Best Skin Care Gift Sets – Skin Matters

Gift Set

BEAUTY GIFT SETS

Give that exceptional someone what they want with our range of beauty gift sets. Perfect for any fragrance fan, contouring connoisseur or groomed gentleman, our selection of makeup, skincare and grooming gift sets for him and her covers all bases – whatever the celebration.

 


Clinique Gift Set

More Than Moisture – Moisture Surge Gift Set. The perfect Gift set to keep winter skin hydrated.

 

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Clinique Gift Set Includes:

Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator – 50ml:

Moisture Surge comes with hyaluronic acid and activated aloe water that helps skin to create its own internal water source. A lightweight, refreshing gel-cream that keeps skin almost twice as hydrated at the end of the day than it did before.

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief.

Moisturizer provides 72 hours of continuous hydration, leaving the skin endlessly plump and dewy – even after washing your face.

Provides both immediate and long-term hydration to the skin. Helps to plump up fine, dry lines and quickly restores hydration and binds water to the skin.

Skin remains soft and comfortable in changing climates allowing the skin to adjust to changes in humidity and temperature which can lead to a loss of hydration.

Helps restore proper moisture balance while helping to protect against environmental damage.

Moisture Surge Overnight Mask – 30ml:

An overnight mask that helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin.

Moisture Surge, Overnight Mask, helps to soothe and nourishes all night long for glowing skin when you wake.

Creates an invisible mask to hold moisture on the skin.

Strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and helps protect against nighttime moisture loss.

Skin feels calmed and soothed by a combination of antioxidants.

Works for all skin types.

Apply all over the face at night.

All About Eyes – 5ml:

A must-have product for all eyes. Reduces puffiness and minimises dark circles and fine lines. Lightweight, cream-gel formula actually helps hold eye makeup in place.

Apply sparingly with your finger morning and night over the entire eye area after your Moisturizing Lotion.

Overall Conclusion of Clinique Gift Set:

Simply the Best!

Without a doubt, 3 of Clinique’s best moisturizing products in one set; a perfect gift! The Moisture Surge Hydrator does what it says, leaving the skin feeling amazing, it adds excellent hydration to the skin.

The overnight Mask is light and does not seem to clog up the skin pores, and the All About Eyes will leave eyes looking looking fresh and alert.

 


Paula’s Choice Skin Care Gift Set

The Defense collection contains the essential products that your skin needs to neutralize the adverse effects of pollution. Each product in the set includes the exclusive Anti-Pollution Factor technology (APF) that protects skin from airborne pollutants, helping skin repair its stressed appearance, so becoming even-toned, stronger, and noticeably vibrant, and you will see healthy, radiant looking skin now and for years to come.

 

Paulas Choice Gift Set
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Paula’s Choice Gift Set Includes:

Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser:

This cleanser will gently remove dirt, excess oil and all skin-dulling pollutants.

The Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier contains 0.5% salicylic acid, delivers potent antioxidants deep into the pores where they can neutralize pollutants.

Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. Protect your skin from blue light, UV rays and airborne pollutants with

Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer. Let your skin repair while you sleep with the

Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Face Cleanser:

Gently remove makeup, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants without your skin feeling tight or dry. The unique Anti Pollution Factor blend with a triple superfood complex of green tea, liquorice and soy work to neutralize surface pollutants and restore the skin’s own natural moisture barrier.

It begins as a refreshing gel then morphing into a cushiony cream, this silky cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Use this both morning and evening. Splash warm water to the face and eyes.

Apply a small amount of the cleanser to your face, in a vigorous yet gentle circular motion. Rinse well. Repeat the process or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup.

Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier:

Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier provides the pore-clearing powers of salicylic acid to penetrate powerful antioxidants into the skin, helping to remove daily pollution damage before it can impact your complexion. The exclusive Anti Pollution Factor contains niacinamide, vitamin C and a form of azelaic acid that smooths, brightens and repair skin, leaving it healthy, radiant with a more even-tone.

