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6 SKIN CONCERNS AND HOW TO COMBAT THEM
Irish men have spent decades looking at their sporting and big screen heroes in an aspirant gaze. Since the beginning of the internet, knowledge has become power and we’ve used the search engines at our disposal to find out how we can take care of ourselves in the best possible way. This could be working out more, eating better, or simply taking care of our overall wellness, and there are ways to do all of this. When it comes to skincare, Irish men have evolved as much as any of those other areas; be it figuring out how to look less tired in the morning, understanding what exactly a cleanser does, or by finding the best possible protection against the sun.
Here’s how you can give yourself the absolute best foot forward by taking care of your skin.
1. MOISTURE BOOSTERS FOR DRY SKIN
Clarins Super Moisture Gel uses organic houseleek to encourage natural hydration and The Clinique Maximum Hydrator is a constant bestseller for its rehydrating superpowers, while Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate will help smoothen skin back to its best. Cleansing is key – look to Lancôme’s Ultimate Cleansing Gel after exfoliating first with Kiehls Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash.
TOP TIP: Make sure you wet your face before applying cleansing gels, or just use your cleanser or face wash in the shower and apply your moisturiser as soon as you jump out.
KIEHLS Midnight Recovery Concentrate
THE ORDINARY Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
2. EYE ESSENTIALS FOR TIRED EYES
Kiehls Facial Eye Fuel is the perfect remedy to a late night thanks to its caffeine and Vitamin B3 rich infusion; while rich in hematite, a naturally magnetic mineral, La Mer’s Eye Concentrate works to significantly reduce dark circles. Different from the others as it uses ‘roll-on’ technology, Clinique for Men Super Energize Depuffing Eye Gel will refresh dry eyes on the go.TOP TIP: Keep your eye-cream in the fridge as it makes it even more effective.
IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING: La Mer’s Eye Concentrate
3. FIGHT THE SUN WITH SPF
The importance of a quality sun screen and healthy looking and feeling skin can’t be emphasized enough, with Kiehls Facial Fuel SPF 20 creating an energizing layer between you and any damaging rays. The Clarins Invisible Sun Care Gel-to-Oil SPF 30 won’t be washed off if you take a dip while sunning yourself, while Clinique's Super Energizer Anti Fatigue Hydrating concentrate packs a whopping SPF40, is sweat resistant and has powerful antioxidant properties.
TOP TIP: SPF is not just about protecting against aging it’s important to use an SPF for skin health, preventing damage is key, it’s your suit of armour to shield skin, whether you spend a lot of time outdoors throughout the day or during sports.
IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING: Clinique's Super Energizer Anti Fatigue Hydrating concentrate.
CLINIQUE Clinique For Men Super Energizer™ SPF 40 AntiFatigue Hydrating Concentrate
CLARINS Super Moisture Lotion SPF 20
4. COMBAT THAT OILY SHINE
Oily skin doesn’t have to be your norm. Tom Ford’s Oil Free Moisturiser will solve any oily complexion woes, rejuvenating skin from the inside out and ultimately helping to minimize any irritation which can often result in redness. The Clinique Starter Kit for Daily Oil Control is perfect if you’re looking to test your skin’s needs before investing.
TOP TIP: The rule of thumb is oil attracts oil so use oil based products at night (to hydrate your skin) and oil free products during the day.
IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING: Clinique Starter Kit – Daily Oil Control
5. UNCLOG YOUR SKIN WITH SCRUBS
Exfoliating has multiple benefits, but all you really need to know is that it eliminates dead skin cells, helping your skin rejuvenate. It’s as simple as using Kiehls Oil Eliminator Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash, or for a more polished-looking finish try Tom Ford’s Energy Scrub. The is a must pre-shave.
TOP TIP: When applying scrubs to the face don’t be too heavy handed, the scrub will do the work so you don’t have to.
IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING: Tom Ford Energy Scrub
6. CALM SHAVING RASH
Post-shave, your top priorities should involve rehydrating and repairing the protective barrier that has just been sabotaged by your razor. If you’re battling messy stubble, try Tom Ford’s Shave Oil which can be applied under shaving cream to help lubricate while Kiehls Post-Shave Repair Gel has soothing aloe vera and peppermint leaf which is the perfect way to calm skin and is one of the reasons why this is a best seller time and time again.
TOP TIP: Use lots of hot water during your shave, and shave immediately after a hot shower in a humid room. Shaving too dry will cause burn so make sure you use products that lubricate the skin.
IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE THING: Kiehls Post Shave Repair Gel