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Top 5 Art Of Shaving Men’s Gift Ideas

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During the holiday season we get a lot of inquiries about gifts for men. I’ve found that the Art of Shaving  has wonderful gifts that any man would be delighted to receive.

The Art Of Shaving Ingrown Hair Kit is excellent for that man that struggles with ingrown facial hair, razor bumps, or who has a that extra thick hair that can be a challenge to get clean. This set is perfect for gifting and it includes an educational DVD that features information on getting the optimal shave results and the causes, prevention and relief of ingrown hairs.

The next four gifts are the Art Of Shaving perfect shave kits in various scents. These sell out very quickly during the holiday season so I would recommend purchasing your gifts very soon.

The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit Unscented contains pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after shave balm and the badger shaving brush. Because there is no scent, this can be a great gift for even the most picky man on your gift list.

The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit Sandalwood contains the same as the unscented (pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after shave balm and the badger shaving brush). The scent in this kit is my absolute favorite and it is really popular with many women (and men) because it has a woodsy smell that is fresh and masculine. The scent is Aromatherapy-based 100% pure essential oil. If you are on the fence, read the product reviews.

The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit Lavender contains the pre-shave oil, shaving cream, after shave balm, and the badger shaving brush and uses the 100% essential oil, lavender. For those of you who know lavender, the smell isn’t really a masculine scent but it’s also not a feminine either. It’s really a neutral, clean smalling scent.

The Art Of Shaving Full Size Kit Lemon contains the same items as the other shaving kits, but it smells like lemons. Some like the fresh scent of lemon on seasonal basis and the more traditional scents for year round or on special occasions.

Don’t forget, at we have a large selection of men’s products to choose from. Stop by when you get a chance and you can pick up the perfect gift for both you and the man on your holiday shopping list!

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Anthony Logistics For Men

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Every man needs great skin care products to maintain that handsome well groomed appearance. For most men great grooming products start with shaving. Anthony Logistics offers excellent products for men starting with their Glycolic Facial Cleanser, which is designed to deep clean your pores, remove dirt and oil and prepare your skin for shaving. The Pre Shave Oil contains olive oil, eucalyptus extract, and peppermint to lubricate and assist in stimulating in the lifting of facial hair. The Shave Cream is beyond wonderful when it comes to having something that provides a smooth surface for your razor to glide on while protecting your skin and does NOT need water to lather up! For those with more sensitive skin Anthony Logistics offers  Razor Burn Repair.

Anthony Logistics For Men carries an entire line of simple, quick and easy to use shaving and skin care products for men of all ages and skin types. The best thing is with the purchase of any Anthony Logistics For Men product a percentage of the proceeds is donated to non-profit organizations that benefit Prostate Cancer research.

Do you have a favorite men’s product? Share with us in the comments below.

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Anthony Inside Supplements

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Anthony Inside Supplements by Anthony Logistics for Men has a great new variety of supplements for men to promote and support hair health and  hair growth, detoxification, healthy skin, healthy libido, appetite control, prostate health, energy, and cardiovascular health. These products are hypoallergenic, vegan and free of gluten, bovine, citrus, corn, rice, yeast, sodium, sugars, starches, synthetic dyes, artificial flavorings and preservatives.

Finally a variety of products that address the unique health and wellness concerns that men have! Be the first to try these exciting new products and share your comments with us!

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Men’s Skin Care Favorites

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Men are getting savvier with their skin care. That means they’re paying attention to what they’re using on their skin… no more bar soap! Here are some suggestions on my personal favorite picks of skin care products to address men’s unique skin care and grooming needs!

