There’s a general misconception that women, as compared to men, are traditionally more likely to spend a good chunk of time perfecting their appearance and complexion. They are more likely to obsess over a small blemish and others will sieve through countless articles (like the ones we have here on Prologue!) teaching them the ways of improving their current complexion. Men generally prefer simple over the complex when it comes to skin care.
We kept all these in mind and sought out some basic good skincare tips that men should and can easily follow:
TIP #1: WASH YOUR FACE DAILY (ESPECIALLY AFTER A WORKOUT)
If you’re using a bar soap or an one-size-fits-all soap. ditch it. Regular bar soap often can contain harsh ingredients that do more harm than good on your skin. Instead, wash your face daily with a mild cleanser designed for facial cleansing. It’s advisable to clean your face at least twice a day. Always rinse with lukewarm water (not hot!) and pat—don’t rub—dry with a washcloth. After a workout, rinse off any sweat and bacteria lingering on your skin with a good ol’ shower. If that option isn’t directly available, give your face a quick wipe-down with cleansing wipes. This step may seem small but it helps to keep post-workout acne causing bacteria at bay.
We recommend the Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel, a power cleanser containing Cucumber, Sage and Aloe Vera extracts to soothe and moisturise oily skin and to provide balance to the skin’s pH. Coupled with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Soybean Extracts, it also provides anti-oxidation effects to prevent breakouts. Remove impurities without stripping your skin’s natural moisture.
Balance – Daily Cleansing Gel (on right) with Revive – Makeup Cleanser (on left)
TIP #2: SHAVE GENTLY
If you are prone to razor bumps, razor burn, and/or ingrown hairs, it may mean that it’s time to switch out your blade and change up your technique. Multi-blade razors can be too harsh for some men, so try a single- or double-blade razor and make certain not to stretch your skin while shaving. Before shaving, wet your skin and hair with lukewarm or warm water to soften it up a bit and open your pores up. Lather shaving cream and shave in the direction of hair growth. Always remember to replace any blade that has become dull (after about five to seven shaves) to reduce the risk of irritation. Follow up with after shaving with an after-shave gel/balm to soothe and hydrate the area.
TIP #3: USE A TONER
Toners are a great foundation for your skincare routine as they reduce oil levels, thereby mattifying the face. When oil levels are in check, any serum or moisturizer applied thereafter will be absorbed more easily. However, toners should be used after cleansing (and exfoliating, more on it later).
Place a few drops in your hands or on a cotton pad, and distribute evenly around the face, especially in areas most susceptible to acne and oil accumulation. Following a shave, you can also apply toner to prevent clogged pores and ingrown hairs.
We recommend the Revive – Glycolic Toner, an alcohol-free toner enriched with a unique blend of alpha-hydroxy acids and Vitamins C & E to effectively clarify sluggish complexions and protect it against free radicals that cause signs of aging.
Revive – Glycolic Toner
TIP #4: MOISTURISE, MOISTURISE AND YES, MOISTURISE!
A common misconception is that only dry skin needs additional moisture. All skin needs moisture—even oily! As we previously mentioned, dry skin affects males (and females, equally!) and is even more prevalent in older individuals as they are prone to having dry skin. Our skin tends to produce diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants as we age and the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air or ‘humidity’ is another cause of dry skin. Not only can a moisturizer hydrate your skin, it can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and reveal younger-looking skin. After cleansing, showering, or shaving, apply moisturizer to your face and body while your skin is still damp.
We recommend the Balance – Hydraclear Gel made from a special blend of herbal extracts and natural Aloe Vera, massage a small amount into skin daily, day and night, after toning or as directed by your skincare professional to relieve dry, irritated, acne-prone skin.
TIP #5: PROTECT YOUR SKIN AGAINST THE SUN WITH SUNSCREEN
Wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots are signs of aging that aren’t limited to only women. Prevent sun damage that by applying broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas of skin before going outdoors. You can also opt for a moisturiser containing SPF. Make sure to reapply every two hours. It’s wise to invest in protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and more to protect your skin even further.
We recommend the Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser. which is non-comodogenic, oil- and paraben-free. Containing a broad-spectrum SPF20, this moisturiser/sunscreen provides protection against sun damage and prevents pore congestion that can lead to breakouts and milia seed formation. Its hydrating and weightless texture also offers light coverage in Light or Natural shades.
Flawless – Skin Perfecting Moisturiser
TIP#6: APPLY A SERUM
Introduce essential ingredients and into your skin care routine by applying a serum! There are serums available address signs of aging, tone, texture, and more. Serums are far lighter (and faster to absorb) than moisturisers, and they keep your skin hydrated without contributing to that greasy feeling that we all dread so much. When you’re skin is hydrated, your skin won’t go nuts overproducing sebum—thus making your face appear less oily in the long run.
TIP #7: EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
Exfoliation helps keep your skin clear and more even as it gets rid of flaky skin cells. Look for chemical exfoliants as they do a better job of dissolving dead skin cells without irritating or damaging the skin. The exfoliator should be applied to damp skin in a gentle, circular motion. And remember: don’t scrub! Scrubbing only aggravates the skin and exacerbates any existing skin issues.
TIP #8: SCHEDULE A FACIAL TREATMENT
In addition to sticking to an at-home skin care routine, getting a facial can also help you address your concerns. A well-rounded skin care routine with a good treatment programme can often deliver strong results. Facials aren’t just a pampering treat; they are also key to healthy skin especially when pairing a well-rounded skin care routine with a good treatment programme. To maintain a radiant healthy glow, try to fit in at least a facial once a week.
PORCELAIN TRAVEL ESSENTIALS (OILY-COMBINATION)
It’s so easy to have fresh, clean and radiant skin wherever you go — even if you’re just in the office and need a quick midday cleanse! A combination of a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, this travel kit helps brighten skin and evens out your skin tone. It also fights the effects of exposure to environmental pollutants, revealing healthier, more radiant skin with every step.