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For the past 22 years, Riku has worked with the best skincare specialists,dermatologists and estheticians around the world.He has interviewed some of them about the men skincare and all this information has helped Riku to answear your the most asked questions about men+skincare.
Q:What are the most important skincare products men should use on everyday basics?And how to use them?
A:Cleansing+moisturizing.Depending on your skin type which cleansing product to use.FACE TONERS are excellent to keep your pores clean;toners are very easy and fast to use and your skin feels very fresh and clean afterwards.This is especially important product to use for combination and oily skin.For more deep cleansing, use your SKIN TYPE cleansing product along with the face-toner. Dry skin: always use a cleansing milk,normal-combination skin: a foam cleansing and oily skin: a gel-based cleansing.Use the toner right after cleansing: I like the spray toners beacuse they are faster and very handy to use.Tap your skin half-dry and add an EYE AREA cream or gel.If your eye-area is dry and has some lines, use a cream base formula and a gel formula is your eyes are puffy ( keep the eye gel in your fridge to keep it cool).MOISTURIZE your skin right after and again depending on your skin type what kind of face moisturizer you should use:dry skin uses more rich and creamier one, normal skin should use a light formula moisturizer with little bit oil added, combination skin should use 2 products;oilfree for the oily parts of the face and creamier one for the more dry areas,oily skin uses oil-free moisturizers, only.Choose a face moisturizer that contains spf 15 in it.
Q:What are the extra-skincare products I should use?
A:Serum+exfoliation+face-mask.I love face serums because they really give that extra boost on your skin;it moisturizers and tightens the surface of the skin and along with your daily moisturizer you will get the best result and feel.Exfoliation is very important because it washes off all your dead cells on the surface of your skin;the skin becomes more soft and clean.Exfoliate your skin also right before your shaving, because this helps your skin to smoothen, especially when you rinse your face with a warm water.Dry and normal skin: exfoliate 1xweek, combination 2-3xweek and oily skin 7xweek.Follow right after a face mask:dry and normal skin use a moisturizing mask,oily skin a clay based mask and combination skin should only use a clay mask on the areas where the skin is the most oily. Face mask is excellent to use AFTER shaving because it closes the pores as well soothes the skin.Follow your daily skincare routine right after: toner,eye area cream and moisturizer.This all might sound so much, but in the end it only takes view minutes and trust me, your skin will get a healthy glow.And that what it is all about.
Q:How about men and makeup?
A:Absolutely!.I recommend using a light-formula concealer under the eyes if you have dark circles.Use this on the inner corners of your eyes and remember: a small amount goes a long way.Tap it on your ringfinger and BLEND well.If you have oily skin, you must powder lightly the area where the concealer is applied.Otherwise the makeup will run when the oil pushes on top of your skin.For events, red carpets and TV work, I recommend a light-formula TINTED MOISTURIZER that really gives a very natural, sheer coveridge.Powdering is needed.Powder formula bronzers do work as well, to give a hint of color and lift up the cheeks and skin. But keep your skin mat whatever makeup product you use, because dewy look is not working on men.If your skin is very oily, keep BLOTTING PAPERS in your bag, so you can always keep your skin mat by absorbing the oil with the papers. Very handy!
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