03.08.2020

KICKSTART YOUR GROOMING GAME

Supercharged skincare starts here

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Words: Leila Petersen | Images: Supplied

While WFH is the new normal, video calls have you peeking at your complexion much more than usual, right? Increased stress levels, winter’s chill, extra hot showers and exposure to indoor heating can all wreak havoc on your skin, stripping it of natural oils and evaporating most of its surface water. The result? A dull and dehydrated version of your former handsome self. Time to establish a quick and easy routine. The upside is that there are loads of great products that can relieve those chapped cheeks. The downside? All these choices can be confusing, leaving you eager to simply resort to using regular soap again. Before you do that, or just slap on some product and hope for the best, we list a few simple investments from trusted brands that’ll help keep your face looking its finest for you – and your next Google Meet.

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The cornerstone of any routine, a good face wash is imperative to help remove the daily build-up of dirt and oil. Knowing your skin type is key. For those with oily skin, opt for a cleanser that will help drain excess oil and unclog pores without overdrying it. Skin looking a bit flaky and tight? Use a more gentle cleanser with moisturising properties.

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The ultimate low-effort, high-reward grooming move, exfoliating twice a week is the fastest and most effective way to brighten your complexion. Simply apply a small amount of scrub and gently massage your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. This action removes the dead skin cells, leaving behind a smooth, clean surface that will be more receptive to the rest of your regime. The result? A fresh and revitalised face.

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Even though some cleansers and exfoliators can assist to prep your beard and face for a shave, a targeted shaving product is necessary if you’re after a comfortable, top-quality shaving experience. When considering your options, look out for a multipurpose product. These offer the benefits of a pre-shave treatment, shave cream and aftershave all in one and help create a luxurious shaving treatment – without the extra steps.

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Moisturiser, another key product to add to your daily routine, delivers a plethora of benefits to your complexion including firming, hydrating and energising the skin. And when combined with a good face wash, it helps to rehydrate your skin's outer layers. Hyaluronic acid (skincare’s most buzzworthy ingredient) is what you need to look out for. Formulas featuring this superstar humectant, meaning its able to attract and retain moisture, is key if a radiant look is what you after.

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There was a time when an eye product was very much an exotic piece of grooming kit. But as more and more men have longer days in front of computers, a good eye treatment is essential rather than optional. The skin that surrounds your peepers is paper thin and more sensitive than the rest of your face, making it a prime area for wear and tear. When it comes to choosing an eye product, look out for formulas that feature energising, brightening and wrinkle-reducing ingredients such as caffeine, vitamin C and retinol.

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