Men’s Holiday Party Prep

The holidays are here! Time to gather ‘round with friends, family, coworkers, people you only see once a year, and the people you wish you didn’t have to see once a year. Are you headed home to see your loved ones? Meeting your significant other’s entire clan for the first time? Well, fear not! We have some tips and tricks on how to look your very best during party season.  

Men don’t have to be concerned with finding a slimming dress, lipstick to match the dress, getting their hair touched up, or nails done – but most still want to look presentable. So this time around, take a long look in the mirror and decide what could use a little TLC. Even if your holiday plans simply involve wearing an adult onesie, sitting around the fire and Christmas tree….with your parents.

TRIM YOUR BEARD. This is major! A full face of facial hair has been trending for awhile now, and is not as simple to maintain as our father’s 80s mustaches. You may think your wild beard makes you look courageous and manly, but to others you look like a Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Frontier) wannabe. Although, on second thought…that may not be a bad thing.

Regardless. If you’re invited to an elegant holiday party or expected to take family photos, it’s time to shape it up!

TIP 1: Wash and condition. I’ve heard a lot of fellas say they simply use lather from a bar of soap to wash their beard. No wonder it’s so hard to trim! Invest in conditioner. It will detangle and soften your hair, which will make the rest of the process much easier.

TIP 2: When brushing and/or combing your beard, be sure to go against the grain. This makes it easier to trim as well as highlights inconsistencies in the current length.

DON’T BE CRUSTY. LIP BALM. It saves lives! This product does NOT have to be fancy or expensive. If you’re hoping to catch your crush under the mistletoe, the very last thing you want is to lay your parched smackers on her! 

AGAIN, DON’T BE CRUSTY. EXFOLIATE. Yes! Men exfoliate too. The weather this time of year is very dry and takes a toll on everyone’s skin. Start exfoliating 2-3 times a week in the shower – followed by your every day moisturizer. It’s an extra step we all hate committing to, but removing those dead skin cells will give you a fresh and clean look! See below for a couple of our favorite exfoliators.

Exfoliating Face Scrubs

Ole Henriksen – Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub

  • Controls oil, exfoliates and deeply purifies and reduces the look of pores
  • A innovative warm/cool action helps to refine pores as a powerful blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)—glycolic and lactic acids—helps lift and loosen dead skin cells.
  • Invigorates with a refreshing eucalyptus-peppermint scent, leaving the complexion smooth, soft and refreshed with a healthy-looking Ole Glow®!

Dermologica’s Daily Microfoliant

Gentle, daily use exfoliating powder for all skin conditions.

Unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter.

  • Removes dulling surface debris and evens skin tone.
  • Reveals brighter, smoother skin.
  • Gentle enough for daily use.
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Avoiding “Tech Neck”

 

Many of our 2018 blog posts have been general skincare reminders: the importance of vitamin-c and aloe vera, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep every night, and exfoliating on a weekly basis – just to name a few. One subject we haven’t covered, which seems to be a practice overlooked by many, is applying neck cream!

Are we all going to have a wrinkly neck some day? Absolutely. Just like the skin on our face, as our oestrogen and collagen levels decline so will the firmness of the skin on our neck. However, the good news is that you can apply most of the same routine you’re using on your face to your neck! Do you exfoliate your face at least twice a week? Are you applying moisturizer with SPF 30 every morning and night? The same can and should be done to your neck.

How else can we defy the signs of neck aging? If you work at a desk, you probably already know the importance of keeping your screen at eye level. Not only does this minimize the pain in your spine and shoulders, but also prevents the skin on your neck from creating creases which inevitably lead to wrinkles. If you don’t work at a desk, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Folks these days are experiencing a new phenomenon known as: tech neck. Although you may not have a desk job, you probably have a cell phone, iPad, or some electronic that causes you to look down once, twice, or a million times a day. YOU are also at risk for neck wrinkles!

The general rule to anti-aging in skincare is to get in a routine with products that are designed to protect, tighten, hydrate and promote the improvement of elasticity. Everything else you do on a daily basis are bonus points! So stay hydrated, exfoliate, keep your head up, stress levels down, and WEAR SUNSCREEN. 

NECK CREAMS YOU CAN TRY:

Dermalogica – Extra Firming Booster 

Firming fluid concentrate to help tighten aging skin. Vitamin C, Seaweed and Protein Peptides help diminish signs of premature aging.

  • Provides a flash-firming effect.
  • Noticeably diminishes fine lines.
  • Defends against damaging free radicals.

 

OLAY – TOTAL EFFECTS ANTI-AGING NIGHT FIRMING CREAM

  • All-In-One Night Cream works while you sleep to reveal younger-looking skin
  • Multitasking Face Moisturizer fights 7 signs of aging, including the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • VitaNiacin Complex, with Vitamins C and E, exfoliates to enhance skin’s natural self-renewal process
  • Designed to be applied at night after cleansing as your skin loses more moisture overnight than any other time
  • Replenishes moisture and hydrates for a firm look
  • Oil free: will not clog pores, fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula

 

 

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Introducing: Rapid Reveal Peel

Why are skin peels so great? Peeling can treat aged skin, deep wrinkles, fine lines, hydration issues and acne scars, while improving your skin’s vitality and textureAs a result of the peel, the deeper layers of the skin will respond by regenerating new skin and by increasing the production of collagen. The result is a look that’s smoother and more youthful.

Yes, having a skin care routine that works is always a relief, however it doesn’t hurt to give your face a boost every so often.

Prep for professional peel: If you’re considering getting one, remember to stay hydrated. Drink the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water the week before. Also, exfoliate at least a couple of days the week before…why exfoliate before an exfoliation service like a chemical peel? Because you’ll want to prep your skin for the professional strength chemical peel. Lastly, continue to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize and wear sun screen! Be sure to stick to using the same moisturizer and sun screenexperimenting with new products may cause your skin to get irritated and unbalanced.

DIY peel: NOW on to NEW Dermalogica! Just in time for fall (and winter’s) dry weather, we are introducing the Rapid Reveal Peel. A professional-grade at-home peel that helps reveal brighter, healthier skin. This maximum-strength exfoliant delivers powerful results using a unique complex of phytoactive AHA extracts, Lactic Acid and fermented plant enzymes to help reveal new, firmer skin.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • 10% lactic acid
  • Rice bran extract – help even skin tone by resurfacing the skin and accelerating cell turnover while smoothing
  • Australian caviar lime – brightens skin for a more radiant complexion
  • Lactobacillus/pumpkin fruit enzyme – ALSO helps even skin tone by resurfacing the skin and accelerating cell turnover while smoothing

HOW TO USE: Massage over face. Allow to activate for 3-7 minutes. You may experience slight tingling. Rinse with cold water or wipe off with a cold, damp towel. Recommended for evening use.

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