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The Ultimate Skincare Guide 

This is the most comprehensive guide to skincare 

In this expert-written guide you’ll learn everything you need to know about optimizing your skincare routine , from how to cleanse your face to picking the best moisturizer to difference between cleansing and exfoliating .

So if you’re looking to get healthier skin (and confidence) from skincare, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s dive right in.

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What Makes a Great Skincare Routine

If you are looking to level up in your personal hygiene, appearance, taking care of your skin will go a long way whether you are looking to close a new business deal or in your social life. The first part of that journey is your personal care, especially your skin. Proper skincare and hygiene can go a long way in boosting your appearance and self-confidence.

And, there is no lack of information on grooming. A quick search leads to a boatload of advice that either is too confusing or not approachable and ultimately, makes us grab the tried and true ‘bar of soap + water.’ There is no better investment than the care of their skin. Once you have a good skincare routine down pat, adding it into your daily routine is easy.

We get it. The skin industry has you longing for a choice that is simple and sustainable. Sifting through the shelves of your local drug store, Nordstrom’s, Sephora and hundreds of listings on Amazon to find what fits your skin is not simple. The whole process would be a lot easier if you just knew where to start in the process.

That’s where we are happy to help; we present to you the seven different products that should be part of your daily skincare routine. If it feels overwhelming, remember by the end of part seven, you'll be on your way to becoming a skincare master and more importantly getting results while avoiding acne breakouts and other skin situations.

The Go To Skincare Routine 

1. CLEANSER

The first thing of great skin is a great facial cleanser which makes it the first part of your routine and one of the most important steps. To completely eradicate those pore-clogging impurities, wash your face twice a day with it. It should be the first thing to touch your face in the morning, and it should be the first grooming product you reach for in the evening. The morning cleansing will rebalance the pH level, removing excess oil, and get your skin going. The evening wash will remove grime & dead skin cells that have collected throughout the workday.

Pick either an oil-based or water-based facial cleanser. The first will deep clean and rinse away with warm water every speck of bad stuff that has drawn to the face. The second will get the same result but be exceptionally gentler on the skin. Both make for robust and premium skincare, but we would recommend starting with a natural water-based facial cleanser with hyaluronic acid; the difference lies in the skin type needs from them. For more sensitive skin, a water-based cleanser will better care for the skin. It doesn’t strip away essential moisture while doing wonders for the derma.

The popular belief that is switching from freezing cold water with scalding hot opens pores is a myth. Don’t fall for it. The more likely outcome is irritation or blood vessel breaking. Always, we repeat, always use warm water and wash your hands before applying your products.

The best way to get your skin back to its prime is a cleanser because soaps are too alkaline and face washes are filled to the brim with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, zinc sulfate, and other astringent chemicals. Both dry out the skin and are too harsh on it. They may seem like reasonable steps to excellent grooming but aren’t. Think of them as paint strippers, best to be avoided.

Mallama Facial Cleanser

2. TONER


A quick fact: your skin’s pH is around 5.5, and water is approximately 7 to 8. Every time we cleanse our faces, it necessitates restoring the natural pH. That’s the job of the facial toner. It dials the notch down and brings it to be acidic. What’s more, they detoxify skin and help smooth it out.
Most top-end toners are infused with effective antioxidants and other great ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin c, and hyaluronic acid. A single spritz is enough to take the face from zombie land to a ‘Blue Steel” moment.

The correct method to applying a toner is spraying it on a cotton pad or Muslin Cloth and then dabbing it on the face right after you’re finished with the facial cleanser

Mallama Facial Toner

3. EXFOLIANT

Diligently cleansing and toning the face takes you to the finish line most days. But just like the body needs some R&R occasionally, the face requires revamping from the real disaster living life plays on it. Here enters the third grooming weapon – the exfoliator.

A Physical exfoliant or a facial scrub is one option. It clears away the congested dirt and dead skin with a single wash and improves the texture of skin. If you’re looking for a gentle touch, start with an herbal formula. Massage the scrub immediately after cleansing and toning then rinse off to emerge with a refined feel with nary a damage to the skin. This is a great option for dry skin types and normal skin types

A Chemical Exfoliant or face mask is the other choice. Those face-shaped papers replete with holes for eyes and lips that we see everywhere on social media draw out the last of dark spots and free radicals with high accuracy. They turn the skin as smooth as marble by providing the right balance of TLC. Packed with moisture, collagen, and other natural ingredients, face masks rejuvenate the face right when it gets slightly dull. This option is great for oily skin aka acne prone skin.

Face scrub or any exfoliants should be used sparingly as cleansing solutions mixed with abrasive agents that mechanically peel away the outermost layers of the dermis. The best result of exfoliation arises with gentler and natural products. The ideal frequency should be one or two times a week, that’s the limit for

Exfoliation aids in freeing ingrown hair, which makes slicing them off easier. But using a scrub right before a shave is unwarranted as the almost daily ritual already gives the skin a severe exfoliation, just mechanical. Adding a step to it will irritate the face and facial hair further. Scrubs or face masks are best left for shave-free days.

Sugarcane Detox Scrub

4. MOISTURIZER


Even a person who doesn’t groom at all cannot deny that arguably, knows the most crucial skincare product is a solid moisturizer packed with naturally effective ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants. They are a necessity to keep skin healthy, youthful, and always in decent condition. Think of healthy skin as a plant that needs watering, once a day. The hydration, in this case, relies on “watering” the skin with moisturizers.

Effective cleansing (and exfoliating) scrapes away some of the skin’s nutrients. Moisturizing replenishes them, adequately and adds a bit of pick-me-up stuff that it needs.

When not exfoliating, moisturize the skin directly after you’ve finished with cleansing and toning your face. The yardstick in moisturizers is one that matches your skin type and without toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Strictly speaking, the strident individual would incorporate the next three steps to the daily skincare custom. But if you don’t have the time to expend energy on a 7-part regime every day, moisturizing can be the final step. Another advice here is to start simple if you’re stepping up your grooming routine. The first four steps will help you figure out what works best for your face and reduce the risk of applying too many unknown products simultaneously.

For most fellas, grooming regimes are created out of constant trial and error. They are rarely if ever, based on tested and proven skincare routine. This is not your fault; Everyone is being pitched conflicting advice from companies and influencers as they are looking to sell you their latest product. We promise if you go past the one-step skincare routine of just soap and water, you will see amazing results and boost your confidence as well.


Even a person who doesn’t groom at all cannot deny that arguably, knows the most crucial skincare product is a solid moisturizer packed with naturally effective ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants. They are a necessity to keep skin healthy, youthful, and always in decent condition. Think of healthy skin as a plant that needs watering, once a day. The hydration, in this case, relies on “watering” the skin with moisturizers.

Effective cleansing (and exfoliating) scrapes away some of the skin’s nutrients. Moisturizing replenishes them, adequately and adds a bit of pick-me-up stuff that it needs.

When not exfoliating, moisturize the skin directly after you’ve finished with cleansing and toning your face. The yardstick in moisturizers is one that matches your skin type and without toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Strictly speaking, the strident indivi would incorporate the next three steps to the daily skincare custom. But if you don’t have the time to expend energy on a 7-part regime every day, moisturizing can be the final step. Another advice here is to start simple if you’re stepping up your grooming routine. The first four steps will help you figure out what works best for your face and reduce the risk of applying too many unknown products simultaneously.

For most fellas, grooming regimes are created out of constant trial and error. They are rarely if ever, based on tested and proven skincare routine. This is not your fault; Everyone is being pitched conflicting advice from companies and influencers as they are looking to sell you their latest product. We promise if you go past the one-step skincare routine of just soap and water, you will see amazing results and boost your confidence as well.


Even a person who doesn’t groom at all cannot deny that arguably, knows the most crucial skincare product is a solid moisturizer packed with naturally effective ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants. They are a necessity to keep skin healthy, youthful, and always in decent condition. Think of healthy skin as a plant that needs watering, once a day. The hydration, in this case, relies on “watering” the skin with moisturizers.

Effective cleansing (and exfoliating) scrapes away some of the skin’s nutrients. Moisturizing replenishes them, adequately and adds a bit of pick-me-up stuff that it needs.

When not exfoliating, moisturize the skin directly after you’ve finished with cleansing and toning your face. The yardstick in moisturizers is one that matches your skin type and without toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Strictly speaking, the strident indivi would incorporate the next three steps to the daily skincare custom. But if you don’t have the time to expend energy on a 7-part regime every day, moisturizing can be the final step. Another advice here is to start simple if you’re stepping up your grooming routine. The first four steps will help you figure out what works best for your face and reduce the risk of applying too many unknown products simultaneously.

For most fellas, grooming regimes are created out of constant trial and error. They are rarely if ever, based on tested and proven skincare routine. This is not your fault; Everyone is being pitched conflicting advice from companies and influencers as they are looking to sell you their latest product. We promise if you go past the one-step skincare routine of just soap and water, you will see amazing results and boost your confidence as well.


