Beauty basics for boys on a budget
Male grooming can be a daunting thing. There’s a myriad of products and treatments thrown out into the public domain on a daily basis and it’s hard to navigate. Let alone if you’re new to male grooming and aren’t sure if that expensive Clinique moisturiser is right for you.
Here’s my guide to a basic skincare routine. These products all cost less than £10, so your beauty basics won’t break the bank.
Step 1: Cleanse
The first and most important step in your skincare routine, is to cleanse your face on a daily basis. Depending on your skin type, you may have to do this once or twice a day. Dry skin tends to need cleansing less than oily/combination skin and so it really does depend on how your skin reacts to the product. The basic rule to go by is if your skin is getting red/irritated or feeling too tight after cleansing, then you are probably cleansing too often. See how your skin reacts and tailor this step around your skin’s needs.
We Recommend: Altr for Men: Whiskey Infused Face Wash (£9.99)
Now not every product I’m going to recommend here is going to work for everyone but a good solid no-fuss cleanser I’ve been using recently, is Altr for Men’s: Whiskey Infused Face Wash. This product as I’ve said is a no-fuss cleanser that I use twice daily to keep my skin fresh and to remove the excess grime of living in London. Like all of Altr for Men’s products, it is made with sensitive skin in mind and the chamomile in this product, definitely helps soothe any irritation. I’d definitely recommend you give it a try.
Step 2: Exfoliate
The next step after we are all squeaky clean is to exfoliate. It’s important to do this step following cleansing, to avoid pushing any of that dirt and bacteria we’ve just removed into the skin. So to put it simply, exfoliating is the removal of dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion. There are many different types of exfoliators but they mostly fall into two main categories, physical or chemical. To keep this guide as simple as possible and as accessible as possible, we will be sticking to physical exfoliants for this skincare routine. However, if you guys are interested, by all means, we can talk about chemical exfoliants another time. So, as the name suggests, a physical exfoliant uses physical particles to remove the dead skin cells. On average it is advised you exfoliate one to two times a week only. This is because this step when overdone similarly to cleansing can aggravate and irritate the skin and that is never a good look!
We Recommend: Bulldog: Sensitive Face Scrub 125ml (£5.00)
When choosing an exfoliator, I always opt for the sensitive range if there is one. This is because I personally find physical exfoliants quite rough on my skin and as such, I personally only use them once a week. Bulldog’s: Sensitive Face Scrub though I have used on and off over a period of about two years and I can’t say that I have ever had a bad reaction to it. When using it once a week my pores are unclogged and my general complexion is visibly brighter. Definitely a solid product for most skin types.
Step 3: Mask
Masking is definitely not a step you would do every day but it is a step that will dramatically improve your skincare regime. Similarly to exfoliating, I’d recommend doing this step once or twice a week for maximum results. Due to the range of face masks being so vast, however, we clearly can’t talk about them all in this routine and so I thought the best way to introduce you all to the benefits, is sheet masks. A sheet mask is essentially a sheet of material that you put over your face for on average about 15-20 mins. The mask is soaked in a concentrated serum and it will give you an instant effect, depending on the type of sheet mask you buy.
We Recommend: Garnier: Fresh-Mix tissue mask Hyaluronic (£2.66)
As a starting point, I couldn’t recommend more the entire Garnier sheet mask range. My personal favourite is the Fresh-Mix tissue mask Hyaluronic and what’s great about this mask, is that you add the serum to the mask yourself. You literally squeeze the packaging and the serum directly infuses into the mask. This might be a bit gimmicky but there is something quite satisfying about the DIY aspect of it. The mask uses a Hyaluronic acid serum to dramatically moisturise your face and reveal a radiant/plump complexion. Don’t worry this acid is meant to go on our faces!
Step 4: Moisturise
Back to the everyday stuff. After we’ve cleansed/exfoliated, the next step is to replenish and repair the skin’s barrier. We do this primarily through moisturisers. Now there are moisturisers that cater to every skin type imaginable and so it really is a case of trial and error, until you find something that works well for you. The important thing to remember though is that no matter our skin type we need to moisturiser twice a day. Contrary to what you may think if you have oily skin, moisturisers actually help control the oil production and can leave you looking much less like an oil slick by the end of the day.
We Recommend: Altr for Men: Whiskey Infused Moisturiser (£9.99)
The second Altr for Men product in this feature and no before you ask #NotSponsored. As I said in regards to the cleanser, their entire range is developed with sensitive skin in mind and their moisturiser is just a good all-rounder. It sinks into the skin well, doesn’t leave your face tacky and leaves it hydrated all day. So definitely worth a punt, no?
Step 5: Lip Balm
Okay, a final and somewhat a bit of an extra step but I think it’s important. After I’ve moisturised my face, the next step I do without fail morning and night is to apply lip balm! Say what you will but chapped lips ain’t cute. It is such a small step but it’s one with so many benefits.
We’d Recommend: Kiehl’s: Lip Balm #1 (£10.00)
I know most people are thinking here, that it’s just lip balm. So why would I spend £10.00 on a Kiehl’s lip balm, when I can spend a pound or two in boots? The answer is simple, not all lip balms are created equal and most of the cheaper ones actually have an ingredient in them that cracks your lips over time. Conspiracy theorists to the ready, they do this so you keep buying their product. Visible instant benefits but long term side effects. Always avoid products that have a menthol sensation to them, it’s one of the main culprits. So definitely spend the extra money and invest in a good lip balm. I promise you won’t regret it.
So here you have it guys, a skincare routine that won’t break the bank. Let me know your thoughts below and if you have any questions or ideas for future features, leave a comment and we’ll make sure to look into it for you.