Men: mix quality skincare with good daily habits

Many men are strictly from the 'soap-and-water' school of skin care. But if you put plenty of effort into looking sharp in every other area (clothes, shoes, haircuts), you really let yourself down if you're not taking care of the face.

The skin on your head cops a fair battering from the elements, especially in a harsh urban environment. Sun, wind, rain, oil, grease and grime leaves a mark and needs to be well maintined. It's all about finding the right product for your skin type, and not leaving your run too late.

While you may well have a flawless complexion right now, we're all hard-wired to weather as time goes on. You want to form good habits early and there are some basic steps to follow that won't push the limits of time management.

Wash your face, preferably twice a day, with a good quality cleanser.

Scrub every 2-3 days with a gentle exfoliant to remove dead skin and grime.

Calm your skin with a balm after you shave to reduce irritation and relax the face.

Moisturise to replenish antioxidants and stop yourself from drying out.

Now comes the fun part: buying some luxe products that make you want to get grooming. These top-shelf items are bursting with natural extracts such as grapefruit, mandarin and sage, so you might even feel like cooking with them. Don't.

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