A Guy’s Guide to Skincare

A Guy’s Guide to Skincare

It’s not just women who need a good skincare regime. Men do as well. Men’s skin tends to differ from women in two main ways, not only is it thicker, but also hairier. This increases the quantity of sebaceous glands. These little glands sit underneath your skin surface and secrete an oily matter into your hair follicles as a form of lubrication.

The Advantages:

  • Having thicker skin means men can usually afford to use harsher skin products without adverse reactions.
  • An increased amount of sebaceous glands means more oils will be released onto your skin and can give more natural moisture. It also means that men’s skin is less prone to dehydration and scaling.
  • Men’s skin tends to have a bit more collagen in it than women’s, meaning it should age a lot better, if it is looked after correctly.

The Disadvantages:

  • Men tend to have more pores that are enlarged.
  • The skin is far likelier to clog and have a sweaty and oily appearance.
  • This puts men at a higher risk of getting black and white heads.

Here’s what you should have in your skincare toolkit:

Face wash

Using a simple bar of soap is as bad as doing nothing at all, as this can leave your skin feeling tight and thirsty. Use a cleanser that strikes a balance, that is suitable for all skin types, strong enough to cut through those overactive sebaceous glands, yet gentle enough for everyday use.

Face scrub

A granular scrub should be used two to three times a week to exfoliate and dislodge that embedded dirt. A scrub will help smooth your complexion, leaving you with a clearer, cleaner look. It also softens the skin.


A must every day. The truth is that every guy, even ones with oily skin, needs to replenish the moisture content of their skin. Something as routine as showering or washing your face with hot water opens up the pores, and allows for dehydration (a huge ager). A basic moisturiser with SPF will restore moisture, protect your skin from the sun, reduce razor burn, and even prevent against premature aging.

Sun Lotion

Yes. Everyday. Make sure you use a lotion with an SPF of 30 and above. And if you are outdoors, doing sport, or spending much of your time in the car – make sure you reapply during the day.

Body wash

A shower gel is more effective and sanitary than that cracked, germ-laden bar of soap. Granular scrubs are also important to use one to two times a week for exfoliation and deep-cleaning.

Eye cream

It’s easy to neglect this area around your eyes: this soft thin layer of skin is prone to developing fine lines. Whether you are 20 or 40, you should be using an eye-cream.

Clay mask

No, these are not just for women. A quick 10-minute regime one a week that will help to deep clean your face. Removing dead skin helps to promote cellular regeneration, as well as reduces excess oil and shine.

Lip balm

Skin on your lips is thin and lacks oil glands to regulate moisture content as well as melanin to shield the sun — this makes them particularly prone to dryness, burning and subsequent cracking and bleeding. All of which can lead to the development of fine lines over time.

Shaving cream

But not all shaving creams are created equal. A cooling gel that develops into a thick lather is best for almost all skin types. Gel-based formulas tend to be denser and provide better cushion and glide for a pain-free shave. If your skin irritates easily, shave during or after a shower while pores are wide open.


Today’s post-shaving balms actually provide soothing relief. Most formulas contain a hint of menthol to cool the skin, but if you’re prone to irritation, make sure to steer clear. Menthol can aggravate sensitive skin. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E are also beneficial in promoting healing.


Trends: A Cut Above

Trends: A Cut Above

UK hair stylist and Dyson ambassador, Larry King, shares this season’s great new cuts.


Yes, you read that right, the mullet is back. Says Larry: “The modern mullet cut  is not for the faint-hearted. You have one length around the forehead and another on the cheeks. It’s grungy but you can soften it by blow-drying the hair to a smooth texture.


Layers create a modern feel of a 1980s look. “Apply a smoothing product to soaking wet hair — not towel-dried, it has to be really wet. Diffuse hair by drying on medium heat and speed, trying to touch your hair only with the diffuser to minimise frizz,” adds Larry.


Larry recommends: “To make this elfin look work, you have to ensure your micro fringe is cut well above the eyebrow but still has enough length to be broken up and not sit rigidly on the forehead. Use a small round brush to blow-dry the fringe, keeping airflow from above, drying all of the fringe forward. To finish, use your fingers to separate.”


This is a modern take on the 1970’s bowl cut. It’s shorter than a crop, but cooler than the pixie cut, says Larry. “Apply your volume product to damp hair to give your hair slight control when blow-drying and then use the air flow of the dryer to push the hair from side to side as if you are wrapping the hair around the head. This way it will sit nice and straight.”


Bring back rock and roll with this style. Larry shares that:The key to adding a rock n’roll twist to your hair is plenty of mousse and then rough drying with your hairdryer, working the hair between your fingers like you’re sprinkling salt. Keep the airflow pointed downwards so that the look stays flat at the roots with the most amount of texture at the ends.”

Dyson products are now available in South Africa. Visit www.dyson.co.za

For more on Larry King, visit www.larryking.co.uk


Our Pick: Spray Your Grey Away

Our Pick: Spray Your Grey Away

Are you tired of that skunk look between salon visits? Style secret root concealer is a quick and easy solution for the grey root regrowth that occurs between colour treatments. This easy-to-use spray effectively covers up the growth, keeping your hair looking and feeling great. Use after washing your hair, touching up when necessary, and is suitable for all types of hair.

