What Ingredients Does Your Skin Really Need?

Skin Care Ingredients

There are hundreds of grooming products on the market that work on getting ALL of your attention by promising the world in a bottle… Hey trust me, I get just as confused as the next guy! And since your emails tell me that you share the same feeling, I thought I would help you comb through the landscape a bit easier.

Here are 3 key ingredients to focus on when it comes to refilling and re-tooling your grooming kits.

Peptides – are found in all of your cells and are made up of two or more amino acids attached together with peptide bonds. They’re similar to proteins, but smaller. Products that include peptides help with healing the skin and increasing collagen production. In order for them to work, they must be included in a formula that effectively penetrates the skin.

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Retinol – is derived from vitamin A and is included in skin-care products as an exfoliant that sloughs away dead skin cells and also can fight acne and reduce signs of sun damage. In prescription strength, you’ll be given retinoids. The over-the-counter ingredient is retinol. Both will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to pair it with a good sunscreen.

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Hyaluronic acid – is available in supplements, topical creams or through injectable fillers. It helps to bind moisture in the skin, which is important as the skin ages and loses hydration (it also plays a key role in joint lubrication). Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin, but production of it diminishes over time and adding it to your skin care routine is believed to help the skin to remain supple and appear youthful. Supplements are available in 20 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg increments, and are generally considered safe.

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There you have it, and I hope it helps!

Moisturizers – How they work, and why they're different!

Find What Is Good For You

By Dr. Josh Zeichner For Men’s Life Today

Knowing how moisturizers work can help you select the best one for your individual skin needs.

In general, moisturizers are products that improve the function of the skin barrier. They usually contain ingredients that help increase the amount of water in the skin. Here are three categories that moisturizing ingredients may fall into:

Moisturizers help bring the outer layer of the skin back to as normal a state as possible by soothing the skin and filling in tiny breaks. They increase the water content of the skin and prevent excess water from evaporating from the skin’s surface and into the environment. The newest moisturizers also help replace fats that may be lacking in people with dry skin.

No one moisturizer on the market is perfect for everyone’s skin type, since there can be up to five different types (i.e., normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive). My general rule of thumb is to find one that you like and will use since the best moisturizer is the one that actually gets applied to the skin. . – Reviewed by Craig the Barber, a skin- and hair- care expert who specializes in men of all ethnicities, and the editor in chief of the grooming blog TheMensRoom.com.

Neck Hair.

Neck Hair

It’s truly amazing the things that trigger inspiration for my blog…how about this one: neck hair!

I was on my way to an event in NYC when I looked over at the cab driver and saw his neck hair was long enough to consider his hairstyle a mullet*pause* Yep, that long.

Now, I completely understand that neck hair can get long in-between haircuts, but allowing it to grow to the point where it’s fighting your neck for space in your shirt is UNACCEPTABLE.

Quick remedy, consider a tapered neckline. With this option, the back hairline will grow out in a manner that keeps the style looking neater longer. If you happen to be one of the many men who struggle with a fast growing neckline, ask you barber to work out a deal for you where you can come in for a quick clean-up between haircuts. Or, worst case scenario, you can ask a friend, girlfriend, wife (you get the picture) to trim the area with a pair of trimmers. Hey, it doesn’t matter the method you choose, just choose one!

Trust me, it will be worth your “visual” while!

Cold Water.

C-c-c-cold Water!

Ever taken a cold shower and noticed the difference in the way your skin feels vs. when you take a warm one?  What about after you shave…does your face feel better after a splash of cold water? Or, have you ever hopped out of  a warm shower and struggled to get your hairstyle just right?

Well, here is the secret.  Cold Water.

From the top of our heads, to the bottom of our feet,  our body is alive.

GOOD FOR HAIR:

When you are finished shampooing and conditioning your hair, give it a final rinse with cold water.  Why? Well, it closes the cuticles that are on each and every hair follicle.  Your hair will not only feel cleaner but it will give off a great natural shine.

GOOD FOR SKIN:

This is goodfor your post-shave and the final rinse in the shower, as well.  Cold water closes the pores, so your skin will feel cleaner, look shinier and will make better use of the topical products (i.e. after shave balms and moisturizers) you put on after drying off.  Not to mention, if you were still trying to wake up, cold water can take care of that too!

So there you have it!  Who said keeping cool and looking good couldn’t go hand in hand?

How do I choose the right exfoliant?

Exfoliating?

Daily or weekly regimen… large or fine grains?! Well, if you were confused before, below you’ll find some help in deciphering the exfoliation code!

Here’s the low down…

Exfoliating will always create cleaner, smoother and healthier looking skin. So the  more frequent the practice, the more you are able to help the skin’s rejuvenating process. However, since a wet-shave is also considered an exfoliation, you’ll want to be mindful of not over-doing it.

Special Considerations

Everyone’s skin is different, so one important thing to be aware of is how your face tends to accumulate debris. For example, some men have oily skin which is prone to clogging; whereas, others have dry skin that requires extra moisture throughout the day.  These differences will be a factor in determining how frequently you need to exfoliate. Another consideration is the thickness of your facial hair in relation to the toughness of your skin. Men with tough beards and rougher skin will be able to tolerate a more aggressive exfoliant compared to those with softer beards and softer or more supple skin.

How big should the grains be?

If  you’re one of the men who has a daily shaving routine or more supple skin, you’ll want to stick to the finer grains since the scrubbing strength is not as aggressive. In contrast, the larger grains are reserved for the regimen that incorporates exfoliation fewer times a week, since they will most likely irritate the skin if used daily. These grains are ideal for those with heavy build up and tougher beards.

So there you have it! ~ Daily = finer grains & Weekly = larger grains

Bottom line… both practices equal smoother and younger looking skin, and an even better shave!

Here are a few that I like:

Larger Grains:

  • Face Scrub by Baxter of California
  • 2-in-1 Exfoliant by Menaji
  • Invigorating Face Scrub by Lab Series

Finer Grains:

  • Exfoliating Scrub by Kyoku
  • Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub for Men by Kiehl’s
  • Facial Scrub by Anthony Logistics
  • Purifying Cleanser by Lierac Homme