Male grooming can be a daunting thing. There’s a myriad of products and treatments thrown out into the public domain on a daily basis and it’s hard to navigate. Let alone if you’re new to male grooming and aren’t sure if that expensive big-brand moisturiser is right for you.
Here’s our guide to a basic skincare routine - the good news is that these beauty basics won’t break the bank.
Step 1: Cleanse
The first and most important step in your skincare routine, is to cleanse your face on a daily basis. Depending on your skin type, you may have to do this once or twice a day. Dry skin tends to need cleansing less than oily or combination skin and so it really does depend on how your skin reacts to the product. The basic rule to go by is if your skin is getting red, irritated or is feeling too tight after cleansing, then you are probably cleansing too often. See how your skin reacts and tailor this step around your skin’s needs.
Step 2: Exfoliate
The next step after we are all squeaky clean is to exfoliate. It’s important to do this step following cleansing, to avoid pushing any of that dirt and bacteria we’ve just removed into the skin. To put it simply, exfoliating is the removal of dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion.
There are many different types of exfoliators, but they mostly fall into two main categories – physical or chemical.
As the name suggests, a physical exfoliant uses physical particles to remove the dead skin cells. A chemical exfoliant uses its ingredients to do the job.
On average, it’s advised you exfoliate only once or twice a week. If you over-do it, you can aggravate and irritate the skin.
Step 3: Mask
Masking is definitely not a step you would do every day but it is a step that will dramatically improve your skincare regime. Similarly to exfoliating, we recommend doing this step once or twice a week for best results.
There’s a huge range of face masks available, so we’re going to focus on sheet masks. A sheet mask is essentially a sheet of material that you put over your face for 15-20 minutes. The mask is soaked in a concentrated serum and it will give you an instant effect, depending on the type of sheet mask you buy.
Step 4: Moisturise
After we’ve cleansed and exfoliated, the next step is to replenish and repair the skin’s barrier. We do this primarily through moisturisers.
There are moisturisers that cater to every skin type imaginable – it really is a case of trial and error until you find something that works for you.
The important thing to remember is that no matter our skin type, we need to moisturiser twice a day. Contrary to what you may think if you have oily skin, moisturisers actually help control the oil production and can leave you looking much less like an oil slick by the end of the day.
Step 5: Lip Balm
Okay, a final and somewhat a bit of an extra step, but we think it’s important. After we’ve moisturised our face, the next step we do – without fail morning and night – is to apply lip balm. Say what you will, but chapped lips are not cute. It is such a small step, but it’s one with so many benefits.
Not all lip balms are created equal, and most of the cheaper ones actually have an ingredient in them that cracks your lips over time – visible instant benefits but long-term side effects.
Always avoid products that have a menthol sensation to them – it’s one of the main culprits.
Spend the extra money and invest in a good lip balm – you won’t regret it.