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:
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!
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.
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.
Apply your cleanser to your neck and face, avoiding eye contact.
Rinse the cleanser off with warm water and pat face dry with a clean dry towel.
Apply your toner. Apply any serums after toner has dried.
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.
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.
As men we can do the worst things with the best of intentions. Bless our hearts! How many times have we found ourselves in a pot of hot water when we bought something for that special lady in our life, only to step on some toes, hurt some feelings and offend?
As often as we may hear the ladies in our lives share their concerns about watching their figure or feeling overweight, the LAST thing to do is to go out and buy her an exercise video, cardio equipment or membership to a gym! Even if she mentioned she wanted these things, getting one of those items from the man in her life, translates to “I think you’re overweight”. Definitely NOT the message we intended, but certainly the message received.
What can we learn from this and what does this have to do with buying a gift for your mother, or the mother of your children? When I worked at an upscale cosmetic store I can’t tell you how many men came in for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Asking, “I need a gift, what’s the hottest new fragrance?” Or “What are all the ladies wearing?” My advice to them was simple, if you want to buy her some perfume and you don’t know what she likes, get a small basket with some bath oils, bubble bath, body bars (stocking stuffers) and get her a gift card to go with it.
Wrap the gifts and pick out a nice card. Write a special message in the card to her. Let her know you wanted to her to be able to go to the store and pick out anything (maybe perfume) that she wants. Two points to be earned:
A gift basket with some small items will show that you at least put some thought and effort into a gift and didn’t just buy a gift card with no thought at all.
Getting her a gift certificate will avoid you picking the wrong fragrance. Nothing worse than having the lady in your life give you “that stare“ and tell you this isn’t the fragrance she wears! That translates to “You don’t really know me!”
Does this mean that every gift should be perfume? Does this mean you should run out and buy a gift basket and gift card? Absolutely not! It means, before you buy something for that special lady, stop and think what message it sends to the one you love!
Spring is here and summer will be upon us before we know it! We all know what better weather means; more socializing, more trips, more days at the pool and more exposure to the sun! Before you reconnect with all of your summer buddies, make sure you put your best foot forward. No one wants to look old and tired.
Here are some great suggestions on jump starting a skin care program that can revitalize, reduce signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles:
To significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and increase firmer skin use Menscience Anti-Aging Formula after you cleanse, before you put on moisturizer or SPF.
Once you’re back on track to cleaner, healthier, revitalized skin make sure you protect it from future sun damage and sun spotting due to harmful UVA & UVB rays. Go out and enjoy the great weather but make sure you have these two items to prevent damage and further aging:
Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. If you’re going to stay outside for more than 90 minutes, reapply your sunscreen every 1 ½ – 2 hours. A little bit of protection can go a long way in preventing skin damage!
There you have it. Your everyday essentials! Now get out and enjoy the great weather.
It’s that time of year again! It’s time to start outlining your gift lists for friends and loved ones. Money is tight and so is time, however finding captivating gifts is just a few clicks away. We offer more than 5000 different products, but what we have to offer will definitely be gifts which bring smiles to the face of anyone you choose to give to. When looking for the perfect gifts (for him), we have a ton of ideas that will leave you stress-free! Provided below is a gift guideline which includes gifts you could stuff into stockings or gifts incredible enough to put under the tree.
Anthony Logistics Multi-Tasker Kit – This essential kit is everything a man needs, and comes neatly packaged. The kit includes a 4 oz. Glycolic Cleanser, a 2 oz. Shave Cream, a 4 oz. facial scrub and a convenient travel bag. (Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery of this item)
L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream Trio – This trio is perfect for a man who needs to nourish his hands and doesn’t like the strong fragrance most creams or lotions have.
