One thing I love about skincare is how hydrated and fresh I feel after application but one thing I hate? Heavy, dripping layers of moisturizer, eye cream and serum painfully stinging my eyes while sweating when the temperature reach over 100 degrees or skipping my morning skincare routine so that I can avoid this same dreadful experience during my morning work out. Lucky for us Lqd Skincare was made with those who work up a sweat in mind. “When you train hard you shower often, so you need products to remove the sweat and grime of life that aren’t too harsh, with the ability to replenish the balance of oils in your skin”. Lqd is built on science and innovation, not marketing hype and false promises which is quite clear with one quick sweep at they’re packaging and branding. Hailing from Australia Lqd is making a large splash in the United States after being featured in GQ & Mens Heath and is now sold in Bloomingdales nationwide. Our friends over at Lqd Skincare were generous enough to send over their essential gift set kit to review for you guys. While they did send this product for review opinions are strictly our own.
Lqd face wash is a strong non-foaming wash that doesn’t contain SLS or SDS. It’s designed to remove excess oils, but is pH-balanced so it won’t dry out your skin. Packed with Aloe Vera to moisturize and rejuvenate, and Vitamin E to help neutralize free-radical damage. This wash reminds me a lot of a milk cleanser but with a thicker consistency for mens textured skin. It easily blends around the skin and is quickly removed with a splash of water. After two weeks consistent usage I noticed above average brightness and clarity as well as overall hydration.
My hands down holy grail from the Lqd line is their face scrub. The Lqd FACE scrub has been designed specifically to rejuvenate the naturally occurring collagen in men’s skin. Containing 12% glycol acid and biodegradable micro-beads, it quickly removes old skin cells and excess oil that blocks pores, revealing a fresh new look and feel to your skin. What I love about this scrub is that after every use I notice my skin is radiant and healthy, I love how the micro-beads feels thick and purposeful yet not overly abrasive. The scrub quickly wipes away and when Im feeling extra unmotivated I’ll just mix it in with the wash in my hand and multitask. Some products can get streaky or feel heavy when mixed together but these two together are a mens skin care stand out.
The Lqd face calm is a fast acting, soothing and calming serum, containing skin desensitizers which makes redness and irritation a thing of the past. This serum quickly penetrates the skin with essential vitamins and anti-oxidants to help repair. Apply this serum after the face wash to combat acne, ingrown hairs, eczema, rosacea and keratosis or just apply it as a treatment after shaving. The consistency is gel like and cooling as it quickly soaks into the skin. The face calm serum will help boost your skins hydration and contains vitamin e, green tea, and organic aloe vera.
Lqd face hydrate is much different from every other men’s moisturizer on the market. It is a thick, rich, non-greasy almond oil-based moisturizer that soothes and leaves the skin looking matte and feeling hydrated. A true skin tonic, it’s packed full of antioxidants to fight free-radical damage and deliver potent protection from harsh environmental elements. Because of its oil combating strength and matte finish I recommend this for oily and sweat prone skin types. This is a standout product for the guy who wants a natural moisturizer that will give soft, supple skin and keep oil at bay. Ingredients like organic aloe vera, shea and cocoa seed butter, camellia seed oil, and witch hazel work in concert to give a clean and hydrated finish.
A natural shaving cream that is perfect for sensitive skin is the Lqd face shave. This shaving cream is a thick non-foaming formula, packed full of antioxidants and anti-irritants, that rinses clean from the razor every time. It has a calming aloe vera base designed to create a smooth barrier between your skin and razor, which will provide your closest shave ever. The cream softens the hair and moisturizes the skin during shaving leaving behind soft supple skin perfect for a well groomed beard.