Men are now giving women a run for their money when it comes to looking after their skin, but if you are not sure where to start then all those lotions and potions can be a little confusing. Royal facialist and Heaven Skincare founder Deborah Mitchell shares her top grooming tips.
Time was when looking after your appearance was very much the women’s domain. While guys went for a rough and ready approach to their daily regimen, it was the fairer sex who spent hours in front of the mirror. But things have certainly changed…from beard oils and anti-ageing essentials to high tech facials and fat busting treatments, men’s grooming is now a multi-billion-pound industry.
When I was creating my men’s skincare collection it was important for me to take into account different needs and lifestyles – I wanted to offer an edited collection of essentials that combined timeless style with clear functionality.
Find out your skin type: Do you have dry, oily skin? Or maybe it is a little on the sensitive side? By working out what type of complexion you have you can pick the right products to ensure it looks its best.
Because most men have combination skin, choose lightweight, easily absorbed products that can add hydration to areas most in need. My Cooling & Soothing Hydrogel (£19) provides much needed relief from post-shave irritations; you can also keep it in your gym bag to use as a great post-work out boost for your skin.
Add products to your shaving ritual: You may well understand how to shave correctly but aftercare is important to keep skin in tip top condition. My SOS Shave Oil (£46) helps protect and repair damage, improving texture and adding nourishment; simply add a few drops to your shaving cream for added nourishment or use after to provide relief and repair. You can also leave it on overnight for a more intensive skin treat.
Opt for anti-ageing products: As your skin ages, its requirements change – it may be less hydrated and fine lines and discolouration start to appear. My best-selling M4M Anti-Ageing Moisturiser (£64) provides essential nutrients and feeds the skin whilst relieving stress, leaving you with a more youthful and tighter complexion. You can use this moisturiser in the morning after your cleansing routine and before bed as an effective night cream.
Look after your eye area: The skin around your eyes can be one of the first to show signs of ageing so it is important to use products that are specifically designed for this delicate area. Try Heaven’s O2 Eye Cream (£37) to help tackle fine lines and wrinkles and promote healthier looking skin. Its non-greasy solution is great for perking puffy tired and dull eyes too, and you only need a tiny amount dotted along the orbital bone.
You can shop the complete Heaven’s grooming range online at heavenskincare.com.