To avoid this grooming dilemma, we’ve highlighted some key men’s skincare routines you need to follow.
Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise
Cleansing removes all unwanted oils and unwanted substances that you may have incurred during the day or overnight from saliva sodden pillowcase. Its intent is to clear the pores in preparation for the toner and moisturiser that follows, because if the pores are blocked they won’t absorb the latter to full effect.
Toning isn’t essential, but for those plagued with blemishes and spots it can be particularly useful as it works to hydrate your skin. But make sure you avoid any that use alcohol in their ingredients, as it’ll do more harm than good to your face. I personally use Kiehl’s ultra facial toner, which removes any facial debris and prepares your pores for full absorption of moisturiser.
Moisturising you should be familiar with, it’s necessary to achieve smooth skin and avoid irritation, especially during winter months when harsh weather conditions can dry out your face. Use it sparingly to avoid greasy skin and make sure you pick the right one e.g. a sensitive one if you are prone to redness and itching. The Dr Jackson’s moisturiser pictured is SPF 20 and includes a kigelia fruit extract that has calming and soothing properties to aid problem skin.
If you don’t believe in any of the above from our words, take advice from fountain of youth discoverer Pharrell Williams, who said in an interview with ID Magazine that cleansing and toning with decent products is the key to his eternal youthful looks (not vampirism).
“My dermatologist, Dr. Elena Jones, gave me the Glytone Self-Foaming Cleanser, which I wash off with cold water to close my pores. I follow that with a clearing toner and moisturiser, also from my dermatologist.”
There you go. A simple one for you that won’t break the bank. Try to get 8 hours sleep most nights. If you struggle to switch off at the end of the day, try not looking at your phone before bed, because the bright light close to your face can irritate your eyes. Instead try reading a book. It’s like a Kindle, but made out of paper. Remember those?
Whoooooah, another relatively straightforward one! Just keep two litres of water on your desk everyday and make your way through it to keep your skin looking healthy and hydrated. If you find plain ol’ wet boring though, get an infuser bottle and fill it full of different kinds of fruit for a healthy, tastier alternative.
Avoid Over Tanning
Yes, being tanned all year round makes you look great, but looking like a leather jacket at the age of 50 does not. Wear a high factor cream or sunblock if you’re on holiday or skip the beds and get a spray tan if you’re in need of a healthy winter glow.
Eat Skin Friendly Foods
Eat yourself to good skin by indulging in a good source of healthy fats from omega 3 rich fish such as salmon and mackerel (which reduces inflammation and keeps skin moist), as well as vitamin E rich avocados, a vital antioxidant that protects your skin from oxidative harm.
Other foods to keep in your kitchen that hold the key to good skin are walnuts, broccoli, sweet potatoes and dark chocolate for those who need a sweet treat at the end of a meal, which studies have shown increases blood flow so the proper nutrients can reach the skin.