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 Men’s skincare tips for a healthy and happy Father’s Day

In celebration of Father’s Day and the males in our lives, our co-founder Jacqueline Johnston has shared some simple skincare tips just for men! 

Use a gentle facial cleanser 

Are you guilty of washing your face with body wash? We know from our spa & clinic visitors that many of you are treating the skin on your face the same as your body. However, skin is far more sensitive on our face and requires specially designed products. Try an appropriate gentle facial cleanser that works with men’s facial hair. It’s important to make washing your face a part of your daily routine. 

As most men shave almost every day, we’d recommend trying Hunter Lab’s Cleansing Shave Foam, which helps cleanse your skin while preparing and softening facial hair to protect the face. 

Exfoliate every few days 

Men’s skin tends to be thicker and produces more oil than female skin. It’s also prone to ingrown hairs due to shaving, meaning it needs a regular exfoliating regime to keep it clean, healthy and blemish free. Exfoliating regularly can assist facial hair growth in the correct way and minimise any ingrown hairs. 

We know most men prefer their skincare routine to be as simple as possible and we recommend Hunter Lab’s Cleansing Facial Scrub as good starting point. A 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator, the facial scrub is quick and easy to use in the shower. 

Protect with a daily moisturiser and SPF 

Statistically, more men work outside than women and are prone to sun exposure on the tops of their heads and ears. To protect your skin, an SPF should be applied daily. OCosmedics Mineral Pro SPF30+ is a non-greasy, physical broad-spectrum SPF and can be easily applied every day to protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. 

You can also try Hunter Lab’s Peptide Anti-Ageing Elixir, which is a concentrated and readily absorbed serum that delivers maximum nutrient nourishment. As the name mentions, it also helps prevents the physical signs of ageing. 

Try a cleansing mask when possible 

If you want to take extra special care of your skin, Hunter Lab offers a Charcoal Mask, a deep cleansing treatment to hydrate, soothe and nourish skin. The mask deep cleanses the skin and pores and removes impurities to prevent build up and leave your skin smooth. 

For the ultimate introduction to skincare at home, there’s always Hunter Lab’s World’s Greatest Dad kit, which includes the Cleansing Shave Foam and Peptide Anti-Ageing Elixir. 

Pop into our store to find out more and browse our array of men’s skincare products, including Hunter Lab, it’s World’s Greatest Dad kit and OCosmedics. We also offer specialised men’s treatments, so you’ll be sure to find something suitable this Father’s Day . Father’s Day Spa vouchers can be purchased online for immediate delivery. 

Our Ultimate Body Prep Guide for Spring Racing

Body Freedom Day Spa client facial clean

By Sue Homewood  

Beauty is 70% internal wellbeing, which is made up of diet, rest and a variety of exercise and 30% external features we like to call the “finishing touches”.

The 30% are the parts of us people see every day: hair, skin, face and feet. Here are our top tips for getting your external beauty in tip top shape for Spring Racing.

1. Hair:

Get rid of product build up by using 1 or 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Dry hair likes less, and oily hair likes more. This is a fantastic way to bring back your natural shine and body – apply in the shower directly after your shampoo, leave on for a few minutes and rinse lightly.  For dry hair that needs that hydrating boost for volume, use a coconut oil mask. Pure coconut oil from the super market massaged into scalp and hair.  Remember to wash out before bed to save your pillow.

2. Skin:

If you’re not in the habit of body brushing you should be! Just as you brush your teeth, take a few minutes, to brush your body. It exfoliates the skin so its smooth, soft and can breathe, and stimulates the lymphatic system so your immunity is boosted, your metabolism gets a kick start for the day and you help to detox your system.   Body brush every morning, you will be glowing!  As the weather gets warmer, exfoliating and moisturising daily is a great routine. Keep a regular eye on Facebook for more tips for body brushing or visit us in store for advice.

If you are planning a fake tan, do so with caution. Firstly make certain that your skin is well exfoliated of any dry patches and well moisturised all over. If you have sun spots, they love fake tan more than your skin. So if you are like me  and have enjoyed a sun filled youth, you may look a little splotchy on the legs and arms. If that’s the case opt for a body bronzer over the spray tan. Also if getting a fake tan, be careful of the application on a really warm day as sweat and rubbing can lead to some interesting design patterns!

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3. Face:

Winter is harsh on our skin. Get rid of the winter build up and hydrate and plump like crazy to take years off and reduce those crow’s feet. A peel or multi-layer treatments like the Image 4 layer peel (one of our specialist consultation facials) is a real treat for your skin. For even greater results, refine your homecare products for the season, because as the weather changes so should your skincare regime. Working with your existing products we can tailor a program for maximum results. Ask when booking in with one of our skin specialists.

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4. Feet:

Did you know that your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a whopping 250,000 sweat glands? And the feet are often the last parts of us we look after and show some love. Treat your feet and give them the TLC they deserve with a foot treatment and pedicure before they head out for the season.  Start scrubbing and exfoliating your heals before the summer and remember, open shoes lead to cracked heals and dry skin.  Grab a good pedicure brush paddle to use in the shower regularly.

Enjoy the change of season and bringing those fantastic frocks out of the cupboard.

Remember to use sunscreen which is right for your skin everyday this summer and that there is always a reason to wear a great hat!