How to get clear skin: a guide for men

Having fresh, radiant and clear skin is a real confidence booster. Luckily, it's easy to achieve. While pollution from big-city commutes can clog pores and your morning shave can leave your visage feeling dry and irritated, using the right products is your skin’s best defence. As men's skin is 10-25% thicker than women's, and tends to be more oily, it's well worth investing in products designed especially for your unique needs. Our cade range does just that. Infused with prickly juniper essential oil, sourced from the lush Ardèche forest in Provence, it reduces oil, soothes skin and acts as an antioxidant to combat the effects of pollution. With our tips and recommended products, you'll be looking your handsome best in no time.

Why men need special product to treat their skin?

What’s the difference between men and women, skin-wise?

First off, the thickness. Men’s skin is about 10 percent thicker than women’s with more collagen. That means that men see visible signs of aging later than women.

But once the first signs show up, it gets worse faster and wrinkles are deeper. The top-most layer of a man’s skin is thinner than a woman’s – which means it’s more sensitive to external aggression. Men produce twice as much sebum as women – which means their skin is oilier and more prone to acne. And then, of course, there’s the issue of facial hair.

Step 1: Prepare your skin

The first step is to cleanse and exfoliate your skin. This is essential to keep it looking fresh and – most importantly – ready to absorb all the benefits of your new skincare routine.

Our Cade Daily Exfoliating Cleanser contains chestnut and almond shell particles to scrub away dead skin cells and leave your face looking radiant. As it's enriched with a blend of cade and rosemary essential oils, it helps to purify the skin and neutralise shine. Suitable for all skin types, and gentle enough to use every day, it's the perfect way to freshen up in the morning.

Step 2: Protect and moisturise

Moisturising helps to reduce tightness and dryness, leaving your skin feeling nourished and refreshed. The type of moisturiser for men that you choose will depend on your skin type:
  • If you have normal to oily skin, try our Cade Energising Face Fluid. Light and easily absorbed, it quickly sinks in so there's no residue – just a fresh masculine scent over a base of cedar wood.
  • If you have mature or dry skin, try Cade Complete Care Moisturiser. This 5-in-1 wonder product adds comfort and softness to skin, while helping to firm it up to combat the signs of aging. Silky smooth and easily absorbed, it leaves a subtle fragrance on skin.

Step 3a: The perfect shave

Done properly, shaving is more than a daily routine – it's a ritual. There's nothing like the feeling of a close shave, which is why our cade shaving creams, soaps, balms and gels are designed to help the razor glide smoothly across hair.

You can choose the right texture to suit your skin and lifestyle, we have a guide to help you choose the best shaving product for you. But if you are looking to perfect your shaving routine we give you all our tips here

Arguably the best thing about our cade products is their eco-friendly credentials. The essential oil is a by-product of bush clearing in the Ardèche Forest, and we strive to use ingredients that are gentle on skin and the environment.

Step 3b: Pamper your beard

If you'd rather forego a clean shave for a lush beard, reach for our Cade Beard Oil to treat your facial hair. As well as softening and conditioning the beard, making it easier to trim and style, it also seeps down into the skin underneath to leave it feeling soothed.

Its unique fragrance is spiced with cinnamon, sweet dried fruits and rich sandalwood to leave your beard smelling as good as it looks.

If you are wondering if your beard could benefitiate from using a beard oil, we tell you eveyrthing there is to know about this product here.

Step 4: Use multi-grooming balm

Clutter-free bathrooms are a thing of beauty, which is where our Cade Multi-Grooming Balm comes in. It's also ideal for throwing in your toiletry bag is you're a frequent flyer.

Its first use is as a shaving balm for a close, smooth shave. With its innovative transparent formula, you can see exactly what you're doing – ideal for carefully grooming the contours along your neck and cheekbones.
Super soothing, it also works as an after-shave balm to gently moisturise the skin.

Bonus step: Apply a face-mask for a deep clean

There's nothing quite so relaxing as putting on a face mask, pouring a glass of something nice and settling in front of the TV. Our very first face mask for men has been specially designed for male skin.

It contains natural ingredients like charcoal powder to purify pores, shea butter to moisturise skin and a botanical complex of our cade wood and rosemary essential oil. It leaves skin clean, soothed and shine-free.
Best of all, it only takes five minutes to work its magic.

Top tip: save water by applying it before your morning shower.
Et voilà! It only takes a few small changes to make a big difference. By following a routine and introducing skin-friendly ingredients like cade oil, you can keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated.

Once a favourite among Provençal shepherds who needed to protect their skin from the winds, cade oil continues to serve our unique skincare needs. We’ve harnessed its power to produce ethically sourced, biodegradable products that are kind on skin.

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