1. A quality moisturiser
Ignore what your dad says: in 2015, men mositurise. Why? Because flaky, bad skin looks awful whatever your gender and, unfortunately, life is one long process of drying out and shrivelling up. You may not have wrinkles on your face now, but using a simple, non-greasy moisturiser on your face and neck once a day will help prevent them appearing in the future. And anyway, admit it – it feels kind of nice, doesn’t it?
Recommended: Uppercut Deluxe After Shave Moisturiser, £12.99
2. An eye roll-on
While we’re talking about your face, have a feel of that skin under and around your eyes for a second. Notice how it feels softer than the rest of your face? That’s because it is, which means unless you want to end up looking like Steve Buscemi, you’d best pay it special attention. An eye roll-on will fight off the effects of all those late nights and hangovers, and add less than 20 seconds to your grooming routine.
Recommended: Bulldog Original Eye Roll-On, £9.99
3. A face scrub
Despite the impression you may have got from your sex education class, spots and blackheads don’t stop after puberty. ‘Exfoliating’ sounds like one of those made-up cosmetic industry terms but it just means ‘removing dead skin cells’, which is what you need to do to avoid pizza face (as well as making shaving more comfortable). Apply a decent scrub just after showering when your pores are open from the steam – oh, and remember to pay extra attention to your nose. It needs it.
Recommended: Recipe for Men Face Scrub, £24
4. Post-shave balm
According to the movies, men should follow up a close shave with a splash of aftershave that burns like a hard slap, because that’s manly – or something. We say that’s nonsense. The high alcohol content of aftershave dries and ages your skin, so be a better friend to yourself and opt for a cooling aftershave balm that soothes rather than irritates.
Recommended: Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm, £9.99
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5. An all-season signature scent
Traditional thinking when it comes to aftershave dictates that you want a heavy, woody scent for autumn and winter, and a lighter, citrusy number for spring and summer. But more and more scents are hitting the market that work all year long, meaning even less hassle. Find one you like and write it in permanent marker on your Christmas wish list.
Recommended: Armani, Acqua Di Gio Profumo, £60 for 50ml