There are two fundamental grooming basics for anyone new to the world of skin care – know your skin type, and know your products. If you don’t already know your skin type then check out the FashionBeans Skin Type Guide and meet me back here in five minutes. If however you fancy yourself as a bit of a grooming stud and you already know your skin type then you are ready for phase two – Skin Care Products Uncovered.
To be able to understand the best ways of improving your regime, you must first grasp the importance and role of each of the skincare product staples. From daily basics to weekly skin boosters this guide offers the theory behind the products and profiles the some of the industry’s best loved products.
One of the founding fathers of grooming, a face wash forms the base of your regime.
Objectives: To rid skin of dirt, grime and daily build up.
Strategy: Use first thing in the morning and last thing at night, applying to wet skin in a gentle circular motion.
Results: A squeaky clean, fresh complexion.
A valuable skincare addition particularly suited to those with oily complexions, a toner does exactly what it says on the tin.
Objectives: To remove excess oil and tighten pores to prevent future blockages.
Strategy: After cleansing or shaving, apply using a cotton pad, paying particular attention to any oily problem areas.
Results: Toned and refined skin with an even texture.
A moisturiser is to grooming, what Wayne Rooney is to England’s World Cup hopes – indispensable. Appearing in many guises, from matte to anti-ageing, moisturisers are here to help improve and protect your skin.
Objectives: To hydrate your skin and protect against external aggressors.
Strategy: Use twice daily after cleansing and throughout the day if needed.
Results: Skin that’s smooth, hydrated and ready for anything life throws at it.
Like scrubbing the kitchen (without the marigolds and the bleach) a face scrub provides a deep and thorough skin clean.
Objectives: To remove dead skin cells and ‘polish’ your skin.
Strategy: Use once or twice a week, applying to wet skin in gently circular motions.
Results: Skin smoother than Daniel Craig at a bond girl convention.
Not to be confused with its fancy dress counterpart, this type of face mask is treatment that provides targeted benefits for all skin types.
Objectives: To provide your skin with a weekly boost of goodness and prevent problem areas.
Strategy: Select a mask that’s suited to your skin type and apply once or twice a week to your entire face – and relax (cucumber on eyes is optional).
Results: Skin that’s boosted and in tip-top condition.
Jeepers creepers, a well chosen eye cream is the best way to look after the skin around your peepers.
Objectives: To provide targeted care to the delicate skin around the eye area and prevent dark circles.
Strategy: Apply daily with your fingertips in a gentle patting motion.
Results: Firm, bright, energised skin without a dark circle in sight (Ha! Sight, see what I did there!).
For lips that are truly kissable – pure and simple.
Objectives: To hydrate, refresh and plump the lip area
Strategy: Apply throughout the day as needed, especially if there is romance forecast.
Results: Soft, great looking lips – it would be rude to keep those to yourself.