Facial steaming with hot towels - yes this is for beards
Facial steaming is a great way to help soften the skin prior to any treatment whether it's shaving, extracting blackheads, ingrown hairs or ready for another treatment. Give it a go.
- Fill your sink or a bowl with enough semi-hot water to soak your face towel. You want the temperature of the water to be a comfortable so that you can immerse your hands. If you have essential oils at home, add a few drops of your favourite. If you don't have any essential oils, have a wander through your garden. You might find some herbs you didn't even know were there like mint, rosemary or lavender. Add a few sprigs to the water and allow them to infuse.
- Soak your towel in the hot water and wring it out so that the towel is damp.
- Lean back in a comfy chair or lie down. Place the towel on your face, so that you entire face is covered and let you nose peek through. Do what works and is comfortable for you.
- Relax for 5 minutes.
You skin is now ready for that clean smooth shave.
We don’t think twice about washing our hair, but how many men do a thorough beard wash? For a quick and easy cleanse,
- Massage baking soda into your beard with some hot water
- Spray or dab apple cider vinegar as it acts as the conditioner
- Comb through - it will feel silky, look shinier and smooth
Moisturise that beard
So many barbers and even clothing shops offer beard trim and shape so but theres a few hidden secrets around beard maintenance.
One of my all-time favourites, is beard oil.
During the lockdown, it can be hard finding a beard oil, so we have a quick and easy recipe that you can make from ingredients straight from the pantry or local pharmacy / supermarket.
You will need:
- 10-15 ml Grape-Seed Oil/Almond oil
- 10-15 ml Sesame Seed Oil/Avocado oil
- 3 drops Lemon or peppermint Essential Oils (optional)
- 3 drops Lime or Lavender Essential Oils (optional)
Mix the above and use daily like you would hair wax. The above keeps for ages in an air-tight container and stored out of sunlight.
Basic skin routine for beginners
If you're new to skincare, we recommend starting with a cleanser & moisturiser twice a day. If you’re already using those, consider adding an exfoliator 2-3 times a week into the routine. Not only will it encourage cell renewal, but it is also great to reduce ingrown hairs.
Skin routine adjustment
A few of our clients already have the cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise mastered. For those clients, I would recommend adding on a serum and/or eye cream to help with specific skin concerns and eliminate dark circles around the eyes.
Keep the nails clean and short
We recommend trimming your nails weekly and keeping them clean from any dirt that might stick under the nail.