Skin De La Crème
With back-to-back presentations, New York Fashion Week is one of the busiest times in men's fashion. The only faux pas worse than having a lackluster outfit at fashion week festivities is having tired and dull skin, so I’ve outlined essential skincare steps to keeping fresh skin that's ready to face the who's-who of fashion.
Step 1: Coming Clean
One of the most important foundations to a good skincare regiment is having a cleanser that works for you. I’m currently using the luxurious Facial Cleanser from Alex Carro—a handcrafted skincare line made in Barcelona. The cleanser gently purifies my skin without causing dryness, and its deep, earthy scent makes for the best smelling cleanser I’ve used to date. Every other day, I mix the cleanser with the Exfoliating Powder to create a gentle exfoliator, which evens out textured skin and reduces dullness.
In addition to the Alex Carro Exfoliating Powder, I am also partial to the Oars + Alps Power Cleansing Face Stick. Such a unique product, this charcoal exfoliant essentially functions like glue stick. I apply it to my dry face, wet my fingers with warm water, and rub my face to activate the cleanser. Shaving often irritates my skin, but using this product before shaving has reduced post-shave razor bumps.
Step 2: Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty
It’s important to follow the washing process with moisture. The first product I use after showering is the Oars + Alps Wake Up Eye Stick. This product cools and even includes caffeine (as if I didn’t get enough from my coffee consumption) to reduce lines and early morning puffiness under the eyes. Then, I use the Oars + Alps Face Moisturizer and Eye Cream as the base moisturizer for my whole face. This product primes my face with a light and non-oily moisturizer. To follow up the base coat, I like to layer a heavier eye cream—the Rosa Arctica Eye from Kiehl’s—for maximum hydration around the eyes.
Step 3: Dew Diligence
The latest skincare buzzword is most definitely “dewy." As the last step to my skincare regiment and right before I leave the house, I apply four drops of the Alex Carro Balancing Face Oil to achieve the look of supple, radiant and dewy skin. This product is my favorite of my skincare collection because it provides a finishing shine without the appearance of oiliness.
Let me know your favorite skincare products in the comments below, and stay tuned for a recap of fashion week on The Whittle Things!
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