Jet-setting and our skin have a very inversely proportionate relationship. And as we all know, age spares no one just like the cold, dehydrating plane air. So to help you all men (and even women) better their skincare game, we asked Edward Lalrempuia, Fashion Director of Harper’s Bazaar India, to give us a peek into his skincare routine and share some travel skincare secrets after all we believe that he has an amazingly radiant skin.
Team Runway Square: What is your everyday skincare routine like?
Edward: My daily skin care routine is a bit hectic actually and goes beyond the face-wash/toner/moisturizer. I do it in the morning before stepping out and at night before I go to bed except those very rare days where I couldn’t be bothered. So after a cleansed and toned face, I use the following products in the order below: Shiseido Revitalizing Essence, Vitamin C serum from Drunk Elephant, Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair, Dior Capture Youth Redness Soother, The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ serum, Chanel Blue Serum, Clinique Dramatically Different moisturizing gel and of course Bioré’s Sunscreen. At night I replace Vitamin C with Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum and add The Inkey List Retinol Serum as well. Most importantly though, I never step out without a huge dollop of sun screen on my face.
Team Runway Square: Tell us about the three products that are your utmost essentials.
Edward: It would be impossible to use just three products but if I had to chose, I love Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum,Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream and Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen.
Team Runway Square: Which is the one cult skincare product totally worth its hype? And the one which isn’t?
Edward: I don’t blindly follow cult beauty products rather what works for my skin but I do swear on Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum, I use it morning and night. I have also realized that the most under eye creams don’t work and good sleep is the best remedy. I’m sceptical about these Jade rollers; don’t think it has really worked on my skin.
Team Runway Square: You tend to travel a lot. So, what are the must-have skincare & haircare products in your travel bag?
Edward: I have a small kit that I always carry with me on long haul flights which has:
A) A really good hydrating sheet mask, Forest Essentials has a good one.
B) A lip balm from Elizabeth Arden
C) A travel size face wash, I use Clinique
D) A jet lag mask from Summer Fridays
E) An eye drop in case your eyes get dry
F) Body moisturizer from Avène
And I don’t have such long hair so I don’t actually do anything extra for my hair. But I do use argan oil sometimes. Otherwise, the best advice for long haul flights would be to try and avoid coffee and alcohol and drink lots of water and if possible, sleep.
Team Runway Square: Is there any treatment that you find works wonderfully for your skin before or after a trip?
Edward: Before most trips, I go to my dermatologist at Delhi Skin Centre for a radio frequency skin tightening which works wonderfully; I haven’t used any Botox or fillers yet, so this is a great alternative. I also love Oxy-Facial for glowing skin. I do want to say that these are not permanent solutions so you have to keep doing it to maintain your skin.
Team Runway Square: Have you explored skincare brands during your travels? Anything interesting you picked up or tried?
Edward: So Drunk Elephant was a product I discovered in New York, recommended by my beauty expert friend Vasudha Rai. It’s been 4 years now and I still use many of their products. The Ordinary, Dr. Jarts and Fresh have also been my discoveries while travelling but my obsession is sheet masks. I buy them from everywhere I travel to. Love it! But again they don’t last long; it’s just a quick fix.
Team Runway Square: Lastly, what is the skincare advice you’d like to give to fellow men?
Edward: I would say don’t be ashamed of taking care of your skin. There are no separate men’s and women’s beauty products. So, be adventurous and try out different products. It’s advisable to have a dermatologist though before going all out. I would also like to mention that most of the products I use are available at www.cultbeauty.com or www.beautybay.com. And be prepared to shell out extra for custom duties but it’s worth it!
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