Good news for all those gents out there who have no idea how to care for and maintain their looks. Claire Roddie-Aitken of Spotlight Makeup has been kind enough to share some secret (till now) hints and tips on how best to look after your skin and hair. Claire is a regular feature on Slaters photoshoots, keeping the models in check and making sure there is never a hair out of place. And don’t worry, these recommendations won’t take forever or break the bank – Claire’s mantra is ‘‘Quick, easy and affordable’’ these are the key steps to looking and feeling great.
And now, over to Claire…
Men should start their skincare routine in high school or early 20’s to help prevent acne, scarring and limit the aging process.
A good skincare routine slows down the aging process and helps to maintain healthy, good-looking skin.
Things like sun damage from late teens/early 20’s will show up later in life. Rays from the sun will slow down collagen production therefore losing the elasticity in the skin. This can result in lines around the eyes, hyper-pigmentation, brown spots, red spots or broken capillaries around the nose. Using a product with retinol in it will reduce lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.
Getting into a daily routine as well as a few lifestyle changes can really help. The key is washing and moisturising every day and following a few other maintenance basics.
Cleansing the skin helps to get rid of dead skin cells which can make your face look dull. You can use a wash with glycolic acid, 1st thing in the morning and last thing at night.
You can use a light exfoliating scrub once or twice a week to give the skin a deeper clean. I would cut this down if the skin starts to get irritated or any redness appears.
Apply moisturiser after cleansing when skin is still slightly damp to help seal in moisture. A moisturiser with at least SPF15 will help against any of the suns UVA and UVB rays.
Most face lotions are oil-based, which work well for men with normal skin and they are essential for dry or flaky skin, especially in the winter. Oily skin that is prone to breakouts would be better with a water-based product.
One of the best things you can do for your skin is a good diet. I suggest drinking six to eight glasses of water a day and limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake as these can dehydrate your skin. Reducing sugar in your diet and getting plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet will help with inflammation and breakouts and keep your skin looking young.
Smoking also has an effect on the skin. It can cause collagen production to decrease which leads to a yellow tone coming over the skin as well as fine lines around the lips.
- Nivea Men Active Energy Fresh Look Face Wash Gel, £2.20, Superdrug
- Neal’s Yard Vitamin E & Avocado Night Cream, £21.50, Neal’s Yard Remedies
- Kiehl’s Age Defender Eye Repair, £28, Kiehl’s
- Dr Jackson’s Face Oil, £30, Look Fantastic
- Apply straight to the face (it’s great after shaving), massage through the hair, or rub on to dry cuticles – it does the lot.
- Clinique charcoal face wash, £20, Clinique
- Elemis – Time For Men day cream, £24.95, feelunique.com