3 Easy Steps to Perfect Skin for Men!

Are you ready for it?

  1. Cleanse twice daily
  2. Moisturise twice daily
  3. Scrub twice weekly

Guide complete right? It’s really is that simple! But let me explain why those three steps are all you need and some tips on how to perform them correctly. At the bottom I’ll link to some products that I personally use, this is not a sponsored post, I’m just letting you know what works for me.

Step 1: Cleanse

 

Why: The most common skin complaints are largely are due to the buildup of oil and impurities such as dust and dirt that we encounter throughout the day. These impurities clog our pores and lead to the buildup of bacteria which can cause those little infections known as pimples!

How: The science is simple, a little lukewarm water to soften up the oils and a gently applied cleanser to wash all the impurities away. Gently rub the cleanser in circles to work up a light lather, gently! Facial skin is sensitive, save the scrubbing for your bi-weekly scrub session. Wash the lather off and pat dry your face with a clean towel, not a handtowel as they will generally be covered in the same oils you just washed off.

When: Twice per day. First thing in the morning and just before bed. Overnight your skin builds up oil and is pressed up against your bacteria-laden pillow – sorry but it’s true! So wash it all away first thing and I guarantee you will look and feel amazing for the rest of the day. Then just before bed cleanse again to wash away all that dirt, sweat and grime that has accumulated from all sorts of sources throughout the day. A cleanse before bed is a must!

Bonus Tip: Wash and change your pillowcases often, this will prevent the buildup of skin irritating bacteria

 

Step 2: Moisturise

Why: Moisturising offers many benefits to the skin, delivering hydration and essential nutrients to skin cells. This prevents your skin from drying out and also keeps your skin healthy, preventing the signs of aging.

How: This one’s pretty simple, post-cleanse apply some men’s moisturiser all over your face paying special attention to areas that commonly dry out on your face. As I spend countless hours in front of the computer screen and rarely get enough sleep (does anyone?), I end up with quite tired eyes so I also apply a gel moisturiser specially formulated for waking up those tired yes.

When: Straight after your morning and night cleanse.

Bonus Tip: Use sunscreen daily, at least SPF15! Nothing will damage your skin faster than the suns rays!

Step 3: Scrub

Why: Scrubbing (or exfoliating) removes dead skin cells and the harder to wash away grime that cleanser doesn’t reach. It makes way for new healthy skin cells and will really help to prevent those pesky clogged pores.

How: Cleanse as instructed, then wet your face with lukewarm water again. Use a small amount and gently rub in circles, don’t get too vigorous, remember that sensitive face of yours!

When: Twice per week. However, if you have particularly dry skin or get irritation from scrubbing you can reduce this to once per week.

Bonus Tip: Over-scrubbing or cleansing sets your the skin’s oil glands into overdrive, creating excess oil. So, don’t go overboard, keep it to the frequencies recommended in this article.

Professional Treatments

The guide I’ve written above is great for keeping your skin healthy and preventing premature aging. If you have a specific skin condition or would like to get some expert advice on exactly what your particular skin type needs, it’s best to visit a professional. If you look closely at the photos above, you will notice that I have some reddening on my nose and upper cheeks. I also have a little red birthmark on my cheek (ok maybe hard to notice, but I see my face every day 😉

I went to see my good friend at Star Medispa in Sydney to get some treatment and ongoing skincare advice. The first thing that my friend, Alyona did was run some imaging on my skin which revealed a slight vascular skin condition.

Skin is laced with capillaries that transport nutrients and oxygen in the blood. Broken capillaries, blood vessels prominent near the surface of the skin or a concentration of blood vessels in a specific area of the skin can give rise to vascular skin conditions such as spider veins, rosacea, birthmarks, and other similar conditions.

Alyona advised that I need to use products which cool and sooth the skin and also advised that I should cut back on spicy food and red wine – oh no, my favorite! For the dark circles under my eyes, she recommended more sleep…also some specially formulated eye cream containing peptides. I’ve ordered some of this Dermalogica Eye Reversal Complex which I have yet to try, I’ll let you know how it goes when it arrives.

 

I had some amazing treatments, this mask felt like a big layer of bubble gum but my skin felt absolutely amazing afterward.

The most amazing part was the laser treatment, remember that red mark on my cheek? Gone! The photos at the beginning of the article are post-treatment, go back and have a look, no more mark!

Products

Clinique has in no way sponsored this post, this is just a brand that I genuinely use daily and recommend. Also, if you do end up purchasing it through the Amazon links I’ve provided, I get a little kick back and it costs you no extra.

If you have any products that you use and love, comment below and let me know, I’d love to try them out!

Cleanser: Clinique Charcoal Face Wash

Face Moisturiser: This one is a very personal choice as everyone’s skin is different. I recommend that you try a few until you find just the right one. Definitely use moisturisers formulated for men, as men and women’s facial skin chemistry is different.

Eye Moisturiser: Clinique For Men Super Energy Eye Gel – This eye gel has a special rolling applicator which really calms and soothes your eyes and is specially formulated to reduce puffiness.

Scrub: Clinique Men’s Face Scrub

[Recipe Video] Stuffed BBQ Ocean trout straight from Sydney Fish Market

Ingredients

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 kg whole ocean trout
  • 1 small handful whole almonds
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
  • 1 loaf of bread, preferably stale
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 12 marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
  • 4 rashers bacon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small handful fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 5 tablespoons fat-free natural yogurt

Method

  1. Turn on your BBQ to preheat while preparing the recipe. I use some wire racks to place the prepared fish on, just to keep it above the surface of the BBQ and prevent burning or sticking. Be sure to grease the racks and have them ready to put in place.
  2. If you didn’t have your fish filleted, watch the video and follow my instructions. I didn’t demonstrate this but carefully pin bone the fillets. Run your hand along the flesh and you will feel a little line of bones popping up, grip them tightly with the pin bone tweezers and pull them out one at a time.
  3. Place a few lengths of cooking string on a large chopping board, then lay down some rashers of bacon right in the middle and scatter over some sprigs of thyme. Lay your ocean trout fillet, skin side down, right on top of the bacon. The bacon will protect the fish from getting burnt on the BBQ, keep the flesh moist and will become irresistibly crispy.
  4. Lightly dry fry (no oil) the almonds in a pan for a couple of minutes – watch them carefully as they don’t take long – then bash them up using a pestle and mortar. Try to get some powdery and some chunks. Put the almonds into a bowl and rip in the mint.
  5. Take the crusts off the bread and whiz it up in a food processor. Add the lemon zest, chopped garlic, artichoke hearts, and a good splash of olive oil to the bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix it up well then taste it and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  6. Sprinkle the mixture over your prepared fillet, really pack it on as it’s so delicious you won’t want to miss out on any. Carefully place the other fillet of the ocean trout on top, followed by bacon rashers and a few sprigs of thyme again. Now secure it all together with the cooking string – I do three loops of the string before completing the knot as it holds more secure. Trim off the excess and you are ready to go!
  7. Place in the middle of the preheated BBQ, closet the lid and cook. The bacon will go golden and crispy. Use a temperature probe at the thickest part and remove the fish when it reaches 60C.
  8. Season the yoghurt generously with salt and pepper and add a little lemon juice.
  9. When the fish is ready, cut the string and serve the fillets with a nice drizzle of yoghurt and a green salad. Give everyone a lemon half on their plate so they can squeeze the juice over their fish.