Even a person who doesn’t groom at all cannot deny that arguably, knows the most crucial skincare product is a solid moisturizer packed with naturally effective ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants. They are a necessity to keep skin healthy, youthful, and always in decent condition. Think of healthy skin as a plant that needs watering, once a day. The hydration, in this case, relies on “watering” the skin with moisturizers.

Effective cleansing (and exfoliating) scrapes away some of the skin’s nutrients. Moisturizing replenishes them, adequately and adds a bit of pick-me-up stuff that it needs.

When not exfoliating, moisturize the skin directly after you’ve finished with cleansing and toning your face. The yardstick in moisturizers is one that matches your skin type and without toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Strictly speaking, the strident in would incorporate the next three steps to the daily skincare custom. But if you don’t have the time to expend energy on a 7-part regime every day, moisturizing can be the final step. Another advice here is to start simple if you’re stepping up your grooming routine. The first four steps will help you figure out what works best for your face and reduce the risk of applying too many unknown products simultaneously.

For most fellas, grooming regimes are created out of constant trial and error. They are rarely if ever, based on tested and proven skincare routine. This is not your fault; Everyone is being pitched conflicting advice from companies and influencers as they are looking to sell you their latest product. We promise if you go past the one-step skincare routine of just soap and water, you will see amazing results and boost your confidence as well.


Even a person who doesn’t groom at all cannot deny that arguably, knows the most crucial skincare product is a solid moisturizer packed with naturally effective ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, and antioxidants. They are a necessity to keep skin healthy, youthful, and always in decent condition. Think of healthy skin as a plant that needs watering, once a day. The hydration, in this case, relies on “watering” the skin with moisturizers.

Effective cleansing (and exfoliating) scrapes away some of the skin’s nutrients. Moisturizing replenishes them, adequately and adds a bit of pick-me-up stuff that it needs.

When not exfoliating, moisturize the skin directly after you’ve finished with cleansing and toning your face. The yardstick in moisturizers is one that matches your skin type and without toxic chemicals like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Strictly speaking, the strident i would incorporate the next three steps to the daily skincare custom. But if you don’t have the time to expend energy on a 7-part regime every day, moisturizing can be the final step. Another advice here is to start simple if you’re stepping up your grooming routine. The first four steps will help you figure out what works best for your face and reduce the risk of applying too many unknown products simultaneously.

For most fellas, grooming regimes are created out of constant trial and error. They are rarely if ever, based on tested and proven skincare routine. This is not your fault; Everyone is being pitched conflicting advice from companies and influencers as they are looking to sell you their latest product. We promise if you go past the one-step skincare routine of just soap and water, you will see amazing results and boost your confidence as well.

Green Tea Moisturizer

5. SERUM

Too dry, too wrinkly, too oily, too dull – we all have something we don’t love about our skin. The one skincare action that can transform all of it is a facial serum. Chances are you’ve been moving through life without even realizing the need for it, but as we said, serums can fix more than just superficial problems. The kind of serum you will need depends on the issue that has to be addressed.

From soothing irritation to offering a clean complexion, from diminishing fine lines to reducing pores, a hyaluronic acid serum can give results in an instant. A potent serum comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s the triple effect of soothing, hydrating, and repairing that is addictive and worth it.

Adding a serum to the routine isn’t necessary, more so if you pick a mediocre product. But the best products take a targeted approach and gives the face that extra something and limit damage from uv rays. The molecules of a serum are smaller than cream; therefore, they penetrate deeper and reach layers; even a sophisticated moisturizer won't. A top-notch serum will prevent water loss, rehydrate in an intense burst and retain healthy cells.

A morning serum is not meant for sleep-time. To keep the skin healthy and young, sleep with an overnight product that has retinol it. Take a few drops of it on your palm and massage into your face. The application of serum is always after cleansing, not after moisturizing

The Vitamin Revival Serum

6. SPF



There is more to a good skincare routine than removing debris and hydrating. It includes protection which brings us to the last part of your care arsenal and often the most neglected. To safeguard the skin from the ravages of the sun, yes, even during the winter months, SPF sunscreen is essential for everyone's skin . The sun is never the cure to your skin, despite when the temperatures are below zero.
Skin damage, aging prematurely, and skin cancer are all effects of the sun hitting the skin directly. It is, indeed, the worst enemy. Pick a light sunscreen with a non-greasy touch that sinks into the derma super quickly. It will courteously do the sun protection for you.

As we said before, a slap bar soap, a splash of water, and a drug store body spray is not doing yourself justice. You deserve to put yourself in the best light possible. If you don’t want to miss out on the anti-aging benefits of grooming, then take the extra step. If you are skipping the serum, then apply the SPF after the moisturizer daily. You only need to put it on once, a few minutes before you step out of the home.

SPF


Table of Contents

Cleanser for Men

Chapter 1 

Cleansers 

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Facial Toner for Men

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Toner 

A toner is a skincare product mainly to help clean your skin. It also cleans and closes pores, thus contributing to a healthier and more younger-looking skin reducing the appearance of pores. Toners also help in controlling and preventing acne.

Cleansing vs Exfoliating

CHapter 3

Cleansing vs. Exfoliating: What’s the Difference?

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Facial Scrub for Men

Chapter 4

EXFOLIATING

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The Vitamin Revival Serum

Chapter 5

Serum

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Chapter 6  

Moisturizer

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Cleansers 

Here's Why You Need A Facial Cleanser!

Facial Cleanser

Cleansers are the first and most crucial part of any skincare regimen. Cleansers can efficiently remove all the impurities and oil from the skin surface, and primarily act as the foundation for enhancing the complexion, and keeping the skin protected from pollution!

Some of the great benefits of maintaining a daily cleansing ritual:

  • Maintain radiant and healthy skin.
  • Cleansing helps to de-clog pores, thereby freeing the follicles present in the skin and paving the way for the sebum oil to reach the surface of the skin.
  • Well-cleansed skin is also well hydrated and avoiding excess oil secretion, which can lead to creation of pimples and acne.
  • Cleansing helps keep the skin youthful and elastic.


While this sounds pretty straightforward, there is more to applying cleansers than what meets the eye. According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, "Using the wrong cleanser can disrupt the skin's outer layer, resulting in inflammation." Hence, it is essential to use the right cleanser for the skin and keep in mind various dos and don'ts before using a cleanser.

How Do Cleansers Work?

Cleansers contain ingredients called 'surfactants' that help remove unnecessary particles and dead skin cells laying on the skin’s surface. The surfactants vary in nature based on their strength and effectiveness.

However, harsh surfactants damage the skin by stripping the skin of its natural oils. Hence, many cleansers are now available with gentle natural ingredients, and some even have moisturizing effects that are ideal for combination skin types.

Facial Cleanser

What’s The Difference Between A Face Wash And A Cleanser?

While both cleansers & face washes help keep the face clean, unlike the face wash that needs to be washed well, a cleanser is non-foaming and can just be wiped off.

One can choose to have a cleanser if one has oily skin, or one sweats profusely, as a cleanser helps rid skin of grime, dust and excess oil more effectively compared to a little face wash.

Facial Cleanser
Facial Cleanser

Steps To Choose The Best Face Cleanser for You

While cleansing, it must be remembered that not all areas of the body are equal. The skincare required for the face is different from that needed for the rest of the body. Also, the cleansing pattern and the type of cleansers keep changing, depending on the weather and type of skin.

Hence, one must choose a gentle cleanser that helps to retain the delicate pH balance of the skin while at the same time helps in removing excess oil and impurities gently.

Here are some tips for choosing cleansers for your skin type:

1. For Dry Skin:

Opt for alcohol and soap-free cleansing ingredients. Choose cleansing formulas that contain hydrating agents like glycerin, allantoin, hyaluronic acid etc. as they help to augment the water content of the skin and thereby aid healthy radiant skin.

2. For Sensitive Skin:

Opt for lightweight cleansers devoid of chemicals that can irritate the skin like cleansers containing synthetic fragrances, alcohol, dyes, etc.

Cleansers that come packed with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, sodium cocoyl isethionate, and aloe vera help to retain moisture levels.

3. For Oily Skin:

Oily skin often poses a challenge as many ingredients that help fight oil tend to dry the skin & clear debris off your face. Hence it is better to avoid alcohol-based cleansers that can lead to dry skin

Gel-based cleansers are an excellent alternative as they enable targeted exfoliation by way of formulated acids with ingredients like stearic acid, Palmitic Acid, or Phytic acid.

4. For Those Prone to Allergies And Sweat:

Individuals prone to skin allergies can opt for cleansers based on natural botanicals as against those containing synthetic ingredients. Look for products with essential oils or fragrance- free instead of with artificial fragrances For those inclined to sweat, opt for cleansers that de-clog the pores.

