Facial Skincare: Men’s Edition

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Show your skin some love with these essentials

Still washing your face with body soap and shaving with a disposable razor? You’re probably one of the last few men still doing that. According to Euromonitor, the global market for male grooming products is projected to reach US$60.7 billion by 2020. While, a new report published by Allied Market Research predicts that the global men’s personal care market will hit $166 billion by 2022. This is largely because society has realised that it’s a fallacy to believe that grooming and skincare, are strictly a female affair. Your skin needs and wants to feel healthy and clean too. And just like women, you’re also battling lines, bumps, breakouts and wrinkles as the years pile on. What you need is to arm yourself with a simplified routine with these grooming fundamentals.

Cleanser

These take out debris from your pores sans harsh chemical agents. By investing in a good facewash, you’ll ensure your face isn’t thirsty by locking in the moisture. Identify your skin type, and buy the corresponding product for best results.

Exfoliator

At least once a week, you need to give your skin a good scrub down. You can’t achieve a clear complexion and closer shave, when your pores are battling the build-up of dead skin cells. Additionally, using a face scrub before a shave will help prevent ingrown hair and cuts.

Shaving Cream

If you’re not about the beard life, you may have to shave everyday or multiple times in a week. Shaving cream will become your best mate since it reduces friction; protecting your skin as you aim for that closer shave.

Post Shave Balm

The aftershave splash, you’re accustomed to, is essentially drying out your skin. Alternatively, the balm works to calm your skin whilst preventing razor bumps. Aim for brands that are fragrance and alcohol free, for optimum moisturization.

Eye Cream

Slowing down the aging process means keeping your eyes vibrant. However, this area needs all the help it can get, since collagen production here is low. Neglecting hydration in this region will kick up your wrinkles and lines timeline. Thus, applying an eye cream to that region twice a day will help relieve that fatigued façade from your visage.

Serum & Moisturizer

Serums are the lightest form of hydration that are packed full of active ingredients that seep into all three skin layers. Ingredients such as vitamins and anti-oxidants are delivered to parts of your skin that need it most. Once you’ve applied your serum, add the moisturizer on top to lock in all the good stuff, and create a barrier with the outside world. When selecting the moisturizer that works for your skin type, ensure it has a SPF factor of at least 30. Dermatologists recommend having an evening serum and moisturizer as most are developed with nutrients that work best during the body’s overnight regenerative cycle.

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