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The Ultimate Everyday Skincare Routine For Men

10/11/22

Author: Lucy Jones

DOCUMENTED BY: @foile_

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Men, for the most part, have been blessed with one highly enviable thing: good skin.

It’s a further insult that they tend to achieve this with zero maintenance or any clue about proper skincare. But the reality is, even the most genetically blessed male-identifying folks can suffer from dry skin, breakouts, blackheads and the effects of working in harsh conditions. Not to mention the inescapable fact that everyone's skin, regardless of gender, will age. And we all want our skin, like any other part of our body, to be healthy.

Women are more acutely aware of these facts because – let’s face it – society has put a lot more value on our physical appearance. But in that whirlpool of marketing and beauty discourse, it’s easy to forget that male skin has its own set of issues to address.  

Men’s skin is around 20–25 per cent thicker than women’s due to higher testosterone levels and has a tougher texture. They also produce more sebum (oil) on average and have a higher collagen density (rude). Plus, daily shaving routines can leave them irritated and dry. 

Introducing a small range of staple products can help calm and hydrate the skin and leave the man in your life feeling balanced and fresh. If he's ready to graduate from a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash to a simple three-step routine that delivers results for dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin types, then keep reading.  

Milk Cleanser

MELYON

Milky Emulsion Cleanser Refill

Foile

Refining Cleanser

LESSE

Milk Cleanser

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Milky Emulsion Cleanser Refill

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Refining Cleanser

LESSE

Start with a gentle cleanser

Cleansers are essential for washing away dirt, impurities and oil build-up. A gentle cream cleanser is a great place to start for a deep clean that won’t strip away the skin’s natural oils. Our pick for beginners is Melyon’s Milk Cleanser, a product specially formulated to soothe redness and irritation with natural actives that leave the skin refreshed and healthy.  

For more congested skin types, LESSE’s two-in-one exfoliating cleanser is an excellent option. It contains ultra-fine apricot shell granules that lightly exfoliate to clear pores while charcoal and aloe vera detoxify and hydrate the skin.  

Mānuka Honey Day Cream

Aotea

Day Cream

MELYON

Daily Jelly Moisturiser

Foile

Mānuka Honey Day Cream

Aotea

Day Cream

MELYON

Daily Jelly Moisturiser

Foile

Follow with a hydrating, calming moisturiser

With skin that tends to sit on the oily side of normal, most men will respond best to a moisturiser that’s ultra-hydrating without being too heavy. Look for words like absorbent and lightweight in product descriptions. For the man who starts every day with a green smoothie, try the Green Genes Regeneration Cream by Gracious Minds – a superfood blend for the skin. The cream moisturiser is formulated with green tea, alfalfa and lemon peel extracts that boost cell regeneration and skin brightness.  

If sensitivity is a concern, try Aotea’s Mānuka Honey Day Cream. The moisture-boosting balm does wonders to calm irritation with its natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect product to apply after a morning shave.  

Organic Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

MOTHER SPF

Hydrating Reef Safe SPF50

Sun Juju

Organic Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

MOTHER SPF

Hydrating Reef Safe SPF50

Sun Juju

Finish with face sunscreen

The last and most important step in any skincare routine is applying SPF, especially for anyone who works outdoors. Extended sun exposure wreaks havoc on the skin causing hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and a range of other health issues. Keep protected with Sun Juju’s Hydrating Reef Safe SPF50, a high performing sunscreen made from plants. It comes in a compact container that’s ideal for the guy on the go. Another chemical-free option is Mother’s Organic Mineral Sunscreen, a lightweight cream that shields skin from UVA and UVB rays. 

Detox Serum

MELYON

Ritual Serum

LESSE

Detox Serum

MELYON

Ritual Serum

LESSE

For the man who’s ready to take things up a notch: add a face oil or serum

If he’s mastered the basics and now wants to know exactly how you maintain that dewy glow, it’s time to introduce your test subject to the wonderful world of face oils and serums. Let’s quickly recap the differences. Serums are lightweight products packed with actives that help maintain overall skin health and appearance. They should be used after cleansing and toning but before moisturising. Face oils provide added moisture and help lock in hydration and are applied after moisturising.  

Made from purifying botanicals, LESSE’s Ritual Serum clarifies the complexion while strengthening the skin barrier. The Detox Serum by Melyon also provides visible results including improved skin tone and texture.  

Drier skin types will love the nourishing Marula Face Oil by Foile (the product behind model Jai Stevens’s dewy complexion). The antioxidant-rich formula protects the skin against UV damage and pollution exposure.  

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