Types Of Cleansers

1. Cleansing Oils:

Cleansing oils are becoming a popular option when it comes to cleansers. Traditionally, oils and oil-based products were considered to be suitable only for dry skin types; however, this trend is changing now. Various oils like jojoba, coconut oil, argan oil, seed oil, etc. are being tested by multiple companies to resolve various skin issues.

Cleansing oils have a gentle surfactant similar to traditional cleansers, and these surfactants help to maintain the moisture balance of the skin through various natural oils.

2. Exfoliating Face Cleanser:

Exfoliating cleansers eliminate the necessity to use an independent scrub or a peel. Exfoliate cleansers can contain micro particles like small beads or coconut husks. They may also include chemical exfoliates. Such exfoliating cleansers help to remove dead skin.

However, they have to be used with caution as overuse can remove the natural oils present in the skin leading to dryness.

3. Acne Cleansers:

Certain cleansers come with acne-fighting properties and are available in two types: one that is devoid of active ingredients that irritate the skin, and another that contains select chemicals like salicylic acid, etc. that help fight acne. However, acne-fighting cleansers must not be used too often as they can dry and irritate the skin.

So before buying a cleanser, re-read the ingredients listed on the label carefully and choose the cleanser that suits your skin type perfectly.

Dos and Don’ts When Using a Cleanser

Avoid Dirty Hands: Prior to using cleansers, wash hands thoroughly before touching the face. This will prevent impurities in the fingers and hands from being transferred to the face.

Splash Water and Gently Pamper the Wet skin: In case one is using a rinse-off cleanser, it is advisable to wet the face well with water first. Pay attention to the jawline and chin, as they are prone to dust accumulation. Rub upwards, massaging gently in a circulatory motion over the jawline and skin to allow the skin to remain tight.

Wash Gently and Pat Dry: Avoid scrubbing the face roughly and harshly when cleansing. Harsh exfoliation can lead to hypersensitivity of the skin, followed by irritation and skin breakouts. Wash gently with water first and pat dry with a good antimicrobial towel. Drying the face with a good antimicrobial towel is very important because if water remains dripping on the face, then it may lead to excessive dryness as opposed to hydration. Be gentle when wiping sensitive areas like under the eyes.

Do Not Over Cleanse: Try limiting the cleansing procedure to not more than twice a day, once in the morning, and once before going to bed.
Watch out for the Exfoliating Ingredients in a Cleanser: Before using a cleanser, pay attention to the ingredients listed in the pack. Look out for cleansers that contain powerful exfoliating components like alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids and try to avoid them. Powerful exfoliators are harsh on the skin and can cause hypersensitivity due to over-exfoliation. Cleansers containing botanicals like willow bark extracts, fruit extracts, vitamin c etc. are more skin-friendly.

Use Only the Recommended Dosage: Quite often, one may find that the cleansers do not work as promised. In such cases, pay attention to the quantity you are using. For expensive cleansers, there is a compulsion to use a minimal amount to save money. This must not be done at any cost. It is advisable to read the dosage instructions mentioned on the label and use it accordingly. Companies usually indicate the required dosage on the label after testing the dosage through numerous trials to arrive at the optimal, efficient dosage.

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Using A Cleanser

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Follow these steps on a daily basis to get the best results out of using a cleanse and you will avoid breakouts

  • Wash your hands thoroughly. Use hands wash if need be.
  • Splash a little warm water on to your face to moisten the skin. 
  • Take a small amount of cleanser or face wash in your hand and using your fingertips, apply on your face. Use gentle and circular motions. Do not be hard on your skin. Ensure you cover the entire surface of your face – the hairline area, forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and also your neck.

    Take a small amount of cleanser or face wash in your hand and using your fingertips, apply on your face. Use gentle and circular motions. Do not be hard on your skin. Ensure you cover the entire surface of your face – the hairline area, forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and also your neck.

    Most of the time, we are so focused on our face that we ignore the neck region, the emphasis is on the face and neck is ignored. If the neck region looks dirty and unkempt, it will show on your face. So, always ensure you cleanse, tone, and moisturize your neck regularly. 
  • Apply the cleanser or face wash to the area behind your ears and neck as well. Cleansing your open shoulder is also necessary.
  • Massage the cleanser or face wash onto your skin for at least a minute and leave it thus for two or three minutes. Allowing the cleanser to settle in your skin for a couple of minutes helps in deep penetration and draws out debris, dead skin cells, and impurities.
  • The next step is rinsing every bit of cleanser or face wash using warm water. Check if you have cleaned all parts of your skin where you have used the cleanser or face wash. 
  • After rinsing with warm water, splash some cold water on your face because it will help in shrinking the pores. It will also increase blood circulation, thus lending your skin glow.
  • Then, pat the wet skin with a dry muslin cloth. Never rub your face harshly, but pat it gently.

    Always use a clean cloth to pat your face. Follow up the cleansing procedure with toning and moisturizer cream.

    This is especially needed for oily and sensitive skin. Following the right method of cleansing ensures clean, smooth skin no matter your skin type.

    Make sure you make this a part of your daily skin care routine!

Chapter 2 

Toners

 Why You Need A Toner!

Facial Toner

Grooming experts world over vouch for the CETM skincare or the cleansing, Exfoliating toning and moisturizing routine. It must be followed daily twice a day, in the morning and at night.

CETM procedure helps to clean impurities, remove dead skin cells, tone up your skin, and to provide the required hydration.

Of these, many follow cleansing and moisturizing without fail, but using a face toner often is not considered as seriously as it should be. It could be because not many are aware of how beneficial a facial toner can be to skin health.

If you understand the properties and benefits of a facial toner, you will never again shy away from using it.

Facial Toner for Men

1. It restores the skin’s pH balance
Your skin is naturally acidic with a pH level ranging from five to six. When your skin maintains its pH level, it prevents germs and bacteria from attacking the skin, thus preventing breakouts. Skin with normal pH also remains hydrated, soft, and healthy. Anything more or less than the natural pH value of your skin will mean harm.
Cleansers are alkaline and thus end up disrupting the inherent pH value of the skin. The sensitive skin will then try to work overtime, trying to get back to its normal level. It will mean extra sebum production turning your skin oily and thus inviting germs and bacteria, and accelerating acne formation.

A vitamin e packed toner helps in restoring the pH value lost by cleansing and thus maintains the health and vigor of your skin, ensuring clear, moisturized, and healthy skin.

2. It completes the cleaning job
The CETM process is meant to clear your skin off harsh impurities, stubborn dirt, and dead skin cells. While cleansing can remove a major part of the impurities, there will be some that refuse to go.

Best Toners are liquid in form and thus help in complete cleansing, ensuring dirt that cleansing has left out is removed. It also cleans the pores from within. Cleansers may not be able to remove certain pollutants on the skin.

An alcohol-free formula toner can effectively remove harsh environmental toxins and chemicals accumulated on your skin. The result is a healthier and improved complexion.
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Facial Toner for Men

 3. It shrinks and tightens pores
Open and large pores are an open invitation to dirt and germs. When such impurities and germs accumulate on the skin, it leads to infections such as acne. A toner cleans the pores, tightens and shrinks them, thus preventing the entry of toxins and pollutants.

The skin also becomes smooth, clean, and fresh, making it harder for debris to penetrate the skin layers. Thus a toner serves a dual purpose.

4. It prevents breakouts
Skin breakouts can be painful and embarrassing. If not treated, it could also lead to more harsh effects in the long run. It occurs mainly due to the clogging of pores due to the accumulation of sweat, impurities, and oil. That is why oily skin is more prone to breakouts resulting in pimples and acne. Toners remove dirt and oil build-up, and prevent skin agitation, thus controlling pimples and other skin breakouts.

Toners are also helpful in preventing summer breakouts which happens with almost all skin types. You sweat more in summer, resulting in oil, impurities, and sweat clogging up pores. Those with oily skin may suffer the most as their skin is prone to breakouts in all seasons, but summers make it worse.

Toners remove dirt accumulation and prevent acne and ­­­­­­­­­­­­other skin issues during summer 

Ingredient list to Looks For By Skin Type

If you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, use toners with vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid or glycolic acid to control oil production.

If you have Normal skin, use toners with vitamin e, witch hazel leaf extract, rose water or hamamelis virginiana

If you have sensitive skin, use toners with vitamin e, hydroxy acid or Lavandula Angustifolia

If you have Dry skin, use toners with vitamin e, lavender or aloe vera

If you have Combination skin, use toners with vitamin e, aloe vera, or cucumber extract

5. It provides nourishment and hydration
Cleansing can leave your skin dry and tight. When you use a toner right after cleansing, hydrating ingredients present in the toner keep the skin moist and remove the dryness. It thus prepares your skin for the next step, moisturizing.
Damp skin can absorb moisturizers better than dry skin. Hence, toners help in better absorption of moisturizer and contribute to more nourished and healthier skin. Certain toners can also act as humectants, helping the moisturizing ingredients to bind better with the skin.

