Man up to skincare
Beauty isn’t just for girls, so start getting tough on your skin, says Aisling Keenan
For some men, the word 'metrosexual' scares them to the core and causes them to want to make haste to a building site or the local pub.
The idea of 'manly men' being in touch with their feminine side gives them the creeps.
But you don't need to go all man-bags and manicures to take a little extra care.
Men, listen: it's time to forget being tough as nails for a second and be realistic. Do you take enough care of yourself? Or is water the only thing that ever gets close to your face?
Maybe it's time to do something constructive about how your skin looks.
I'm not suggesting that you jump right into a three-step nightly routine, but at least consider some of the (very manly) cleansers and moisturisers that are available.
Trilogy Natural Actives for Men, Face Wash and Scrub, €16.95, from pharmacies and department stores. There’s a whole lot of ingredient mumbo-jumbo I could go into, explaining why and how this does what it does. All you need to know is that it cleans and gently scrubs the dirt that naturally builds on your face during the day. Your skin will look and feel soft to whoever might be touching it.
L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Lotion with SPF15, €17.49, from pharmacies and department stores. This daily moisturiser, used in conjunction with a good cleanser, will help maintain and protect your freshly cleansed skin. Most importantly, it contains an SPF. Sun protection is vital for healthy skin, and going without an SPF is just playing with fire.
Nivea for Men Cool Kick Arctic Freeze 2in1 Wash & Shave Gel, from €5.99, from most pharmacies and department stores. This one is great for men with little time for grooming regimes. It’s a multi-purpose wash and shave gel, so in one fell swoop you get clean and prepped for your shave. It has special properties to cool and soften the skin, making shaving irritation less of a worry. It also works to get rid of any oily patches, which men are more prone to than women.
Vaseline Lip Therapy, Original, €1.50 from pharmacies and department stores. The one part of the face often forgotten is the lips. Maybe the thought of rubbing on a chapstick makes you feel a little too feminine? Whatever it is, there is no excuse with a tub of Vaseline for lips, which is blue so nice and stereotypical for the men. The jelly is colour and fragrance- free, so, apart from a very slight shine, it’s invisible. Throw it on whenever and wherever, and chapped lips will be a thing of the past for you.
Skin Blitz Facial for men, €55 for 50 minutes, at Clarins Skin Spa, House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre. If you want to start off with a professional cleanse, Clarins offers a men-only facial in its Dundrum Skin Spa. Therapists will cleanse your face, then scrub and exfoliate your skin. A fatiguefighter mask will be applied, and then, to finish off, they will moisturise your skin with Clarins Men Moisture Balm.