Skin Care for Men

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artofshavingMen’s skin is 22% thicker than that of their female counterparts, therefore pores tend to be larger and carry more dirt, oil, and bacteria. Most men are minimalists when it comes to their skin care regimens, when in fact they should be taking the time to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize just like women. Here is a streamlined skin care regimen to keep men’s skin clean, wrinkle- and blemish-free.

Cleansing is an important step to remove all the junk that has accumulated in the pores. I highly recommend investing in the Clarisonic Alpha Fit Men’s Facial Cleansing Device. It cleanses the skin 6 times more effectively than just the hands, by oscillating 300 times per second and flexing the pores to remove all dirt, grime, and bacteria. The cleanser I’d recommend is the Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser. Its 2-in-1 cleansing and toning formulation is perfect for removing dirt and oil, and has ingredients like witch hazel, sage, and rosemary to keep skin toned and clear.

Exfoliation is important; not only does it remove dead skin cells and excess oil, but it also lifts facial hair, helping to prevent ingrown hairs and provide a closer shave. Menscience Microfine Face Scrub provides physical and chemical exfoliation. The ultrafine beads slough off surface cells while glycolic acid works to treat and prevent wrinkles. Lastly, salicylic acid clears pores of oil and acne-causing bacteria.

Using a shave cream helps reduce friction and provide a smooth shave. A rich formula like Billy Jealousy Hydroplane Shave Cream will provide a comfortable, pain- and nick-free experience, while leaving skin soft and supple.

If you have a beard or are working on growing one, beard oil is essential to soften and smooth facial hair and moisturize the skin underneath. Billy Jealousy Gnarly Sheen Refining Beard Oil is a great option.

Skip the aftershave, as it tends to dry out the skin rather than provide moisture. After shaving, apply the Art of Shaving After Shave Balm, which not only moisturizes, but helps reduce skin irritations as well.

Eye cream isn’t only for women. Applying a hydrating eye cream or serum around the eye twice daily will help treat and prevent wrinkles. Menscience Eye Rescue Formula is a customer favorite. It tightens the eye area and reduces puffiness, while providing hydration.

Every guy should be applying a daily moisturizer with sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UV rays and keep the skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Billy Jealousy Combat Lines Face Moisturizer SPF 30 provides all-day sun protection without being greasy or leaving white residue.

Our skin is in repair mode while we sleep, so a night cream is optional but recommended. Lab Series Night Recovery Lotion will work to firm and hydrate the skin while you sleep.




Gentle Eye Makeup Removers

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Most of us wear eye make up on a daily basis, which means we need an effective eye makeup remover.  KL051-klorane-floral-lotion-eye-make-up-remover-with-soothing-cornflowerWhile some prefer oil-free, others like the oil to remove heavy mascara. Many of SkinStore’s customers look for an eye makeup remover that is gentle and non-irritating to the sensitive eye area. Since this is a product we use nearly every day, it’s important to find one that’s both gentle and effective.

One of my favorites is the Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Make-Up Remover with Soothing Cornflower.  The pH of this product is identical to that of tears, so it is well-tolerated by even the most sensitive of eyes.  This product is really amazing. It completely removes all makeup with no need to scrub the delicate eye area. Just a few swipes and you’re makeup-free. This product has a light, flowery scent which makes the dreaded task of removing make up a little more enjoyable.  Although this makeup remover is not the best choice for water proof mascara, if you’re looking for a product that will not leave your eye area feeling dry or irritated, this would be a great choice for you.  If you wear heavy makeup and waterproof eye cosmetics, the H20 Plus Dual Action Eye Makeup Remover is a must-have! I was pretty impressed with how effectively this product removed my makeup. It’s gentle on the skin as well, so you are not missing out on soothing ingredients. I splash a small amount on a cotton pad and hold it over my eye area for around 10 seconds, and it loosens everything up for easy removal.  This product does not leave an oily residue or contain any fragrance, which can sometimes be irritating. For those who use a LOT of mascara and tend to have a pretty long nighttime cleaning routine, this will cut the time in half. Plus, you won’t experience any stinging or burning with this H20 product.

