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We work with some extremely talented bloggers who love to share their knowledge and passion about men's grooming. One of our favourites Shaun from www.hishabits.co.uk has written a piece for us about different products for your skin type. Make sure you have a look at his blog from some great grooming tips:

How would you feel if I told you that there are a number of different skin types? You've probably heard of a couple of them, but if you haven't, the most common are dry, oily, combination and normal. For some, this is a pretty confusing idea, but knowing what category your skin falls into ensures you're in the best place to look after it.

I'm sharing my advice for every skin type, including how to spot it and what kind of products you should use. 

Everything You Need To Know About Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight or looks a bit flaky, chances are you have dry skin. Dry skin occurs when your skin produces less sebum than normal. Sebum is an oil that glands create to soften and protect your skin. Whilst dry skin is usually down to genetics, other factors such as weather, aging and hot water can cause your skin to feel dry.

How To Tell If You Have Dry Skin

There's a pretty easy way to tell if your skin is dry; simply wash your face and leave it without products for around an hour. If you find that your skin has a rough texture, or feels tight, it's most likely that you have dry skin. If you wanted to be extra sure, press a piece of tissue paper against your face and check if any oil transfers. If little to none oil is visible, you have dry skin!

What Products Should You Be Using?

Now don't worry, skincare products can help. Make sure you're using a moisturiser that hydrates your skin, and don't use a cleanser that strips too much oil. You might also consider using an exfoliator to remove any dead skin cells, and allow your moisturiser to really do the work.

I'd recommend trying the Gentlemen's Tonic Advanced Derma Care Power Packed Nourishing Moisturiser - . It helps to hydrate and protect your skin, and will help your skin retain moisture better. It also helps to shield your skin against environmental aggressors such as pollution and weather that may cause flakiness.  

Everything you need to know about Oily Skin

Having oily skin is quite the opposite to having dry. If you have this skin type, your sebaceous glands produce more oil than is needed for your skin. It can be a bit frustrating if your skin produces too much oil, as it can lead to blocked pores and blemishes, so it's important to know how to look after it.

How To Tell If You Have Oily Skin

You can usually tell if you have oily skin just by looking at it. If you find that your skin is on the shiny side, or feels a bit greasy to the touch; chances are you have oily skin. You can even try patting tissue paper across your forehead, and if you notice oil transferring, you've got oily skin.

What Products Should You Be Using?

It's not all bad though, having more oil actually keeps your skin looking younger! It helps retain it's elasticity and stops it from drying out. The best way to look after oily skin is to use an effective cleanser that deeply cleans your pores. This will stop any oil from clogging up, and can help slow down your skins oil producing cycle.

Daily Foaming Cleanser

I'd recommend trying the Gentlemen's Tonic Daily Foaming Cleanser - £19.00. It's gentle enough to use every day and helps remove excess oils and impurities. The formula can be used both morning and night, and will balance your skin keeping it's PH level neutral.

Everything you need to know about Combination Skin

It's possible to have a mixture of both oily and dry skin, and this is categorised as combination. People who have combination skin usually find that their t-zone is oily, while the rest of their face is dry. It can be quite problematic because products that will work for one section of your face, might not necessarily work for the rest.

How To Tell If You Have Combination Skin

To check if you have combination skin, you just need to combine the two methods for both oily and dry skin. Cleanse your face and leave it without any products for around an hour. Grab two pieces of tissue paper and press one on your forehead, and the other on your cheek. If you have combination skin, you'll notice that the tissue on your forehead will have a larger amount of oil transfer compared to the one you pressed on your cheek.

What Products Should You Be Using?

Now as I've mentioned, looking after combination skin can be a bit of a challenge. What I'd recommend is either having a different morning and night skincare routine, or using different products that target different concerns. Your cleanser could target oily skin, whilst your moisturiser combats dry.

Daily Moisturiser

The Gentlemen's Tonic Daily Moisturiser - £28.00 is the perfect skincare product for those with combination skin. It's packed full of natural essential oils that both help to protect and hydrate the skin, whilst absorbing quickly so it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Everything you need to know about Normal Skin

Normal skin is neither dry, nor oily. You'll find that your skin doesn't ever feel tight, doesn't look shiny, and your skin won't be flaky. As the year goes by, your skin will probably never change, but you might find that certain things such as weather and environment can cause your skin to react.

How To Tell If You Have Normal Skin

If you've tried all the methods above and you've not noticed anything unusual, your skin type will be normal. However it's still important to have a skincare routine to keep your skin balanced.

What Products Should You Be Using?

Switch it up depending on the time of year, and if anything, make sure you use a cleanser. You could even try adding an eye cream or a serum to your skincare routine to help your complexion look brighter.

I'd suggest trying the Gentlemen's Tonic Advanced Derma-Care Revitalise Eye Cream - £89.00. It's packed full of anti-oxidants the help reduce the appearance of dark circles and smooth fine lines around the eye. After all, no one says no to looking more awake!