Anthony Logistics Body Spray Sampler – The perfect sample kit… men always love to smell good. This sampler comes with a variety of 4 different scents in 5 oz. bottles, ready to intrigue all senses. (Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery of this item)
Kenneth Cole Gift Set – This tasteful set is the perfect set for a man of comfort and confidence. This set includes a 3.4 oz. Eau De Toilette, a travel size Eau De Toilette, an After Black Shave Gel, and also a Deodorant. (Please allow 10-14 business days for delivery of this item)
Grooming Lounge The Greatest Shave Ever Kit – The name says it all. This kit comes with everything the man in your life needs to achieve the perfect shave. Included is a 2 oz. Face Wash, a 1 oz. Beard Master Shave Oil, a 2 oz. Beard Destroyer Shave cream and a 2 oz. Best for Last Aftershave.
PCA Skin Total Defense Calming Hydrator – This product is recommended by the Skin Cancer foundation. It is a light weight moisturizer that provides broad spectrum UV protection and hydration to the face.
Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Trio – This balm is the balm everyone needs to protect and heal their lips. Perfect for someone who doesn’t prefer fragrance or heavy shine.
Tweezerman Men’s Deluxe Grooming Kit – This deluxe kit comes with all of the grooming essentials needed for that slick clean look every man desires. The kit includes a deluxe stainless steel nail clipper, a handy sapphire pocket nail file, safety facial scissors and a stainless steel tweezerette.
LAB Series Oil Control Towelettes – These towelettes are perfect for an instant pick me up, for daily cleanse or to quickly remove excess oils on the skin. Men love these easy to use towelettes.
You really cannot go wrong with any of these suggestions. I hope this makes your holiday gift search a little easier. On that note, I wish you luck and happy shopping!
A growing number of men have become aware of the benefits of a daily skin care regimen. From basic shave creams to multi-purpose products that treat and protect the skin, men have a wide variety of high quality skin care products to choose from. To help simplify and demystify men’s skin care, we felt a 5 minute skin care regimen designed just for men was long over-due!
With multi-purpose products a complete skincare regimen can be complete in as few as three steps.
Step 1: Cleansing your skin both morning and night is a critical part of your skin care regimen. After being in the elements all day, you have to rid your skin of excess oils and dirt. In addition, after sleeping you also want to remove any product residue from the night before and any oil build-up, besides…it just feels good! Using an alcohol-free, oil-free and fragrance-free cleanser is a refreshing option that will not add any unwanted scent. The aMenity Gel Face Cleanser is a great option for those who prefer a low lather cleanser or who have an oiler skin type. The Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a 2 in 1 cleanser toner; it’s oil-free and fragrance-free and is often preferred by those with dry to combination, and sensitive skin types who need deep cleansing.
Step 2 (only when you shave!): Use a multi-purpose shaving product. Murad Man Cleansing Shave is not only an ultra smooth shave cream, but it is also cleanses and tones the skin and provides an infusion of antioxidants to help protect the skin from free-radical damage…free radicals are unstable molecules. (There is a great article explaining more about free radicals in our very own beautyWise newsletter)
Step 3: Moisturize & Protect. In the morning, a multi-purpose moisturizing sunscreen is a great option for the busy man on the go. Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer is a great choice for those of you who get light sun exposure (to and from the office). This moisturizer protects the skin with a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) SPF20. In addition, it contains ingredients that are potent sources of anti-oxidants which are necessary for improving the appearance of your skin and for combating free-radical damage. If you work in the sun or have a high level of sun exposure a SPF30 or greater is the better way to go…Jack Black Sun Guard Oil-Free Very Water/Sweat Resistant Sunscreen is an option, don’t forget to reapply throughout the day!
In three easy steps you have a great foundation for a basic skin care regimen. If you feel that you need extra treatment around the eyes you can add the Menscience Eye Rescue Formula, it’s excellent and super hydrating! Customers love it and we love it too! The ingredient Hyaluronic Acid is ultra hydrating – the Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin A support collagen repair and cell renewal – Vitamins C, E and Green Tea fight free-radicals.
Still unsure about the best regimen for you? Give the SkinStore.com Estheticians a call, or contact the SkinStore.com customer support team! We will be more than happy to help!