It’s essential that your daily skincare routine protects your skin, promotes overall skin health and keeps you looking your best all year round. Whether you’re facing a sun, rain or snow-filled month why not make our essential skincare guide part of your daily routine?
Here are our simple tips to keep your skin healthy and looking its best every day.
Morning Skincare Routine.
Whilst you sleep, bacteria and dirt can build up on your face, so cleansing first thing in the morning is an important step in getting grime off your skin and avoiding spots. This year, try a sensitive face wash during your morning shower, preferably micellar water-based. Steer clear of soap products and ones with artificial scents as these can dry out your skin.
Exfoliating will remove built-up dirt and dead skin that accumulates on your face throughout the week. Avoid products with plastic exfoliating beads where you can - this micro-plastic is terrible for the ocean - seek out exfoliators with natural ingredients instead.
During your morning shower, rub the scrub into your face, focusing on your forehead, nose and chin where pores tend to be larger. This will improve the look of your skin by brightening your complexion and will keep pores clear.
Get this done twice a week, preferably before you shave, but don’t exfoliate every day as it will irritate your skin, especially if you’re shaving daily.
After showering, pat your face dry and grab a good quality shaving cream. Apply liberally onto the required areas. Then massage the cream into your face and wait about a minute for it to soften your hairs. Now your skin is ready to shave.
Your warm shower will have softened your facial hair and relaxed the pores, setting your skin up for a comfortable shave. With a fresh, good quality razor (to avoid shaving rash), shave; going with the grain on the first pass.
For a closer shave, follow this up by shaving against the grain. Rinse with cold water before letting your skin dry.
Moisturising should be the main element in your morning routine, so we advise you to find a moisturiser that is packed with natural, active ingredients to protect your skin against the day ahead. This step is also vital for replacing any moisture lost during the shave.
Which ingredients are key? Well, UVA protection will defend your skin against daily sun damage and is essential even when the sun is behind the clouds. Proven active peptide ingredients and vitamin c are also vital, as these will help promote collagen production to repair and protect your skin against ageing.
Furthermore moisturising daily is important for men because it helps ward off unwanted spots, as hydrated pores are less likely to become clogged with dirt or bacteria. Keeping your routine and products simple is key, so find a moisturiser that will cover all bases.
Evening Skincare Routine.
You should also be cleansing before bed because pollutants, food, mud, grime and oil accumulates on the face throughout the day. Use sustainable wipes, a liquid toner or a sensitive face wash to get this off your skin and out of your pillow.
A quality eye cream will hydrate your eyes and keep wrinkles at bay. The skin here is thin, so look for natural ingredients with vitamins and use your fourth, weaker finger to apply. Do this daily to protect against ageing, preferably with caffeine as a key ingredient which helps to reduce any dark circles, helping you look more alert in the morning.
A consistent, daily routine is the secret to supporting skin health. We believe in long-term skincare and looking your best for years to come, so recommend you find a simple solution that works for you, and stick with it.
If you are interested in how your skin changes throughout the year and the best way to support it (inside and out) make sure you read our ultimate guide to how the seasons affect your skin.