Unclogs and visibly refines pores

How To Use:

Shake before use. After cleansing – apply a few drops to your face and neck twice a day. Follow this with a night cream in the evening, or during the day with a day cream containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.

Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30:

Illuminate, hydrate and protect the skin using Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. This is a lightweight day cream that features an exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend with over a dozen plant- and vitamin-powered antioxidants to neutralize the effects of both environmental pollutants and blue light. Mineral sun filters help to protect the skin from UV rays, while an innovative brightening mix – that includes liquorice and resveratrol that brightens the complexion, improving uneven skin tone and dark spots.

How To Use:

Always apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher as part of your morning skincare routine. You should allow a few moments to dry before applying makeup.

 

Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer:

Making sure your skin is well-prepared for the day ahead with Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer, that contains the exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend that includes 8 superfood-derived antioxidants and plant-derived ingredients that will both repair and strengthen your skin while you sleep. This super-lightweight yet hydrating night cream replenishes skin and neutralizes the effects of both blue light and air pollution so that you awaken to a soft, radiant and revitalized complexion.

Fights signs of aging, a light lotion, does not feel oily.

How To Use:

A night moisturizer is the last step in your evening routine.

Apply the moisturizer liberally to your face after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and applying an antioxidant serum or targeted treatment.

Overall Conclusion of Paula’s Choice Gift Set:

A fabulous Gift Set that consists of everything you need to give your face the perfect daily treatment. The excellent products included will help reverse pollution damage, and leave skin looking brighter, feeling softer and more even-toned.

These 4 items help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and improve skin tone and texture.

Simply, wash your face with the cleanser, apply the antioxidant treatment and follow with the day or night moisturizer, all that you need for unblemished skin, the perfect set!

 


Estèe Lauder Deluxe 4-Piece Collection Gift Set

Lift + Firm for Radiant, Youthful-Looking Skin

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Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face & Neck Creme SPF 15 – 50ml (full-size)

Now your skin can have it all, the firmer look, the more toned feeling and the radiance that reflects how beautiful you are.

Look as young as you feel with our multi-faceted, 24-hour system.

Resilience Lift for day use is powered by our exclusive Photo-Activated Lift Complex. Immediately, the skin appears more radiant with a and fresher-younger look. As you use it, your skin seems firmer and tighter. Lines and wrinkles look much smoother, you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalized look.

How To Use:

Apply to face AM and PM after your Repair Serum.

Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Eye Creme, 5ml (deluxe travel size)

This intensely nourishing formula helps firm and define the look of the eye area, it includes both of our exclusive Photo-Activated and Nocturnal Lift Complexes.

Luminising optics that instantly blur the appearance of fine, dry lines. You’ll see the whole of the eye area looking firmer, brighter, smoother, younger.

Use it with Resilience Lift Day and Night cremes for a 24-hour lift.

How To Use:

Apply AM and PM around the eye area.

Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment, 15ml (deluxe travel size)

This fast-acting formula targets multiple facial zones – along the jawline, cheeks, around eyes and even stubborn laugh lines – to deliver a firmer, natural and more youthful look.

Instantly Radiant: Your skin will look hydrated and rejuvenated immediately.

Smoother: Your skin feels much smoother, plump, and baby-soft. Gentle AHAs refine the skin’s texture.

Firmer: Skin feels firmer and facial contours – jawline and cheeks look more defined. Fine lines and wrinkles become significantly reduced in their appearance.

With a powerful concentration of Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 – a custom-designed rebuilding peptide – the formula penetrates quickly. Helps strengthen the skin’s vital support network.

How To Use:

Apply to clean skin before your moisturizer both AM and PM. Avoid the eye area. Always use sunscreen and try to limit sun exposure while using this product, and the week after.

Did you know?