  1. ZIRH Clean– I can’t rave enough about this product.  Less than a quarter size in the palm of my hand works to a thick rich lather, providing a deep tingling facial cleansing without over drying my skin!
  2. SkinCeuticals Revitalizing Toner– Excellent to mist on your face and neck after cleansing to help balance your skin’s PH level without any alcohol to cause burning.
  3. The Art of Shaving Cream Sandalwood– This luxurious shaving cream has the rich thick consistency of a whipped balm and provides superior protection against irritation and razor burn.
  4. The Art of Shaving After Shave Balm– Soft smooth after shave balm that nourishes the skin with grape seed, shea extracts and Vitamin C.  This product has a very mild fragrance and absorb quickly into your freshly shaven smooth skin!
  5. 5. Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Super Crème–  An excellent anti aging moisturizer with SPF 15 helps to brighten, lighten and tighten your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Assists in firming your skin and promoting an overall healthy glow!
  6. Jack Black Dragon Ice Relief and Recovery Balm– After a hard day’s work relax and relieve your muscle pain and joint inflammation with this rich balm containing 2.2% menthol as the active ingredient.

What are your favorite men’s skin care products? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page!

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Best Foot Forward – Men’s Pedicures

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When I began researching to write this article I searched online for references of men getting pedicures. The first site talked about pedicures being more masculine than most people think; ironically the website was adorned with dainty little sunflowers and a picture of women’s painted toe nails!  There were several other sites in various different glamour and beauty websites talking about how men are slowly beginning to take better care of their feet.  There were also numerous articles in women’s magazines giving pointers on how to give their man a pedicure at home.  However there was not much from a man’s perspective for men. 

Being a licensed manicurist and esthetician I wanted to give guys out there a heads up on what to look for in choosing who does your pedicure, and what products we have in case you want to do a pedicure at home.  Many times women have much more experience getting these services, so guys may be at a loss of knowing what to look for and what to do.

So here are my tips and suggestions on a getting a pedicure at a salon or spa:

  • Make sure the business is licensed appropriately; make sure the person who does your service is licensed appropriately and displays their license.
  • Make sure the nail files and foot files are disposable and new.  Be wary of metallic grating tools used to file callused skin off your heels!
  • Make sure all the metal tools (implements) have been freshly sanitized in the blue solution and stored in a clean dry place later.
  • Make sure your salon/spa has a cleaning journal showing when the last time your foot spa (especially ones with jets) has been cleaned and sanitized.  It should be after EVERY use.  Old water should be drained, debris filters cleaned, the tub rinsed, scrubbed down and rinsed again, refilled and a hospital grade disinfectant added, jets turned on to circulate the cleaner in the system, cleaner sits for 10-20 minutes, drained and dried. THEN it is ready for the next customer!


If you want to do a home treatment here are some suggestions:

Soak your feet in hot water in a foot tub or home foot spa.  Essential oils such as lavender can relax, and eucalyptus or mint can stimulate.  I would suggest trying Kerstin Florian Krauter Fub Salt.

After soaking your feet for 10 minutes or so you can use a foot file to file off the  rough areas of skin on your feet.  I would suggest trying Tweezerman Pedicure Ceramic File.

Next trim and shape your nails using nail clippers and a nail file.  Toe nails are best trimmed square with a rounded or softened corner.  Use a 3 way nail buffer to smooth out any nail ridges, even out the surface, and buff to shine (if you want.) Tweezerman Men’s Deluxe Grooming Kit is a great kit.

When you’re all done with the soaking, filing and trimming and have dried off your feet, use a foot cream or body butter to moisturize.  Massage it into all areas of your feet.  Put a little extra on and slip some socks on while the product absorbs!  I suggest L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream.

Don’t be afraid to take a little time out to take care of your feet.  A good trimming of the nails can make your shoes more comfortable and a great foot massage can alleviate a lot of built up tension, stress and pain.  The result will be feet that feel better in your shoes or boots, and look better in those summer sandals! Which ever you decide, salon, day spa or at home, be sure to put your best foot forward!

How to Get Amazing Abs

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Keeping that manly sex appeal with washboard abs can make all the difference in our love lives! Recent images of Taylor Lautner and Bradley Cooper remind us daily of what we all desire to have, and work to achieve.


