How I became a skincare Mer-Man

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08 Apr, 2021
Highsnobiety

THE PATH TOWARD YOUR INFINITY-STEP SKIN CARE ROUTINE

From the desk of Highsnobiety Editor-in-Chief Thom Bettridge, The Materialist is an editor’s letter in the form of a shopping spree. This week, Thom navigates the journey toward skin care enlightenment.
SHOP THOM’S FAVORITE PRODUCTS
The first step in my routine also happens to be the first product in my skincare awakening. For a long time, I actually didn’t wash my face with anything but water because the cleansers I tried dried me out. Gel cleansers, the most common type of cleanser, tend to do this to people with sensitive skin. But cream cleansers like this one tend not to. Learning this from the friendly dude at my local Aesop store was a eureka moment.
BUY AESOP’S CLEANSER
Whereas cream cleanser was level one, this enzyme cleanser is a product I got into via a face-to-face encounter with the final boss of skin care: Dr. Barbara Sturm herself. Sturm claims her enzyme cleanser is an intensely practical item that men should be using more often, and having used it for a year now, I agree. The exfoliator works by pouring a quarter-sized dab of its powder onto your palm, then adding water to turn it into foam that will remove dead skin cells from your face.
BUY DR. BARBARA STURM’S CLEANSER
I always had an aversion to Malin + Goetz, because it’s the kind of brand I’d see in an exposed brick bathroom belonging to some dude who reads Monocle. But when the designer, HBA co-founder, and actual final boss Raul Lopez told me it was actually a secret weapon, I got hooked. This detoxifying face mask is something I reserve for my level ten spa days. It goes on creamy like a lotion, but then begins to foam, pop, and tingle in a way where you can feel bad things getting sucked out of your face.
BUY MALIN + GOETZ’S FACE MASK
Enter the eye mask, a product that somehow manages to augment the f*ck-you bliss of wearing a sheet mask by virtue of simply being smaller. One of my favorite new past times is to answer Zoom calls with these on and wait to see how long it takes for someone to ask what’s stuck to my face.
BUY WANDER’S EYE MASKS

Lotion P50 is a product that is as legendary among skin care enthusiasts as it is controversial. If used incorrectly, it can leave your skin red and irritated. If harnessed properly, it can make you look like a marble statue.

P50’s original 1970 version features an ingredient called phenol, an antimicrobial agent that is outlawed in some countries and smells a bit like formaldehyde. This odor, combined with P50’s magical effect on one’s skin texture as a toner and exfoliant, begets a very American Psycho, dead-inside-and-out feeling when you use it. 

BUY LOTION P50
Hyaluronic acid is a product I began stealing from my partner, a skin care experimentalist and K-beauty early adopter. Its defining property is that it locks moisture into your skin and promotes a dewy, lush skin surface. There are lots of expensive hyaluronics out there, and while they might have benefits I believe but don’t understand, I enjoy this one because it’s relatively inexpensive and good for swathing a ton of it all over your face. Sometimes, while I’m putting it on, I say the lines from the famous Mer-man ad from Zoolander under my breath: “moisture is the essence of water, and water is the essence of moisture.”
BUY HADO LABO’S HYALURONIC ACID
Eye cream, according to the skin care wizards I speak to, is crucial to maintaining a stunning complexion. The skin under your eyes is highly sensitive, prone to puffiness, and easily inflamed when dry. However, I’ve always found the experience of applying eye cream unpleasant. Fitting one of my big dumb fingers into a tiny little pot of cream, dabbing it under my eye without putting on too much, and then managing to rub it in without blinding myself is a tight rope walk I’m just not into. So when Hawthorne founder Phil Wong sent me his Vitamin C- and caffeine-enriched eye cream that comes in a convenient little pump bottle, I was sold.
BUY HAWTHORNE’S EYE CREAM
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