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The It List 10 May 2021

The Men’s Beauty It-List For The Ultimate Skin Care Routine

Let’s get you sorted with our must-have men’s skin care products

It’s time to stop stealing from the stash of your significant other, siblings, or housemates and start your very own skin care routine,


Words By Eva Marchingo

Cleanse

First up in your new beauty regime is a cleanser to clean your face. Cleansers remove the build-up of dirt and oil from your skin and remove impurities. They thoroughly cleanse your skin without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. You’ll be left with refreshed, clean, and hydrated skin. When looking for a cleanser, you need to be aware of your skin type and any problem areas. If you have dry skin, you might want something more hydrating. If you’re working hard on the tools all day, you might opt for something tougher you can use day and night to break down any dirt.

Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser, £27.92, Mr Porter

Exfoliate

For a product that will deep clean your pores and exfoliate your skin, look no further than an exfoliant. Exfoliation tones your skin, opens follicles, loosens dead skin cells, and removes cellular debris. Exfoliating your skin will reveal brighter and smoother skin by buffing away impurities. Exfoliation stimulates cell renewal and promotes refreshed skin. When you’re looking for an exfoliant to suit you, think about what kind of exfoliation you want. For example, jojoba beads are a gentle yet effective exfoliant made from natural jojoba wax, whereas you can also get chemical exfoliants, which are acids that break down dead skin.

Baxter of California Facial Scrub 120ml, was $28.69 now $24.95, The Modern Man

Moisturise

Moisturisers are the ultimate tool in relieving tight-feeling and dry skin, minimising signs of aging, and improving elasticity. Moisturising your skin is an important step in your skincare regime, and it’s also an easy one. When buying moisturisers, you can choose different types to suit your skin. If you’re prone to oily skin, try an oil-free moisturiser. If you find yourself dealing with redness, try a green moisturiser to balance your skin tone. We recommend applying your moisturiser with your fingertips, which will minimise the risk of the product being absorbed in your hands, thus saving you product. Massage the product gently in an upwards direction to promote circulation and reduce sagging.

Anthony All Purpose Facial Moisturizer 90ml, was $37.20 now $32.35, The Modern Man

Soothe

After-shave is a classic piece in your skincare routine. An efficient after-shave is easily applied and instantly absorbed to soothe the skin and repair irritations caused by shaving. The scent of your after-shave can be an important part of communicating your personality, so make sure to pay attention to that aspect. Sometimes the best way to ensure comfort post-shave is to protect yourself while you’re shaving. Many products ensure a clean, close, enjoyable shave, which will help keep your skin smooth and soothed afterwards. Shaving creams soften facial hair ahead of shaving, keep skin soothed throughout, calm inflammation, and nourish your skin.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – White Eagle, $38, Kiehl’s

Protect

Saving the best for last, sunscreen is the ultimate skincare tool. Sun can do irreparable damage to your skin, even if you’re not actively tanning. Sunscreen should be worn every day – even during the colder months – to ensure you’re protecting yourself. Make sure your sunscreen has both UVA and UVB broad-spectrum resistance, so you’re covered no matter what you encounter. Other sunscreen features to look out for include an SPF of between 30 and 50 and two-hour water resistance. Your sunscreen will protect you from sun damage, photo-aging, and harmful UV rays. Not only will your skin thank you, but your health will too.

Hunter Lab SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen 50g, $48, Activeskin