Top five grooming tips from a man who knows

Thought you knew how to wash your face? Asim Akhtar, the man behind skin specialists Kyoku For Men, recently gave us a refresher with his top five grooming tips. 

“First impressions are everything," says Akhtar, "so I believe firmly in basic grooming. It is imperative that you never neglect your skincare routine, no matter how busy you are at work or how hectic your social life."

1 "Clean your skin on a daily basis to remove dirt and oil built up during the day. This also increases blood circulation, which promotes skin cell regeneration. I recommend using a facial cleanser that removes dirt without removing moisture."

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2 "Although a cleanser can remove dirt and oil, to ensure that your skin is clean right down to the pores, I would recommend using an exfoliating scrub. Use this two or three times a week."

 3 "After cleansing it is important to re-hydrate your skin – dry skin suffers a loss of collagen and the connective tissues that provide elasticity and firmness are damaged. There are two ways to hydrate your skin: drink plenty of water and apply a moisturiser at least once a day."

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4 "Use an eye cream to nourish and revitalise the skin around the eyes, where the skin is thinner and more prone to fine wrinkles and puffiness. Select an eye cream that has active peptides, which increase the blood circulation, promote skin cell regeneration and minimise dark circles."

5 None of the above are a substitute for a good diet and a healthy lifestyle, so ensure that your exercise regularly and eat well.

Asim Akhtar Volcanic Minerals Facial is available now at The Refinery’s two London branches. www.kyokuformen.com