Archive for the ‘Beauty Products For Men ’ Category

Top reasons for men to exfoliate

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Top reasons for men to exfoliateMen are typically accustomed to a skincare routine of their own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t borrow a few pointers from their female friends every now and then. Though guys usually stick to a simple face cleanser and aftershave, there are many added benefits to using an exfoliator.

Exfoliating can help remove dead cells to create a healthier, brighter complexion as well as even out the skin’s surface. Not only are they great for cleaning the pores, but they can make the skin much more supple in the process.

For men, these products have the added benefit of promoting cell renewal and buffing the epidermis, which is subject to irritation and uneven texture after shaving.

Many exfoliating products, such as Baxter of California Facial Scrub, contain moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and honey to give guys some much-needed hydration.

Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub is designed to prep skin for shaving by smoothing its surface. Regular usage also helps combat in-grown hairs and follicles.

Groom your man: Valentine’s gifts he’s sure to love

       
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Groom your man: Valentine's gifts he's sure to loveIt's not Father's Day, so why are you still holding that tie? Get your man something he'll really love this Valentine's Day with some thoughtfully selected grooming products.

Exfoliating may not even be a part of his vocabulary, but he'll soon be swearing by the word when he uses Baxter of California's Facial Scrub and comes out feeling like an entirely new person. The formula promotes cell-renewal and contains walnut shell powder to gently remove dead skin and impurities.

If you think he'll enjoy sticking with what he knows, keep in mind that no man doesn't love a good shave. Get him a fancy designer after-shave such as the Giorgio Armani Armani For Men After Shave Lotion. The exotic blend contains tangerine, green lemon and bergamot with woodsy, spicy notes of sandalwood, cedar and oak moss.

Think he's better off just having it all? Gift sets provide a hearty collection of products and they're often less expensive for the value they offer. The Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Worldly Pleasures Collection comes in a neat little package that features a vintage map design and boasts cologne, conditioning shampoo, talc and woodgrain bath soap.

Glee star talks about his off-camera style

       
Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Glee star talks about his off-camera styleFew shows on television right now are hotter than Glee. The musical comedy won three Golden Globe awards earlier this month and has attracted a slew of famous guest stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Neil Patrick Harris and John Stamos.

Recently, the show welcomed a new cast member, Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, an openly gay student at a rival high school. Given Glee's immense success, it's not surprising that Criss is starting to get noticed on the street.

However, Criss may not get recognized as often as one may think, and it's partly due to his beauty routine.

"[On the street] I look very different from my character – he has slicked-back hair, while I have really curly hair," Criss told Interview magazine. "And I never shave. I'm kind of a bum."

Whether a guy wants to play up his natural curls or prefers smoother strands, Jack Black offers a number of products perfect for maintaining any 'do. Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream helps control unruly locks, while the brand's High Definition Hair Pomade provides separation and texture.

Pete Wentz sports natural curls

       
Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Pete Wentz sports natural curlsWhile beauty blogs are often abuzz due to Ashley Simpson's ever-changing hairstyles – she recently hacked off her long, auburn-colored locks for a blonde, gamine cut – it seems that her husband has stolen her tress-centered spotlight. Pete Wentz recently made headlines when he stepped out sporting a natural, relatively un-styled 'do.

Wentz is known for his stick-straight strands, but attended a press event in Detroit rocking curls. This may be surprising to many people who thought his hair was naturally straight.

"Here's the thing about hair – I think most people think that I have Lego hair, like I can just take it on and off in one piece, and that's not quite the case – although pretty close," he told People magazine in 2008. "I refer to this [phenomenon] as Lego hair, when people think that about me."

Of course, men who want to style their hair can opt for formulas specifically designed for their locks. Jack Black offers a plethora of products, such as Sleek Finish Texture Cream and High Definition Hair Pomade, that are lightweight and fragrance-free, so men won't look (or smell) like they spent hours on their hair – even if they did!

Shave kits and fragrance sets – a great gift for him

       
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Shave kits and fragrance sets - a great gift for himShopping for a new beau can be tricky – you haven't been together long enough to give an overly intimate gift, but you want the present to express how much you care about him. Instead of picking up a sweater (too impersonal) or a fancy gold watch (too expensive for the beginning of a relationship!), opt for a gift set filled with products he'll appreciate and enjoy.

If your man hates his 5 o'clock shadow, a shave kit is a great idea. He'll get a closer shave and his face will always be kissably smooth. The eShave Ultimate Shaving Set includes fantastic products – pre-shave oil, shaving cream and aftershave – as well as the right tools, such as a 3-blade razor and a shaving brush.

