Grooming Q&A #1

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For today’s grooming post I asked you guys to send me through your questions on Instagram – and I got so many through that, really, there’s no way I’m going to fit them all into one post (I see a series happening…). So, what I’ve done is tried to make this post as broad as possible, and covered various aspects of grooming that came up multiple times, in one form or another.

I’m not going to ramble on here too much, because the answers will be long enough, but do check out the posts I’m linking to throughout, because they will answer some points in more detail, so should hopefully be helpful. And if I’ve totally misunderstood your question or you want to know more, leave a comment or message me directly and I’ll do my best to help. Otherwise, whether you asked a question or not, I hope you find this helpful.

Let’s go!

Can you recommend skincare products for dry skin?

Dry skin is a common problem, and usually happens because people don’t have a consistent routine to keep skin clean, clear and hydrated. If your routine is inconsistent, your skin will try to overcompensate during those ‘in-between’ periods, which could, in turn dry it out. So, first things first, consistency is key.

To keep skin hydrated, moisturiser isn’t enough, and I’d always recommend using a serum instead of a moisturiser (if you have to make the choice). Serums hydrate the skin at a far deeper level than standard moisturisers, and often come with added benefits to make the hydration last for longer. One of the most common ingredients is Hyaluronic Acid, which helps the skin retain moisture, enhancing your overall routine. So not only is it a short-term fix, but deep hydration also helps with long-term anti-ageing.

Whatever your skin type, its important that you do still moisturise. Often, people with oily skin think moisturising will cause breakouts – but dryness is so common in people with oily skin because they don’t moisturise enough. Just make sure you’re using a product that’s suitable for your skin type. Serums are fairly universal, but avoid fatty oils if you have oily skin (ie. avocado oil) and when it comes to moisturisers, gel formulas are a failsafe option.

What’s the best way to trim a beard if you have a shaved head?

Oooh I really don’t like telling people how to style themselves – because if it goes wrong, I’m the one who’ll be blamed. But, what I will say is: you know you best, so follow your instinct. And when it comes to making the initial leap, take baby steps; you can cut more off, but you can’t put it back on. I’m not gonna say any more, otherwise I just know I’ll give bad advice!

(But honestly, I do think beards are all about the person – if you own it, you’ll make it work!)

I keep getting spots – what can I do?

Breakouts are so difficult because there’s not one blanket answer – what you really need to do is figure out the cause. Look at your skincare routine, the make-up you wear, and your diet over the past couple of weeks. Have there been any changes? Do you remember a time that it got worse? That’s the best place to start.

In terms of the spots themselves, don’t pick them. That’s rule number one. Unless there’s a clear white head that’s ready to come out, you need to leave them. And when you do pop it, pinch with two fingers, move underneath, and push upwards. You can speed up this process by applying tea tree oil to the specific area, and use salicylic acid on the spot afterwards to give the area a deep cleanse and exfoliation.

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Prevention is always better than cure, so going forward:

  • Try and figure anything that causes breakouts and avoid (this will be different for every person)
  • Make sure your skincare regime suits your skin type
  • Are you cleansing enough? If you live in the city, you should be doing a double cleanse morning and night
  • Keep your make-up brushes clean
  • Change your pillow cases regularly – I know what you’re thinking, byt they get dirty really fast

Do you know of any good hair treatments or masks?

Yes – I love a hair mask and there are a few I go back to over and over again. My everyday staple is from Hask. Their Protein Shampoo* and Conditioner* duo are amazing, and are an affordable high street price too. They also do a really good Argan Intense Deep Conditioning Mask, which would be my first stop if you’re looking for something that’s going to really revitalise your hair and bring it back to life.

What I will say is, I think a lot of people over condition their hair, to the point where you’re relying on products because you’ve drawn out all the natural goodness – it’s all a marketing ploy, see. That’s not to say don’t condition at all, but I think once or twice a week is plenty (if not more than enough). Yes, it might seem oily at first, but that’s because you’re resetting the balance. Give it a month or so, and your hair will naturally start to condition itself.

Will FaceTune improve my pores?

Don’t we just love a bit of FaceTune? OK, I know it’s controversial, but one of the things I do think is good about the face-changing app is that it can show you where you’re at when it comes to skincare. Now, remember, you’re always going to see a change – because if we could be that smooth naturally, we wouldn’t bother with make-up! However, the less of a difference you see, the better your regime is.

Most of it comes down to pores – unclog them, and your skin will be clearer. So, daily cleansing (obviously) and chemical exfoliants are your first stop. Use an AHA and a BHA once per week (each) to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clear. Once you’ve got things clear, move on to prevention – incorporate Vitamin C into your routine to brighten skin, and give it a boost of antioxidants, which will help fight off pollution.

That’s the basis of a solid skincare routine: cleanser (double cleanse), exfoliant (chemical, twice per week), Vitamin C (daily serum) and moisturiser. Really, who needs FaceTune (joking, obvs).

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