If your significant other is helping himself to your moisturiser with annoying regularity, its time to get him educated. Send a link of this piece so he can read it - its for his own good.
Men are getting into skincare in a big way, and thats why there is a sudden fluctuation of tremendously fresh, glowing men bouncing around the City. This could be for various reasons, maybe its the amount of advertising being bombarded on them recently, maybe it's the rise of the 'selfie' or maybe they're just born with it. Who knows?
What 's true is that while some men are confident enough to buy their own products, others are more than happy just to use their partners. You may be wondering, why not? Well, women's products are designed for women - and spoiler alert guys, your skin is not the same as a girl.
Dr Harpal explains:
First of all, men have more testosterone so this contributes towards oilier skin which has some positives. The plus sides of oily skin is the ageing skin manifests longer than it does in women, the off side is that they'll be more prone to acne and during adolus and hormonal surge we'll see acne resulting in pitted scaring. We see quiet a lot of men with pitted scarring at our clinic than women. Also note, their skin is thicker, they have hair growth on the skin which causes excessive irritation and damage. They can get folliculitis from poor shaving habits similar to when women shave the bikini line.
Although something is better than nothing, your complexion needs its own formula. But, we understand that you'd rather be watching the FA Cup Final, so we've got you covered.
Get a bi-monthly facial
The 'steam facial' usually seen at the barbers only has 3 steps, all too often this is comprised of steam, extract, moisturise. Whereas in a 'true' facial, the whole process has 7 steps: cleanse, steam, extract, mask, massage, tone, moisturise. Every step is essential and has its purpose to ensure you have instant yet long lasting results. We like to keep things as simple as possible and for this reason we have 3 staple facials:
1. Detox Lymphatic Facial.
Ideal for: everyone, especially those who shave a lot, spotty, large pores, dull skin. (30 min or 60 min) a hard working treatment to unclog every single pore, the therapist will even show you how much gunk she extracts from your face!
2. Oxygen Facial
Ideal for: just before a big event, this is the full works and suitable for all skin types. (45min) with luxury in mind this facial hydrates, plumps and leaves you glowing for up to a week. Best just before an important event.
3. Anti-Ageing Facial
Ideal for: early 30's-mature skin. Targets all signs of ageing. (60min) this one turns back the hands of time and restores your factory settings. Powerful ingredients to banish fine lines and sagging. Ideal for
Our facials are as bespoke as a suit from Saville Row, we understand that your skin can change from time-to-time and so, we have created mini-enhancements to add to your facial for maximum results. Check our facial page for more info on enhancements.
Keep these staple products in your bathroom
NeoStrata Exfoliating Wash. Good for: ingrowing facial hairs, dull, oily, acne
This lightly exfoliating wash helps enhance exfoliation and prepares the skin for treatment.
The key ingredient is Polyhydroxy acid to enhance exfoliation and remove debris from pores. This uber simple wash doesn't dry the face and is suitable for all skin types.
Healgel Intensive (the green one)
Good for: post shaving, reduces ingrowing hairs, wound healing
Keep this next to your shaving kit. Healgel products have been designed by British plastic surgeons for wound healing, so it's perfect post shave. Soothes, repairs and protects the skin and can help with a wide range of skin care concerns including scars and eczema so feel free to use it on the body too.
Healgel Face (the pink one)
Good for: lazy days, slap it on all over the face and you're good to goPacked with naturally derived minerals and omega oils to help "rescue" skin from the daily rough and tumble. Don't mistake this with Healgel Intensive, whereas the green one targets specific problem areas, the pink one is a lightweight formula for all-over-use.
Healgel Eye (the blue one)
Good for: the morning after the night before, bags, dark circle
Whether you're working too hard or partying too hard, the results can often show around your eyes. This gel-like formula cools, lifts, brightens and hydrates the skin around the eyes for that instant "awake look".
If all else fails, get an IV drip!