Skincare for the boys.
No one wants to spend longer than necessary getting their skincare regime right. I believe most of the ladies have got the timing down to a fine art. Practice makes perfect and no doubt you guys will remember the first time you shaved – how long did that take? Whether its dry or wet shaving trimming your beard or applying pre-shave products and aftershave balms and gels. The skin underneath the beard needs to be looked after.
Facial hair takes moisture away from the skin, so its important to use a daily face wash to clean away bacteria and grease. A twice weekly facial scrub for a deeper cleanse and to minimise ingrown hairs. Facial hair is thicker and coarser than the hair on your head. Use a dedicated beard shampoo and conditioner, otherwise normal shampoo will strip the beard of natural oils. Beard oil not only softens the facial hair it also hydrates the skin. Some can find a beard oil is too greasy, one size does not fit all, as far as beard products go its finding the one that will work for you.
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Male skin is 30% thicker than female skin and does produce more oil. The same cleansing and moisturising routine applies to both genders so if you don’t know where to start, heres a list of key products to consider:
Scrubs and exfoliators. So how do you pick an exfoliator amongst the many that are available. There are two types of exfoliator:-
- Physical exfoliators buff away dead skin cells by means of a fine grit or bead.
- Chemical exfoliators contain an acid that breaks down the bonds that holds dead skin cells together. The results will reveal fresh skin underneath.
Do avoid overly abrasive scrubs so as not to alter the skins barrier function which protects the skin from pollutions and keeping those nasties out of the body.
Facial cleansers are used to keep your skin clean without drying it out like soap can. Choose a mild wash to start with unless you have very dry skin, opting for a cream cleanser in this case would be better.
Why use a toner? A toner removes any remaining residue after using your cleanser. A toner will also close the pores and leave the skin refreshed.
Moisturisers – Not only will a moisturising cream and lotion will keep your skin hydrated, moisturised and supple, it also provides a barrier protecting the skin from free radicals.
Eye creams and gels are used to protect this very fine skin and to keep the skin around the eyes young and free from fine lines and wrinkles.
Some of our recommendations …..
Dermalogica skin prep scrub. A skin polishing scrub for all skin conditions. Gently removes dulling surface debris, allowing for improved absorption of moisturisers.
Dermalogica daily microfoliant. This is a rice based exfoliating powder which activates with water to polish skin to achieve a brighter, smoother skin with fewer visible pores.
Dermalogica special cleansing gel. Soap free cleansing gel suitable for all skin types, the refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities.
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex is one of our top best sellers. The advance micro encapsulated Retinol helps smooth away the signs of ageing. Well worth the price tag of £66. A little goes a long way
Dermalogica skin smoothing cream. The improved formula of this moisturiser now with 48 hours of continuous hydration.
Environ Mild Cleansing Lotion. A lovely cream cleanser applied to damp skin and gently massage over the face and neck before removing with warm water. Can be used morning and/or evening.
Environ Low Foam Cleansing Lotion. Use in the same way as above, the only difference is this cleanser is a foam wash.
Environ Botanical Infused Moisturising Toner. After cleansing moisten cotton wool with this moisturising toner and gently apply to the face and neck. Can be used morning and/or evening.
Environ AVST moisturiser 1. The beauty about this moisturiser is it works on a step-up system, commencing with level 1 and working your way up through the levels to give more Vitamin A on each different level.
Environ Vita-Peptide Eye Gel is our top selling eye gel for men and women. Packed with essential vitamins, peptides and antioxidants which reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Last and by no means least protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by always wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen. Everyday I apply Environ RAD antioxidant sunscreen with UVA & UVB protection and a SPF15.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, using the right product will help you achieve a smooth and radiant complexion.