Final thoughts...

Hopefully by now you're in a position to understand your skin type and have a couple of products you can use to get started. Having a skincare routine that is bespoke to your skin type is really important - it'll help keep your skin in tip-top condition, and looking it's best. Next time; let's tackle skin concerns!

If you have any further questions, you can ask me or Gentlemen's Tonic on Twitter, or even pop into their salon in Mayfair for an incredible facial and some personal skincare advice.  



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What works for women doesn't mean that it works for men - they say that "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" after all. So why is it so important for men to buy men's specific grooming products? Our experts at Gentlemen's Tonic have all the answers.

In a nutshell men's skin is 25% thicker, oilier and has more collagen than women's. The main reason for this is due to the different  levels of hormones present which mean men suffer from different common problems then women. Which means men need different products in order to deal with these problems. 

Men typcially have larger oil glands which product more sebum which tends to be thicker. Pores can get more congested which can result in blackheads, breakouts and oily skin. To ensure that pores are well cleansed use a natural exfoliant and gentle cleanser, so that there is not an un-natural chemical unbalance.

Men and women lose about one percent of their collagen per year from their 30's however for women this increases with age. Collagen and elastin don't degrade as rapidly in male skin thanks to extra testosterone. However, men in general are less skin conscious than women. Men are only starting to use sunscreens, serums, eye-creams, or proper skincare for their skin. Taking proper care of your skin can help keep your natural collagen and elastin levels at it's peak rather then help decrease them. 

On average men shave 20,000 times in their lifetime, this can be a daily assauly that can lead to dry sensitive skin if good quality shaving products are not used. Always ensure to choose products free from harsh chemicals which cause further damage. Make sure to always prep and nourish the skin before and after your shave, such as pre-shave oil or soothing aftershave balm. After all everytime you shave it takes a layer of skin off and you have to make sure that the transition is a smooth one. 

Gentlemen's Tonic products are made taking all of the above factors into consideration, ensuring men have got tailored products specifically to the needs of the male skin. So make sure that you don't get caught out without the right skincare. Try our skincare today, or come into our Mayfair site and have one of our staff help you with the needs for your skin.

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With Christmas only 10 days away, don't panic and find the perfect present with Gentlemen’s Tonic this christmas, from gift sets to stocking fillers we can help have Christmas covered. Check out our Christmas picks for 2017.

For the Gym Goer:

We all know 'that' guy who spends every spare moment and more in the gym. Our luxury shower products is the perfect gift to give as an addition to someone's gym bag. Our naturally formulated shampoo gently cleanses and revitalises the hair and scalp by removing excess build up caused by hair products and sweat. It is suitable for all hair types and can be used daily. Our best selling gentle body wash is the perfect product to use after a work out. It cleans and energises while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture balance. 

250ml Gentle Body Wash - £15.00
250ml Daily Shampoo - £16.50
Shower Gift Set - £45.00

Travel essentials set for him

For the Seasoned Traveller:

New to the Gentlemen's Tonic product family this year our Travel Essentials sets is the ideal combination of best selling Gentlemen’s Tonic grooming products to take when travelling - Gentle Body Wash, Daily Shampoo, Classic Shave Cream, Daily Moisturiser. Any seasoned traveller can pack these 50ml tubes with them anywhere in the world, or if you need several stocking fillers then you can always take the individual tubes out of the box and use them as the best stocking fillers ever. 

Travel Essentials Set - £29.00

For the Aesthetically Conscious Gentleman: 

There is always one person on my Christmas list every year which I always have trouble buying something for and it always happens to be a guy who is really picky about what he uses and the brands that he uses. Our Advanced Derma Care range is the perfect gift for any aesthetically conscious man. The Gentlemen’s Tonic Derma-Care range is the world’s first cosmeceutical skincare range designed exclusively for men and dedicated to the preservation and well-being of their skin. Any product from this range would be a great present but especially our Power packed Nourishing moisturiser or Hydro Fresh cream cleanser. These two products moisturise while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture levels. Making sure that every layer of the skin is taken care of. A big step up from any ‘normal’ grooming products which you can buy.

Power Packed Nourishing moisturiser 100ml - £89.00
Hydro Fresh Cream Cleanser 100ml - £39.00

Derma Care products for him

For that Special Someone:

For an extra special men’s grooming gift look no further then a gift voucher for a visit to any of our Gentlemen's Tonic sites worldwide. From a Traditional wet shave to a relaxing bespoke facial and massage this is bound to make anyone relax and feel special. If you want to go big then one of our designed packages with the perfect combination of Gentlemen's Tonic treatments is the perfect present. One for the heavy party goer is "The Hemingway" package perfect for the day after the nights before to get you refreshed, complete with a aromatherapy facial and massage topped off with a bloody mary. Our gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and can be used at all of our international locations. 

The Hemingway Package - £150.00

All Gentlemen's Tonic products and gift vouchers available on our online shop.

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