6. It refreshes the skin and reduces fine lines
Toners also help rejuvenate and refresh your skin, while avoiding fine lines. You can also use a toner at times other than the CETM schedule to revitalize your skin when needed.

7. It gives the skin an extra layer of protection
Facial Toners help in tightening cell gaps and close pores. It thus provides an extra layer of protection to the skin as contaminants are unable to enter the skin.

Did you know that when you wash your face with tap water, chlorine and other minerals can end up in your skin? Toners can help remove such chemicals as well.


Facial Toner for Men
Facial Toner for Men

8. It prevents ingrown hairs
Toners are also helpful in preventing ingrown hairs. Not all toners are useful thus, but only the ones with ingredient list containing alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid. You can use the toner on your skin after waxing to ensure the smoothness of your skin lasts and does not get disrupted by ingrown hairs.

9. It can be used in emergencies too
Carry a hydrating facial toner in a spray bottle in your bag. You can spray it on your face to cool and relax your skin when you are outdoors. Such toners are especially useful in flights. The in-flight atmosphere can dry up your skin and make you uncomfortable. Spray a little toner, and your skin will be fine.

Alcohol-free Toners can also be excellent activators instead of water for other beauty products.


Your skin health and youthfulness can be maintained with due care. Skin Toners with their multiple and long-lasting benefits can be a nourishment booster for your skin, ensuring it is free of blemishes, acne, and pimples. A nourished skin will remain healthy and beautiful, giving you a fresh look all the time.

Chapter 2 

How to use the Toner

If there is one product that gets the least attention in personal care, it is the facial toner. Not many people are aware of the importance of facial toner and thus do not find it necessary to include it in their daily routine.

A part of the CETM or the Cleanser-Exfoliate-Toner-Moisturizer Routine, Facial toners is essential today when your skin is constantly bombarded with dirt and pollutants every minute of the day. If you want your skin to remain healthy and young, and keep aging signs at bay, then it is time you incorporate toners in your daily schedule.

Any product to be effective, it is necessary to use it the right way. Before knowing the proper ways to use it, let us get to know facial toner better.

Face Toner

Here’s How You Should Use A Toner…

A point to remember and follow-through is to apply a facial cream after using the face toner. It helps to maintain hydration of the skin if at all, you have lost any oil content from your skin after cleansing and toning.

  • Step 1 – Massage your face with a facial cleanser. Keep it for a couple of minutes. Cover your face, neck region, back of the neck and ears, and also your shoulder.
  • Step 2 – Rinse your face with lukewarm water, followed by cold water.
  • Step 3 – Pat dry with a clean cotton cloth.
  • Step 4 – Spray a little skin toner on your face and neck, ensure you spray just enough to full coverage of your face and neck.
  • Step 5 - Use the toner all through your face, sides of the nose, behind the ears, and your shoulder. Avoid eye areas and lips.
  • Step 6 – Wipe your face and neck region with the damp cotton pad. If it is a liquid toner, moisten a cotton ball with water and then squeeze out excess water. Pour your toner on to the cotton ball. It will ensure that the cotton ball does not absorb too much of the product.
  • Step 7 – Wait for a couple of minutes. Let the toner dry completely.
  • Step 8 - Follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and smooth without avoiding stripping essential oils.
Face Toner

Different toners, different applications

Toner in a bottle:

You should use a cotton pad or cotton ball and pour a little amount on it. Let it get moist and not over-soaked. Start from the center and then go outwards.

Do not apply witch hazel toner on the under-eye region and lips.

Toner in a spray bottle:

Mist it over your face but wipe it off with a cotton ball. The best way is to use aloe vera mist toner to lend additional moisture.

Use it again after you have wiped off the impurities with a cotton pad.

Toner with spray nozzle:

 It comes with a misting applicator via which you can apply it directly to the skin.

Face Toner

Multiple uses of a toner

1.Extra hydration


It helps to have two types of toners.
One, you can use the usual watery toner after cleansing. Once no impurities are left on the skin, you can use a mist toner to spray on your face for additional hydration.

You can also use it to refresh your face when you are outdoors.

You should always carry a mist toner in your bag. Get one with antioxidants and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber, hyaluronic acid etc.

2. Good activators

Some skincare products require you to activate it with water. You can use an alcohol-free toner instead of a better effect.

These days powdered form of Vitamin C and vitamin e are very popular as a skincare product. It needs to be activated with water, but if you use an alcohol-free formula instead, you get double the benefits.

3. Refresh under-eye areas

Your eyes get tired fast. The under-eye location is a very delicate region, and you should not be using all the skincare products in the area.

Toner as such shouldn’t be applied below your eyes or around it, but if it contains unique formulations with caffeine, rose water, cucumber, and citric acid you can use it.

These constituents are soothing and can be excellent to refresh under eye areas. For best results, refrigerate the best toners need some time and use it as a cold compress.


In times when pollution and poor lifestyle habits are taking a toll on your health, aging starts early. Your skin is the one that gets affected fast. A good skincare routine will help your skin fight its daily battles with fine lines, pollution, and insufficient nutrition. The best toners are an essential part of such a routine. Make it a part of your schedule, and you will be amazed to see the difference in your skin.

Chapter 3 

Cleansing vs. Exfoliating: What’s the Difference?

“Nothing's Gonna work on Your Face Unless You Exfoliate.”

There can be no greater joy than a freshly exfoliated face. Very few personal care routines cleanse the skin as thoroughly as a scrub used in the exfoliation process. So what is exfoliation? In simple terms, exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and gives a glow to the skin. The dead cells gather on the surface of the skin and interfere with the reflection of light from the skin, causing dullness. They may also lead to conditions like acne and folliculitis. Exfoliation can help in removing skin blemishes the skin by de-clogging pores.

While it is true that regular exfoliation promotes healthy skin, there are certain caveats to be kept in mind. One can exfoliate up to a maximum of twice a week without harming the skin. Exfoliates come in various varieties, including chemical and physical. Knowing the difference between the two is very important before you start the exfoliating routine, for it will help you choose the best exfoliation method. So, let’s quickly dive into them. 

Physical vs. Chemical Exfoliators 

Cleansing vs Exfoliating

Physical Exfoliators
These are akin to manual utilitarian face scrubs and have specific physical components, like tiny bits of scrubby beads or crystals, blended within to slough away the dead skin cells. Physical exfoliators act quickly on the skin as they peel away the dead skin cells. Further, they promote better blood circulation on the face and ha ave less chemical interaction with other skincare products.


While physical exfoliators act more quickly on the skin than chemical exfoliators, they also remain slightly rougher on the surface. Hence, physical exfoliators are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. Besides, certain physical exfoliators may leave the skin a bit dry and uncomfortable, giving that brittle feeling. Hence, those with dry skin may do better with a chemical exfoliator.

Physical Exfoliator Components:


Mineral beads vs. Microbeads: These are the two primary components of physical exfoliators.



Mineral beads

Mineral beads are environment-friendly and contain natural scrubby bits from sea salts, rice, jojoba oil, oats, coffee, etc. There are others, too, loaded with fragrant ingredients like apricot and various types of aromatic oils. Specific beads like the ones containing jojoba oil are quite skin-friendly. These are not harsh on the skin, and even a person with sensitive skin may find these as comfortable. Such soft minerals do not scratch the surface and instead act as a cleansing exfoliator which gently buffs away dead skin.


Crystals

Crystals are the right choice if one wants a stronger physical exfoliator. Crystals are ground to a fine powder and then used to prepare an intense exfoliator for more robust skin types. Pumice crystals are a common type of crystal beads that are found in various physical exfoliators. Pumice is also very good at effectively removing all the dust and debris buried deep in the pores of the skin and clearing all the difficult-to-penetrate pores.

Cleansing vs Exfoliating
Cleansing vs Exfoliating

Microbeads

Microbeads, on the other hand, contain small plastic beads that do not get dissolved, no matter how hard you try. Thus, the plastic continues to circulate in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the environment, particularly the potable water, marine life (predominantly fishes) and the sewage system. Also, microbeads are no better than mineral beads and do the same job as the mineral beads. Hence, choosing a physical exfoliator with mineral beads is an environment-friendly option.



The main shortcoming of physical exfoliators is that they are harsh on the skin and pose a problem for those with sensitive skin. Though the abrasives in physical exfoliators are effective in removing debris, these might also trigger issues, such as inflammation, in people prone to acne and folliculitis. This issue is common with exfoliators which use nutshells or various kinds of fruit pits, and chemical exfoliators are known to combat this well. 

Chemical Exfoliators
As the name suggests, chemical exfoliators contain chemicals. However, one need not relate the term chemicals with toxins here, for these chemicals are suitable for the skin and use a chemical combination which has synthetic as well as natural ingredients.

Cleansing vs Exfoliating
Cleansing vs Exfoliating

Chemical Exfoliator Components


Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): These are the two primary types of chemicals in a chemical exfoliator.



