Fresh and clean

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - WOMAN -

Can you ad­vise what ba­sic skin­care reg­i­men a guy should be fol­low­ing? – David L’Oreal Paris train­ing man­ager Carolyn Yeo says most Malaysian men nor­mally have oily skin, while some have com­bi­na­tion skin. Due to our hot and hu­mid weather, it is un­de­ni­able that men need to cleanse their skin thor­oughly.

Use a proper fa­cial cleanser, ei­ther in foam or gel tex­ture to cleanse your skin. This will help to re­move all the oil, sweat and dirt stuck on the sur­face of the skin. Cleanse your face two to three times a day for your skin to stay fresh and clean.

Se­condly, spare a moment to ap­ply mois­turiser on cleansed skin. This comes in var­i­ous tex­tures: gel, light fluid/lo­tion and light cream. Choose the tex­ture which best suits your skin type and pref­er­ence. For ex­am­ple, for oily skin, use ei­ther a gel or some­thing with a light fluid tex­ture. These kind ab­sorb well, and feel fresh and com­fort­able. Mois­turis­ers will give your skin mois­ture (hy­dra­tion) that will help to re­duce dry­ness, dull­ness and lines/wrin­kles. It’s like drink­ing wa­ter and feel­ing quenched. When your skin has enough hy­dra­tion, it will re­veal a health­ier glow. Use a mois­turiser two times a day af­ter cleans­ing.

If you are par­tic­u­lar about your skin, you could add on a toner be­fore mois­tur­is­ing. This will help to re­fresh the skin, and some types of toner also help to tighten pores. How­ever, most men nor­mally skip this step as they pre­fer some­thing quick and easy to use.

Once you ap­proach your 30s, you may need to avoid lines/wrin­kles and dark cir­cles around the eye area. Use proper eye care treat­ment (depend­ing on your eye con­cerns) to com­bat these prob­lems. Use twice a day for younger-look­ing and brighter eyes.

Wil­ber Pan, the new face of L’Oreal Paris skin­care for men.

An­other es­sen­tial need would be a fa­cial scrub. This helps to re­move dull dead cells and black­heads, giv­ing your skin a cleaner, brighter and smoother feel. Use two times a week be­fore mois­turiser. HERE’S a chance to get your ‘al­ways wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask’ beauty ques­tions tack­led. Send your queries to to be an­swered fort­nightly by beauty pro­fes­sion­als from beauty or skin­care houses. The queries should be beau­tyspe­cific and may be on skin or hair con­cerns, cos­met­ics or prod­ucts, too.

Please in­di­cate in your e-mail sub­ject mat­ter: Beauty Q and send your beauty ques­tions to startwo@thes­ Pub­lished letters will re­ceive a gift. Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. All the best to your beauty quest! I have very limp and fine hair. I’ve been us­ing dif­fer­ent types of sham­poo and hair oil, but the con­di­tion of my hair doesn’t seem to im­prove at all. It lacks shine and lus­tre. Is there any prod­uct in the mar­ket which will make my hair more lus­trous? – Sangeetha

L’Oreal Paris will be giv­ing David Pure & Matte Black Foam, Pore Min­i­miz­ing Mat­i­fy­ing Toner, Anti Mark Gel Cream, Anti Mark Roll On and Brighten Eye Roll On, all to­gether worth RM119.50.

Peo­ple with fine hair usu­ally find their hair limp, says Linda Har, L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel tech­ni­cal com­mer­cial man­ager. Some­times, it’s also as­so­ci­ated with an oily scalp.

If you have ex­ces­sive oil on your scalp and very fine hair, the ex­ces­sive se­bum (scalp nat­u­ral oil) will travel down the hair shaft mak­ing the hair oily and limp, es­pe­cially if you have short hair.

Don’t use prod­ucts that are too heavy or over­load your hair with too many prod­ucts. Use the cor­rect prod­uct that gives you enough vol­ume but won’t weigh down your hair.

Hair loses its lus­tre when it be­gins to get sen­si­tised. That’s when the hair cu­ti­cles (outer layer of hair scales) rise or open up, and light is not re­flected from the hair shaft, mak­ing it look dull.

The Serie Na­ture Ca­cao range may im­prove your limp hair con­di­tion. But, the lack of shine is prob­a­bly due to the sen­si­ti­sa­tion of the hair.

Us­ing a hair mask like the Serie Na­ture Ca­cao Masque two to three times for the first two weeks af­ter sham­poo­ing will help. Serie Na­ture Ca­cao con­tains ca­cao ex­tract, renowned for its toni­fy­ing prop­er­ties, and is de­signed for women with fine and life­less hair.

For styling, Tech­niArt Vol­ume Mousse can be used for blow-dry­ing and Tech­niArt Hair­spray used near the hair roots will help to hold the hair­style.

L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel will be giv­ing Sangeetha a Serie Na­ture Ca­cao Sham­poo and Ca­cao Masque, and Tech­niArt Vol­ume Mousse, all to­gether worth RM173.


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