Favorite Oil-Free Moisturizers

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Kate_Somerville_Oil_Free_Moisturizer_KS019When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to adjust our skin care regimens. Sometimes that means trading in the heavy cream that works so well in winter for a lighter, oil-free moisturizer. If you have oily skin, you do not want a moisturizer that contains a lot of heavy oils. Fortunately, many oil-free moisturizers contain ingredients that work the same way. Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients that absorb or help another substance retain moisture. These ingredients are called humectants. Glycerin pulls moisture from the environment instead of sealing it in the skin. Even oily skin needs moisturizing and oilier types shouldn’t be afraid of using a daily moisturizer. The key is finding the one that suits your skin.

Kate Somerville’s Oil-Free Moisturizer is one of my recent discoveries. This excellent moisturizer hydrates the skin, controls oil production, and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m very impressed with the instant results. I apply it in the morning before my SPF and makeup and surprisingly, it’s the product that keeps my skin looking great the entire day. I don’t have to apply powder or use blotting sheets—this product does all the work for me! The formula feels as though it vanishes into my skin without leaving it greasy or shiny. This moisturizer can also be used at night. My other go-to oil-free moisturizer is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion. Hyaluronic acid holds up to a thousand times its weight in water, which instantly plumps up the skin for a very youthful look. Over time, I noticed it was giving my skin a firmer feel and I even noticed a difference with the texture on my cheeks where I deal with congestion.  People who have adult acne or those prone to oily skin will really enjoy the way this moisturizer feels and how it keeps their skin beautifully shine-free all day long.

Our Faves: Top 5 Cleansers

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OB003-Gentle-CleanserThoroughly cleansing your skin at least once daily is extremely important for proper skin care and maintenance. Your face becomes covered with bacteria, pollutants, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells throughout the day. Skipping a good facial cleanse leaves skin with built-up dirt, grime and residue, making it difficult for beauty products to penetrate the skin. Proper cleansing also helps to maintain facial hydration, pore size and oil production. Here is a list of some of our favorite cleansers that will help to balance your skin and leave you feeling radiant.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Brightening Daily Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is ideal for dull, uneven skin tones, helping to remove impurities and brighten skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and radiant. We love the light, foaming texture this gel cleanser creates when mixed with water.

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Facial Cleanser

With 12% pure glycolic acid, you can expect this creamy, exfoliating cleanser to pack a punch and leave you feeling refined and thoroughly exfoliated without the harsh texture of scrubbing beads.

Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

This foaming, all-natural cleanser is great for aging skin, because it is packed full of botanicals and antioxidant-rich ingredients. It is great for all skin types and smells wonderful too!

iS Clincial Cleansing Complex

Filled with antioxidants, gentle resurfacing agents and bio-nutrients, this cleanser is great before and after any harsh exfoliating treatments or pre/post procedure, because it prepares the skin for treatment and also aids in repair.

Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

This classic cleanser is great for giving your skin a powerful yet gentle cleanse, removing any impurities, makeup or oil. This is great for any skin type and is soap- free.


STAFF FAVORITE: iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus

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For those of us concerned with reducing redness, inflammation, and even rosacea, there is a wonderful serum that will bring relief! We‘ve tried other anti-redness products and even medical treatments that simply made things worse. Not to worry with this gem. Cosmeceuticals with quality ingredients tend to be better tolerated by rosacea sufferers, and Is Clinical makes excellent, high-quality cosmeceuticals.

This soothing Vitamin C serum offers so much more than just the amazing collagen-building benefits of isVitamin C. Vitamins A and E provide antioxidant protection which actually fights off harmful environmental pollution that can damage healthy skin cells. It makes your sunscreen more effective by providing photo protection, and also brightens the skin, which is helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation. We know that hyperpigmentation comes from sun damage, so these ingredients really provide a one-two punch to external aging factors. All of that makes for a really awesome product, but it also calms signs of skin irritation and is even effective in managing cystic acne.

But here’s the real deal: you see results! After my first use, I noticed an increased radiance. The first week, my skin was firmer and I also noticed it just felt more comfortable and didn’t sting as it sometimes does. Many times our customers say “I don’t mind spending the money if the product REALLY works”. This serum, and frankly the whole brand, is worth every penny!

Look Polished in a Pinch

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JI323-connection-blushIf, like me, you aren’t a morning person, but you still want to look polished and awake for work, or even just to run a few errands, here are a few products I recommend to look put-together in a pinch.