AHAs are suitable for dry skin types as they loosen the bindings of the dead skin cells. On the other hand, BHAs penetrate deep into the pores and, hence, are best for people with oily skin, especially those prone to acne.



AHAs and BHAs can be obtained from natural sources like citric acid, also found in orange peels. Other natural sources of AHAs and BHAs are glycolic acids, which are derived from sugarcane.



The main shortcoming of chemical exfoliators is that they may not act as fast as physical exfoliators. It takes a little bit of time for the chemicals to break down the bindings of the dead skin cells, while this is achieved instantly with physical exfoliators. Also, when opting for a chemical exfoliator, it must be ensured that the person is not allergic to any of the chemical ingredients mentioned on the label.

The Difference


While physical exfoliators scrub away the dead skin cells, chemical exfoliators dissolve the dead skin and debris lying underneath it. Hence, these present better options for anyone who have deep pores, which tend to repel many physical exfoliators. They are also suitable for people with sensitive skin.


Physical Exfoliation vs. Chemical Exfoliation: Which Type is Best?

Both the variants of exfoliators have their upsides and downsides. However, as a general rule of thumb: 

Go For Physical Exfoliates If You:

Have a healthy skin which is capable of withstanding dryness, friction, and general wear and tear.

Intend to scrub sparingly (not more than twice a week). 

Go For Chemical Exfoliates If You:
Have delicate skin which itches, reddens, or scratches easily.
Have issues like acne.
Have an oily skin type.
Plan to exfoliate more than twice a week. 

The Perfect Exfoliating Time:


The perfect time to exfoliate is right before shaving. While the act of shaving itself is exfoliating, the ideal time to exfoliate the skin would be after washing your skin and before shaving. This is because exfoliating before shaving removes all the debris, oil, and dead skin cells, which can otherwise get trapped in the oily pores, leading to skin problems like acne and ingrown hair. Also, exfoliating the skin first before shaving leaves the skin smoother for a closer shave.

So, Happy Exfoliating!!

Chapter 4

Exfoliants 

 Physical VS Chemical Exfoliators 

Facial Scrub

“Nothing's Gonna work on Your Face Unless You Exfoliate.”

There can be no greater joy than a freshly exfoliated face. Very few personal care routines cleanse the skin as thoroughly as a scrub used in the exfoliation process. So what is exfoliation? In simple terms, exfoliation removes the dead skin cells and gives a glow to the skin. The dead cells gather on the surface of the skin and interfere with the reflection of light from the skin, causing dullness. They may also lead to conditions like acne and folliculitis. Exfoliation can help in removing skin blemishes the skin by de-clogging pores.

While it is true that regular exfoliation promotes healthy skin, there are certain caveats to be kept in mind. One can exfoliate up to a maximum of twice a week without harming the skin. Exfoliates come in various varieties, including chemical and physical. Knowing the difference between the two is very important before you start the exfoliating routine, for it will help you choose the best exfoliation method. So, let’s quickly dive into them.

Physical Exfoliators

These are akin to manual utilitarian face scrubs and have specific physical components, like tiny bits of scrubby beads or crystals, blended within to slough away the dead skin cells. Physical exfoliators act quickly on the skin as they peel away the dead skin cells. Further, they promote better blood circulation on the face and ha ave less chemical interaction with other skincare products.


While physical exfoliators act more quickly on the skin than chemical exfoliators, they also remain slightly rougher on the surface. Hence, physical exfoliators are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. Besides, certain physical exfoliators may leave the skin a bit dry and uncomfortable, giving that brittle feeling. Hence, those with dry skin may do better with a chemical exfoliator.

Physical Exfoliator Components:

Mineral beads vs. Microbeads: These are the two primary components of physical exfoliators.

Mineral beads

Mineral beads are environment-friendly and contain natural scrubby bits from sea salts, rice, jojoba oil, oats, coffee, etc. There are others, too, loaded with fragrant ingredients like apricot and various types of aromatic oils. Specific beads like the ones containing jojoba oil are quite skin-friendly. These are not harsh on the skin, and even a person with sensitive skin may find these as comfortable. Such soft minerals do not scratch the surface and instead act as a cleansing exfoliator which gently buffs away dead skin.


Crystals

Crystals are the right choice if one wants a stronger physical exfoliator. Crystals are ground to a fine powder and then used to prepare an intense exfoliator for more robust skin types. Pumice crystals are a common type of crystal beads that are found in various physical exfoliators. Pumice is also very good at effectively removing all the dust and debris buried deep in the pores of the skin and clearing all the difficult-to-penetrate pores.

Facial Scrub
Facial Scrub

Microbeads

Microbeads, on the other hand, contain small plastic beads that do not get dissolved, no matter how hard you try. Thus, the plastic continues to circulate in the environment for decades and pose a threat to the environment, particularly the potable water, marine life (predominantly fishes) and the sewage system. Also, microbeads are no better than mineral beads and do the same job as the mineral beads. Hence, choosing a physical exfoliator with mineral beads is an environment-friendly option.



The main shortcoming of physical exfoliators is that they are harsh on the skin and pose a problem for those with sensitive skin. Though the abrasives in physical exfoliators are effective in removing debris, these might also trigger issues, such as inflammation, in people prone to acne and folliculitis. This issue is common with exfoliators which use nutshells or various kinds of fruit pits, and chemical exfoliators are known to combat this well. 

Chemical Exfoliators

As the name suggests, chemical exfoliators contain chemicals. However, one need not relate the term chemicals with toxins here, for these chemicals are suitable for the skin and use a chemical combination which has synthetic as well as natural ingredients.

Facial Scrub for men

Chemical Exfoliator Components 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): These are the two primary types of chemicals in a chemical exfoliator.


AHAs are suitable for dry skin types as they loosen the bindings of the dead skin cells. On the other hand, BHAs penetrate deep into the pores and, hence, are best for people with oily skin, especially those prone to acne.


AHAs and BHAs can be obtained from natural sources like citric acid, also found in orange peels. Other natural sources of AHAs and BHAs are glycolic acids, which are derived from sugarcane.


The main shortcoming of chemical exfoliators is that they may not act as fast as physical exfoliators. It takes a little bit of time for the chemicals to break down the bindings of the dead skin cells, while this is achieved instantly with physical exfoliators. Also, when opting for a chemical exfoliator, it must be ensured that the person is not allergic to any of the chemical ingredients mentioned on the label.

The Difference

While physical exfoliators scrub away the dead skin cells, chemical exfoliators dissolve the dead skin and debris lying underneath it. Hence, these present better options for anyone who have deep pores, which tend to repel many physical exfoliators. They are also suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Facial Scrub

Physical Exfoliation vs. Chemical Exfoliation: Which Type is Best?

Both the variants of exfoliators have their upsides and downsides. However, as a general rule of thumb:

Go For Physical Exfoliates If You:
Have a healthy skin which is capable of withstanding dryness, friction, and general wear and tear.
Intend to scrub sparingly (not more than twice a week).

Facial Scrub

Go For Chemical Exfoliates If You:
Have delicate skin which itches, reddens, or scratches easily.
Have issues like acne.
Have an oily skin type.

Plan to exfoliate more than twice a week.

The Perfect Exfoliating Time:

The perfect time to exfoliate is right before shaving. While the act of shaving itself is exfoliating, the ideal time to exfoliate the skin would be after washing your skin and before shaving. This is because exfoliating before shaving removes all the debris, oil, and dead skin cells, which can otherwise get trapped in the oily pores, leading to skin problems like acne and ingrown hair. Also, exfoliating the skin first before shaving leaves the skin smoother for a closer shave.

EXFOLIANTS

How to Use a Face Scrub ?

Face Scrub

Whatever project you wish to undertake, it’s important to get the basics right! Skip the fundamentals and even something as simple as a skin care routine goes awry. Stocking the bathroom cabinet to the brim with exquisitely packaged products doesn’t give you healthy skin or remove the appearance of fine lines. Impressive brands and esoteric items won’t necessarily suit your face.

If you want advanced skin care products to show their magic, get the ABCs right. A is cleansing, B, for moisturizing, and C is exfoliation. Exfoliation is broke down into two types chemical exfoliants and physical exfoliants.

Why Should Use A Facial Scrub… 

Using a face scrub or natural exfoliants is not being pretentious - it is a necessary step to skin care routine. Here’s why:

Every two weeks or so, the skin builds new skin cells. Unlike the rest of the body, the face isn’t too adept at shedding the dead cells. Over time, these dead cells build up, clog pores and make the face look dull. good face scrub or any other exfoliating agent sloughs off these useless dead skin cells, dirt, and grime to give way to a polished and chiseled face and no more pimples.

