Gone are the days, when an unkempt or rugged look was considered as a sign of masculinity. Women nowadays drool over guys having a well-groomed, clean look and blemish-free complexion. The world of beauty is no longer solely ruled by women, today’s new age man has gradually entered into the sphere of skin and hair care essentials and makes it a point to up their beauty game.
Well, if some of you frown or raise an eyebrow thinking about a prolonged skin care routine just like the 7-step beauty ritual of a woman. Fret not, as today’s Gen Y’s skin care is quite straight forward and easy and the good news is that there is no requirement of 5-step peels or multi-layer creams. It’s true that the internet is overflowing with beauty tips and skin care advices for women and much limited-information about men’s grooming, but believe us when we say we are going to end your search right away!
Throughout the day, most of you are constantly exposed to pollution, car exhaust, cigarette smoke and other pollutants on a daily basis, which ultimately results in skin damage. If you think, just a face wash might do the trick of bestowing upon blemish-free skin just like the main stream actors, you my dear are very wrong! Men tend to have an oilier skin and a thicker exterior than women. However, like for most women the CTM routine (i.e., Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing) is equally significant for men. While Cleansing is quintessential to sanitize the skin and eliminate dead skin cells that result in comedones, Toning expurgates the skin pores and tightens them, and Moisturization helps to treat and prevents cracks, dry and dull skin.
Does all this confuse you to the core? For starters just follow the basic CTM routine regularly and watch your skin glow naturally. We bring you a cost-effective, easy-to-do skin care ritual with these kitchen ingredients which you can whip up in a jiffy!
Simple Skin Care Regime For Men
Step 1: Cleansing
Cucumber and Honey Cleanser
3-4 tbsp of cucumber zest
1-2 tsp of honey
1 tbsp of curd
2 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients and apply it all over your skin.
Keep it on for 10 minutes.
Use a damp cotton ball to remove the mask from the face.
Wash off with cool water.
How It Works:
Imbued with antioxidants and soothing properties, cucumber effectively cleanses the pores and removes dirt and grime particles. While curd calms irritated skin, honey prevents inflammation and skin infection and in turn brightens and rejuvenates the skin. The use of lavender essential oil controls oil secretion and prevent breakouts.
Step 2: Toning
Camphor And Rose Water Toner
1 cup rose water
2 tsp of camphor powder
2 drops of mint essential oil
Pour all the ingredients in a spray bottle.
Shake well to mix everything.
After cleansing, spray the toner evenly onto your face.
Let it soak in naturally under air or just pat it all over the face and neck.
How It Works:
The powerful antibacterial properties of rose water helps shrink the pores, restores the pH balance of the skin and also removes any leftover grime residues. While camphor cools and soothes the skin and reduces the facial pores, mint essential oil prevents acne and other skin infections.
Step 3: Moisturizing
Cocoa-Vitamin E Moisturizer
4-5 tbsp cocoa butter
2-3 tbsp sweet almond oil
1-2 tbsp shea butter
4-5 drops of tea tree essential oil
2 tsp of vitamin E oil
Melt the cocoa and shea butter in a double boiler.
Add both the oils into it while still hot.
Now add the essentials oils, cool it down a bit and keep it inside the freezer for 5-6 minutes.
Use a beater to whip the cream till it becomes a frothy gel.
Store it in an airtight glass jar for future use.
How It Works:
The abundance of fatty acids in both shea and cocoa butter hydrates the skin, heals dry, parched skin and helps in retaining moisture. The anti-bacterial properties of almond oil prevent any other bacterial infection and softens the affected area. The addition of tea tree oil curbs itching, diminishes inflammation and bestows a soothing sensation, while vitamin E oil reverses sun damage and arrests the various signs of ageing.