Up your grooming game with the help our skincare experts. We asked our team of male grooming experts for their insider tips on how to get the best out of your products, your skin and your look, here’s what they said:
1. Store your Eye Cream/Gel in the fridge
Fighting cellular fatigue and dark circles comes from the active ingredients, reducing puffiness comes from the fridge. Reducing the temperature of your eye cream, or gel, will help to soothe the under eye area and reduce puffiness. The reduction in temperature stimulates micro-circulation which promotes drainage and thus reduces the amount of fluid under the eyes. Before use, give the cream/gel a shake then apply a grain of rice size amount to each eye. Bingo!
2. Leave your cleansing product on the skin for a minute or two before rinsing them off
All to often we apply our face wash / shampoo / conditioner / body wash and rinse it off right away. Give the formula a chance to work its magic by leaving it on the skin for a minute to two before rinsing it off. This allows the skin and hair to absorb the benefits from the product whilst also allowing the products the time it needs to collect dirt, grease and odour.
3. Change your pillow case at least twice weekly
This is most important for those with oily and combination skin types, but still good practice for those without. Your face stays in contact with your pillow case longer than it does anything else. While your sleeping, your pillow case absorbs grease and dirt from the hair and skin, and as you rest and move during the night, your hair and skin will pick it back up again. Wash it regularly and use both sides of the pillow.
4. Eat Less Sugar
Sugar, whilst tantalising for the taste buds, is detrimental for the skin. Collagen is like the skin’s internal scaffolding, it’s almost like a web that maintains the skin's structure, elasticity and firmness. Sugar breaks Collagen down and thus accelerates ageing through loss of support.
5. Dry Patches of Skin? Use Lip Balm
The elbows, feet, knees and hands are often subject to dryness through pressure and excessive movement. If you notice a patch of dry skin on said areas, before you turn-in for the night, apply a small amount of lip balm to the area to charge it with moisture.
6. Open Up Your Face by Tidying Your Brows
Are your eyebrows getting out of control? Asking the barber to trim them will help, but adding a bit of shape to them will take it to the next level. You can do this very inconspicuously and hardly anybody will know that the change in your appearance is due to your brows having an overhaul. Maintain their masculine shape by plucking or threading rogue strands from the bottom of the brow and take a a few hairs from the outside to subtly shorten them. Your eyes will open up and your whole look will dramatically improve.