Your Beauty Secrets is delighted to welcome it’s first gentleman to the series; the baby-faced Ercan Yerlikaya; 45 year old cafe owner and barista at Fee & Brown in Beckenham, Kent. This man has seriously good skin!

Ercan loves a good skincare product and isn’t afraid to reveal details about his diet, lifestyle and most importantly, skincare routine; including those products he simply can’t live without. And, in the name of ‘intelligent ageing’, he’ll also be offering his own musings on what we might all wish to consider doing, in order to ‘age intelligently’…

ERCAN, WHAT’S YOUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
ercan1Working in the environment that I do, my skin is exposed to dirt, grease and steam on a daily basis, so I like to wash my face up to 3 times a day with Bulldog Facewash. I exfoliate every evening with Clinique Charcoal Facewash. I have a different moisturiser Monday to Friday, where I use Bulldog Moisturiser; to the one I have Saturday to Sunday, where I use Kiehls Facial Fuel, alongside Elemis Pro-Collagen Cream – I like to treat myself to something a little more luxurious at the weekend 😉 Every night I like to massage my face with some Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate before I hit the sack.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED TO LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN?
I quit smoking 20 cigarettes a day when I was 20 years old and this was also the time when I started to look after my skin. Prior to that, I think I was just splashing water on my face and a bit of Brut 😉

WHAT PRODUCTS COULDN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
I love the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which my wife introduced me to – I find it really nourishing and luxurious and, it has a really nice lavender aroma, which is a great sleep aid.
Both the Elemis Pro-Collagen and Kiehls Facial Fuel are really hydrating, which is important after a hard day at the cafe, and the Facial Fuel smells really good too 🙂
I like to smell of something other than coffee sometimes, and there’s nothing better than a really good fragrance – my favourites are Tom Ford – Neroli Portofino and Black Orchid aftershave/underarm rollers/beard oil and, Byredo Oliver Peoples aftershave.

DO YOU HAVE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE?
I’m on my feet all day so I am exercising in a way 😉 , whilst I work but, when I can get away from the cafe and get out on the road early, I’m an occasional cyclist and, I’ve just started to take tennis lessons, which is really getting me running around :-0

DO YOU CONSIDER THAT YOU HAVE A WELL BALANCED DIET AND IF SO, WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE?
Yes. Very protein heavy with lots of chicken and steak and mountains of steamed veg!

DO YOU TAKE ANY SUPPLEMENTS AND IF SO, WHAT ARE THEY?
Zinc, Magnesium, Moxxor Omega-3 (made from New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel Oil) and Vitamin D.

TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR YOUTHFUL LOOKS?
Why thank you 😉 I’m Turkish by birth, so I suppose my heritage has been beneficial in that sense but, I also consider that I eat correctly. Considering my job can be pretty stressful at times, it’s a wonder I don’t look older than I do :-0

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ‘INTELLIGENT AGEING’?
Try to manage stress appropriately as it’s really ageing for both body and mind!
Embrace the ageing process and do it naturally – don’t inject botox or fillers etc, because it’s always very obvious and never very flattering :-0
Encourage yourself to be comfortable in your own skin (this comes with age I think) – everyone is beautiful…

Ercan, thanks for sharing ‘Your Beauty Secrets’ with Zodleblog… x

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