16 March 2015

Every man requires a wing-man

I've been blogging about two months now and one of the main things I've noticed is that a lot of other bloggers have amazing skin.

To be honest I have probably neglected my skin over the years. I mean I don't think I have got bad skin but possibly, it could be better.

Let me take you back to when I was a teenager - when your skin goes through all sorts of changes.

I never was a really spotty kid.
I was the kid who had the one big spot every now and then - which to me was worse.
I mean if you had a load of spots all of the time it never got mentioned but if you had that one big spot every so often it stood out like a male blogger at an event! :)

I don't remember what face wash I used back then.
It may have been just soap and water but it was a very long time ago.

After my teenage years ended, my skin cleared up - well I say cleared up, I just mean that I didn't get that many spots any more and they weren't as big.

By this time I was a full time worker in the engineering business so you can probably imagine the sort of muck and grease collecting on my face everyday.

I had to search out some good face washes then.

I tried loads of different styles - it was so long ago I can't remember which ones but I'm sure they were Clearasil ones, and possibly some from Avon.
All I can remember is that none of them suited my skin at all and always brought my skin out in more spots which wasn't a good look when my adventures in the pub world began.

I decided that it would be best to only wash my face with warm water and that did seem to do the trick.

Now that I'm 32 and still working in the same sort of industry, well, you would think that I would have found some sort of "proper" face wash by now.

Well kind of! 

The only thing I have been using is an anti-bacterial face wash, only maybe a couple of times a week which my skin seemed to really agree with.

But then I was asked to review some skincare products from Wingman - check out they full product range (here) - I must say I was very sceptical if it would work for me, but I thought stuff it, I loved the name and the product sounded really cool.

So let me introduce you to



Founded in 2009 Wingman combines lifrstyle and performance to deliver the worlds greatest male grooming products.

I found it really cool that Wingman products are Help For Heros Endorsed Products.

The products I have been using are from the Skinfuel Range - check out the story behind the making of the products (here)

I love the look of these products, they have a good "manly" look about them and would certainly stand out to me in the shops. 

The range has a three stage system which is good to keep you on track with a daily routine.

The 3 stages are:

1st Stage - Ginseng Face Scrub

2nd Stage - Ginseng Face Wash

3rd Stage - Ginseng Moisturiser

So let me tell you how I got on with the products because I know you're all dying to find out.

I started using this product over three weeks ago and like I said earlier, my skin doesn't take well to skin products so I wasn't holding out much hope that this would be any different. 

I used it first after a long day at work so my face was feeling very yak.
The first thing I noticed when I squirted it into the palm of my hand was that it had a really nice smell - not too strong, just enough to make you notice it.
The scent was a really fresh smell - I've never smelt ginseng before so I didn't really know what to expect but I was impressed 

I covered my entire face in warm water so it was wet enough to apply the scrub.

The scrub itself had a nice feel to it, as some scrubs can feel too gritty but this had a nice, soft feel.
I certainly felt the grit working into my face, so I knew it was working, but it wasn't harsh at all. 

Once again I could really feel how fresh it was. 

It did take a bit longer to wash off of my face but that was due to it being lost in my beard - in the end it all came out fine though. 

The next step was the the face wash.

Same as the face scrub this had a nice, gentle, fresh smell.

I applied a small amount to my face and straight away it lathered up loads - a bit too much in fact.

My face was truly covered...maybe I used a bit much though...

In fairness it washed off easily - even from my beard.

My face smelt fresh, felt fresh, and looked really clean.

My next step was to use the moisturiser.
I dried my face off and applied a nice amount to my cheeks, forehead, nose, and neck and gave it a good rub in.

My face felt great!

I carried on this routine for the next week but then as expected, my skin reacted and I got a few spots on the cheek bone part of my face.

It didn't put me off using the products though, but I did contact the supplier of the product and explained what had happened.

They were really helpful and told me to carry on using the products because it may have been due to the change over from an anti-bacterial face wash I used before.

I carried on using them for the best part of two weeks and my skin was the same
It felt and looked really fresh and clean but I still had the spots - and even a few more had appeared.

The next few days went by and I was still using the face scrub and the face wash but I stopped using the moisturiser.

Slowly but surely, over the next few days, my spots started clearing up and after another week my spots had all just about gone.

My skin is now feeling and looking amazing and I will keep using the two cleansers as part of my daily routine for the foreseeable future.

Maybe my skin was a little bit too sensitive for the moisturiser.

But as you all know, all skin types are different.

So there you go - I now have a new Wingman!

You can also get the face wash and scrub in Aoe Vera, which I will be testing in the near future.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and maybe you can relate to my skin problems - if so please share your stories in the comments.


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