It's no secret Men (usually) spend less time in the bathroom then their counterparts - not typically because of a lack of trying, rather a result of not knowing.
So we've compiled a list of our biggest BEAST tips and, surprise! they go beyond the Beard...
Tip #1: WASH YOUR FACE
No, you don't have to wash your face 2x/day but you DO need to wash it. I'm not talking about rinsing with "warm" water and calling it a day, but really washing it. You can settle for 1x per day if you're already groaning reading this or even a few times a week when you shower. Choose one, anything is better than nothing.
If you're opting for the 1x per day route, prep your face by rinsing with warm water to open your pores, and cleanse before bed. Sleeping with oil and bacteria on your face is a recipe for a new breakout come morning.
Pro Tip: Ideally, your face should be washed morning + night. For AM, use a hydrating cleanser, PM, an oily skin cleanser unless you have active acne, then you can use an oily skin cleanser both morning + night.
Tip #2: EXFOLIATE
This tip, in addition to Toner (more on this later), is one of the most ditched steps in both Belle AND Beast skincare routines.
Exfoliating is important because it a) sloughs off dead skin cells, built up debris and grime and b) stimulates new, healthy blood circulation to the surface of the skin, in turn helping with collagen and elastin production (helps prevent wrinkles!)
It's important to choose an exfoliant that is gentle enough not to tear your pores (which does more harm then good) but effective enough to carry out the above. Avoid seed (think Apricot/Walnut) or salt based scrubs and stick to those made with sugar. Fine cane sugar has a smoother molecular structure then salt and is classified as a humectant - meaning it draws moisture from the environment to hydrate your skin. Who knew?!
Pro Tip: Exfoliate 1-3x per week ONLY. No more than this as over-exfoliating can irritate your skin.
Tip #3: HYDRATE
This can be the final step in your routine but should never be skipped. Hydration is key in preventing (and fighting) wrinkles and fine lines and helps make your complexion look fuller and healthier.
Opt for a moisturizer that is (dry) Oil Based. Most often, creams and lotions require preservatives and often have drying agents such as alcohols and/or other mysterious ingredients. When you go with a Facial Oil, the chances you're getting a higher percentage of quality product is better (creams and lotions are often spread with fillers to stretch the good stuff super thin).
Pro Tip: Kill two birds with one stone here and go with an Anti-aging Moisturizer instead of needing to use two products (anti-aging serum and moisturizer).
It can be as easy as 1,2,3 but if you want a little more, here are some bonus tips:
The skin around the eyes is the most delicate but also the first area to show signs of aging. Use an anti-aging serum with Vitamin E to help reduce dark circles and puffiness in the morning, and at night to fight wrinkles while you sleep.
Using a Toner after washing your face can help remove any excess oil left from your cleanser, restore your skin's pH balance, shrink pores, and add an extra later of protection and hydration. The trick here is to opt for an alcohol free Toner and spray DIRECTLY onto face.
For breakouts, acne scars or ingrown hairs, opt for an "On-the-spot" treatment formulated with Tea Tree Essential oil and apply directly to areas. Spot treatments can speed up the lifecycle of a breakout as well as eliminate the appearance of acne scaring over time. The bonus here with Tea Tree is that it also alleviates in-grown hairs!
Don't have a beard? For this bonus tip, you don't need a full on beard! Beard Oil works wonders on ANY length of hair, or even as an after shave. As with a Facial Oil, you'll want to choose dry oils and avoid creams or lotions -they can cake hair and clog follicles. So what's the benefit to using Beard Oil? Beard Oil helps to promote healthy hair growth by unclogging hair follicles (goodbye patchiness!), softens hair, tames flyaways and is great for skin beneath the beard - it helps with acne, ingrowns, razor burn and any other skin irritations.
Ok, but what the heck are DRY Oils??
Dry oils, unlike their Wet counterparts (think Olive or Coconut oil) are smaller in molecular structure, making them lighter weight and able to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. This means they, 1) deeply hydrate those areas that are dry and 2) regulate your skin's oil production by allowing your skin to hold on to moisture instead of constantly fighting to create a protective barrier by over producing oil. Which is why we always say, "Oil combats oil!"
Unlike Wet oils that hang out on the surface of the skin and clog pores, dry oils are also non-greasy and non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores. So, clearly they are the way to go for both Skin and Hair care!
Pro Tip: Rosehip Seed Oil, Evening Primrose and Sunflower are all classified as dry oils. Opt for a Face Oil containing all or some of these.