Skin care for men isn’t really a new concept. Men have been washing their skin for decades, and have used shaving creams and gels to condition it before applying a razor.
Just as you probably don’t use the same hair care products men used fifty years ago, it’s now time to update your skin care too. Adopting some changes in your skin care routine doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in front of the mirror or use creams that smell like flowers. Using ingredients that can improve the health and appearance of your skin, however, can be quick, easy, and extremely beneficial.
use a cleanser
Don’t worry guys; cleansing is just a fancy word for washing your face. Cleansing is the single most important thing you can do for your face. Neglecting to wash away the excess oil and dirt can clog pores, which leaves the skin prone to breakouts. This doesn’t mean however, that you can reach for that shrivelled old bar of soap stuck to the shower shelf. Ordinary soaps tend to be loaded with detergents and can be very harsh and dehydrating to the skin. Using a soap-free, foaming cleanser like Special Cleaning Gel will remove excess oil and dirt without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance.
ditch the alcohol (on your face)
You know that sting that occurs when you slap on your after-shave? That's alcohol. While it might have antiseptic properties, it can cause irritation and fail to replace your skin's natural protective barrier. Instead, use a product like Post-Shave Balm, which contains Licorice Root to help reduce irritation and discomfort from shaving.
Hot showers, cool winds, prolonged exposure to the sun and not to mention placing a sharp blade next to your face every day is a recipe for irritated, dehydrated skin. Showering and shaving open up pores and allow precious water to escape, but a light weight moisturiser like Active Moist can fix everything. It replenishes the skin’s moisture content and prevents razor burn.
As the top cause of premature skin ageing, sun damage shows on skin in the form of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and can lead to the potential for skin cancer. Even brief exposure during outdoor lunches or a 20-minute run, is enough to cause the signs of skin ageing. The first line of defense against sun damage is daily use of SPF like Protection 50 Sport SPF50. Even on cloudy or overcast days, UV light can strike skin and cause damage, so simply wearing sunscreen on sunny days isn’t enough. Don’t have time to put on sunscreen? Why not add it to your morning routine by using a moisturiser with SPF like Daily Defense SPF15.
We know shaving impacts skin health: ingrown hairs, irritation and redness are just some of the visible signs of trauma your skin undergoes when you take a razor to it. But how do you know which shave product is right for you? It really comes down to personal preference (whether you prefer the feel of a cream/gel/oil) and the unique skin problems you face when shaving.
Here’s a quick breakdown to shave you some time:
Daily Clean Scrub: A dual-action exfoliating cleanser that removes surface debris, minimises ingrown hairs and lifts the beard for a closer, cleaner shave.
Pre-Shave Guard: Great for heavy beards, this guard shields and softens hair to help minimise razor burn and bumps.
Soothing Shave Cream: This ultra-calming, anti-inflammatory shave cream conditions the skin, reducing irritation and redness associated with shaving while also eliminating acne-causing bacteria.
Invigorating Shave Gel: A lightweight, clear, shaving gel that soothes, cools, soften and calms redness. Perfect for oily skin fellows.
Close Shave Oil: No nicks. No cuts. No redness. All accuracy! Create an instant cushion between skin and razor for the ultimate close shave with this oil.
Daily Defense SPF15: This multi-tasking daytime moisturiser helps condition skin, beats dryness and leaves a shine-free finish, all while defending against UV rays.
Post-Shave Balm: Reduce discomfort and prevent bumps with this super cooling treatment balm that moisturisers and soothes skin, reducing post-shave recovery time. The perfect finishing tool to your flawless shave!