The gen­tle­man’s spring skin guide

Shrug off your win­ter woes by tak­ing a spring skin mas­ter­class with Jeanie Shaw, L’Oréal’s Na­tional Train­ing & An­i­ma­tions Man­ager, for bet­ter groom­ing and health­ier skin

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What must-do skin­care rou­tine should men be fol­low­ing to im­prove their skin?

Step 1: Cleanse your skin twice daily with a cleanser that will elim­i­nate ex­cess oils and de­bris. This pre­vents blocked pores, breaks-outs and skin im­per­fec­tions. Mois­turise it af­ter each cleanse, even if you have oily skin.

Step 2: Ex­fo­li­ate your skin at least once or twice a week to deep-clean and re­move dead cells.

Use cir­cu­lar mo­tions and avoid the sen­si­tive eye area. Al­ways mois­turise af­ter ex­fo­li­at­ing to re­place and re­tain mois­ture lost dur­ing the deep­cleans­ing process.

Step 3: Use sun­screen! Peo­ple with darker skin tones of­ten as­sume that they don’t need a sun­screen or only use it at the pool or on the beach, but it’s im­por­tant al­ways to ap­ply one with an SPF of 30 or higher, even if you’re just walk­ing or driv­ing around the city, be­cause the sun’s rays harm the skin and can pro­mote age­ing. They can also cause skin can­cer. If you’re out­doors, re-ap­ply the sun­screen reg­u­larly.

What sea­sonal skin products should men be us­ing in spring/sum­mer?

As the air gets drier and hot­ter, use a hy­drat­ing mois­turiser. L’Oréal Men Ex­pert Hy­dra En­er­getic Quench­ing Gel mois­turises with­out leav­ing the skin feel­ing oily.

How can men who use blades pre­vent ra­zor bumps and ir­ri­ta­tion to the scalp and face?

It’s im­por­tant to shave with the flow of the hair growth, not against it. Al­ways shave us­ing a shav­ing gel, cream or foam and ex­fo­li­ate weekly to pre­vent the pores from clog­ging. Then ap­ply a sun­screen to the skin to pre­vent ir­ri­ta­tion from the sun.

What in­gre­di­ents should ma­ture men look for in their skin­care products?

As you age, your skin loses firm­ness and wrin­kles start to ap­pear. Pro-retinol A and hyaluronic acid are great anti-age­ing in­gre­di­ents which help target wrin­kles and fine lines, as well as im­prov­ing the skin’s firm­ness. The L’Oréal Men Ex­perts New Vita Lift range, in­fused with French vine ex­tract, helps re­duce the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles, mois­turises the skin and en­hances its ra­di­ance.

How can men pre­vent de­hy­drated skin dur­ing the hot months?

Lack of hy­dra­tion leads to dry­ness, tight­ness and an un­com­fort­able feel­ing. De­hy­drated skin is fur­ther ag­gra­vated by daily fac­tors such as shav­ing, the cli­mate, air-con­di­tion­ing and pol­lu­tion. The No 1 rule is to stay hy­drated and drink plenty of wa­ter to keep your skin nour­ished. L’Oréal Men Ex­pert’s Hy­dra Power range is en­riched with moun­tain wa­ter for all-day skin hy­dra­tion. The Hy­dra Power Re­fresh­ing Mois­turiser con­tains hyaluronic acid, which can re­tain 1 000 times its own weight in wa­ter, keep­ing the skin hy­drated for up to 48 hours.

Men of­ten suf­fer from en­larged pores. How can one min­imise their ap­pear­ance?

Men have nat­u­rally thick and oily skin, so they tend to have larger pores. As the skin thick­ens, it causes tiny cells to collect around the edge of the pores and make them ap­pear larger. Black­heads are also a big con­trib­u­tor to large pores. When a pore be­comes clogged by dirt and bac­te­ria, oil within it be­gins to ac­cu­mu­late, caus­ing its di­am­e­ter to ex­pand.

For men who have oily skins, it’s es­sen­tial to keep the skin clean and ex­fo­li­ate weekly. L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks are great for a weekly skin detox.

What products have the best stay­ing power for men who only have the time to take care of their skin once a day?

The L’Oréal Men Ex­pert Hy­dra En­er­getic range is specif­i­cally for­mu­lated for men who lead busy life­styles. The Hy­dra En­er­getic Black Char­coal cleanser deep-cleanses the skin, re­mov­ing im­pu­ri­ties and help­ing to com­bat shine, dull­ness and black­heads.

The Hy­dra En­er­getic Daily Mois­turiser hy­drates your skin for 24 hours and helps pre­vent dark un­der-eye cir­cles and dry­ness, leav­ing the skin look­ing healthy and en­er­gised. The Hy­dra En­er­getic Recharg­ing Mois­turiser is en­riched with cre­a­tine, giv­ing skin an in­stant en­ergy recharge. The skin looks awake and health­ier.

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