As the weather is now changing, I have to update my skin care routine. I thought I'd run you through some of my go-to products and remedies for the cold months ahead. Thinking back to last A/W my skin, especially on my face felt incredibly dry. This is something I don't want to happen this year.

It's becoming more & more acceptable being male to actually look after the skin you're in, so why not, modern man and all that! The male grooming market last year was worth a staggering £14.8bn so a lot of you guys are way ahead of the curve than I am!

I’ve never used anything on my skin before, bar the seasonal suntan lotion regime whilst on holiday but now that's beginning to change. I'm still pretty rusty on knowing everything about the whole male grooming movement but here is my small list of very basic products in my bathroom cabinet.

I’ve recently bought a facial moisturiser for the first time. I didn’t know where to start or what look for. There's a lot of men's grooming products out there, so it took a little time to narrow down the one best for me.

After a quick search on google before shopping and a lot of guess work I had a rough idea of what to look for in a moisturiser. The main ingredient to any good moisturiser is glycolic acid. This gently exfoliates the skin, helping your skin loose any layers of dirt.

Choosing a moisturiser with an SPF is also beneficial, this covers the face like suntan lotion, protecting the face against harmful rays from the sun, which is the number one reason for prematurely ageing skin. Another two ingredients to keep an eye out for in whichever moisturiser you choose are; antioxidants & peptides, which both help to stimulate collagen production which basically make your skin look plumper (fuller looking skin.)

After around fifteen minutes of standing in aisle seven in Boot I opted for this No7 moisturiser for men. I have very sensitive skin on my face, so this product is perfect for me. It has 0% alcohol and it is fragrance-free and also has an SPF15. It's a 24-hour moisturising cream which I’ve now been using daily for around a week. I would really recommend this great moisturiser for you newbies out there.

There's also one more product I've been using recently after returning from Greece. I did mention the geography of the island I was staying on in one of my posts, but if you missed it I'll give you another brief description. This particular rock was everywhere, the whole island was built upon it. The locals used this natural grey rock (which is actually a hard clay) as a face mask and body scrub. They mix it with water to form a grey paste which they rub all over their skin. After smuggling a huge piece back home in my suitcase, I've also been using this every other week.

Another simple but crucial product for me is a lip balm, this Nivea chapstick is great as it protects your lips from getting chapped and prevents them drying out in the wind. Alongside the odd pamper session here and there, here are some more general tips for better skin.

Drink more, keeping yourself hydrated with at least two litres of water per day is a must if you want good skin. There's nothing worse for your skin than being dehydrated, it can cause your skin to overproduce oil to compensate for the lack of moisture, so water is key to keeping your skin looking at its best!

Your diet also has a massive effect on your skin, what you eat will either help or hinder you. Cutting down on fatty foods and replacing them with fresh fruit & vegetables is a much better option. Towels and bedsheets also play a big part in the health and appearance of your skin. Using the same bathroom towel or sleeping on the same pillow without changing regularly, will also impact on your skin. These are the main two items which absorb your skin's oils and dust, changing these on a regular basis is a must. If you keep my basic skin tips in mind I'm sure you'll see an improvement in your skin immediately.

I'd love to know some of the products you use to get you through the winter. As I'm still quite the novice to all this and I need as much help as I can get!


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