Men’s skincare routine for clear skin

Men’s skincare routine for clear skin

by Georgia Le Vagueresse

Clear skin comes down to a few things: genetics, skin hygiene and skincare formula choices. While you can’t change your genes, you can control the other two factors – and 2 out of 3 isn’t bad! See, clear skin can be achievable when you take the right steps, with the right products. Blemishes, clogged pores or blackheads can be managed – even banished -  by seeking out some specific ingredients within your face wash, toner and other skincare steps. Learning how to target and treat your skin’s issues by focusing on certain ingredients can make the world of difference to your confidence and help promote clearer skin.  

Let’s start! 

Face Wash

Cleanliness is key, but make it gentle. And smart. Starting and ending the day with clean, balanced skin is the best first step to your skin becoming clearer. Formula matters, and a good cleanser will be both effective and mindful of stripping vital moisture, with a blend of ingredients that care and actively work to improve your skin’s condition. Case in point: our Men Plus Fresh Face Foam Cleanser. Containing antioxidant rich Vitamin C and moisturising Hyaluronate, the proactive free radical-fighting formula helps fade visible signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation and can promote a brighter complexion while hydrating and maintaining skin’s moisture balance, without clogging pores. 

Tip: Cleansing and showering right after a workout can remove impurities, sweat, dirt, oil and bacteria built up from a workout. Without doing this, blemish-causing bacteria can be left on the skin and can cause break outs on the face, back and chest. 

BHA Exfoliants

Exfoliation is that extra step you need to take to keep congestion at bay and skin clear. Takes 30 seconds, makes a big difference. A chemical exfoliant is great, sidestepping the rough buffing that can happen with traditional physical scrubs (those with grit to them). Milder than their physical cousins,  chemical exfoliators like Natio men plus our Light and Tone BHA Exfoliant work to dissolve away rather than slough away expired skin. The hero ingredient? Salicylic acid, which stimulates cell turnover and helps reduce blackheads, whiteheads and the incidence of future breakouts. So easy, so good. 

Tip: When using a chemical exfoliant, we recommend that it is used during your night time skin routine to give it maximum time on your skin before washing again.  

Facial Toners

Forgotten heroes. Face toners are often overlooked within a skincare routine, (wrongly!) perceived as having no legitimate “purpose”. However, good toners – those with purpose-selected botanical and active ingredients - do substantial heavy lifting for skin, helping to remove surface impurities and balance natural moisture levels, leaving the complexion clean, soothed and primed to help better absorb the products that follow. Take our Natio men plus’ Detoxifying Toning Tonic, This Type A heavy-hitter is no slouch in the skincare game, containing both blemish fighting Witch Hazel and antioxidant healer, Vitamin C.  A power duo, Witch Hazel aids helps shrink pores, prevents acne-causing bacteria from inhabiting your skin and reduces inflammation while Vitamin C helps accelerate wound healing (ie. blemishes that have been picked at tsk tsk) and decrease hyperpigmentation caused by post-blemish marks. 

Facial Moisturisers

A comfortable, hydrating, non-greasy moisturiser is a must, day and night. And it’s even better if it contains high performance ingredients, like Natio men plus Age Defence Face Moisturiser. First up - antioxidants, which fight skin ageing free radicals and blemishes caused by impurities. Pow! Second- Retinyl Palmitate, a stable and gentle form of retinol known for its effectiveness in reducing signs of aging and suitability for those with blemish-prone skin. Third– Niacinamide, which soothes, helps hydrate and minimises irritation. Yep, it’s a triple threat. 

Sun Protection

A vital step for clear, healthy skin is incorporating SPF into your daily routine*. It’s a must! A high performance SPF has UVA/UVB protection and a minimum SPF 50+ which will not only protect your skin from harmful UV rays but will also help prevent damage and accelerated ageing. Without consistent use of an SPF, hyperpigmentation  - aka dark spots or red spots left on your skin from acne – is a real threat. Erm, no thanks. Lightweight and non-greasy, the two-in-one Natio men plus Age Protect Face Lotion SPF 50+ is an easy multitasker that works perfectly on all skin types. Make it your last step in any morning routine and keep it on hand for reapplication throughout the day, and you’re golden. 

Eye Cream

They say, ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’, and having tired, puffy eyes can be a key indicator to whether you’ve had a good night’s kip. The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of your face, so it holds less moisture and is more susceptible to premature signs of ageing. Adding a quality eye cream to your night routine is quick and easy, and will help liberate eyes from puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Combining hyper-hydrating, skin plumping Sodium Hyaluronate and brightening Vitamin C, Natio men plus Energising Eye Cream helps to awaken tired eyes for a fresher, more youthful look. 

So, you now know what ingredients to look for in each step of your skincare routine. Natio’s men plus collection has been made for men who want to elevate their current skin routine to help promote clearer skin. The ingredients you want, they’re there. You can shop the collection here.  

*Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Sunscreens are only one component of sun protection.  Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent use and re-application in accordance with directions is required for effective sun protection.