BB Cream. BB creams actually originated in Germany in the 1960s, and then dominated the Asian markets in the 80s. They just became popular in the U.S. in the past few years. BB stands for blemish balm, or beauty balm. This multi-tasking product is meant to take the place of your serum, primer, moisturizer, foundation, and SPF. I like the Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 because it’s easy to apply and blend, and doesn’t feel greasy.

Cream Blush. I gently dab this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it backward with my fingers. It can also be used on the lips. I like the Jane Iredale in Touch Cream Blush – Connection, as it provides a nice peachy glow.

For days you’d rather not go bold, but get out the door fast, go with a rosy lip stain. Pat it on with your fingers, pair it with just a little liner and mascara, and you’ll quickly look pulled together. I recommend DuWop Pure Venom Pure Berry Lip Stain; it’s the perfect color for every skin stone.

Want to look wide eyed and awake in a pinch? A champagne-colored eyeshadow swept over the lid and under the brow instantly lifts and opens the eyes. Stila Eye Shadow in Oasis is the perfect shade for this, and you can even add a little to the tops of your cheek bones for a quick highlight.

Be Perfectly Bronzed with Boots No 7!

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It’s that time of year again, when the weather is starting to warm up and we’ll be showing a little more skin. No matter your complexion, a bit of a warm glow on your body makes you look slimmer and healthier. So if you want a natural-looking tan that doesn’t have the typical smell of self-tanner, we recommend the Boots No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Quick Dry 360 Airbrush. This fine-mist spray is best applied at least six inches from your body. Simply spray on exfoliated, moisturized skin and rub in evenly.

bootstanThis 5-Star-rated tanner comes in Light-to-Medium and Medium-to-Dark. The lighter shade is a little harder to find online, but we do carry it here at On the rave review and recommendation from one of our customers, I used this color on my fair-to-light skin and was really impressed with the results. After one application, I have an even, warm glow. It’s perfect for spring. Heading into summer, I will just add another application or switch to the Medium-to-Dark for a deeper tan. A good tan doesn’t have to cost a lot. We would put this tanner up against its pricier competitors, and at $12.99, you come out the winner!

Tanning Tips: Don’t forget those places that require a little extra effort to make your tan look natural. Just above your heels and behind your knees will need some special attention. Behind your ears is another often-forgotten area.  For the naturally drier areas of skin: elbows, knees and heels, apply an extra layer of moisturizer to prevent them from becoming too dark.  Applying a little bit of body lotion to your palms before tanning will help them clean up a little easier. Or you can always use a tanning mitt.  And last but not least, make sure you still use and SPF product so you can continue to have fun in the sun!

A little Mascara Never Hurts

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JI336-black-ice-mascara2When it comes to mascara, we all find different formulas that we swear by. Mascara is used to thicken, lengthen, darken, and enhance the eyelashes.  The use of a mascara-like product goes back to the Victorian era, when women used to make a form of mascara with a mixture of heated ash and elderberry juice and then apply it to their eyelashes. Even farther back in history, the ancient Egyptians—both women and men—used kohl to line their eyes and apply to their eyelashes.

The product that is the closest to the mascara we use today was not created until the 19th Century, by a chemist named Eugene Rimmel. He used the newly-invented Petroleum jelly to create this product.  If I could only use one cosmetic for the rest of my life, it would be my mascara. With just a few swipes, I look and feel much more put together.

I‘m always into trying new mascaras and finding the ones I can’t live without. One of my go-to mascaras is Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara in Black Ice. The brush gives my lashes a well-defined, separated look that really opens up my eyes. The formula is buildable, so I can apply coat after coat until I achieve the volume I want. This mascara is made with sea minerals that condition the lashes so that they remain healthy and are able to grow as long as possible. The brush is considered oversized and really works well at preventing clumps.  The RMS Beauty Defining Mascara is my everyday fave because it gets every lash, especially the small lower ones. The brush is narrow and really is great at getting to the root of the lashes and defining each and every one. The formula is rich and creamy and I never notice any flaking throughout the day. No matter which mascara I use, I stick with this one on my lower lashes. So whether you’re a water proof girl, love the super-glam look, or are into the defined, separated look, there is mascara out there for you!

