Given the current global climate, a little self-care can go a long way. 5' ELEVEN'' caught up with grooming expert Bradwyn Jones, based in Melbourne, Australia for some men’s beauty pampering tips to help keep our skin in top shape during this unpredictable time!
Stylist Assistant, Phoebe Kelly. Photography Assistant: Luke Chang
STEP 1. WAKE UP!
Start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon. This can aid skin cells to detox, expel impurities and sweat that can clog pores. Alternatively, you could have a cup of green tea. Green Tea contains a catechin called Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG). Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent and repair skin cell damage.
STEP 2. DEEP DEEP CLEANSE
Fill your hand basin with hot steaming water. Hovering your face over the basin and closing your eye’s, allowing the steam to caress your skin for 2-3 minutes. By doing so opens your pores and prepares the skin for a deep cleanse. For a more effective and thorough steam, you could also try covering your head with a towel as you lean over the basin. This intensifies the heat and your treatment.
(NOTE: Make sure you don’t get too close to the water so you don’t burn yourself).
With a clean face towel, pat the skin dry. Add DR.SPILLER’s - Aloe Sensitive Cleansing Milk and massage the cleanser thoroughly around all areas of the face (avoiding the eye area). Dampen the face towel in lukewarm water and gently remove cleanser. Then apply ELLUS & KRUE’s - Gel Toner to a cotton pad and gently sweep over the face. Toner refreshes the skin and assists in preparation for further treatments.
STEP 3. REDUCE THOSE BLACKHEADS
Gently wet the nose area with water and apply BIORÈ’s Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (with Witch Hazel). After the allowing the specified time (refer to packet) remove the strip (as listed on the instructions). By doing so can help reduce the appearance of blackheads and clear the pores.
STEP 4. TAKE CARE OF THAT T-ZONE
For deeper T-Zone treatment, a follow-up mask can be applied. A mask can further assist in removing excess oil, dirt and other impurities from the skin as well as invoking a sense of calm and relaxation. Apply a thin layer of SKIN REPUBLIC's - Platinum Diamond Polish Face Mask to the nose and forehead, ensuring an even consistency is applied to clean dry skin. Once the mask is completely dry, gently peel the mask off, beginning from the outer edges. To remove any remaining residue, use a clean face towel and dampen with with lukewarm water. Gently wipe away.
STEP 5. MOISTURISE AND REVITALISE!
Finally to hydrate and revitalise your skin, apply ELLUS & KRUE's - Hydrating Day defence - ensuring that no area on the face, ears and neck is missed. Moisturising the skin can reduce the occurrence of skin problems, blemishes and helps fight wrinkles!