The Aussie bloke's guide to grooming, looking good and caring for your body.
Face washes these days are specifically created for your skin type and will be PH balanced, so your face doesn’t feel stretched like a canvas or dry.
Healthy skin will only require a once a day cleanse, best at night to ensure the dirt and grime of the day is washed away before bed.
Cleansing brushes can provide a deeper clean and are great for city dwellers and people with short beards or stubble as they can lift and soften the beard.
Clean skin is the first step to ensuring healthy skin.
Toning is usually applied after cleansing and before moisturising. Toning is for getting rid of impurities left after cleansing or washing and to prepare the skin for moisturising. Toning may be optional for some men as their skin may not require it. It’s best to see how your skin feels after toning. Toning does not close pores but may assist with skin issues such as dry or excessively oily skin.
Using a moisturiser is essential to keeping your skin feeling good and looking hydrated.
Morning skin care will need a SPF formula with added goodies to protect against the sun and pollution. If your skin is feeling a little tired or after a big night out energising formulas will assist in keeping the dark lines away.
Evening skin care is repair time, so using a night specific formula will assist with cell rejuvenation and fight fine lines.
Don’t forget the change of season’s may require an adjustment to your skin care regime. For the warmer months use lighter water-based or gel-based products. In the cooler months use a heavier hydrating formulas or oil-based products.
Everyday we humans moult dead skin cells. This is a natural and important function to keeping your face looking fresh. As we age the process of skin renewal slows and mother nature may need assistance in the exfoliation department.
Exfoliating the skin removes the top layer of the epidermis, this allows the pores to remain unblocked, and a fresher, smoother skin.
Cleansers or face washes often include exfoliants such as salt or grains or chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acid. Exfoliating once a week for most skin types is fine, everyday may be too taxing on the skin.
New kid on the block for men are serums. Serums are really targeted moisturisers. The molecular structure is serums are smaller than traditional moisturisers allowing the targeting of fine lines, wrinkles or pigmentation issues. If your current moisturiser is too heavy or greasy then a serum may be the go.
Face masks are a great way to replenish your skin and feel great. There are many types of liquid or clay masks and now sheet masks, which all have different aspects of treating the facial skin. Have a look at a face mask which you think will add benefit to you. Masks are a great way to have a forced relax stop. Try one.
The first line of offence? Eye creams and serums. They may not work miracles, but they may assist in the reducution and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as revitalised.
The key ingredients being ceramides, peptides and hyaluronic acids. Products with hyaluronic acid have been proven to reduced the depth of wrinkles by up to 40 per cent. Caffeine and bark extracts may assist in detoxifing the eyes and reducing puffiness, making them appear brighter.
The family of powerful anti-ageing compounds know as retinoids are a great tool in the battle against time.
Retinoids are vitamin A derivative that have been provento reduce the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots by elevating collagen production and increasing cellular rejuvenation.
Retinoids’ less powerful, yet effective, family member is retinol. Retinol is usually available in a concentration of 0.05 to 1 per cent.
Remember, hydrate to assist with drag, nicks, cuts, and irritation. Shaving after showering, or even in the shower assists with well hydrated skin and hair follicles. Hydrating plumps your hair, allowing the razor to glide more easily. Using a face scrub or wash to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin, is good preparation for a comfortable shave.
Using light, gentle strokes, let your razor work for you.
Rinsing your blades often also enable a better shave. Remember, don’t shave without shaving lubricant or over-shave the same area, as this may cause irritation.
With or against the grain? The response is yes to both. Facial hair grows in all directions, so you’ll shave both with and against the grain at different times during your shave. Shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. But don't drag the razor.
A good haircut stands out and a bad haircut just makes you look bad. No matter what your hair style a regular haircut is one of the pillars of a good grooming regime.
Find a good barber, use Facebook, google or yelp to get reviews or information. A good barber will ensure your hair is always looking at its best and can provide advice on the best cuts for your face shape, your hair type and age. When you find a good barber make regular appointments so your barber can get to know you and what you like.
Yeah, I wash my hair regularly. But, are you doing it correctly? Keeping your hair clean is always a good thing, but remember washing with shampoo can strip the hair of its protective oils. You should wash your hair when you feel it’s beginning to get greasy – for some people that could be daily, for others it could be up to a week.
There may be occasions when you have to double down on the shampoo such as when you’re removing product build-up. Feel your hair it’s communicating. Did you know that the scalp has a natural maintenance system? Six weeks of not using shampoo may restore your scalps natural cleaning rhythm. But, for those less daring always use a balanced shampoo.
As with all hair products less is more. Whatever your hair styling product start with an amount about the size of a five-cent piece. Then work the product into your hair from back to front. That way you won’t have clumpy hair.
Don’t forget to select a product to complement your hair type, style and hair health. Understand different styling techniques that provide you with differing looks. Apply product on a wet hair and the effect will be a more out-of-bed look while using a hair dryer will provide a more presented look.
Remember if you’re using a pomade, clay or wax to warm it up by rubbing your hands. This will make it easier to apply and style.
Pomade the original hair product. Great for stand-up hair, pompadour or quiff. Great for restyling as it doesn’t set. A real help for dry hair.
For a firm hold or a slick wet-look, hair gel is the stylist product. Can be hard or tacky set.
Is it snowing?
Dandruff may be caused by a yeast imbalance in the skin. "Everyone has yeasts on their scalps, but one known as Malassezia furfur is thought to increase and trigger an inflammatory response. Leading to the topmost layer of the skin to fall off, leaving white flakes on your shoulders.
Use one of the Dandruff Treatment options to give yourself peace of mind.
Using a silver shampoo once or twice a week will strip grey hair of any brassy, yellow tones. A lesson in colour theory: because silver shampoo contains a purple pigment (and because purple is located opposite yellow on the colour wheel), it works by neutralising any yellow undertones in grey hair.
This is also when short hairstyles come into their own. “Because of their slightly rougher texture, grey hairs tend to ‘flick out’ from the scalp, which means shorter hairstyles that are kept neat around the ears and neck work better.”
Looking After Your Teeth
Good oral hygiene and scheduled visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.