For a present that's a bit more intimate, why not give your guy a fragrance set? A collection of deliciously scented items is sure to be a hit. Most sets include a few different products like cologne, body wash and aftershave, that boast a single scent, such as the Calvin Klein Eternity For Men Gift Set. But there are also collections ideal for men with varied tastes.

The Giorgio Armani Your Scent Your Style Gift Set contains three of the brand's most popular fragrances, giving guys different scents to wear depending on their preference.

Bad habits to break for great looking skin

       
Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Bad habits to break for great looking skinEven with the best cosmetics and the greatest makeup techniques, it can be hard to achieve a fantastic appearance without a flawless complexion. However, many women may be unaware of several bad habits that are keeping their skin from looking positively perfect.

While women may spend more time in the sun in the summertime, gals should still protect their skin from the dangers of UV rays in the colder months as well. Too much sun exposure may lead to premature wrinkles and dark spots. Allure magazine suggests wearing a sunscreen that contains a minimum of SPF 30, and applying a tablespoon to your face, reapplying every two hours if you are outside for an extended period of time.

Ladies can use a broad spectrum sunscreen, such as B. Kamins Chemist Sunbar Sunscreen SPF 30, to guard their skin against the harmful rays of the sun. June Jacobs Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, a facial moisturizer that also contains SPF, is great for women who don’t want to sacrifice hydration for sun protection.

Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution, told the publication that one of the most common skincare mistakes that gals make is using the wrong product for their skin type. However, she shared some insight as to which products ladies should use.

Women with dry skin should opt for a non-soap cleanser that won’t eliminate protective oils, like Dr. Michelle Copeland Daily Cleanser, and then apply a moisturizer that contains trehalose, like Priori Idebenone Moisturizing Facial Cream, to prevent tightness.

If you have oily skin, however, Baumann recommends using a cleanser with salicylic acid, an oil-free moisturizer, and a mattifying toner to reduce shine. Peter Thomas Roth offers a range of products perfect for an oily complexion, such as Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream With SPF30 and Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel.

It may be harder to select products for combination skin, but Baumann suggests using a foaming cleanser for oily skin, applying a lightweight moisturizer and then dabbing a heavier cream on dry spots. Gals with sensitive complexions should stick to fragrance-free formulas, which are less likely to irritate skin, and use milky cleansers that boast high hydration.

When washing your face or applying moisturizer, however, don’t forget to use the products on your neck and chest as well. These areas are exposed nearly as much as your face but boast more delicate skin that needs protection as well.

While premium products can help your complexion look its best, your lifestyle choices will also impact the clarity and texture of your skin. Don’t let bad habits prevent you from achieving a flawless face.

Smoking, drinking too much and constant cellphone use can all negatively affect your complexion. According to Allure, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that every decade of smoking can make women look an additional 2.5 years older.

While many women may have already been aware of the havoc cigarettes can wreak on skin, alcohol may also cause complexion problems. Dermatologist Fredric Brandt told the news source that alcohol increases the level inflammatory agents in the bloodstream, “which can hasten skin sagging over time.”

And, while many gals may not be able to imagine a world where they don’t talk constantly on their cellphones, resting the handset against your face can cause friction, occlusion and heat, which dermatologist Katie Rodan claims can cause breakouts. Instead of cutting off communication, however, women who want a great complexion can consider investing in a wireless headset – you’ll be able to chat without worrying about blemishes.

Beauty tips for the groom before the big day

       
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Beauty tips for the groom before the big dayWhile brides often spend weeks beautifying themselves for their wedding, spending hours at the spa and salon, grooms usually do little more than shower and shave before standing at the altar. However, there are a few easy at-home treatments that can help men look their best before the big day.

"If he's a fan of coffee or red wine…you might want to buy him some whitening strips," suggests an analyst at Glamour.com. "Even slightly discolored chompers will look yellowish in pictures if a giant white dress is taking up most of the frame." GoSMILE Smile Whitening System is a quick and easy way to erase stains from enamel.

Additionally, make sure that your man's nails are groomed to perfection. After all, people are sure to be shaking his hand all night and checking out his new wedding ring – and the photographer will most likely want to get a closeup of the bling!

Skip the nail polish and opt for a nail treatment, such as Nailtini Club Soda Fizz Nail Whitening Soak, which will help remove stains from nails. Apply a moisturizing hand cream and trim overgrown cuticles and he'll be ready to take your hand and walk you down the aisle.

Was Justin Bieber wearing makeup?

