A close shave with skin care

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 October, 2010, 12:00am

This year, the hairy, unkempt caveman look is out and the well-groomed Mr Slick is in.

Even Brad Pitt, twice voted Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, couldn't pull off the caveman appearance, judging by the number of criticisms found online when he sported a beard.

Apart from being well-shaven, men are also putting more effort into caring for their skin nowadays, and many head-to-toe treatments are available at pharmacies for them.

One of the most frustrating problems faced by men and women are the ever-increasing lines and wrinkles on their faces, as skin loses elasticity.

Working late nights and staring at the computer screen, along with overexposure to sunlight, can lead to dark circles around the eyes, puffiness, lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Clinique's Skin Supplies for Men Age Defence for Eyes (HK$220/15ml) helps ease these problems, with collagen production, anti-irritants and moisturising substances.

Coupled with the line's Age Defence Hydrator SPF15 (HK$350/50ml), which increases the skin's natural collagen production, mending lines while restoring firmness and elasticity to the skin, men can take a two-step approach to combating some of the visible signs of ageing.

For a similarly no muss, no fuss daily routine, Murad Man provides a quick three-step morning ritual for men: Cleansing Shave to clean and tone, Razor Burn Rescue to treat and repair, and Face Defence SPF15 to hydrate and protect.

For men who might lack the motivation to seek out these products and incorporate them into a home routine, spa treatments offer a less challenging route to radiant skin.

Melo Spa, at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, is offering the Optimum Facial for Men to add resistance and strength to the skin.

Mineral energy is used to purify, soothe and energise the skin, while iron, copper zinc and silicon increase cellular circulation.

I-Spa, at InterContinental Hong Kong, offers a quick way to revitalise at the end of the work week.

The spa's Revitalised treatment (HK$1,200 for 60 minutes) for the face and eyes in the Integral Homme for Man, uses the latest LPG Endermologie Integral M6 cellular stimulation technology to repair lines and wrinkles, detoxify skin, recirculate oxygen in weakened tissues to brighten up the skin's complexion, and remove the noticeable dark circles around the eyes.

While spa treatments remove the visible traces of fatigue, a massage can add to the overall feeling of being revitalised.

Sense of Touch also offers its M6 Endermo Sports Recuperation Treatment for Men package (HK$520 for 30 minutes).

The treatment centres on the LPG Roll technique, which stretches and conditions muscle fascia to remove toxic lactic acid and increase tissue suppleness, while relieving aches.

For the brave men out there, waxing is an option.

Men often hear of their significant others going for waxes, and now STRIP: Ministry of Waxing has broken the gender divide with a male version. The 'Boyzilian' is not for the faint of heart, but you'll leave feeling like a changed man.