Begin with cleansing to remove the daily grime from your skin. Sweat and sebum coupled with environmental pollution are responsible for breakouts and premature aging. Massage can be incorporated into your cleansing routine because it stimulates circulation while distributing product more efficiently. Rinse with clean water.
Scrub away dead skin with a gentle exfoliator(some cleansers double as cleansers & exfoliators). Nothing brightens a dull complexion faster than an exfoliator and it allows subsequent products to penetrate deeper beneath the skin’s surface. Go gently with exfoliators- you only want to polish away dead skin, not draw blood. Rinse with cold water and tone.
Masks (or Masques) can be individualised according to your skin type. Dry and dehydrated skins will benefit most from a hydrating mask to top up moisture levels while oily skins will prefer a deep-cleansing mud mask that absorbs excess oil. Sensitive skins need gentler ingredients to soothe and prevent redness but if you have combination skin you could apply two separate masks that treat the specific areas. If you feel like going all the way you could apply a cleansing mask first, then follow with a hydrating or moisturizing mask.
Most importantly, it’s not always what you put on your skin that matters but rather how you put it on. Instead of rushing through all the steps, take your time to massage all products gently and thoroughly. A tip from salons- it’s not necessarily their products that enhance a facial but the time they spend massaging their products into your skin. You may even use the time to read a book, watch television or do the dishes!
Some masks may be left on overnight, while others need to be rinsed off. Consult your therapist, sales consultant or read the instructions first. Always apply a moisturiser after removing a mask to seal the benefits into your skin.
Aramis, Clarins & Nivea offer excellent products designed especially for men.
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