Any products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), like Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment, may lead to the skin to become more sensitive to the sun and it’s recommended to limit sun exposure and use a high SPF 30+ sunscreen before going outside.

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, 30ml (deluxe travel size)

Micro-purifying. Micro-revitalising. This conditioning formula transforms into a soft, light, airy foam that removes makeup and impurities, including pollution, as it purifies deep in the skin’s surface to improve your overall healthy look. The high-performance formula rinses easily and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

How To Use:

Every night, massage gently over damp skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Avoid the eye area.

Overall Conclusion of Estèe Lauder Gift Set:

If you are a fan of ‘Estèe Lauder’ products you will just love this Gift Set.

Discover these skin ‘targeted’ experts to reveal a remarkably younger, more youthful and revitalized look.

Estee Lauder always prides themselves on delivering products that bring a ‘youthful’ appearance to the skin, and this gift set has everything that you will need to make your skin feel firm, plump, looking and feeling fantastic.

 


Lab Series For Men Gift Set

The High-Performance Duo set featuring two of LAB SERIES’ best sellers paired for powerful results; the Multi-Action Face Wash 100ml and the PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment 100ml. Everyday skincare made easy.

Lab Series Men Gift Set
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Multi-Action Face Wash:

Multi-action foaming cream that cleanses exfoliates and conditions the skin.

Effective lathering system that dissolves excess oil and helps to unclog pores. Purifying beads remove the dead skin cells and impurities, reducing ashiness. Vitamin enriched formula that nourishes and re-conditions the skin, prepping it for a close shave.

Massage gently on to damp face and neck, rinse with warm water and then pat dry.

Conclusion:

Lab Series’ description for this face wash is about as accurate as it gets. It foams, cleanses, exfoliates and conditions. Great texture, very effective for instant results. More than that it leaves your skin feeling invigorated and smooth. Top tip – a little goes a long way with this brilliant product.

PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment:

Busy men demand that skincare products work hard and work smart. PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment ticks multiple items off your daily skincare routine with a single, highly advanced facial treatment. One quality formula with four fantastic skin benefits. Get ready to look your very best in one step.

How It Works:

This super lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that combines four face care essentials.

1. Instant Soothing – employing MPD-8 Complex, a LAB SERIES technology. The formula helps reduce the look of irritation and redness – 93% of men felt skin was instantly soothed, smoothed and looking refreshed.

2. Instant Moisture – replenish hydration, and over time helping to rebuild and fortify the all-important moisture barrier – 99% of men felt the skin was instantly moisturized.

3. Damage Repair – diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After 4 weeks – 88% of men felt the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles was reduced.                                                                                                                                      4. Shine Control – with LAB SERIES I-Matte technology, helps to absorb oil instantly. Leaves skin looking clean and less shiny – 93% of men instantly saw shine-free skin.

How To Use:

PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment, this has been designed so that it can be used anytime, anywhere. Apply to a clean face and neck after shaving. Smooth it on whenever your skin is feeling dry or looking shiny, or when you have to look your best, fast. It’s great every day, tailor-made for travel, and smart addition to any gym bag. Formulated for all skin types.

Overall Conclusion of Lab Series For Men Gift Set:

Excellent face wash that you simply cannot fault, and this moisturizer is excellent but has no SPF in it, so it isn’t really an all in one, but it does have vital ingredients and is soothing for the skin.

Always apply SPF 30+ to your face in the morning after your moisturizer.


Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Lab Series Skin Care For Men Review – Skin Matters

Lab Series For Men

 

 

Lab Series for Men is owned by the Estee Lauder Corporation, Lab Series Skincare for Men was previously known as Aramis Lab Series for Men. Estee Lauder has other brands that offer male-specific products, including Clinique Skin Supplies for Men and Aveda Men, but the Lab Series products are better by far. Generally perceived that men’s products fall far behind those of women’s products regarding good skin care, a few good products in a men’s line is most welcomed!

