Slip, slop, slap is the golden rule for many Aussies, and yet many of us still possess a sense of YOLO when it comes to skincare and sun protection. To be fair, finding a men’s moisturiser with SPF can be a tall order, which is why we’ve put together a clear guide on how to find a sunscreen that doesn’t bring back memories of being a greasy sunblock ghost with floaties burn and sand up your...nose.
"In terms of biology, men’s faces tend to have thicker skin and larger pores than those of women."
1. Know Your Science
We all know that sunburn is caused when our skin comes into contact with UV rays. But did you know that 95% of these rays are strong enough to hit your skin through clouds and glass? That means you could be burnt even whilst working indoors at your desk - and recent studies show that the blue light emitted from our digital devices might be just as damaging as sun exposure.
2. Tailor It To Your Skin’s Needs
In terms of biology, men’s faces tend to have thicker skin and larger pores than those of women. It also produces more sebum, and needs to accommodate shaving or beard maintenance. So look for products that are formulated for you - it’s not sneaky marketing, we promise!
3. Look As Young As You Feel
The sun is not our only ageing villain: your skin will also prematurely wrinkle if left dehydrated. A lack of moisture leads to dry, tight skin, which then forms lines. Similarly, any exfoliation to prep the skin for a smooth shave can also leave the skin feeling similarly dry. No matter how you look at it, moisturiser is essential for youthful skin.
"Choose a lightweight formulation that is absorbed by the skin, leaving a dry, invisible shield."
4. Grease Is Not The Word
We all remember the suffocating feeling of our childhood sunblock, but like the monster under your bed, greasy formulations are gone for good. The key is to choose sun protection that’s designed especially for facial use. Most sunscreens for the body contain chemical ingredients that sit on the skin’s surface, clog your pores, and cause acne. So choose a lightweight formulation that is absorbed by the skin, leaving a dry, invisible shield. A great Aussie brand we personally love is We Are Feel Good Inc - they make SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen that’s light and absorbs without stickiness (not that we’re against stickiness, but there’s a time and a place for it, you know?).
5. Multitask: Less Time, More Results
Simplicity is key to maintaining a grooming routine that works for you, so hydrating and protecting your skin in one step is a no-brainer.