Your skin is your best asset so it pays to spend a little more time on it than just lathering on a bit of soap at the end of the day. That said, a good skincare routine doesn't need to be as complicated as you think. Forget the weird, the wacky and the overpriced: these are the basics you really need to get results.
A staple in anyone's bathroom cabinet, the humble cleanser should never be overlooked. Male skin tends to be rougher than our female friends', with higher levels of testosterone often leading to oiliness and acne. By using a simple no-frills face wash once or twice a week, you'll cut down on grime build-up and reduce blemishes. Try one of my favourites: Kiehls Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, $30, kiehls.com.au.
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2. The Face cloth
The perfect complement to your cleanser, face cloths have been around for decades, effectively removing dirt, oil, grime and even makeup in a modest but efficient way. Daily use is ideal for thick male skin as it works to unblock the pores and provides a deeper cleanse at a very small cost. Sheridan's Luxury Retreat facial washers, from $10, are tough but soft on skin: sheridan.com.au.
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3. The Sunscreen
Summer or winter, man or woman... We all need protection from Australia's harsh UVA and UVB rays. Using a daily moisturiser with SPF 50+ is an easy way to hydrate your skin (a necessity after shaving!) and protect it from the sun with just one product. The Cancer Council's SPF 30+ Everyday tube, $4.95, is light, non-greasy and leaves skin looking product-fre: cancer.org.au.
4. The Exfoliator
Exfoliating is a simple and easy way to immensely care for your skin. Used every couple of weeks, this product works to remove unnecessary layers of dead skin from the face, leaving you with a brighter complexion. Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub, $30, gives the perfect skin buff! In other words, it helps soften and smooth your skin while giving the illusion that you always get at least eight hours' sleep - and we all know that's not true. Find it at kiehls.com.au.
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5. The Facial
Forget any stigmas: there are a multitude of reasons why facials can help men too, treating everything from excessive oiliness to helping you get a closer shave post-treatment. The best part? They're completely customisable and can be as simple or as luxurious as you want, depending on your skin concerns and budget. More and more specialty men's spas are popping up each year, ensuring you get the best treatments from the right people.
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6. The Self tanner
We all know now that 'there's nothing healthy about a tan' and it's true! If you prefer a bronzed bod, try using a nourishing self-tanner instead. You'll have more control over the colour and the freedom to choose products without any nasty chemicals. Try Man Tan from Beauty Department by Nadine Monley, $39.95, a great gradual tanner that's applied like moisturiser. Too easy. Find it at beautydepartment.com.au.