Gone are the days when men would use just one product to cover their hair, face and body. Men are more and more interested in taking care of their skin, but often have little idea how to do so. Our industry is frustratingly catering mostly to women, and can sometimes make the process a little complicated. We’re all about keeping things simple, so here’s an easy and effective skin care routine just for men.
Step 1: Cleanse
The key to a good skin care routine is to thoroughly, yet gently cleansing your skin with a face wash such as L'Oréal Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Face Wash 150ml. Cleansing your skin in the morning and before bed will help remove oil, bacteria, and impurities from your pores that can cause acne and dull your overall complexion. It can lead to a better shave by removing bacteria and oil that can seep into your pores as you glide your blade across the skin.
Before cleansing your face, make sure to open up the pores by hopping in the shower or splashing some warm water over the skin. This will help open up the pores for a better cleanse. Apply the wash all over, gently rubbing in circles. When done, rinse your face with cool water to close the pores and gently pat your face dry. Remember, your skin should feel clean, but not too clean or dried out. An excessively cleansed face will cause irritation, excess oil production and premature wrinkles. Nobody wants that right?
Step 2: Exfoliate
This next step is crucial to any skin care routine, not only for your skin, but for a better shave. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and other impurities on the face, but also softens the hairs on your face, lifting them up for a closer, smoother shave. Plus, men tend to have oilier skin than women, so that means you’ll be more prone to dead skin cell build up and other impurities sitting on your face. Exfoliating removes these from the face, allowing newer, healthier looking skin cells to appear. Post shave, a face scrub can also help those prone to ingrown hairs.
After cleansing your face, gently rub a facial scrub (we love Thalgo Refreshing Exfoliator 50ml) over your skin. Once your skin feels polished, rinse the scrub off with cool water to close your pores and pat your face dry. We recommend only using a face scrub two to three times a week to not irritate your skin.
Step 3: Moisturise
If you’re looking for visible results with your skin, hydration is key. Using moisturiser daily helps keep the skin cells hydrated, while preventing oil and other impurities from entering into the pores. It also helps fight skin ageing as it stimulates collagen production.
After steps 1 and 2, apply a thin layer of moisturiser all over, especially targeting your forehead, around the eyes and your cheeks. Try not to apply too much, less is more. Go for a product like L'Oréal Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser 50ml
A few added extras…
All skin care routines should include a step to prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin. Make sure to use a sun cream with at least SPF15
Eye cream might be a step too far for most men, but it does make such a difference. As you sleep, fluid builds up underneath your eyes, causing dark circles and bags. Most eye creams contain some form of caffeine that will help stimulate the blood, dissipating the puffiness and dark circles. Try ThalgoMen Anti-Fatigue Serum For Eyes 15ml