With regard to the ingredients in the Lab Series range, there isn’t anything in these formulas that you don’t find in products specifically for women. Regardless of gender, skin is skin; although hormonal elements do play an important part, for instance, male hormones make a man’s skin thicker and more oily than woman’s, whereas female hormones make a woman’s skin smoother and softer, and often with smaller pores than a man.

However, in regard to what either gender needs to maintain healthy, protected skin, there is little or no fundamental difference. When it comes to the numerous skin problems the human body can develop and need help with, such as acne, sun damage, free-radical damage, growing older, rosacea, psoriasis, and so on, there is little research to show that men require products that are markedly different to those that women need.

Lab Series Skincare for Men want to encourage guys to become more interested in keeping up their appearance using a sensible skin-care routine, with its masculine, no-nonsense packaging and plenty of products to give the Best Skin Care for Men – Maintaining Healthy Skin.

The Lab Series range offers good cleansers; some excellent moisturizers, including some with sunscreen; a good selection for the morning shaving ritual, such as an excellent shave cream and shave gel, and well-formulated post-shave lotion.

Good absorbent face masks and lip balm; many products are fragrance-free; with packaging that keeps light and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.



LAB SERIES RAZOR BURN RELIEF ULTRA  

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Skin Type:

Formulated for all skin types.

What It Does:

Lightweight soothing lotion that offers fast relief from razor burn, irritation, and redness. Immediately distributes moisture to affected areas, calming the skin and re-building the moisture barrier damaged by shaving.

Ingredients:

Water Purified, Ceteareth-12, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dioctyl Succinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Coffea Robusta Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Betula Alba Juice, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caffeine, Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium DNA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Galactoarabinan, Linoleic Acid, Phytosphingosine, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Glycine, Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Beta-Sitosterol Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

How To Use:

Use post shave, apply a small amount with fingertips in circular motions around shaved areas.

Conclusion:

Although most post-shave products contain at least one irritating ingredient, Razor Burn Relief Ultra gets it right! It is a lightweight lotion that contains several soothing, skin healing and cell-communicating ingredients that are perfect for shaved skin, all without fragrance. This product is capable of making just-shaved skin feel calm and comfortable and helps tremendously with post-shave irritation and redness, I would highly recommend.



LAB SERIES INVIGORATING FACE SCRUB

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Skin Type:

Formulated for normal or oily skin types.

What It Does:

This Thin-textured energizing gel scrub will give you smoother, clearer skin and helps provide a closer shave. Actively exfoliates to smooth skin’s texture unclogs pores of debris and sebum, preps the skin for a smoother shave. Energizing gel scrub removes dead skin cells, and stimulates blood flow to create a younger, healthier look.

Ingredients:

Water, Alcohol Denat, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Tea Carbomer, Oleth-20, Prunus Armeniaca Seeds (Crushed Apricot), Menthol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

How To Use:

Apply to wet face and neck 2 or 3 times per week with fingertips using a circular motion, then rinse.

I use it every few days for that deep down cleaning, especially when I have been doing something that has left me feeling sweaty or dirty.

Conclusion:

Exfoliating is an important way to keep your skin smooth and radiant. It’s like giving your face or body a helping hand to clear away its dead skin, and this makes way for new cells to come through and provide the skin surface a fresh, radiant appearance.

Take care when exfoliating your face, mainly so if you decide to use a ‘scrub’ type exfoliator. Make sure you don’t scrub your face too often, and when you do, only ‘scrub’ your face very lightly. Rubbing too hard on your face and too frequently will cause more harm than good to your skin.

The scrub itself has a mild abrasiveness to it, but enough to remove any dead skin cells, making the skin smooth and making it easier to shave, you get a closer cut shave without any friction of the blade going across the surface, and avoiding any nicks or cuts. It is good to use if you haven’t shaved for a few days or have rough skin, it helps to soften the facial hairs. It does a wonderful job of exfoliating facial skin and is one of the best scrubs I’ve used.

