We speak to David Delport, skincare expert and global ambassador for REN Clean Skincare, about his top tips for men, from the best moisturisers to dealing with ‘maskne’
Switch to lightweight formulas in summer to help keep skin feeling fresh
What should a basic skincare routine for men look like?
You need a protective day cream filled with antioxidants like vitamin C, a daily SPF with a minimum factor of 30, a cleanser to remove impurities, pollution and SPF, and a nourishing night cream. Look for products that do more than one thing to maximise benefit without filling up your bathroom shelf.
What are your top tips for looking after skin the summer?
Applying SPF is the most important thing you can do, otherwise you’ll spend all winter looking at marks and dull skin on your face. Also switch your moisturiser to something that feels light on the skin, especially if you’re heading outdoors and are likely to perspire in the heat. I love a gel/cream texture and switch to REN’s vitamin C gel cream on warmer days.
How can men combat summer oiliness?
Avoid products with pore-blocking ingredients. I tend to not use skincare containing silicones for this reason. Also get yourself a great gel cleanser with salicin (willow bark extract), which gives you a naturally deep pore-cleansing wash without drying out your skin.
What about dealing with spots and ‘maskne’?
Try not to touch your face if you can help it and remember to switch out your mask regularly. I recommend a weekly purifying face mask product to give your skin a deep clean and some breathing space. I love the REN ClearCalm clay cleanser as it’s both a face wash and a face mask if left on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Do this once a week and it really does the job of tackling breakouts while keeping skin smooth and less irritated.
Interview: Sophie Hines