All right now, let’s face the facts: the reason you’re not as handsome as you hope to be is not because of underwhelming genetics, or limiting beliefs you slapped onto yourself. It’s blatant laziness. Laziness to seek guidance, laziness to find the right facial grooming products, laziness to follow through on a daily ritual of handsomeness fine tuning.

This quintessential grooming guide will serve to skirt all of the three laziness hurdles, so you may start turning a trail of leery heads by next week.

If not the week after the next.

[WAKE UP]

Step 1: Cleanse

You use a body wash for your showers. So why shouldn’t you be using a cleanser for your face? Settling for a splash of cold water is a lazy, rookie, surface level move that condemns you to grooming mediocrity.

Step 2: Moisturise

Your morning cleanse strips your face of natural oils and leaves behind a parched sensation. Like a cracking desert floor. That’s why you need to replenish your skin’s moisture with a, well, moisturiser.

Step 3: Sunblock

You don’t want to look any older than you already are. Any form of exposure to the sun, be it beach day or a stroll to the bus stop, insidiously adds years and damage to your skin. Coat on your SPF daily.

Oh, how absent-minded of us. Let’s hit pause right there. Before you embark on those steps, do you even know what type of products you should be getting? Can you correctly identify your skin type?

 

Oily: Look out for ranges labelled ‘oil control’ – obviously.

Dry: You would’ve gotten the right product if it doesn’t flake on your skin (literally) or make you feel like your face is stretched taut and sucked dry. Your best friend: 2-in-1 cleansers with moisturising effect. Your worst enemy: Microbeads.

Sensitive: Stay far away from cleansers laden with the following ingredients: soap, fragrances and alcohol content.

Normal: Your maker has blessed you with no specific skin condition. Congrats. Go forth and experiment with what feels best for your mug – as long as it’s not just a splash of cold water, you ingrate.

[AFTERDARK]

Step 1: Cleanse

At this point, the rigours of the day have clogged your pores with a nasty build-up of facial dung. All the more you must repeat the cleansing ritual from earlier in the AM.

Step 2: Moisturise

Skin repair is most active while you’re asleep. You should be clamouring to lock in all the good stuff before you hit the sack.

Step 3: Overnight eye serum

This is the closest you’ll get to dipping your face into the fountain of everlasting youth. Dab it under the eyes and watch it smooth out lines, improve elasticity and bring back some semblance of sanity.

[GOOD TO KNOW]

DO: Exfoliate once or twice a week to get to the root of all the grime. Those facial foam with scrubbly microbeads? That’s an exfoliator.

DON’T: We don’t know what’s worse; washing your face with a soap bar, or dropping a soap bar.