking stud staring back at you, all you see is a tired and blotchy old man mouthing “I’m never going to drink again.”

Fortunately, there is help at hand, thanks to Paula’s Choice PC4MEN range, which the company describes as “a simple yet complete routine that gives every man’s skin just what it needs to feel fresh, clean, and ready to face the world with confidence”.

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The range consists of four products – Soothe + Smooth, Shave, Face Wash and Daytime Protect SPF 15, all of which are said to contain good-for-skin ingredients that are beneficial for all skin types, with fragrance-free formulas that won’t cause redness, dryness or bumps.

Soothe + Smooth – 88ml $40 / Sample $1.50

For use after cleansing or shaving, Soothe + Smooth is designed to kerb breakouts, slow down ageing and wrinkles, reduce redness, unclog pores and dissolve blackheads. It is suitable for all skin types

Men Shave – 177ml $19  

Razor burn is something you want to live without, and now you can. This shave cream cushions and protects while allowing a close shave. It rinses easily and leaves skin smooth. Suitable for all skin types, including extra sensitive skin, so it can be used anywhere on the body. This product contains no added dyes, is 100 per cent fragrance-free and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.

Face Wash – 177ml $29

Face Wash is for use before or after shaving to wash away dirt and excess oil, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean. It also has anti-ageing qualities and is suitable for all skin types. Unlike many other men’s skincare products, this cleanses the skin without making it tight or dry. It can be used before or after shaving, and works to soothe sensitive skin, reduce redness and help fight acne. Like Men Shave, this product contains no added dyes, is 100 per cent fragrance-free and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.

Men Daytime Protect SPF 15 – 60ml $33

Of course all skin care is pretty useless if you are going to head outside unprotected and let the hot sun fry your face. Men Daytime Protect SPF 15 (SPF rating pending TGA clearance) is an anti-ageing moisturiser with sunscreen that’s suitable for all skin types and designed for daily use. Claimed to be ideal for men who don’t like the feel of sunscreen, it works great whether you have rosacea, sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts. The shine-free formula prevents and reduces wrinkles, rough skin, brown spots and other forms of sun damage. When used daily, this product is said to strengthen skin against further damage and prevents premature skin ageing.

Nighttime Repair – 50ml $41

On the nights when you do manage to get some sleep, you can use the time effectively to have a healthier-looking complexion. The product contains a unique complex of ingredients proven to make skin look younger, smoother and healthier by building and preserving all layers of skin. It also hydrates and makes a visible difference in the appearance of lines, wrinkles and brown spots. Your skin will feel fresh, clean, and comfortable but never slick or greasy.

After testing these products over a number of weeks I can say I was impressed with the results – particularly in regard to a reduction in blotchiness and redness – and look forward to seeing what can be achieved over a long trial period. If your skin isn’t looking its best, I can certainly recommend you give PC4Men a try, particularly if you’re working long hours and partying hard.