Face facts no man can ignore.
It’s your most important feature. Forget designer suits and spiffy shoes, the first thing women—and men—notice about you is your face so its time you give it the TLC it deserves. A quick swipe of soap and distracted shaving routine just isn’t good enough if you want your face to take center stage. Check out the tools and tips you need to create a dazzling, blemish-free countenance.
The good news is that it isn’t necessary to splurge on every aspect of grooming. Ditch the bathing soap to wash your face and invest in a face wash suited to your skin type. If sun spots, shine and skin darkening are the bane of your life, pick up a face wash meant for oily skin. Nykaa recommends Nivea For Men Advanced Whitening Oil Control Face Wash and Garnier Men PowerLight Intensive Fairness Face Wash Meanwhile, guys blessed with problem-free skin can simply opt for Park Avenue Sliver Face Wash and pick up a variant based on their skin type.
Your skin tends to be thicker than women’s, hence a gentle exfoliation every now and then helps slough off dead dull cells to reveal fresh, clear skin. Montagne Jeunesse Morning After Scrub contains natural charcoal to draw out dirt and grime and absorb surface oil. For guys prone to stubble ingrowths, get the pricier Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub that contains micro-fine silica beads to help remove oil and dulling skin cells.
Soft supple moisturized skin
It’s not unmanly to use a moisturizer. After all, this is your first line of defense against wrinkles. Kill two birds with one stone by opting for L’Oreal Paris Men Expert White ActivMoisturising Fluid Spf 20 Pa+++ for sun protection and moisture defense. It protects against skin darkening and is non-greasy and non-sticky. Or opt for Gillette Series Facial Moisturizer post shave for an Aloe Vera enriched lightweight, non-greasy moisturizing formula with a Vitra Lipid Complex, perfect for sensitive skin prone to breakouts.
Bushy brows are so passé but resist the urge to hack at them with your trusty razor. Instead use a pair of tweezers to clean up strays and a clipping scissor to keep them in shape. Nykaa recommends Bare Essentials Precision Tweezers and Bare Essentials Safety Scissors. There’s a fine line between well-kept brows and feminine ones so keep things masculine by plucking hair only from the bottom. Unibrowed? Tweeze no further than parallel to your inner eye. Plucking can give you nasty bumps so avoid the complication by rubbing on after shave balm like Olay Men’s Refreshing Energy Post Shave Toner afterwards.
Pesky nose and ear hairs
Desist from plucking out unsightly hair from your nose and ears. The pain apart, tweezing can cause nasty infections. Invest in an inexpensive scissor created just for this purpose. Nykaa likes Faces Nasal Safety Scissors.
Stop breakouts in their track
Excessive oil and grime can cause clogged pores that lead to blackheads and pimples. Circumvent the problem by keeping a box of face wipes like H2O+ Aqualibrium Cleansing Face Wipes handy to soak up excessive oil. These pre-moistened, oil-free and alcohol-free wipes come in a resealable pack, perfect for work and play. If you do happen to break out, then simply use a specialized face wash like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and apply Garnier Pure Pimple Control Pen for effective, targeted damage control.
Stay young forever
There’s no point reaching for anti-ageing potions once the crow’s feet and laugh lines have taken hold. Start using an anti-ageing formula starting in your mid 20s. Try Thalgo Intensive Hydrating Cream that contains Algue Bleue Vitale, an algae extract with energizing, cell renewal and anti-ageing properties. Don’t reach for your girlfriend or wife’s night cream because it won’t work as well as a specialist men-only product.