Look, lads, I know beauty and skincare has this reputation for being "girly" or "feminine" or whatever, but in reality, EVERYONE'S skin deserves to be looked after, nourished and protected. So, I'm going to let you in on a few little secrets: skincare isn't expensive, your skin shouldn't have those dry patches and, most importantly, that "splash your face with water then go about your day" moment you have every morning doesn't count as a skincare routine.
Just for you, I've rounded up nine absolute essentials that you need to add to your bathroom shelf. From hair pomades that actually work to hero products that'll banish those under-eye bags, give these a try and I promise you'll never look back.
Right, let me break this down for you. This set from The Ordinary has four full-size products. The Squalane Cleanser is a balm that turns into an oil when warmed up - you just put it on your hands, rub gently into your face until it's an oil then rinse it off. The Salicylic Acid Masque is a charcoal mask that reduces excess sebum (AKA, skin oil) and gets all the dirt and debris out of your pores. Niacinamide reduces the appearance of blemishes and evens out the skin's texture and the Natural Moisturising Factors, well, moisturises.
The Ordinary's Caffeine Solution is a small-but-mighty serum you dot under your eyes to reduce dark circles. It also reduces puffiness! So no one will be able to tell you went out on a mad one last night.
"Buffet" from The Ordinary is a bit of a mish-mash of everything. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates your skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while Matrixyl 3000 enhances collagen production (which just makes your skin look younger and fuller).
I already told you what The Ordinary's Squalane Cleanser does. Pay attention.
A gentle face wash that won't cause irritation or leave your skin feeling tight, the CeraVe Smoothing Cleanser is the perfect first step into your skincare journey.
Another ingredient you need to know: salicylic acid. This is KEY for getting rid of spots and exfoliating your skin. It's a main ingredient in this spot remover. Just dab some of the formula onto your blemish and let it work its magic.
You're not going to like this, fellas, but you need to wear SPF every. single. day. if you want to keep wrinkles at bay! SPF protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays and reduces those dark spots. It's just something you need, okay, don't argue.
Throw your old hair pomade away, you know it doesn't work. This pomade from Ouai gives a natural matte finish and offers up a seriously natural look. This is effortless haircare done right.
You know it. I know it. Chapped lips are not a good look. You don't need to whack out the Chapstick every hour, just scrub your lips with the Dr. PAWPAW scrub in the morning to get rid of all that dead skin, then put the balm on and voila. Sorted.