Yes, we know you’re more than happy using the 10-In-One wash that promises you the world. I mean, why would you make an effort when you’re already getting all you need from that one bottle, noh? However, gone are the days when you’d pretend not to care about skincare. Face it, there are days when you’ve thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wouldn’t mind a moisturiser and a cool face mask.”
After all, skincare has no gender. No one’s asking you to jump on the bandwagon and follow an exhaustive routine that consists of 10 complicated steps. All you need is a simplistic skincare routine that nourishes your skin and keeps it in the pink of its health. It’s high time the 10-In-One wash goes away, your shelf needs an upgrade. Fret not, because we’ve curated a guide of all that you need to do as a tiny gift this International Men’s Day.
The most basic step ever, you’re probably doing this already. Cleansing your face twice a day is paramount since the face tends to accumulate a lot of grime and bacteria throughout the day. You don’t have to spend hours scouring for a fancy cleanser. The daily facial cleanser from Cetaphil works like magic to help you get rid of any excess oil and dirt on your face. Formulated with ingredients that are ideal for your skin, this cleanser works effectively to minimise the appearance of large pores whilst ensuring the skin’s natural moisture is intact.
You probably might have to add this step to your daily routine. Now that your face is squeaky clean, a toner is what will revitalize your skin and even balance the pH of your skin. The PHA 3%+ biotic toner from Minimalist is a product you can opt for if you happen to be a beginner. Brimming with pre-biotics and post-biotics that boost the natural barrier of the skin and help it maintain levels of skin microbiomes, this one will hydrate your skin and gently exfoliate it too. However, in order to allow your skin to get used to a toner, begin by using it a few times a week.
By moisturise, we mean you have to use an *actual* moisturiser on your face and not some random bottle of cream lying around the house. It’s one product that’s been deemed universally necessary and rightfully so. Depending on the kind of moisturiser used, it can help you combat a barrage of skincare concerns and give your skin a much-needed dose of nourishing nutrients. The Kiehl’s ultra facial oil-free gel-cream is a gel-based moisturiser, perfect to help you retain moisture for a fresher appearance. It works in tandem with the natural oils of your skin to reduce an overly-oily face.
Um, did you really think we’d forget sunscreen? If anything, this step is the MOST important one out of em all. Pretty sure we don’t need to tell you exactly how damaging the UV rays of the sun are for your skin. Daily usage of sunscreen protects you from ALLLLL of that sun damage. The fluid SPF 50+ sunscreen by Avéne offers optimal protection from the sun with UVA and UVB protection. Our favourite part about this one is how lightweight it feels. Oh, and did we mention it leaves no white cast at all?
Well well well, we know you secretly enjoy a masking sesh after a long, hard day. But, it doesn’t have to be a secret no? Face masks are something we definitely deem an essential item. No matter your concern, there’s a mask to help you battle through it. As the old saying goes, “A mask a week, keeps all the worries in check”. Yeah yeah, we made that up, but you get the point. The Innisfree super volcanic pore clay mask 2X is stuff made of dreams, truly. It deeply cleanses, exfoliates and cools down your skin—yep, one face mask does all of that.