Because self-care has always been thought of (and marketed) as long bubble baths and 18 step skin care regimen, men have always been behind the curve and may not even know the basics. Good news is, you’re never too old or too young to start a self-care routine. This grooming guide is intended to help you work out a 5-step routine that’ll take just 10 minutes in the morning but will keep you energised all day. Let’s get grooming!
Step 1: Cleanse
No matter how busy you might be, you can always take out 2 minutes for a quick cold water shower in the morning. Start your day on a fresh note by adding this Ginger and Lime body wash to your bathroom shelf. It’s effective enough to rinse the dirt off but will also leave your skin smelling citrusy fresh for long hours.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Scrubbing off any dead skin before shaving works wonders for your skin as it discourages ingrown hair and bumps. Checkout this charcoal face scrub from Bombay Shaving Company. Charcoal is known to deep clean your pores and purge skin of any impurities. Remember to also give your skin a break from exfoliation every once in a while
We love a man with a beard. Keep this electric trimmer from Havells handy in your grooming kit for a clean cut beard. But if you prefer a more clean shaven look, go for a shaving cream that won’t irritate your skin. This Shaving foam from Bombay Shaving Company contains turmeric, which is known for having anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. It works great if you’ve got acne or blemishes.
Step 4: Tone
Just herb’s green tea toner will help clear away any lingering post shave residue. It also helps recover the pH levels of your skin and balance out excess oil production. Simply soak a cotton pad with this toner and gently wipe your face after you’re done shaving. Bonus: It has green tea extracts which are excellent for those fighting acne.
Step 5: Hydrate:
Hydrating your skin offers a plethora of benefits: provides nourishment, prevents skin water loss, helps with anti aging, to name a few. Whatever skin type you might have, you’re gonna love Kama Ayurveda Hydrating face cream as it has proven to work with all skin types and issues. Extra brownie points for its sun protection benefits!
Optional steps for when you’re feeling indulgent:
Your hair needs oiling after every few headwashes. This Bhringraj Oil by Just Herbs has precious therapeutic herbs that promote hair growth and arrest excessive hair loss. It also works magically for your nervous system and helps with a good night’s sleep.
Men’s skin tends to be less sensitive and is able to handle more potent products than women. That’s why you must put on an essential oil or serum before going to bed. If you’re dealing with acne, try Soulflower Tea Tree Essential Oil. It gives anti-bacterial protection to fight acne and also helps lighten acne marks. You just need a pea sized drop for your entire face.
There’s no one size fits all kind of formula here. So, know your skin type and leave some room for trial and error. Try out this step-by-step routine and you’ll be surprised to see the difference in your skin (and mental health) within a few weeks.
Time to get in on the selfcare act, men.
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