Here to share with you all with my current skincare routine that has been working really well for me. (Tested with my fellow Monkeys in tropical > cold regions)
Step 1. Exfoliate (long week/dull face) optional.
Buy a scrubbing glove for your face. Get a charcoal. I tend to exfoliate once every too week.
Put on some La Roche Posay peeling cleanser (I prefer the peeling) or any cleanser that you like (it doesn't really matter if it's for exfoliation or not since the glove does the scrubby scrubby already)
Step 2. Mild cleanser (lazy days)
- I personally use the normal La Roche Posay Effaclar cleanser for this (it's the non-peeling version that balances your face pH.) to clean before bed and morning when going to work
Step 3. Moisturiser
- imo all facial moisturisers are just normal moisturizer. You can use the same shit for your leg on your face if it's not too moist or icky. I use aloe vera gel for both my face and my hands when it is dry.
You can apply SPF when going out to protect your skin against the sun or harsh weather/air.
Step 4. Serums
Retinol - peels your skin but man this shit works with acne and really smooths your skin
Vitamin A/E/C - undull your face
Niamicide - DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE AS SPOT TREATMENT IT LEAVES SCARS. Use Niamicide.
Caffeine - leave in the office cabinet/bag to spot treat areas that needs some glow
Step 5. Shaving
Safety razors or single bladed razors are essential and very cheap to use to shave if you learn how to use it. And you can swap your blades more often and avoid ingrown hair or a bad rashy shave.
Aftershave you can use if you feel like it. But if it makes your rashy or red it is best not to do it before work. Use some serum or moisturizer that has antiseptic capabilities. I use my aloe vera gel to cool the shaven area.
Step 6. Hair and Nails
My manicurist teached me that after cutting your own nails you must file it if you are gonna touch a lady.
Hair (seconding to that Prestigious Hairstyle post) if the hair you ask for is getting a bit bulky and weighted that you seem can't to get that oompf/volume when styling. Visit your barber, or learn how to shed hair "weight" yourself.
Eyebrow hair keep it managed and in shape and not like a bridge troll. Search up a bridge troll for comparison.
Buy the Manscape thingy too.
Step 7. Going out/Work
Eye creams wakes your baggy eyes up
Eye brow gel to make your face more groomed
Cologne (YSL Y, Dior Homme, Zootopic Tyrannosaurus Rex) spray neck, wrist and chest. No more than 5 sprays please, or I'll cry.
Step 8. You are only going to look as good as your clothes. Get them ironed and dry cleaned. Yes I can smell your musky collar shirt when walking past you down the hall. And your suit sometimes smells like BBQ charcoal. GET THEM DRY CLEANED EVERYMONTH/AFTER BBQ. Or else, invest in an evening jacket.
P/s: I don't really use anything use like night treatments since I believe a routine should be easy to follow and quick to do. Anything that is too excess will get you lazy after 3 days. And this is supposed to be applicable to oily/dry/combined skins.