Grooming guide for Easter Holidaymakers by Lloyd Hughes, Lead Educator and Creative Director at men-ü

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Grooming guide for Easter Holidaymakers


Thousands of us will head off on mini breaks and full blown holidays for the upcoming Easter break. Travel can throw up all kinds of problems for the skin. Harsher temperatures, mean we need to take more time and care of our visual front line, the face. While warmer temperatures if on cramped long distance trains in warm countries for example can generate more oil production which means greasier skin. Air travel can expose men to air conditioning for long periods of time. This has effects on the opposite end of the spectrum and can dehydrate the skin causing, dryness and tightness.

How do you counteract it?

If you are exposed to colder temperatures in this way, keep a travel sized amount of moisturiser in your work bag and apply (in seconds) two or three times a day. This takes just a few seconds and will offer long term protection. On the opposite side of the problem if you are travelling and struggling with the heat use a cleanser or mask to counteract oil production and greasy skin.

• What are the ingredients to look out for?

To counteract oil production if you’ve been traveling in warm temperatures look out for ingredients such as tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial. This is great treatment for a greasy T-Zone. Corn starch and witch hazel which is a natural astringent are also good sebum absorbers. If skin is dehydrated, Aloe Vera, Pro Vitamin B5, Allantoin, and Sodium Hyaluronate are properties that moisturise and prevent the skin from becoming dry. The men-ü Healthy Facial Wash is ideal for a post travel facial cleanse.

• When should you be using things – on the flight? Before? After?

This depends on the type of travel. If on a long haul flight for example moisturise before, during and afterwards. You might also want to cleanse after long periods of travel on public transport to deep cleanse the skin and remove impurities.
Men have more active sebaceous glands, which control how much oil is secreted onto the skin. Heat stimulates this production and if travelling in a warm environment this can be managed with a quick cleanse. Backpacker’s across Europe may be taking on long warm train journeys to combat shine a cleanse during and after the journey will help.

Attributed to Lloyd Hughes, Lead Educator and Creative Director at men-ü