If you use soaps and other lotions on your face, you probably aren’t aware of what gets left behind on your skin. You can’t expect moisturizers and creams to help your skin if it’s clogged up when you apply them. Get rid of the dead skin cells using exfoliators, and when you use Lab Series face creams you will be delighted with the results! I would recommend this product.



DAY RESCUE DEFENSE LOTION SPF-35

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Skin Type:

Formulated for all skin types.

What It Does:

Lightweight, invisible daily moisturizer with SPF-35 helps defend against high-impact elements of the environment – sun, climate, and pollution, that can lead to dehydrated skin and the look of stress and premature aging. It is Fast-absorbing, Non-acnegenic.

This Non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into your skin.

The Broad Spectrum SPF 35 filters UVA/UVB rays to prevent damage and protect skin from early signs of aging brought on by the sun.

HYDRA-ENDURE Technology joins barrier reinforcers and a blend of extracts from plants that are capable of enduring extreme weather conditions. Together, they help skin to absorb & retain hydration and defend against the damaging effects of infrared rays, pollutants, and other external aggressors.

Ingredients:

Water\Aqua\Eau, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Salicylate, Octocrylene, Butyloctyl, Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Esters, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-6, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Thermus, Squalane,Thermophillus Ferment, Anastatica Hierochuntica (Rose Of Jericho)-Extract, Triticum Vulgare-(Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Saccharina Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Glycyrrhizate, Sodium PCA, Sucrose, Linoleic Acid, Trehalose, Trisiloxane, Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Lactobacillus Ferment, Steareth-21, -Ppg-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Urea, Myristyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium, Edta, Phenoxyethanol.

How To Use:

Apply to clean face and neck daily – before going into the sun.

Conclusion:

This is an excellent all-day moisturizer and sunscreen for normal to oily skin. The lightweight texture offers excellent skin protection for a fresher, healthier-looking complexion. The easily absorbed lotion will appeal to men who don’t like to feel a layer of product on their skin, but who need a moisturizer for dry areas and to rebuild moisture barrier to keep skin comfortable and balanced.

The SPF35 protects from harmful UVA/UVB rays and pollution, while antioxidants help to guard against the signs of aging.

This moisturizer and sunscreen is one of the best products from Lab Series and is far better than many other sunscreens available in men’s skin-care lines. One more positive, although this contains fragrance, the amount is low, and this doesn’t have a strong scent to it.

The one slight problem for me is the size of the tube. To use this as a moisturizer and sunscreen protector you have to be reasonably generous with the amount you apply for maximum protection, this means a 50ml tube won’t last very long, it needs to be a minimum 100ml size, and a little more cost effective would be appreciated! That said, this is an excellent product that I would highly recommend.

Have you tried Lab Series For Men?  How did you find their products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com



 

Best Skin Care for Men – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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In general, men spend a lot less time and money on looking after their skin than women do.

Fellas, it is time to listen up; It is just as important for men to use good quality products and to follow a daily skin care routine.

When it comes to skin care, men like to keep it simple. However, men are now becoming more conscious of their appearance and want healthier, younger-looking skin, so guys it really is time to step up your skin care game.

Best Skin Care for Men:

To help men develop a suitable skin care routine, we will guide you through the steps you need to take and advise you how to get the best skin care for men, and maintaining healthy skin. At first, this may feel like it is going to take forever when incorporated into your daily routine, but after a few days and a little practice it will add very little time to your mornings and evenings, but the results will be more than worth the extra effort.

Although there are differences between men and women’s skin – for example, men’s skin is thicker than women’s.

Men also have a higher concentration of collagen in their body; a lack of collagen is a sign of aging, as women have lower collagen levels than men, women’s skin appearance is 15 years older than a man of the same age – even so, the essential elements to using an effective skin care plan remain the same.

