Sexual & General Health

Grooming Gorgeous!

A man groomingThere was a time when no man, gay or otherwise, would admit to washing his face with anything other than soap and water. And as for moisturiser ... well, how times have moved on: sales of male grooming products are booming.

The right skincare can help make you look younger and feel better. We all know that appearance matters.

Remember the three step rule: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise.

Handsome hint... Cleansing is the first step in any good skincare regime. But water strips away the skin's natural oils, so after washing, use a moisturiser.

Handsome hint... Finding the right products to suit your skin type is important, whether you have a specific problem or want a basic regime. Remember if in doubt look out for products which are for sensitive skin and hypoallergenic.

Handsome hint... Choose products with vitamins A and E. They contain antioxidants that can help to improve the texture, tone and feel of the skin.

Handsome hint... Cleanse your face before going to bed. If you let bacteria do its dirty work overnight it can contribute to premature wrinkling.

Handsome hint... For an instant pick me up first thing in the morning, try putting your moisturiser in the fridge overnight.

Handsome hint... Mix your fake tan with moisturiser for a non-streak natural healthy look.

Handsome hint... Shower before you shave. Warm water causes your pores to open and your hair to expand making it softer and easier to cut.

Handsome hint... When it comes to working styling products into your hair, less is definitely more; because you only need a little to do a lot.

Handsome hint... Pay attention to your nails. Keep them clipped, clean and smooth.

Handsome hint... Store your perfume in a cool, unlit place, preferably the fridge.

Handsome hint... Don't drench your body with fragrance. It should never enter the room before you do. Remember the golden rule ... less is most definitely more.

Mark Castle-Woodhams, October 2007