GQ – FIVE CHEATS TO GETTING GREAT SPRING SKIN
Fuss-free advice from the founder of one of Australia’s cult skincare labels.
Elliot Waldron is the founder of Hunter Lab, an Australian skincare label that has become one of the go-to brands for men after a no-fuss, effective grooming routine.
GQ spoke to Hunter Lab earlier to discuss their top five tips for achieving great skin this spring.
GQ: What is the one product we often forget to incorporate into our daily grooming routine?
Elliot Waldron: The most frequent query we’re asked about is what to wash the face with. There are two important steps here, and in the Hunter Lab Cleansing Facial Scrub we’ve combined the two; Cleansing and Exfoliating. It’s also the most important, because skin health start with keeping the skin clean and clear, and avoiding any ingredients with a history of causing skin sensitivies.
Which ingredients should we avoid when purchasing skincare products?
There are many synthetic ingredients and componds which are absolute no go’s. There are others that are harmless, and some which can be highly effective in smoothing, soothing and plumping skin. The reason we believe it’s best to avoid them completely, is because some of these ‘ok’ synthetic ingredients are being proven to have negative effects on our bodies when combined with other ‘ok’ ingredients.
Hunter Lab products are free from pore-blocking petrochemicals, sulfate detergents, silicones, synthetic colours and parabens, and do not contain potential irritants including glycols, such as propylene glycol, PEG’s, urea, D.E.A, T.E.A, aliphatic alcohols, phthalates and aluminum.
Which ingredients should we be looking for when shopping for quality skincare products?
There are many incredible natural oils, extracts and actives, all with their own specific benefits and uses. If you’re in the market for a worthy moisturiser, you need to be looking for oils which intensely hydrate, like avocado and maracuja, and extracts which are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as violet leaf and wakame.
If you’re after a shampoo, then look for ingredients which strengthen and thicken hair, like hemp seed oil and silk protein, one of the strongest natural fibres in the world, to help promote growth. And if you’re in need of a shaving lubricant, look for ingredients which soften the skin and hair, like quandong and desert lime extracts, and stop irritation and infection, like Tazman Pepper.
How should we adapt our grooming routine to prepare for the warmer months ahead?
Winter is often the catalyst for a lapse in our rituals, esepcially our fitness and our skincare routines. So the most important thing we can do is getting back on track with daily skin care. That includes using a hardworking face cleanser and scrub, a richly nourishing and intensely hydrating moisturiser, and a heavy duty night serum. With these three steps covered, your skin will look and feel fantastic coming into the hotter months
Which products should we be avoiding or using less of in spring?
Again, it’s the cheap products with synthetic fillers we should always try to avoid. Over time, as our skin tries to cope with these foreign or unnatural ingredients, it can become weakened and more susceptible to further damage. This damage makes us more exposed to pollutants, free radicals, dryness and sensitivities that impact ageing and overall skin health. Whereas our biocompatibility with the plant world means high quality natural ingredients are fantastic for our skin all year round.