More men are beginning their skincare journey so let's get into it! Here are a few tips to keep you going/get you started!
Invest in a good cleanser -
Start your routine off with a good cleanser to help remove the outdoor pollution, dirt and bacteria from your skin. As your skin is slightly more resilient, you could look at using cleansers that have a small percentage of hydroxy acids in it. Alternatively, I always recommend cleansers that are super hydrating and balancing.
Repair your skins natural barrier -
Not only do you need protection from environmental factors, but especially for men who shave, ensuring you’re repairing your skins natural barrier is essential. Hyaluronic acid, peptides and ceramides are a few of my favourite barrier protecting ingredients.
Be careful of ingrown hairs -
I’m not a man (lol) so I don’t shave my face - however after doing research it’s evident to see that depending on your hair type, dry shaving is a cause for ingrown hair so try to lubricate the area, which can be done with water or a shaving cream. A study found that 15% Azelaic Acid was great for the treatment of ingrown hairs has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as reducing discolouration left behind.
Exfoliate several times a week -
Exfoliation is needed for several reasons such has helping to remove skin that will block facial hair from growing (causing ingrown hairs), allows your product to be absorbed and also keeps the skin healthy and functioning properly through cell renewal. Using AHA’s, BHA’s, Enzymes, PHA’s are a great addition to managing your skin.
Add antioxidants to your routine -
Antioxidants are needed to stabilise free radicals that cause skin ageing. They are stimulated by a number of things such as pollution, diet or over exposure to the sun. Some of my favourite antioxidants to use are Vitamin C and Retinol as they are great for keeping the skin healthy and youthful.
It’s okay for you to have a monthly facial -
I know for some men it is taboo to go on have a facial done as they are heavily targeted towards women, which is why I have created a facial - and I am working on more - specifically for men. You aren’t exempt from skin ageing and you need your skin to be healthy too! To get in the habit of maintaining skin health book a Skin Consultation or look at my Maskuline facial.
Wear SPF -
There is no point doing a skincare routine if you’re not going to protect it with at least SPF30. UV rays account for 90% of skin ageing which creates those free radicals, SPF acts as a block for
up to 97% of UV rays. Wear SPF everyday, even when it is cloudy.
Your skin should be taken just as much as any other place on your body, and it doesn't have to be a hard routine to follow, even a simple on can work to create healthy cell renewal. To get more information, book a skin consultation which can either be done virtually or face to face.