Which Clarisonic is right for you?

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clarisonicmia1Clarisonic devices are the #1 most-recommended by dermatologists and estheticians, but if you aren’t skin savvy, it can be overwhelming to decide which model to commit to. Here’s a brief description of each model, which will hopefully be helpful if you’re looking to purchase your first Clarisonic device.

The Mia 1 is the first model Clarisonic released. It has one universal speed and is best for those with normal skin with no sensitivities. The speed on this model is the second speed on other Clarisonic models, so it may be too harsh for those with skin sensitives, acne, or rosacea.

The Mia 2 has two speeds and can be used by almost anyone. It is best for someone with normal to combination skin who may experience the occasional breakout or sensitivity. The first speed is delicate; speed 2 is the universal speed for normal skin and is also the Mia 1 speed.

The Mia Fit is the newest addition to the Clarisonic family. The sleek new design is perfect for the modern woman on the go, teens, or the healthy/outdoorsy type. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and features delicate and power-cleanse modes. The power-cleanse mode gives you 20 extra seconds to include the decollate, or extra time for problem areas. Any skin type can use this model. Delicate speed is perfect for sensitive or acne-prone skin and power- cleanse is good for normal and combination skin types.

The Mia 3, previously known as the Aria, is perfect for all skin types, especially those in need of a deeper cleanse. The 3rd speed on this model provides a 30% deeper cleanse than speed 2. It comes with a charging stand and can be charged with either a USB or traditional plug.

The SMART profile is the most luxurious model offered by Clarisonic and can be used by any skin type. It features 4 speeds, the fourth being a turbo speed for the body brush head. This model is best for those who are skin savvy, or those who have been using another Clarisonic device and are looking for an upgrade. The SMART profile communicates with smart brush heads and pedi attachments to adjust speed, timing, and power. It also tracks usage of all brush heads and pedi attachments and tells you when a replacement is needed.

The alpha fit was specifically designed with men in mind. Men’s skin is 22% thicker than women’s skin, and their pores are larger. The alpha fit was designed to osculate wider to thoroughly provide an invigorating cleanse for men. The bristles of the Alpha Fit Men’s Daily Cleanse Brush Head are shorter and provide the most invigorating cleanse. They’re also beard- safe.

Whichever Clarisonic device you choose, be sure you charge it for the full 24 hours before the first use to ensure the longevity of your device.

NEW!! Clarisonic Mia Fit!

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The latest device from Clarisonic offers the same great cleansing as the previous devices, but now comes in a sleek, upright, portable design.  Born of women wanting to use the same design as the men’s version, the Alpha Fit, the Mia Fit rests comfortably in the palm of your hand.

fitAdvances in skin care have taught us that free radicals (particles in the air), attach to our unhealthy skin cells and cause them to attack the healthy skin cells. Clarisonic cleansing systems remove 99% of the particulate matter from our skin. Wow!  Add to that some great antioxidants and an effective SPF and you’ll have a powerhouse of external aging prevention!

The Mia Fit offers two speeds. The Delicate Speed or Speed 1, is great for cleansing the cheek areas, which are more susceptible to redness, broken capillaries and environmental damage. Speed 2 is the Universal Speed that is appropriate for all. There is an extra 20 seconds added to the built-in timer so you can cleanse the neck and decollate. Nice!

It also comes standard with the Radiance brush head.  This one of the most gentle brush heads offered in the line, yet you still get the same effective cleanse as with all the brush heads. The longer, more densely-packed bristles give a more comfortable cleansing experience.  This is an excellent option for those with truly sensitive skin, but it’s suitable for all.

The charger has a base for the device to sit on while charging. You plug it in a little differently than the other models.  It comes with a USB cord that can plug it into a computer.  Or you can use a phone charger from a smart phone.  Most smart phone chargers come in two pieces, the USB cord and the power adaptor that plugs into the wall.  You can plug the USB cord from your Clarisonic charger into the power adaptor to charge your device.  The power adaptor is not included with the device. And as always, you should charge the device for a full 24 hours before the first use. This adequately charges the battery for a longer life between charges.

If this is your first cleansing brush, you have truly sensitive skin, you’re a woman who cleanses on the go, or you just want the latest model, the Mia Fit will fit your life!

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