Undoubtedly physical appearance will never be as important as personality, however, it’s always attractive when a man cares about his hygiene and personal style just as much as the standards they expect women to uphold. I have used some ‘men’s’ facial care products before; I don’t believe that just because something has a masculine or feminine scent that it should just be used by one gender.
Tip: ‘men’s’ razors are cheaper and more well made than one’s targeted at women.
If you are a guy who thinks you need to give your skin and hair some TLC, then here is a basic routine with product suggestions that won’t break your budget and fulfil their purposes:
Step 1: Facial cleansing – You start from a clean slate before shaving to avoid dirt from entering pores. If you have neglected your skin for quite some time you’ll be in need of exfoliation. L’Oréal have a wide range of face washes which contain particles that are rough enough to extract blackheads through facial hair. L’Oréal Men Expert Pure Power Black Charcoal Wash aids the healing of spots, removes blackheads, eradicates oil build-up, softens roughness and fades blemishes caused by irritation from shaving. If you have sensitive dry skin I recommend the L’Oréal Men Expert Hydra Power Cleanser which contains menthol for cooling stinging or itchy areas of the skin at the same time as restoring skin’s moisture.
Step 2: Shaving – I don’t exactly need to guide you on this step, you are well informed of this process. A money saving tip: if you use a foam face wash you can additionally use it as shaving gel/foam, thus saving you money and time of having to buy and use two separate products. Rinse shaving foams/gels with cold water to retract pores back to their usual size before applying further skincare products.
Step 3: Body Cleansing – Now surely you know better than to be using bar soap. Soaps might solve unpleasant scents and remove traces of sweat, but it clogs pores making your body sweat more in the fight to overcome the blockage. Popular shower gels:
- Dove Men+Care Body Wash: Clean Comfort – 2.80
- Fcuk Hair and Body Washes – 4.00 each
- Ted Baker Hair and Body Wash: Sporty & Fresh – 4.25
- David Beckham Homme Hair and body Wash – 4.10
- Below the Belt Gromming for Men: Fresh & Dry Balls Fragrance Free (after showering product) – 6.00
- Lynx Shower Gel: Black Night – 2.50
- ClarinsMen Shampoo & Shower – 19.50
- Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body wash – 5.99
Step 4: Shampoo & Conditoner: There are many gender neutral shampoos and conditioners. These are worth a try:
- Plantur 39 Phyto-Caffieine Shampoo for fine, Brittle hair – 9.75
- L’Oréal Elvive Full Restore 5 low shampoo – 6.99
- Head & Shoulders Classic Clean – 4.99
- Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo – 5.99
- Pantene Provide Smooth & Sleek Conditioner (my all time favourite) – 2.00
- Tresemme 7 day Keratin Smooth Conditioner – 6.59
Step 5: Toner – For men and women this step isn’t seen as essential, until they wonder why they have spots. You’ve just applied acidic cleansers and foams to your face in the previous steps; using a toner neutralises skin’s PH levels so that your moisturiser isn’t barriered from soaking into skin layers. A few popular toners to mention:
- Eucerin Dermo Purifier Toner (Eucerin is brand aimed at sensitive skin, their products are hypoallergenic) – 9.50
- Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Deep Pore Treatment Toner (suitable for acne prone skin) – 5.90
- Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Toner (for normal & combination skin types) – 2.70
- Garnier Skin Active Purifying Botanical toner (convenient for oily or acne prone skin) – 3.50
Step 6: Moisturiser – It’s not essential to use a moisturiser aimed at men, stereotypically if it’s not packaged in a pink or floral tube/pot it has a light non-gender specific scent. The important this is keeping your skin hydrated. There’s no need to suffer from dryness, and if you want to avoid premature aging then using a cream or lotion is the way forward. One of my all time favourite moisturisers is the Nivea Men Sensitive Moisturiser: it has light texture and soothing. There is endless choices for moisturisers, though here are a few worthy testers:
- L’Oréal Men Expert Wrinkle Decrease Moisturiser – 12.80
- Nivea Men Sensitive Stubble Moisturising Gel – 6.30
- Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel – 6.00
- Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Comfort Balm – 6.00
- Nuxe Paris Men Moisturisng Multipurpose Gel – 19.00
Step 7: Deodorant – Until now you have probably been buying whatever Deodorant that’s on sale or been continuously using the same one for years (it’s not a men’s thing, I am also guilty of this). If you are someone who doesn’t like the strong scents of so called men’s deodorants, then Nivea have a Dry Comfort liquid roller deodorant in the women’s section. It has a mild cotton scent, not floral at all. Try to opt for a stain protecting or non-tranferring deodorant.
Step 8: Hair Styling – There are endless amounts of fantastic hair styling products, so I have just selected a few which my boyfriend and my brother consider as their ‘must haves’:
- Dashu Classic Extreme Red Pomade (hold and shine)
- BioSilk Silk Therapy Original
- VO5 Texturising Gum – 4.39
- Schwarzkopf got Beach Matt Paste – 4.29
- John Frieda Luxurious hold Forever Full Hairspray
- Aveda Control Force Hairspray