In the ten months that Shane Warne has been dating Elizabeth Hurley, there has been considerable speculation about whether he’s had work done on his face. You only have to look at ‘before and after’ pictures to see that it’s not just his wardrobe that has undergone a revamp. So was it a facelift, Botox, or a bit of collagen-plumping?
According to his future missus, it’s none of the above. In a recent interview, La Hurley revealed that he had taken to regularly using her Estée Lauder Resilience Lift products, including a £71 pot of moisturiser. The Resilience range contains a light-responsive enzyme and mineral and plant extracts that help support the skin’s natural collagen and elastin production.
Go Shane. As he is a red-blooded Aussie male (and I apologise if this is being generalist, sexist and racist), I bet pre-Liz he would rather have stuck pins in his eyes than embrace a skincare regime. A career spent on baking hot cricket grounds couldn’t have helped either. Yet here he is, living proof that ten months of pampering can turn back the clock and give him a face that doesn’t look like a crumpled brown paper bag.
Our Shane is no different from most middle-aged males. While teenage boys and 20-something lads are well versed in the art of grooming, those of you who grew up in the Sixties and Seventies probably thought skincare was for girls and nancy boys – even if you were a nancy boy – and a good slosh of Paco Rabanne was all you needed.
Now, after decades of insufficient sun protection, lack of moisturising, vitamin and mineral deficiencies – and possibly a smoking habit – your skin might not look as young as you feel. But, like Shane, you can rewind the years.
The male epidermis is thicker, tends to be oilier and has larger pores. Years of shaving will have toughened your skin as well, so it’s time to give it some love.
My mantra for healthy living, and that includes a healthy complexion is: drink plenty of water, eat foods that are rich in vital minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids, and take regular exercise.
You need to introduce a cleansing and moisturising regime into your timetable. Tough, I know, in the mornings when a shave is about all you can manage, never mind adding a second skincare session at night. But look what it’s done for Shane.
A word of warning, though: you can do more harm than good if you use more of the product than the directions on the packaging state. A too-liberal application can lead to clogged pores and a blotchy complexion.
Skincare products have come a long way in the past decade and there is a lot of science behind their composition. You’ll have heard the following terms bandied about in advertisements for women’s cosmetics, but here’s a brief Skincare 101 to bring you up to speed with the most common ingredients.
Peptides These are chains of amino acids that perform a signalling function in cells’ molecules, programming them to renew and heal. For instance, argireline (also know as Matrixyl) softens crow’s feet by slowing the contraction of tiny muscles around your eyes.
Retinol This is a form of Vitamin A and is contained in many over-the-counter products. It increases cell turnover in the top layers of the epidermis, improves skin tone and decreases wrinkles.
Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) These compounds peel away the top layers of skin to erase fine lines.
Oestrogen This is a hormone that helps to maintain skin firmness and decreases pore size and depth.
Anti-oxidants These fight the cell damage caused by free radicals, which are produced when your skin is exposed to sunlight and pollution and contribute to the ageing process. They can help make skin firmer and more radiant.
I recommend searching out products that include sun protection factor (SPFs). As Shane might say when stuffing his box down his trews: protect your assets!
Anthony Logistics Glycolic Facial Cleanser 237 ml, £21
This vitamin-rich cleanser contains glycolic acid, to help prevent ingrowing hairs and razor burns. The gel cleanses and buffs away surface cells, moisturising and smoothing the skin in preparation for shaving.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner 250ml, £16.50
This is an alcohol-free formula to reduce excess oil on the skin’s surface, at the same time as helping it retain moisture efficiently. The gentle toner removes any remaining dirt and oil without stripping the skin.
Living Nature For Men Eye Gel 10ml, £18.40
This range, from New Zealand, is rich in antioxidants to plump out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as contracting fine pores around the eyes for a fresher, brighter look. It helps to reduce puffiness first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
Elemis Time Defence Wrinkle Delay 50ml, £51.10
An anti-ageing moisturiser designed specifically to reduce wrinkles on men. It contains bamboo, zinc crystal, pomegranate and hydroxyproline to hydrate and smoothe the skin.
Lab Series Max LS Overnight Renewal Serum 30ml, £41
The Molecular Age-Less Complex triggers a time-released multi-level renewal process while you sleep, helping skin increase its natural rate of cell turnover. As well as moisturising and hydrating, a blend of powerful antioxidants help ward off future damage. Consumer testing showed that 90 per cent of those canvassed say they had smoother skin after a week.
Ahava Protective Moisturizing Fluid SPF15 50ml, £23
If you want to add in sun protection to your moisturizer, this Dead Sea mineral-powered skincare range is formulated to detoxify, nourish and revitalise, leaving skin healthy, smooth and vibrant. It’s an ultra-light moisturising fluid that gives all-day hydration and sun protection.
Estée Lauder Resilience Lift 75ml, £71
This cream contains an exclusive Photo-Activated Lift Complex to infuse skin with rich and lasting moisture, to firm and tighten the skin. Its makers say you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalised look. No wonder Shane (allegedly) loves it.