Some of us need to hit the gym and lose 10 or 15 pounds in order to reveal those abdominal muscles we’ve been working to tone. But what happens if we have a few stretch marks around our belly and love handles? Nothing can be more frustrating than to lose a few pounds through diet and exercise only to have stretch marks from previous pounds tarnish your new look!


Despite all the infomercials on diet and exercise, there are no miracle machines or miracle diets that target weight loss only in your gut and love handles. Adhering to a balanced healthy intake of food and regular cardiovascular exercise can help in reducing your body fat content. A regular regimen of abdominal and oblique exercises (with or without weights, machines, gadgets & gizmos) will help you build, tighten and tone muscles. As always, before starting any new food or exercise plan see your doctor for advice.


Once you’re close to achieving those results you can use these products to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks (and not just on your belly and love handles!)


Belli Stretchmark Minimizing Cream is a healing skin reparative treatment specifically formulated to decrease the appearance of existing stretchmarks. Features darutoside and registril – ingredients shown in independent clinical trials to be effective on stretchmarks of any age or from any cause.


Hydroxatone Celtrixa Stretch Mark Lotion is another great choice. By infusing skin firming peptides, in association with soothing and anti-inflammatory agents, skin becomes thicker and more uniform.


Here’s a product review for the renowned StriVectin SD: “I bought this product in February 2009 for the first time and I am happy with it. My stretch marks are 15 years old and now they begin to disappear. My skin got firmer and thicker.”


Now that you’re all ripped out go show off your new look poolside!


Award Winners

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There are a million different options, products and brands to choose from these days when it comes to beauty. If you are a newcomer to the industry or even one who has dabbled in the industry, it can still be an overwhelming market. It has been surveyed time and time again that one of the major factors when deciding on what products to buy, comes from either word of mouth or consumer ratings. So… my gift to all of you is a list of award winning and highly recognized products that are available on (Please keep in mind however, that if a product isn’t on this list it does NOT mean it’s not a great product! Many products are underrated and even under recognized!)


NewBeauty Magazine Winners

Glamour Magazine Winner

Self  Magazine Winner

Men’s Health Magazine Winners

Allure Magazine Winners

So for those who prefer to listen to their fellow beauty connoisseurs, this is just a simple list of used and loved products. Hopefully this helps when looking for new products to add to your regimen. It feels good to know where to turn to when in doubt and I’ve got you covered!


Skin Care For Dad

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I’m always on the look out for new products that meet the needs of the men who are looking to take care of themselves.  There are an abundance of skincare products, but so many of them are designed for, and marketed to women.  Men’s grooming and skincare is one of the fastest growing markets!  As forty has become the new thirty and we’re all living longer, you better believe we want to keep that handsome masculinity… Dad included!


After having recently tested out some products I was VERY pleased to have stumbled across products made by Pevonia Botanica.  Don’t let the fancy name fool you, these products are reasonably priced, they produce fabulous results, and the items I’m recommending don’t come in pretty little pink containers that Dad will have to keep out of site from his buddies!


Pevonia Timeless Cleanser


Foam a small quantity between very wet palms, apply on face and neck. Work with wet fingertips. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Timeless Repair Lotion. For all skin types. Use morning and evening.”


Pevonia For Him Easy-Glide Shaving Emulsion


Wet Beard with warm water, apply the Shaving Emulsion all over the area to be shaved: The emulsion should coat the skin. Proceed with shaving. Recommended for all skin types especially sensitive skin.”


Pevonia Timeless Lotion


Apply to face and neck with a cotton pad, use morning and evening.”


These products contain ingredients such as Caviar Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Lemon Peel Oil, Vitamin E and the ever important Chamomile that all work to cleanse, repair and protect your skin.  What I loved about these products is that they have a very subtle  masculine, woodsy aromatic smell from the Chamomile. A very old school masculine smell but not overpowering.  A definite thumbs up from me and a must have gift to make Dad feel special!


Key Acne Treatment Ingredients

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If you have blemish prone or problematic skin, then you know that finding the best acne products suited towards your skin is key! There are many products available, ranging from over the counter to doctor prescribed medications. They can be oral or topical and use numerous different ingredients to achieve desired results. This is a run down of the key acne fighting ingredients used in the most popular prevention and treatment products available on the market to date. We will start off with the most commonly known ingredients; Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.