Know Your Skin Type:

Firstly, it’s crucial that everyone and these include men, determines and understand their skin type fully. Once you have managed to figure out what skin type you have, then the rest of the process will be a little easier for you to find the products that suit your skin type best.

Skin Type

 

SENSITIVE SKIN – This means your skin may be irritated or red. Sensitive skin can sting or burn after products with specific ingredients are used, and you may feel that your skin feels worse instead of better after using skin care products.

NORMAL SKIN – The least problematic and you usually won’t have too many issues with products, the pores appear small, and your skin is clear and has a healthy glow to it, and not sensitive to products.

DRY SKIN – If you have dry skin it can feel itchy, flaky and has a rough, irregular texture to it, and it may feel tight. Dry skin can also look red, mainly if you use products that have ingredients that dehydrate skin and irritate it. Your pores are generally small, and you wouldn’t typically have problems with spots or blackheads.

OILY SKIN – Your skin will always appear shiny and greasy, you may have problems with blackheads and white pimples, and generally have spots and enlarged blocked pores. Your skin feels oily and looks greasy during the day, even if you are not sweating.

COMBINATION SKIN – This is the most common skin type. Your skin may have both oily and dry areas. The area that is known as the ‘T’ zone, this is across the forehead, down along the nose and the chin can be very oily. Your cheeks generally feel normal or may be slightly or very dry. The skin around your eyes is usually more dehydrated than the rest of your face.

Products:

Read product labels and ingredients!

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When buying cosmetics, it is worth looking at the product labels and ingredients, this will help you to decide if there are any ingredients that are going to cause your skin to react when you apply them.

The skin care products you choose for your daily skincare routine will depend on your skin type. So, If you have Acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say ‘oil-free’ or ‘non-comedogenic,’ as these won’t clog your pores.

If you have overly sensitive skin, use mild ‘fragrance-free’ and ‘alcohol’ free products, also avoid if they have Citrus in them, if you put anything on your face containing these ingredients they will leave your skin feeling irritated and dry.

Unfortunately, it is a fact when buying cosmetics you cannot always expect to find a suitable product for your skin straight away, what may sound perfect on the packaging, once applied may feel unsuitable on your skin. You will have to expect a little ‘trial and error’ until you find the most suitable cream or lotion for your skin type.

Wash Your Face:

Wash your face with a good cleanser.

So this is a no-brainer, but it seems that some guys are doing it all wrong or more realistically, just not doing it at all! Men will all to often take super hot showers and use harsh soaps or face scrubs, doing this will make your skin dry and irritated, and when your skin is dry it will appear wrinkly and much older, not what you’re looking for, right guys?

It is essential to use a gentle cleanser for daily use, one that will cleanse the skin, removing dirt and pollution that can accumulate throughout your busy working day, and will hydrate while it cleanses. Remember to wash your face both morning and evening, and after exercise.

Shaving and Razors:

Most men shave on average five times a week.

When you are buying a razor cartidge that has up to five blades – the obvious thought is, if the razor has more blades the better my shave will be. That may be so, but something you should consider with these types of blade heads is that if they shave too close, you are more likely to get razor burn and ingrown hairs, this is due to the extra blades pulling the hairs below the skin a little too deep.

Buy the blade head with one or two blades, and the shave you get is more than sufficient, and you are less likely to get that nasty looking rash on your neck. By choosing a razor that fits your skin and how sensitive it is, your face will thank you!

Your facial hair will be softer directly after showering or washing your face than at other times, and this will give you a much smoother shave and less skin irritation. It is advised not to use water that is very hot, as this can lead to facial redness and inflammation.

Using a mild moisturizing gel or foam is key to providing a barrier of protection while shaving, so don’t scrimp with it, put plenty on for that smooth shave you are seeking! Always shave with a clean, sharp razor blade. If you continue to use a blade more than five times, you can expect to have irritated skin and ‘razor burn’ which can be very painful and look nasty on your skin!

