Life in lockdown offers opportunity; it gives us the precious commodity of time to focus our energy onself-care. Our modern hectic lifestyles – our careers and commitments – meanlooking after ourselves often comes secondary. “Soap and water will do for a cleanse, right?” you may think. Alas, no. But with our lives having been forcibly slowed down, now is the perfect time to swot up on your skin, beard and haircare. A few easy-to-adopt grooming wins will help hone your skills now, to continue when life returns to normal. Whatever normal will be, that is...
Skin's the Thing
When it comes to skincare, while selecting products designed to address the concerns you have – ageing, fine lines, blemishes, redness etc. – is a must, there is one thing that remains paramount above all else: consistency. It doesn’t matter how much you choose to spend on your products, using it for a couple of days here and there isn’t going to offer you the results you need. The first step? Choosing a serum and a moisturiser that work for you.
How to Choose a Serum
As skin ages it needs a little more help than it did during our well-hydrated and supple early years (just a trusty moisturiser isn't going to cut it anymore) – choose your main concern below to reveal the ingredients tolook for in a serum.
Skin feeling dry?
Skin feeling dry?
HYALURONIC ACID is a hydration buddy – think of it like a drink of water for your skin. The acid is found naturally in the skin, and helps to retain the water in your skin tissue – in fact, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water – and is key for keeping your skin looking fresh. We recommend 111SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster Serum.
RETINOL is your go-to for wrinkle-busting results; it helps stimulate collagen production and boosts blood flow. Potent stuff, it can cause peeling and irritation as a side effect of the work it’s doing, so be mindful of it if you have sensitive skin. It can also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so wear an SPF during the day, even if you’re staying inside. We recommend Darphin Youth Retinol Oil Concentrate.
Don’t be afraid of your glow – Dior created a study in 2019 that linked the ‘glow’ of our skin to how healthy and, in turn, young we appear. GLYCOLIC ACID is the ultimate exfoliant for counteracting dull, hyperpigmented skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal the newer, brighter skin beneath. It's good to use if you're feeling the peeling effects from retinol, too. We recommend Sunday Riley Good Genes.
Honourable mention here goes to VITAMIN B3. Also known as NIACINAMIDE, it decongests skin-balancing sebum to keep pores clear and manage breakouts. It also improves skin tone, the appearance of fine lines, and helps your skin retain moisture. A true all-rounder. We recommend Aesop Lucent Facial Concentrate.
Using any serum in conjunction with your preferred daily/nightly moisturiser is an easy way to boost the productivity of your routine. When choosing a moisturiser, the main thing to know is your skin type.
Is this the time to try and finallylet it grow beyond stubble? Or are you wanting to start again andtake it right off?
If growing a beard, there are a few things you can do to ensure it looks sophisticated, not shabby. Use a beard shampoo to condition the hair. It sounds odd, (can’t my Aveda do the job?) but beard shampoos are specially formulated for coarse beard hair and tend to have stronger conditioning agents that help penetrate down to the root and prevent irritation. Keep it looking tidy with a beard oil or balm – plus a simple beard brush and a pair of trimming scissors can help neaten up any strays.
If it’s time to start again, Bolin Webb razors will have you smooth and clean-shaven in no time.
According to Instagram, men have two options while the salons are closed: dye our hair blonde or shave it all off. Such extremities may not be for everyone, but lockdown is a great opportunity to play with your look.
The most important thing? Look after your hair and scalp. No matter how long or short you go, investing in shampoos and conditioning products for your hair type is a must.
If you opt for the shave, firstly, do not be fooled into thinking it’s as easy as taking clippers to your head. So long as it will have grown back enough for your Hair & Beauty Salon stylist to fix it by the time you book in with them again, shave on.
Invest in a quality shaver; just don’t forget to oil the blades and make use of guards. Opt for a more sensible ‘2’ guard around the back and sides, and a ‘4’ on top to ease yourself in. That way, it’s slightly easier to blend – once you go shorter, mistakes are easier to see and there’s no going back. Remember: ensure your hair is dry before shaving, and make sure you’re in a well-lit room.
Or, you can always wait to book in for a trim when our Hair & Beauty Salon re-opens.