Makeup artist and skincare expert Andrew Sotomayor has worked with some of Hollywood’s most famous women and men. But when it comes to grooming, he turns to RuPaul’s mantra for inspiration: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
Below, he shares some tips and products to help you love your skin this summer.
All skin benefits from using moisturizer, and skipping it can actually make your skin more greasy. If your skin gets dehydrated, it often starts producing excess oil. Using a lightweight moisturizer can brings things back into balance.
One the best on the market is Oil-Absorbing Lotion from La Mer. It absorbs instantly, and eliminates excess shine, which is great on humid days. One or two pumps is enough for the face. Apply right after the shower, or after putting on sunscreen (see below).
You don’t just want your skin to look good—it should smell good too. Every guy should switch up fragrance seasonally. Think of richer, spicier scents as being great to warm you up in the winter. For the summer, opt for brighter, crisper, cooler scents. You can even put the bottle in the fridge for a chilled burst of fragrance in the morning.
I’m obsessed with the new Cedrat fragrance from L’Occitane. It reminds me of the type of fragrances I wore back in the 90’s, but the citrus essence gives it an update. It’s kind of sporty, and honestly, it’s the kind of scent that makes your boyfriend linger just a little longer at your neck.
3. Sun Protection
Skin cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer—and anyone can get it. I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, and I don’t easily get sun spots or moles, but I recently got test results from the dermatologist revealing that I’m at higher risk. (He recommend I now get a full screening every six months.)
Wearing sunscreen is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin healthy and young-looking. I’m a huge fan of Soleil Toujour’s daily SPF 45 sunscreen because it feels weightless, doesn’t turn your skin white, and the non-toxic formula won’t irritate your skin—even if you’ve just shaved.
Use a drop about the size of a nickel, and being sure to apply it to your ears, the back of your neck and, if you happen to be bald, your scalp.
On a trip to Savannah, I discovered Prospector Co., an independent boutique that’s home to some awesome men’s grooming products, including shaving soap, beard oil and aftershave.
I started using their Forest Herb Scent Deodorant Spray, and I just ordered my third bottle. Instead of the highly toxic chemicals found in most antiperspirants or the cheap fragrances in deodorants it contains a refreshing blend of witch hazel, aloe, cedar, vetiver, and sweet orange oil.
It works great and, best of all, it’s safe for sensitive skin.
I’m totally into #lumbersexuals, but a smooth shave is always a classic. Men’s skin is more sensitive, so if you shave daily, consider a little extra care: Once or twice a week, try using the Organic Universal Mask from Dr. Alkaitis, which is entirely natural and made from 39 types of vegetables.
Mix about a spoonful of the powdered mask in your hand with a bit of water to make a paste. Apply it wherever you shave to calm the redness and help prevent ingrown hairs.
Let it sit while you brush your teeth or style your hair. It’s also great to use all over if you tend to get clogged pores. The mask works only while it’s wet, so to keep it on longer, apply it to your face, and let it steam while you’re in the shower.