Men have facial hair growing on their faces. If you don’t remove dead cells, you’ll end up with ingrown hair, besides dull-looking skin. Scrubbing the face, albeit kindly, gets rid of a thin layer of skin. It softens and lifts the facial hair allowing the razor to cut through it like butter and as close to the root as possible. Even if you don’t keep a full beard or little, but merely a slight facial hair (or clean-shaven), exfoliating once a while gives a more decent shave. This will also prevent ingrown hairs and pimples.

A tie with a dotted pattern looks good but a nose dotted with blackheads doesn’t. Washing is not the trick. Even a superior facewash will have trouble eliminating them because blackheads aren’t just dead skin cells or impurities. They are a mix of bacteria, dirt, and wax. You can diligently wash the face twice a day and still have the bane of men’s grooming sitting squarely on your skin. Scrubs are one of the rare products scientifically engineered to break down blackheads.

In, a face scrub purifies the face of impurities, speeds the natural process of removing dead skin and makes the skin look youthful without fine lines and giving smoother skin. Though, that’s not the end of face scrubs. Remember they are exfoliants. if you scrub too often or too hard, you might end up with rashes and skin irritation.

Face Scrub

How To Use A Daily Face Scrub?

If you need to pound something, go to the gym and take the aggression out on a punching bag. The skin, especially facial, is meant for a more refined approach and smoother skin.

  • Begin by rinsing the face with lukewarm water (neither hot nor cold water).
  • Then take a small amount of scrub on your fingers (a ten-cent size is enough).
  • Use light pressure to rub the scrub on the skin in a circular motion (work more on the nose and forehead as they have the highest concentration of pores).

    If it’s a shave day, go gentler because the shave is already going to exfoliate the skin (but don’t forget to concentrate on the beard area).
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Finish with patting dry your wet face (do not rub the towel).
Face Scrub

When To Use An Exfoliator for Your Skin Type?

Face Scrub

Knowing why to scrub and how to do it correctly is not the whole narrative. Without the right product that suits your skin, your grooming routine remains ineffective. And without knowing when to scrub, even using the right product is in vain. The ‘when’ is dependent on skin type.

1. For the oily skin (and normal and combo)
Those who are doomed with oily skin or blessed with normal skin should use a facial scrub two to three times a week without the fear of a spotted red look. The same rule applies to anyone with combination skin. If your skin is particularly oily skin, don’t increase the frequency of scrubbing, add to your skin care routine a facial scrub that has more firepower that helps you combat the oily skin. Some of the best face scrubs have Ingredient Lists with salicylic acid, aloe vera, vitamin e, caffeine, and alpha hydroxy acid

2. For the dry skin (and sensitive skin and acne-prone skin)
Once a week is a limit to scrubbing for the bloke who suffers from sensitive skin or one that’s prone to breakouts. Dry skin is a misery of its own. You don’t want to aggravate it with recurrent exfoliation. Some Ingredients List to look out for sensitive skin are salicylic acid, caffeine, fruit extract, vitamin e, and seed oil or seed extract.

Also, skip the scrub on shave days and skip the face wash when exfoliating. When it comes to the kind of face exfoliator to use, gents with dry skin should look for natural and milder ingredients. Most scrubs come with a lot of power that can feel like sandpaper on the dermis. You aren't looking for sanded furniture, but a polished face and a pushing back the fine lines and packed with natural ingredients like vitamin e, seed oil, caffeine and fruit extract.

Face Scrub


EXFOLIANTS

 Why You Need A Face Scrub!

Benefits Of A Face Scrub

A face scrub lends the same benefits to the skin as a body scrub. It helps remove dead skin cells from your face and make it soft, bright, and glowing. Your face looks young, and your skin shines with the appearance of the underlying healthier skin.

Also, using a scrub can help tackle the issue of discoloration most people face on their faces.

A face scrub unclogs the pores and makes them look smaller. Your skin only gets acne when oil and dirt get trapped inside these pores.

Exfoliants


Regular exfoliation can also prevent hyperpigmentation. Hormonal changes, age, and other factors cause brown spots on the skin, which tend to get darker and more evident with time. Exfoliation breaks up pigmented cells and helps in fading them out.

Additionally, scrubs help in reducing dryness of your skin and, thus, are beneficial during the harsh climate conditions. If harsh winters or summers tend to dry up your skin, make it a habit to exfoliate your skin regularly. It is only when the scrubs remove dead and inactive cells from the surface of your skin that your moisturizer can work more effectively and get absorbed in the skin better.

Scrubs are great anti-aging products, too, as they prevent the accumulation of dead and dry skin cells, promote the production of new cells, and maintain the youth of the skin and clean face.

Exfoliants

When Not To Use A Scrub?

Exfoliants


If you have sensitive skin, you can use a scrub as long as it is mild and does not cause irritation. Try a patch test and see if it works for your skin.

If you have acne or oily skin, do not scrub your face and irritate it all the more. It could lead to discomfort and cause you more issues. You can wait until the condition improves and, then, use a scrub. At that time, it will help remove the dead cells that acne would have left and thus clear off the skin to promote the appearance of new cells.

Also, if you have injuries on your skin or face, wait till they are healed. Using a scrub on wounds could spark off infections and delay healing. If your scrub has a lot of chemicals in it, then your injury could also get worse. Apply a face exfoliator only when the wound is completely healed.

Exfoliants

You should also never overdo using the scrub. It should, after all, depend on how your skin takes it. If your skin is okay with it, you can exfoliate twice a week. Else, using a scrub just once a week is also great. Always conclude the cleanup routine with a moisturizer, which will soak in and soothe your exfoliated skin.

Your skin is continuously undergoing wear and tear. It is necessary to clean it up from time to time to keep it healthy and rejuvenated. A good face scrub can be of great help to ensure clean and healthy skin.

 Facial Scrub: The Weapon To Clear, Healthy Skin

Hands down, the best skin care product is an exfoliating agent, it does some serious heavy lifting for your skin. Once you’ve found a brand that suits your skin and retains your skin's essential oils and moisture, you’ll forget the days when a face wash was sufficient. Yet, everyone either doesn’t utilize it at all or make the egregious mistake of overdoing it. Neither scenario is ideal. Follow the steps and frequency we’ve given, and you love how your skin feels.

Having said that, never forget that grooming is personal. No two skin types are the same, and no two faces react to the same exfoliating scrub equally. You have to find what works for you. If physical exfoliants are turning the skin red, switch to a milder one, or cut the regularity.

Lastly, gentle exfoliation can clean the pores and hair to an extent. It can get rid of acne to a degree. It can clear the skin to a point. When you reach that juncture, it doesn’t serve the skin texture further. So the good news, keep true to the maxim: moderation is key.

Chapter 5

Serums

5 Reasons Why You Definitely Need a Serum! 

Face Serum

You may have an Avengers-style team of skincare products, but if it does not include serums, you are missing something. A serum is like a superhero amongst skincare products, but at the same time, you need a moisturizer as well to help serum unleash its magical power.

There are numerous benefits of a serum. There are specific types of serums to address specific skin issues, be it dry skin, inflammation, or aging. If you have a skin issue, there is a serum waiting to take care of it.

What is a serum, really?

Face Serum

A serum could be gel-based, clear, or in liquid form containing pure and active ingredients in high concentration. It comes with an army of skin-boosting ingredients such as antioxidants, potent repair boosters, enzymes, collagen peptides, and so on.

It is not a moisturizer, but it does lend hydration. A serum is more potent and is meant to address skin concerns. There are different types of serums, each with a different function. Hence, if you are looking for a solution to aging signs, then you should get an anti-aging serum. If dullness is your issue, then get a serum that helps in smoothing your skin.

How should you use a serum?
A serum has to be used daily or as per the instructions on the label. It is best to use the serum as a part of the Cleansing- Exfoliating -Toning-Moisturizing routine because it allows better absorption and enables enhanced functioning of the serum.

It is essential to use a moisturizer after the serum application as it will help lock in the benefits of the serum.

Different types of serums

Face Serum

Hydrating serums: Look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid and peptides. These serums help to provide extra moisture to your skin. Though they are best for dry skin, those with oily skin can also use it to moisturize their skin. Those with oily skin also need adequate hydration, and other products may not suit them.

A hydrating serum will lend the necessary hydration without irritating the sebaceous glands. Hydrating serums are one of the best serums as they suit almost every skin type and age.

Smoothing serums: An apt product to reduce dullness, smoothing serums comes with super ingredients such as Vitamin C, licorice extracts, Shea butter, and more. They rejuvenate the skin and lend glow and energy.

Anti-aging serums: They help boost collagen production and slow down the aging process. A serum containing retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, green tea, and caffeine, can be very useful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines and thus maintain skin elasticity.

Face Serum
Face Serum

Texture-correcting serums: Uneven skin is a common issue in all age groups. You should look for a color-correcting serum containing Vitamin C, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs and beta hydroxy acids or BHAs. They remove hyper-pigmentation and smoothen the skin’s texture, giving you a glowing and even skin tone.

