They may say that Christmas is a time for friends and family, but wouldn’t it be nice if Christmas was a time for friends and family to notice that you look even better than you did last Christmas?
For many men, looking good isn’t just a case of donning their best men’s suit jackets and smart shoes then smoothing down their hair, it means not looking older. With this in mind, we bring you the skincare tips that’ll have you looking fresh, vibrant, and ready for those festive reunions.
It’s a great idea to follow a basic skincare routine of cleansing, shaving and then moisturising, but for that extra boost, consider looking into some of the more advanced and hardworking products that are just waiting to maximise your routine.
First, consider adding another step for a deeper clean that will stimulate new skin cells. An exfoliating scrub used once or twice a week will make you look fresher in the short-term and will deliver younger-looking skin with continued use. Don’t use it more than this though, and stop using it if your skin gets irritated.
Now you have the basics in place, it’s time to look into the men’s skincare innovations that deliver targeted results where you need them. Let us introduce you to a noticeably smoother-faced future:
Generally, it’s the eyes that age a man’s face. We don’t mean he looks like he’s seen a lot, we mean the delicate skin around a man’s eyes is prone to get wrinkled way before the rest of his face, adding on the years and letting his whole appearance down. Stop this by getting your hands on an eye cream, and commit to using it regularly. It’ll smooth existing fine lines and will protect the skin from further premature ageing. Many men apply eye cream to the skin underneath the eyes – don’t make this mistake. Your eye cream should be gently dotted along the bone that frames your eye socket. It’ll make its way to that soft skin of its own accord, through absorption, but it’s too thick to apply there directly.
Next, it’s lip balm. Don’t panic, there needn’t be a whiff of cherry or reddish tint or in sight. Men’s lip balms are hard-working products that get the job done without airs or graces – just make sure yours has an SPF so it can protect your lips from future sun damage as well as smoothing out those ageing fine lines. Apply it every day for the best results.
Quick skincare tip: Men’s skin is different to women’s; it’s tougher, thicker, produces more oil and is more prone to damage from the environment so you’ll generally need thicker products and harder-working formulations than those designed for women. As AskMen puts it so well: “A men’s anti-ageing product can’t be made with unicorn’s tears and candy floss; it needs to pack in a certain amount of elbow grease if it’s going to actually do anything.”
Finally, your guide to serums, oils, and moisturising:
If you’ve only just come round to the idea of moisturising on a daily basis, we understand that being asked to add yet another product can seem a bit much, but we promise it’ll be worth it.
Skin serums and oils are a fairly recent emergence in the world of men’s skincare, but they provide a concentrated hit of goodness that’s so impressive, we wish we’d been using them for years. These products improve overall skin appearance, but also signs of ageing, shaving damage and extremely dry skin.
The reason oils and serums are so good is that they can get much deeper into the skin layer than normal moisturisers, thanks to their smaller molecular structure. The deeper a product goes, the better the effect.
Both formulas are great at getting beneficial active ingredients like retinol or vitamin C right down into the skin.
If you like the idea but don’t know which to choose, serums are water-based and can easily be absorbed by the skin, meaning they are lighter therefore better for oily skin, while oils are more suitable for older or dryer skin.
Quick skincare tip: To smooth out ageing skin, apply your serum or oil after cleansing but before moisturising. If you have oily skin and just a few fine lines, you can skip the moisturiser.
Enjoy making a great impression.