Simple skincare steps for men

The health of our skin is affected by what we put on it as well as what we put into our bodies. In this article Coralie Steingold, our National Operations Beauty Manager, offers her top tips for men to look after their skin.

Wash your face kindly everyday

Washing your skin is so important to aid the process of getting rid of daily bacteria, but washing it too often or with a harsh cleanser can remove the protective oils that prevent the skin from infection, leaving it prone to infections and irritation. Washing once or twice a day is an adequate cleansing routine. Washing once (ideally twice) a day helps you feel fresh, clears away and fights impurities such as blackheads and removes excess oils and bacteria.

Try: Elemis Deep Cleansing Facial Wash. Upgrade your grooming routine with this fast-acting daily cleanser. Specially formulated for men, this invigorating cleanser leaves skin feeling deeply clean, ultra-refreshed and completely revived.

Cleanse from the inside out

The health of your skin is not just affected by what you put onto it, more importantly it’s affected by what you put into your body. Avoid grab and go and processed foods that rarely contain the nutritionally dense content of food that is not only good for your inside health but your outside health. Diets including fruits, vegetables and plenty of proteins instead of fried fatty foods are best.

You should also aim to get a healthy night’s rest of around 8 hours of sleep per night to help the body recover and regenerate for the day ahead.

Stop smoking and drinking alcohol

Smoking is a leading cause of premature skin ageing as it constricts the blood vessels, reducing the supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the skin, and also breaks down the collagen that keeps our skin looking firm.

Alcohol expands the blood vessels causing redness, which in heavy drinkers can become permanent. Drinking excessively also enlarges pores, which can leave your skin irritated and more susceptible to infection and acne.

Drink plenty of water

Around 60 percent of our body is water, so if we don’t regularly top it up, our bodies will start to function less efficiently. This includes our immune system, which is key for skin health. Hydration also supports concentration and alertness. Drink at least eight glasses a day, more if you’re being especially active and in the summer months.

Make facial moisturiser your new best friend

Once you have thoroughly cleansed, the next step is to replenish the moisture in your skin so it feels refreshed, soft and hydrated. Keeping your skin moisturised helps it to stay healthy, reinforcing the skin's natural defensive barrier and reducing signs of ageing.

Try: Elemis Daily Moisture Boost. This lightweight daytime moisturiser recharges and hydrates the skin after shaving whilst defending it from harsh daily pollutants. Skin is left feeling soothed, nourished and refreshed.

Men use eye cream too…

The modem man is aware of anti-ageing and the first signs of this are usually around the eye area. Lack of sleep, over exposure to UV and excessive screen time will show around the eye area. Use an eye cream daily to smooth the appearance of wrinkles around the eye contour, restoring moisture where it's needed most.

Try: Elemis Time Defence Eye Reviver. The unique gel-cream formula is power-packed with Ginseng, Hydroxyproline and Acacia to help support skin elasticity and protect against free-radical damage, leaving the delicate eye area feeling toned, firm and hydrated.

Care for your skin as you shave

Most importantly, don’t forget the after-shave. With most men using their razors at least a couple of times a week, choose a razor tailored to your skin needs. Take into account the sensitivity of your skin and beard coarseness. If you suffer from razor rash or in grown hairs, try using a soothing shave gel to reduce irritation and any redness.

Try: Elemis Skin Soothe Shave Gel. A soothing shave gel formulated to provide a smooth, close shave whilst helping to calm skin from irritation and razor burn.

Most importantly, men need time out to relax, unwind and reduce stress levels. Our Beauty Suites offer a treatment range for men to ensure that they get the wellness they deserve.

Last updated Wednesday 16 June 2021

First published on Wednesday 16 June 2021