Day and Night Time repair serums: These are two different types of serums. If you are looking for protection from the sun and pollutants, then use a day serum. If you need deep repair for your skin, including collagen production, then get night time serums containing potent ingredients to repair cells and provide nutrients to the skin.

How does a serum benefit your skin?

Serums come with many benefits for your skin. But you should know that no serums are similar. So, look for serums with ingredients that will help in your skin problem. Here is how serums help.

1. They give results
Understand the difference between a serum and any other skincare product, and you will know why serums score better. Any product, be it creams, lotions, or moisturizers, contain just 5 to 10% active ingredients, whereas serums contain almost 70% active ingredients.

So, when a product can take, say, months to give you results, a serum may take only a few days. Now, do you need any more convincing to start using a serum daily?

Face Serum

2. They mean work and no fillers
Today, you will find too many chemicals and fillers in most grooming products. They will label a product as natural, but if you check the ingredients, you will discover sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, and whatnot. A serum does not contain cheap agents.

Serums come with active ingredients, including vitamins, peptides, minerals, and other constituents that are pure and loaded with nutrients. This is the reason you only need a pea-sized amount of serum to do its job. So, how do you benefit? A little amount of serum and just a few days, and you get potent, healthier, and more glowing skin for a long time. Which product can guarantee that?

3. No oils
Most of the moisturizers or skincare lotions contain oils and leave you with an oily complexion. It makes you uncomfortable and may even cause itchiness. If you are getting ready to go out, then you may even end up skipping such products because you have no time to wait till it dries up.

A serum, on the other hand, is lighter and gets absorbed pretty fast. It does not contain oil, and even if it may, there may be only traces. You don’t feel it on your skin because it has already entered your skin cells and began its miracle-inducing job! Since your skin gets the nutrients and hydration it needs, your sebaceous glands also do not go overdrive and limit itself to its normal functions. Isn't that great?

4. Breakup with breakouts
People with oily skin or acne-prone skin would love serums. Moisturizers or lotions may stimulate sebaceous glands to produce more oils or may even attract germs. Serums do not remain on the surface but get absorbed faster, without clogging pores. They do not irritate, as well. Sensitive skin also can benefit from serums without worries.

Face Serum

5. Multiple cheap products = One serum

Sometimes, you end up buying numerous products for your skin but end up using none, because nothing turns out to be working. Let’s face it – a good quality serum with original ingredients may turn out to be expensive. Do not turn away looking at the cost but look at the myriad benefits it will offer. Rather than spending money on products that do not help at all, why not invest in the right skincare product that guarantees results? Remember, it is your skin, and you cannot and should not settle on cheap products.

No Need to thank Tony Stark, serums are today’s superheroes of skincare. They can offer miraculous effects to your skin. Since they do not contain harmful chemicals or additives, you do not have to worry about side effects or harm. All you have to do is use a serum regularly and get ready for compliments coming your way!

Chapter 5

Serums

How to use the Serum

Vitamin C Serum

When, where and how often to use the serum?

Serums should be used daily and as a part of the CETM or Cleansing- Exfoliating -Toning- Moisturizing routine. You should use the serum before the moisturizer because only then the skin will be able to absorb the high concentration nutrients from the serum.

Serums should be used in areas which need repairing. For example, the neck area, the sides of your mouth, the forehead are prone to wrinkles and fine lines. You should massage the serum on these areas to maximize the effect.

Use the serum only has seen on the directions, sometimes its only at night other times its both AM & PM

How does a serum work?

Serums contain high concentrations of active ingredients, but they may be able to reach only skin’s top layer. Hence, serums use small oil bubbles called liposomes to pass the ingredients into the skin, thus allowing deeper absorption. This is the reason serums should be applied to the skin directly and not on any other product.

Serums and moisturizers are not the same
Both products have different functions. Serums contain hydrating ingredients, but their role is to repair the skin. Moisturizers, on the other hand, lend a protective layer to the skin locking in the moisture and preventing the build-up of pollutants.

When you apply moisturizer after the serum, it allows the serum to do its work without losing through evaporation. Your skin needs both serum and moisturizers, and so you should use them in combination for healthier and smoother skin.

What kind of serums should you use?

There are various types of serums as per the functions it is expected to do. You should choose one that would help address your skin concerns. For example, if you wish to smooth your complexion, then look for brightening serums containing green tea extracts.

If you have dry skin, Vitamin E serums and those containing hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid will lend the extra moisture you require. Those with acne-prone skin should be careful in choosing skincare products. Serums containing aloe vera, retinol, salicylic acid and Vitamin C are effective in reducing inflammation and unclogging pores.

For anti-ageing properties, look for serums containing antioxidants such as Vitamin C and fruit extracts.

Vitamin C Serum

This Is How You Use A Serum…

Vitamin C Serum

Step 1: Cleansing
It helps to include the serum in your CTM routine. Better still, call it CETSM or Cleansing, Exfoliating, Toner, Serum, Moisturizing routine. Use a gentle cleanser to remove impurities and dirt from your face. Serums won’t be able to work if your skin is layered with dirt. For best results, a serum should be applied on clear and clean skin.

If you wish to use an exfoliator, use it now. It will remove any build-up of dead skin cells or dirt and prepare your skin to absorb nutrition from the serum. Wash your face with warm water to open pores.

Step 2: Toning
A toner has dual benefits. One, it removes impurities that cleanser couldn’t and second, it leaves your skin damp enough for the serum to sink. The toner keeps your skin super clean and also ensures the pores are open and devoid of dirt or residues. In a way, a toner paves the way for the serum to enter and work its magic. Apply the toner on your entire face and also your neck.

You can also use a mist toner if you wish.

Vitamin C Serum

Step 3: Using the serum
Do not forget to read the instructions on the label. If they have included how to use it, then follow them as it is. Serum generally comes in a small bottle. You do not get big bottles or jars of serum. Only a little amount of serum is enough for it to do its job because, for serums, less is more.

If your serum is in a dropper bottle, then pour only 3 to 4 drops onto your palm. Or else use a dime size or a pea-size or 2 pumps of serum.

There are two ways of applying the serum.

Use the fingertips to apply it on your face and neck gently. Use light movements, tap and smoothen it out.
Take the serum in your palm and rub palms together gently. The rubbing of palms warms the serum and activates it. Gently press your palms on your face and move it outwards and upwards.
The rule to remember is to apply the serum gently, pat it, and smoothen it.

Wait for a few minutes to let the serum absorb completely into the skin. A serum doesn’t take much time to disappear into the skin but wait for 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Vitamin C Serum

Step 4: Use your moisturizer
Serums contain moisturising ingredients, but they aren’t as productive as moisturizers in providing the required hydration. Hence, do not forget to apply your moisturizer after a few minutes of using the serum. It will help lock in the serum and seal in the nutrients.

Moisturized skin also acts as a protective layer and keeps away pollutants.

Serums are miracle products formulated to address skin issues from ageing to inflammation. Your skin gets tired fighting environmental hazards and loss of nutrients. A serum can help restore the necessary nutrients and restore the health, youth and glow of your skin. Include a quality serum in your daily skincare routine, and you will find the results in a few days.

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Moisturizers 

7 Reasons Why You Really Need a Moisturizer

Face Moisturizers

The question ‘Do I need a moisturizer?’ often plays on most guy’s minds. If people do not get many skin issues, they safely assume that they do not need much of skincare as their skin is already doing fine. However, there have been varied opinions on the use of moisturizers lately. Some experts look at it as an essential part of the skincare routine while some think that not everyone needs moisturizing.

A moisturizer, as a matter of fact, is a must for all because it is not just about the hydration that the skin gets, but also a whole lot of other benefits. moisturizers contain many useful ingredients which could prove to be beneficial for skin in the longer run. All you must do is choose a moisturizer that suits your skin type.

Face Moisturizers

Ingredients to look out for


For stressed and dull skin: Pollutants in the atmosphere tend to damage your skin continually. In such a scenario, you require good fighters to protect your skin against any possible damages and who could do this job better than antioxidants. Use moisturizers containing antioxidants such as hyaluronic acid, green tea, Vitamin C, etc. to get smooth and lively skin. You should also read the ingredients list before buying, as an adequate product should contain at least 90% of the antioxidants.

For ageing skin: Skin loses its potent qualities with increasing age, and the effects are visible sooner with sun damage and poor lifestyle habits. For such skin, you will need replenishing ingredients to bring back the glory of your skin. You also get anti-ageing moisturizers, which contain useful ingredients capable of preventing ageing effects. In addition to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, they also increase the elasticity of the skin and maintain its youthfulness.

For damaged skin: Dullness, wrinkles, acne, flakes, etc. are some of the signs of skin damage. You will need moisturizers containing repairing ingredients such as retinol, peptides, ceramides, resveratrol and glycolic acid, etc. to undo the damage and provide your skin with the nutrients it needs. If your skin is normal or dry, then look for moisturizers with oils, such as jojoba oil, carrot oil, sesame seed oil, cranberry oil and almond oil, to give extra hydration to the skin. Also, products with shea butter and green tea extracts are equally effective in repairing damaged skin.

