Beauty It’s time for guys to up­date their groom­ing gear.

Fa­ther’s Day or not, it’s time for guys to up­grade their groom­ing gear

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The days of your male coun­ter­part swip­ing your skin­care are long gone – there’s now more prod­ucts than ever de­signed just for them.

“Aussie men are start­ing to em­brace and un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of groom­ing,” ex­plains Nivea skin­care ex­pert Ken Lee. “It’s be­com­ing more ac­cept­able, and is of­ten the re­sult of a gen­tle nudge from a girl­friend, wife or sis­ter, plus the grow­ing so­cial-me­dia con­ver­sa­tions around men’s groom­ing.” Take mois­turiser, for ex­am­ple. Most guys know they should use it, but are not quite sure as to why.

One rea­son is that men have thicker and oilier skin than women but, says Lee, “his col­la­gen struc­ture ac­tu­ally de­clines more rapidly than a fe­male’s once they reach their mid-30s”. Throw fa­cial hair and shav­ing in the mix (which can make skin more sen­si­tive), and it makes sense that men use their own spe­cific prod­ucts.

For those start­ing out, ba­sics in­clude a cleanser, ex­fo­lia­tor (to soften fa­cial hair pre-shave, and pre­vent in­growns post-shave), mois­turiser, eye cream and sun pro­tec­tion. Bonus points go to the blokes who in­cor­po­rate an anti-age­ing prod­uct into their reg­i­men.

(clock­wise from top left) MARIO BADESCU Vitamin A & E Hy­drat­ing Balm, $36, mecca.com.au; L’ORÉAL PARIS Men Ex­pert Hy­dra En­er­getic X-treme Cleanser Mag­netic Char­coal, $13.10, lo­re­al­paris.com.au; NIVEA MEN Pro­tect & Care 2 Phase Af­ter Shave Lo­tion,...

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