Male Grooming or ‘Pig Maintenance’ (as dubbed by Queen Zoë Foster-Blake)

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A few months ago, I was messaged by a friend who wanted to know what to go was with male skincare and grooming. Male and female skin requires the exact same ingredients and attention to have it looking healthy and clean, and only occasionally do men need to add watching a boxing match or driving a monster truck to their regime – once or twice a month should be enough.

there are only a few lucky people that get by with splashing their face with water every morning and night and I’m almost sure there must be some form of wizardry involved in this. For the rest of us mortals, sticking to a good routine with quality products with ingredients that work for your age, skincare concern and skin type will have your skin looking its best. Here’s a quick skincare cheat sheet:

Skin For Teenagers:

Ah yes, hormones. Unfortunately, this is a time in your life that can be a bit of a battle in terms of skincare. The thing with hormonal breakouts is, you can’t really stop them. Much like a bad haircut, there’s not really much you can do until you grow out of it. You can, however, take steps to reduce the severity and long term impact of your breakouts.

Oily/Acne Prone- Cleanse with a cleanser that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Salicylic Acid is a BHA which is one of the only things that are able to penetrate into the pore and clean it out. Follow with a toner or astringent to make sure that all the cleanser has been removed from your face and pores are clean. Finish with a light moisturiser that contains no SPF (this can block pores overnight and you’re much better-adding one over the top)

Normal- Dry – Cleanse with a cream cleanser that will keep your face clean and balanced. 1-3 times a week it is also a good idea to use an exfoliant of some kind to ensure you aren’t getting a build up of dead skin (swimming in salt water is another way to exfoliate). Use a moisturiser over top to make sure your skin is protected from environmental aggressors – especially if you have been to the beach and add sunscreen if you are going to be exposed to UVA/UVB rays.

Sometimes even if you don’t struggle with all over acne, there is still a chance you can get the odd breakout -still, probably due to hormones- they suck. If you are finding this is happening, but only occasionally and only in certain areas, a topical cream or gel that contains salicylic will be enough to help.

Skin For Adults

Even though there might not be any issues that you specifically want to target (like acne) it is still important to keep good skincare in mind as you start to lose natural collagen and elastin year by year. (depressing isn’t it) and if you want to have any hope of looking as good as George Clooney, pay close attention to these two simple daily things you can do to keep your skin looking its best.

Step 1. A good cleanser. A lot of jobs involve getting dirty and all that muck on your face can wreck havoc on your skin. Even if you keep your hands a little neater on the day to day, you are still exposed to environmental pollutants, your skins natural oils and general griminess. At the end of the day, a gentle wash with a non-soap based cleanser will make sure that your skin remains clean.

Step 2. Find a moisturiser that is simple and effective. If you find yourself getting slightly shinier throughout the day, opt for an oil-free or a gel moisturiser. If you find that your skin feels tight and dry, find something richer and thicker in consistency.

Other Tips:

Don’t be too afraid to use lip balm, better that than cracked smackers.

Maintain your hairstyle. Whether it’s shoulder length hair or it’s so precisely gelled that you look like your ready to ask a catholic priest permission to wed your fiancé, nothing looks better than a guy who knows what kind of style he likes and knows how to do it.

Brush your teeth regularly, pretty self-explanatory.

If you feel like you need to, get your brows shaped. As someone who has worked with male models I know for a fact that the man on the front of that vogue covers your girlfriend has on her bedside table participates in brow maintenance. I also know that there is potential he asked to have gold shimmer sprayed on him pre-shoot (I know this because I’ve also had the job of standing in a bathroom with a half naked 6’4 man, spraying him with the same suga baby shimmer spray my older sister use to use before parties.. )

There are also lots of brands designed specifically for men to be easy, simple and no-fuss in general. Worth a look in your local Mecca Cosmetica at a brand called Malin and Goetz if you’re interested!

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