Reasons you need a moisturizer

Face Moisturizers

1) It lends protection to your skin
Most of the skincare products are full of chemicals, and even some effective ingredients, such as retinol, can also dry up the skin. It is necessary to guard your skin against this dryness, and a moisturizer helps in lending a protective layer, warding off side effects and discomfort.

2) It alleviates many skin problems
Irrespective of your skin type, oily or dry, if you do not take any steps towards maintaining your skin, then various skin issues, including acne and rashes, can pop up any time. A moisturizer invariably helps to maintain skin balance. Those with oily skin should opt for a moisturizing lotion with exfoliating ingredients. For dry skin, a creamy moisturizer is best as it has high oil content to tackle the dryness and make the skin supple and smooth.

Face Moisturizers

3)It keeps wrinkles at bay
Using a moisturizer from young age benefits in the long run, as it helps in delaying the appearance of wrinkles on the skin. As the skin gets dry or stays without enough hydration, it also gets inflamed, and this often leads to collagen breakdown. As collagen reduces, ageing signs, including wrinkles, begin to appear prominently on your skin. moisturizers provide ample hydration and nutrients to your skin, thereby protecting your skin. Even if you have wrinkles or fine lines, regular use of moisturizers will help you make them less prominent. Ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, can help prevent the formation of wrinkles and appearance of other signs of ageing.

4) It protects against the effects of climate
There is so much pollution everywhere that your skin is getting affected almost every second. The problem only aggravates during harsh winters or scorching summers. As humidity levels in the air decrease, the dry air dries out your skin and, in the process, also attacks its lipid layer. The lipid layer is the skin’s protective layer, which blocks the entry of harmful pollutants and other irritants. Moisturized skin stands as a barrier and keeps your skin protected against climate hazards.

Face Moisturizers

5) It keeps your skin replenished
Your skin loses thousands of cells every day. Though these are dead cells, you also tend to lose the young cells in the process. The daily loss of cells makes your skin dull, dry and wrinkled. moisturizers provide nourishment and help the skin repair itself. moisturizers with antioxidants and other useful ingredients can also stimulate collagen production to keep your skin young.

6) It calms acne
You may not want to try any product on your skin if you have acne. However, experts are of the view that dryness can aggravate acne and cause more discomfort. So, a moisturizer can help in calming acne and preventing more breakouts. Buy a fragrance-free moisturizer with less or no oil content. A noncomedogenic (one that doesn’t clog pores) moisturizer works best for acne-prone skin.

Face Moisturizers

7) It is excellent as an after-shower care
A cold or a hot shower refreshes you, no doubt, but it also dries out your skin. Apply a soothing moisturizer on your face, neck and hands to rejuvenate your skin and make it stay fresh and lively.

Keep your skin fresh, healthy and young with regular use of good skincare products. No matter what your skin type is, a moisturizer will always contribute to making your skin healthier and softer. Today, you get products with active ingredients to replenish and repair your skin; so, whenever you buy, choose a moisturizer which solves your skin issues, be it acne, dryness or ageing. Moisturized skin is hydrated skin, which remains healthy for a long time.

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Moisturizers 

When, How ‘To’ & How ‘Not To’ Use a Moisturizer

The living and environmental conditions in the cities today have made it mandatory for everyone to use a moisturizer, for they adversely affect the skin, thereby making it damaged and dry. However, most of us do not follow the right method of application of a moisturizer or the right time to do so. There is a certain way to apply a skincare product, and if you are dabbing it on your skin anytime and anyhow you wish, then you will not get the results you want.

Learn to use your moisturizer in the right way, and achieve a skin which glows with softness and good health.

Moisturizers for men

The right way of applying a moisturizer

You must be wondering what is the big deal in using a moisturizer. You just take how much you need and then slather it wherever you want on your skin. Right? No, Wrong!

Here is how you should go about it.

  • Wash your face with clean water.
  • Take a coin-sized amount onto your palm. Put dots of it on your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck.
  • Start massaging from the centre of your forehead. Move your hands upwards and out. Ensure that the entire forehead is moisturised.
  • Next, rub the moisturizer evenly on the nose and then move towards the cheeks.
  • Now move towards the chin and gently massage it by moving your hands sideways.
  • Then, apply the moisturizer on the neck using upward motion.
  • When applying under the eye area, use your ring finger and pat it gently.
  • Let it soak.

When to Apply Moisturizer 

After the shower
Your skin tends to get dry after a hot shower. Give it a little love with your moisturizer. You should apply it on your face, neck and hands.

As a part of the CTM routine
Follow the CTM or the Cleansing-Toning-Moisturising routine daily to enhance the health of your skin. While you end your cleanup routine with a moisturizer, ensure that you apply it well and wait for some time to allow its absorption. You can apply makeup a couple of minutes thereafter.

You can also moisturise your face after you wash or cleanse it. A handy tip is to apply the moisturizer before your face dries up after cleansing. This will facilitate better penetration of the moisturizer into the deeper layers of the skin.

In the Morning and at night
These two times are the most suited for moisturising your skin. No matter if you are about to head out or plan to stay at home, moisturising your skin is always a good idea to give your skin the much-needed hydration. Also, a moisturizer is essential to use before you do your makeup.

Use an overnight moisturizer or a regular one before you sleep. Gently apply it all over your face, neck, hands and feet, and leave it overnight.

Apply your moisturizer in case of breakouts
When you have a breakout, you may want to skip using all the products. You can give every makeup or skincare product a miss, except for the moisturizer. Lending enough moisture to the skin will calm the acne and also help in reducing the discomfort.

A moisturizer is a must while flying
You might have felt your skin turning dry and stretched during flights. The air inside the cabin tends to make your skin dry. What you should do in this case is to cleanse your face before you take the flight and dab your moisturizer. Instead of your regular cleanser, use micellar water, as it does not require rinsing. Repeat the process when you land. Moisturising is especially beneficial for people with dry skin, as the moisturizer already applied gets soaked up by the time the flight lands.

Moisturizers for men

The rules for using a moisturizer

Buy a product that suits your skin type
A moisturizer that works for your friend may not be the best one for you. Buy the one which suits your skin fine and gives it exactly what it needs. No matter what type of skin you have, avoid using the products with strong fragrances and too many chemicals. Always opt for mild moisturizers with natural ingredients.

Do a patch test before buying a moisturizer
Patch-testing is utmost necessary for those with sensitive skin. Just as you test your lipstick shade, apply a little moisturizer on the back of your hand to see if it triggers an allergic reaction, such as itching or irritation. Patch-testing will help check the feel of the product for people with other skin types, too, other than sensitive.

Be gentle and do not rub
You should not rub any product too hard on your skin. Always gently massage the moisturizer on the skin to increase blood circulation and ensure better absorption. Rubbing your skin too much can lead to inflammation.

Day and night moisturizers need to be different
The needs of your skin during the day and the night are different. So, it is best to use the moisturizer which suits the part of the day. The one with SPF is suitable for daytime, as it will also lend sun protection; however, avoid using a moisturizer with SPF at night. You will need a product that can repair your skin while you sleep. Look for products with retinol and peptides for they help repair and nourish your skin.

Moisturizers for men
Moisturizers for men

Never neglect your neck

Most of us will pay much attention to our face but often neglect the neck. It is one of the first areas which displays the signs of ageing. Hence, include your neck every time you follow a skincare regimen. When you apply a moisturizer, ensure that your neck gets covered, too, and gets enough hydration.

Too much and too little, both do not work
You should always use the right amount if you want it to work. Take only a quarter-size amount of moisturizer, as more than that would mean only layering your skin with the product without having any results. Your skin needs the space to absorb it, and hence, only a little amount is required. At the same time, you need enough to cover your face and neck area.

Just dabbing the moisturizer on the face is not enough. You should also apply it the right way and use it at the right times. A moisturizer is one of the most useful skincare products, and when used correctly, it can do wonders to your skin. It will also have significant benefits for the skin in the long run. Well-hydrated skin is always healthy and well-nourished. Take care of your skin now so that it pays dividends later.

Summary of A ‘Fail-safe’ Skin Routine

A person's cleansing routine happens behind shut doors, as it should be. The pursuit is personal and varies from person to person. But the lack of proper skin care habits can produce conflicting results. It can lead to bad habits like towel-drying the face before a shave, or it can create an ineffective regimen like exfoliating every day. To top it off, myths flourish, and half-baked recommendations all over the internet.

With these facts in mind, the above easy to follow skin care steps form a failsafe routine that will have you looking decidedly extra polished. To sum it up: cleanse (twice), tone, scrub (rarely), moisturize, hydrate, and protect.

Once your skin becomes accustomed to the basics (cleanser, toner, scrub, moisturizer, and SPF sunscreen), move on to serum and eye cream. Believe when we say that the added 

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