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Don’t be in a rush when you shave, give it a little extra time and you will see the benefits afterward. Shave in short strokes, do not stretch your skin taut while shaving, follow the direction of the hair growth, remember to rinse your razor blade regularly during shaving to stop the blades getting clogged up, and thus giving the less than perfect shave that you are seeking.

After your shave, rinse with cool fresh water to soothe your skin, this will also help to prevent ingrown hairs.

Rinsing your face with cold water causes the blood vessels on the skin to contract, this helps to reduce swelling and any bleeding you may have from the small skin tears.

You should ‘pat’ dry your face with a clean towel, do not rub dry as your skin will be quite sensitive at this point.

So, after your shave those hair follicles are open – you should now apply a product that both hydrates and soothes the skin and helps to prevent irritation and red blotches, this will also help to calm the skin post-shave.

There are four main types of Aftershave:

LS Razor Burn
   Razor Burn Relief Ultra Review

Lotion – These tend to have a bit of an extra kick them. The scent can be strong enough to take the place of a cologne. Lotions/Creams work as a skin toner and help tighten up the pores when applied after shaving. These also work well for people who have oily skin.

Gels – There isn’t much difference between gels and creams, but gels do wonders for cooling down your skin and reduce the potential ‘burning’ feeling that shaving can cause. Skin absorbs the gel rather quickly, the downside to the skin absorbing gel so rapidly is your skin has less moisture in it and may have a tight, dry feeling after being applied.

Splash – Often alcohol-based, this type of aftershave can act as an antiseptic and works well for those who are prone to cuts and nicks when shaving, but it does tighten and dry out the skin.

Balm – A hydrating lotion with a mild scent that fades quickly after applying to your face. Most balms do not have any alcohol in the ingredients so are suitable for those with sensitive skin, and are great at reducing the effects of razor burn.

The routine, once I have finished shaving, is to apply ‘Soothe and Smooth by Paula’s Choice’ all over my face using a cotton pad. Once the ‘Soothe and Smooth’ is completely absorbed, I apply a generous amount of ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra’ all over the shaved area of my face. My face feels moisturized, calmed and soothed afterward, and this has also helped tremendously with post-shave irritation and redness. I do feel that ‘Paula’s Choice Soothe and Smooth’ is the foundation of my post shave routine and an excellent compliment with ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra,’ I highly recommended both products.

One of these options will be suitable for you depending on your skin type. For those who have sensitive skin, look for aftershaves that are free of parabens, and don’t contain any alcohol, fragrances or irritants like menthol and lemon oil, which could potentially cause breakouts and redness.

Face Moisturizer with SPF:

Men pay very little attention to moisturizing their facial skin, in fact, of all the things that men view as a ‘girly’ thing, it is probably moisturizing that comes out on top!

However, what turns the girls on more than anything is when faces touch, and it doesn’t feel like sandpaper rubbing against their face but nice, smooth soft skin, take note guys!
So, moisturizing your face morning and evening will help you achieve that soft, kissable skin.

Moisturizer works by retaining water in your skin, which can help reduce fine lines and give your skin a brighter, younger appearance. For the best results, you should apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering or shaving.

LS SPF35
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When you apply your Daily Face Moisturiser in the morning, it must have SPF – Sun Protection Factor in it, preferably with SPF30+ (never leave home without applying sunscreen) this will give you both a daily sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. With SPF you will get UVA and UVB, and a good quality product will provide protection plus the added bonus of antioxidants to help shield skin from premature aging due to the sun.

Men who don’t use sunscreen not only increase the risk of getting sun damage, your face will develop a red, almost ‘angry’ appearance, skin irritation, additional blood vessels may appear, all of this could increase the risk of skin cancer. We all want to stay forever young, or as close to it as possible, so apply sunscreen every single day.