Style Secret is a “make up for your hair” spray that contains pigments that coat your hair to cover up grey regrowth between salon visits. Almost like using foundation to conceal blemishes on your skin.

Style Secret can be used as a temporary solution between colour treatments on the areas of your hair where grey regrowth starts to become noticeable for example, along partings and around the temple. It needs to be reapplied every time you wash your hair, as it does not contain any peroxides or dyes.

Available in six colours to suit most hair shades: Black, Dark Brown, Light Brown, Auburn/Red, Dark Blonde and Light Blonde. There are colour swatches which should give you a good indication, but it is important to remember that you want to match your hair’s natural colour, as this is where the grey regrowth will occur. As Style Secret contains pigments, not dye, it will not make Blonde root regrowth lighter, it is only intended to conceal grey.

Ingredients used: Propane, Butane, Ethyl Trisiloxane, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite

R360 each. Vist www.stylesecret.co.za for more information or to order.







Q&A: Sun protection

Q&A: Sun protection

The heat is on. What steps should we take to protect our kids (and ourselves) from the sun? The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa answers this burning question.

We know that childhood sunburn is one of the most important preventable causes of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Kids are especially vulnerable because they have thinner skin, a less developed immune system and because their behaviour means they spend much more time than adults outside playing in the sun. Some studies have estimated that a person receives 80% of their lifetime ultraviolet exposure in childhood. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life.

Any reddening of the skin should be avoided in children, and if your child’s skin is starting to look pink then get them out of the sun. Tanning is also a sign of skin damage, and if your child is developing a significant suntan then they have had too much UV exposure. What steps should we take to protect our kids? The first is simply to remember the importance of sun protection. This is especially the case at the brightest time of the year in the height of summer, but care still needs to be exercised all year round. Clouds do not provide enough protection to prevent sunburn and skin damage, as they only filter out about a quarter of UV rays. Remember to take steps to protect children’s skin even on a cloudy day.

Covering up with clothing is the most reliable way to protect your kids from the sun. If you have small children on a beach, don’t chose swimming trunks or cute bikinis, rather select a funky UV protecting suit that covers the shoulders trunk and upper arms. Give them a broad brimmed hat or a baseball cap with an attached sun cape on the back. Cover exposed areas with a high SPF (at least factor 30) broad spectrum sunblock, applied 20-30 minutes before exposure and reapply it in the middle of the day if needed, particularly if they are swimming. Don’t forget backs of necks, ears, noses, lips, hands and feet. If your kids don’t like the texture of a cream, then try an oil or gel sunblock.

Finally, don’t forget eye protection. We know that childhood exposure to UV can cause cataracts in later life, so find a pair of shades, perhaps wrap-around, with good UVA and UVB filters.


The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa is an independent, self-funded organisation dedicated to preventing skin cancer and implementing a National Skin Cancer Screening Day, where South Africans can be screened for skin cancer free-of-charge. The initial priority of the recently founded SCFSA is to establish a comprehensive skin cancer prevention strategy for the people of South Africa. This programme will focus on skin cancer awareness, education, prevention and treatment. For more information visit www.skincancerfoundation.co.za


Our Pick: Protect Your (Errmm) Assets

Our Pick: Protect Your (Errmm) Assets

We may not know what we want, but we do know that we all want to look and feel great in our skin. With it being Breast Cancer Awareness month, here are two products that focus on your décolleté.

Mama Mio Pregnancy Boob Tube: Protect, sooth and cool pregnant and new mama boobs. Great pregnancy and nursing breasts are not a permanent perk, they are on loan and the rent is high. The skin on your décolleté is fragile and not very elastic, so you need to protect it from rapid growth as your cup size changes. Pregnancy Boob Tube is rich in omegas (which are naturally depleted during pregnancy) to help lock in hydration, strengthen and elasticise.

What it does:

  • Protects delicate skin experiencing cup size changes.
  • Unique Green Cabbage Leaf Extract to help treat engorgement.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding safe.

RRP: R850 for 100ml

Mio Skincare Boob Tube+: Let’s face facts – our breasts are on a slippery slope. People say the first place you can tell a woman’s age is her hands, forget about it – it’s your décolleté. This vulnerable skin is exposed daily to sun, gravity and inspection and it needs protecting. Rich in CoQ10 and packed full of fantastic natural actives for your skin, Boob Tube+ is designed to help your breasts look as gorgeous as you feel. The quality and tone of your skin across your neck and chest is hugely important and can help you feel good in whatever you wear. Boob Tube+ tightens and firms your skin leaving your skin super hydrated.

RRP: R 850 for 100ml. 

Do good, while looking good.

Purchase your limited edition Pregnancy Boob Tube+ from Mama Mio in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a charitable organisation.

For more information, a stockist near you or to order directly from Mama Mio or Mio Skincare, please visit www.poisebrands.co.za