       
Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Was Justin Bieber wearing makeup?Recently, the beauty world has been buzzing about the cover of a Brazilian teen magazine, specifically whether or not the young pop star pictured was wearing makeup. While debates about cosmetics and photoshop are nothing new, what is surprising about this hoopla is the singer at the center of the debate – Justin Bieber.

According to StyleList.com, many analysts believe that Bieber is wearing eyeshadow, liner and blush in the cover shot. While the magazine, Star Todateen, claims that Bieber's picture wasn't altered, they didn't specifically comment on whether the Baby singer was wearing makeup.

Whether or not Bieber was wearing mascara or not, sometimes a bit of makeup can do wonders for a person of any gender. After all, when a blemish pops up before a big event, who would blame a guy for applying a bit of concealer before heading out the door?

And of course, there are a plethora of male celebrities, from Adam Lambert to Pete Wentz, who famously don cosmetics in every day life. Cosmetics can quickly and easily hide flaws and enhance features, making them a great idea for women and men alike.

Change up your skincare routine for winter

       
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Change up your skincare routine for winterWith the hot days of summer far behind, people across the country are beginning to watch the leaves change color as the air turns cooler. And, in the not too distant future, temperatures will drop even further and snowflakes will begin to fall.

While many women prepare themselves for the impending seasonal change with a new wardrobe filled with sweaters, jackets and scarves, few may realize that they should be updating their skincare routine as well. However, it can be difficult to figure out which products should be switched and why.

The best place to start is at the very beginning of your beauty routine – the shower. While a long, hot shower may seem especially novel on a cold winter day, the hot water could be doing damage to your skin. In fact, according to Allure magazine, after 15 minutes the heated H20 begins to breakdown your skin’s lipid layer that holds in moisture. Instead, take a warm shower – it will be just as soothing but won’t compromise your skin.

“In the winter, when there isn’t as much moisture in the air, absolutely everyone needs a nonfoaming cleanser,” dermatologist Leslie Baumann told the news source, which recommends Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream for dry skin.

A good facial moisturizer is imperative because the dry winter air and chapping wind can wreak havoc on your skin. However, you should look for more than just a moisture-rich formula. While many women are aware of the importance of sun protection in the summertime, few may realize that they should don SPF in the winter as well.

“The sun’s rays still exist in winter – your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time,” dermatologist Ariel Ostad told the publication. “Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week – such as walking to work or taking a lunch break – over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun.” Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 provides great hydration and sun protection.

While it’s likely you will often be wearing gloves, thick socks and boots, you shouldn’t forget to take care of your hands and feet as well. With cold and flu season, there’s a good chance you will be washing your hands often and using antibacterial products, which are known to be drying. To combat cracked cuticles and peeling palms, carry a small tube of hand cream at all times, such as L’Occitane Mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, which contains 20 percent shea butter.

To keep the skin on your feet from becoming dry and rough, Allure recommends following a specific routine once a week. “Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file such as Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment [like Babor Spa Mediterranee Feet Smoothing Balm] then wear cotton socks while you sleep.”

Finally, don’t forget to guard your lips from the harsh winter weather as well. Whether you are skiing down a mountain or simply walking to work, a chapped pout is almost a guarantee in the colder months without proper protection. According to the magazine, you should look for a lip balm that is viscous, not waxy, so that the formula can penetrate cracked skin. Additionally, you should avoid balms that are heavily scented, as they may be more likely to irritate skin.

B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20 is a hydrating treatment that softens and protects lips from sun, wind and cold. It can be worn alone, underneath lipstick and even applied over lip color throughout the day to keep your pout protected.

Tips to keep a November beard looking great

       
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Tips to keep a November beard looking greatOctober is almost over and for many men across the country, that means one thing – the beginning of Novembeard. For those unfamiliar with the month-long tradition, it is merely a designated period when men agree not to shave for 30 days.

However, since Thanksgiving, a time when many guys travel home to see loved ones, falls toward the end of the month, those participating in the beard-growing challenge may look especially scruffy

Instead of preparing for questions from distant relatives about your appearance – or worse, forgoing Novembeard – men can use a few products to help maintain their facial hair.

While shaving or trimming of any kind is frowned upon, men can keep their faces looking great by using a shampoo, like L’Occitane Cade Shower Gel for Body and Hair, to clean their beards as often as they wash the hair on their heads. Anthony Logistics Every Day Conditioner is formulated to moisturize and protect skin, and soften facial hair.

Additionally, men should use a moisturizer, such as Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, to make sure the skin underneath the beard is well-conditioned, to reduce the itchiness that scruff can lead to.