Benzoyl Peroxide has been proven as one of the most effective over the counter antibacterial medications used to treat acne. It draws oxygen to the skin making it difficult for bacteria to thrive. It also can help to rid the follicle of excess dead skin cells. This in turn will decrease pore blockage or the clogging that can occur in your pores.


Salicylic Acid is another ingredient found in common acne treatment products. Its main function is to kill off bacteria and also help to clear out congested pores. The acid is a beta hydroxy acid and is also used in different exfoliating products as it assists to shed off dead skin and offers anti-inflammatory properties. Also look for products containing Willow Bark Extract which is the natural form of salicylic acid.


Zinc is used in different acne products due to its assistance with regulating the production of oils and helping in keeping the pores clear. It also has properties which assist to help fight the bacteria that causes acne.


Glycolic Acid is another well know ingredient used in skin care products, it penetrates deep beneath the damaged upper layers of the skin to release the bond which holds the dead skin to the surface. In short, this ingredient is used to exfoliate the skin, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin tone.


Mandelic Acid is an ingredient becoming more popular to current acne treatment products. This ingredient uses a slower, more even penetration into the skin which can be gentler for people with delicate skin or sensitive skin conditions. Mandelic acid is a very powerful alpha hydroxy acid which smooths away dry skin and offers anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as antibacterial benefits. This ingredient is also used to reduce fine lines or wrinkles and can help lighten different pigmentation issues.


Sulfur has been used for a very long time in acne products. It’s been recorded that it has been used to treat different skin concerns such as dandruff, warts and even dermatitis. When applying this ingredient to the skin, it causes the skins surface to dry and peel. It will help reduce oil production, prevent pore blockage, and assist in healing properties.


Hopefully this key ingredient list will help aid you in your search for acne treatment products beneficial to you!


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Men’s Grooming 101

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It seems that everywhere you look today men’s grooming is all the buzz around town. Now that the male culture is more comfortable with being in tune with grooming techniques and products, we want to know more about what to do, and which products work best!


Some of us have normal to dry skin, some oily, some combination. Some guys have difficulty with shaving, irritation and ingrown hair. Others may have ongoing acne issues and, some of us approaching our 40’s and 50’s may be concerned with preventing signs of aging.


Men have just as many skin concerns as women but women get so much more product and education from the skincare industry.  Not to worry!  Here are some skincare 101 basics:


  1. Be sure you wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before you begin your skincare routine.  You don’t want to introduce new bacteria to skin you’re cleaning!

  3. If you want to use a facial brush make sure you rinse it after use, dry it and store it in a dry container with air vents. If you want to use a wash cloth be sure to use a fresh cloth each time.

  5. Rinse your wash cloth with warm to hot water (not so hot it burns!). Squeeze out the excess and place the cloth over your face for about 30 seconds to one minute.  This helps to open your pores.  You can also do this before shaving; it helps to open your pores, help the hairs stand up, and soften hair.

  7. Apply your cleanser to your neck and face, avoiding eye contact.

  9. Rinse the cleanser off with warm water and pat face dry with a clean dry towel.

  11. Apply your toner. Apply any serums after toner has dried.

  13. Apply your moisturizer. Moisturizer is one of the most important items, especially for acneic skin.  (Most guys think if they have acne they don’t need a moisturizer…who needs moisture when you have oily skin right?  Wrong!  Not using a moisturizer on acneic skin can actually cause more oil!  Not good!) Choosing a moisturizer can be confusing.  If you need help choosing the right moisturizer please contact our helpful estheticians.

  15. Apply an SPF 15 or higher for daily use to avoid aging and sun spotting. Apply 30 or higher for direct sun exposure for long periods of time, at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

Remember these steps and take care of your skin now, and you’ll have less repairing to worry about later!  If you have further questions about your skin concerns or products that SkinStore carries, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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