Hello, gentlemen! Ready to level up your skincare game? Everyone has different skin, with different needs. This can make adding new products to your routine, like assembling a dream team to tailor to the specific needs of your face. But fear not, we're here with a step-by-step guide on how to navigate this grooming adventure with finesse.
- The Quest for the Perfect Fit:
Finding the right products for your skin can be like searching for the Holy Grail, but fear not, brave souls—it's not as daunting as it sounds. First things first, figure out and get to know your skin type. Is it oily? Is it dry? Is it a combination of both? Is it rugged or sensitive? Or somewhere in between?
Understanding your skin's needs (and strengths) is key to finding the right products to use in your routine. Once you've decoded your skin's secret language, look for products that cater to its unique needs. Gentlemen with drier skin will require a hydrating moisturiser, guys with sensitive skin will need to be careful which cleanser or exfoliator they make use of, and so on.
- Patch Testing: Your Skin's Dress Rehearsal:
Ever bought a product, slapped it on your face, and then regretted your life choices? Let's avoid that drama, shall we? Enter the patch test, which is essentially the skincare equivalent of a dress rehearsal. Apply a small amount of the product on a discreet patch of skin, like behind your ear or on your jawline, and wait 24 hours. If your skin doesn't break into a Shakespearean tragedy (redness, itching, or irritation), you've got a winner! Now we can look at using the product, and judging its results within your routine.
- Introducing New Recruits:
Okay, so now you’ve picked your skincare solutions. It’s now time to introduce them to the rest of your routine. Be slow and steady here, incorporate one new product at a time, and give your skin a chance to adapt. It's like introducing characters in a story—one at a time, so you can appreciate each one's contribution, and gauge how they interact with each other.
Not every product will be used morning and night, some won’t even be used every single day, but it’s still important to take note of how your skin feels during, and after using them.
- The Art of Observation:
As you come to grips with the new players of your skincare ensemble, keep a watchful eye on how your skin responds. Not just how it looks, but how does it feel? Is it singing with joy or protesting with redness? Skincare can be thought of like a conversation, and your skin is very talkative. Listen to it. If a product isn't playing nice, don't force the friendship, your skin will thank you for being a good listener.
Beyond how it feels, is the product achieving what you purchased it for? Different products have different purposes, and each will have varying levels of success. Try a few options before you settle, and experiment to see what works best for you. This is a process, shortcuts will only see your skin suffer in the long-term.
- When to Let Go:
If a product isn't working for you, it's okay to part ways. Signs it's time to break up? Persistent irritation, breakouts, or the feeling that your skin just isn't vibing with the product. Don’t be disheartened into thinking you were wrong in choosing a product, or in thinking you have no idea what you’re doing. Sometimes you were completely right, and your skin has simply changed its needs. Our skin, much like the rest of our body, will change as we age and put it through its paces - this will mean skincare that worked perfectly for us, may not have the same punch anymore … and that’s okay, there are plenty of fish in the sea.
- The Power of Consistency:
Skincare is not a one-night stand; it's a lifelong commitment. Consistency is the secret sauce. Give your routine time to work its magic (don’t give up after a week, give most products around a month), however do be aware of the other products you are using in tandem with a particular product.
Gents, this guide to navigating the world of skincare is here to serve as a base to begin your process, but please remember how unique you are! Your skin is an ever changing canvas that will require different levels, and different types of attention throughout the course of your life. If you feel you need somewhere to start, we have you covered, check out the full range of products available at Tony & Munro, and start your skincare journey today.