With the advance in cosmetic products, you will hardly feel that you have anything on your skin when moisturizer is applied, and it won’t be visible, so don’t worry about your ‘manly’ appearance. Look for something that is a lightweight moisturizer as this is ideal for daily use, and it will visibly improve the appearance of your skin and provides lasting hydration, you can also look for a moisturizer that won’t make your skin appear too oily.

As you will be looking for Fragrance-free products not to irritate your skin, there is no feminine smell to worry about, so applying moisturizer won’t be considered ‘girly.’

Night Moisturizer:

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After you evening shower and shave the last step of your daily skin care routine is to apply a ‘night moisturizer.’ The moisturizer you apply is different from the one you use in the morning as it doesn’t have the SPF in it.

Again you are looking for a fragrant free and non-greasy cream that provides fast, lasting hydration for your skin, it calms sensitive skin and helps reduce redness and irritation.

The benefits of a night moisturizer are that it will help to repair and replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier that is needed after all the exertions of a busy day; it should be applied to a clean face and neck about 20 minutes before going to bed to allow it to be absorbed.

Guys, another thing to do after your evening shower is to check your skin regularly. You need to be aware of any new spots or moles that start to itch, bleed or change color, as these are often early warning signs of skin cancer. Do not ignore early warning signs, If you notice anything suspicious, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, when caught in the early stages, skin cancer is highly treatable.

Exfoliate: – Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Exfoliate is a word that many guys would not have heard of, and it is entirely possible it is something they have never carried out as part of their skincare routine.

Exfoliating is an important way to keep your skin smooth and radiant. It’s like giving your face or body a helping hand to clear away its dead skin, and this makes way for younger cells to come through and give the skin surface a fresh, radiant appearance.

Exfoliating isn’t something that needs to be done daily, for most people 2 or 3 times a week is sufficient.

If at all possible try to Exfoliate in the morning: Your skin renews itself overnight, so exfoliate your skin in the morning to clear away any dead skin.

There are two ways to Exfoliate your face, one is to use a ‘chemical’ exfoliator, and the other is to use a ‘Scrub’ exfoliator.

A good example of a Chemical Exfoliator – PC Exfoliate 2%

Paula’s Choice exfoliator PC4 Men Soothe + Smooth.

This is a lightweight leave-on exfoliant, you use it post-shaving. Formulated with 2% BHA (salicylic acid), it is suitable for all skin types, and it quickly calms redness, helps to unclog pores and reduces raised bumps and ingrown hairs. It also removes dead skin cells, and this gives the skin a smoother and younger appearance. It is applied using a cotton pad and left to dry. Leave to dry before you apply your night moisturizer.

 

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Take care when exfoliating your face, mainly so if you decide to use a ‘scrub’ type exfoliator, this differs from the ‘leave on’ chemical exfoliators. With the ‘Scrub’ type, you apply the lotion onto a wet face and ‘work’ it into the face in a circular motion. Make sure you don’t scrub your face too often, and when you do, only ‘scrub’ your face very lightly. Rubbing too hard on your face and too frequently will cause more harm than good to your skin. The exfoliating beads in your product are sufficient enough to get the job done without needing to get too vigorous! Pat dry your face and apply your night moisturizer.

So guys remember, be gentle and use a light touch to massage any skin products into your facial skin.

Maintaining Healthy Skin:

So, I hope we have guided you towards the Best Skin Care for Men.

The critical thing to remember is that it’s all about consistency. Every man’s skin will deteriorate with age, but you can help to slow down the process provided you get into a skincare routine.

If you start while you are in your mid twenties, and have a good skincare routine in place, you will notice the benefits later in life, and your skin will look much younger.

Regardless of your age, there isn’t a better time to start looking after your skin than right now.

So, there you have it guys, this is your essential guide to maintaining healthy skin. Follow this routine each day, and you and your partner will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s appearance.

Also, keep a lookout in our Products/Reviews, we will be having a look at some of the best products for men’s skincare.

So, guys, what  Men Products do you use? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com