Fellas And Facials

Men need facials…and pedicures too! But we’ll get to that in another post.

Maybe you don’t have acne or skin issues in general, but here’s a few reasons why getting a professional facial would benefit your skin’s look and overall health.

For Beginners: The basic steps of a facial include: cleansing and analyzing your skin, exfoliating away dead skin cells, performing extractions to clear out clogged pores, and moisturizing to add a healthy, hydrated glow.

Problem Solve

You’ve been washing your face twice a day, eating well, getting enough sleep – but can’t figure out why you’re breaking out or have major blackheads? Unfortunately, there could be a million reasons. Letting an esthetician examine your skin and work with you on a new skincare routine would be a step in the right direction.

Remember, skincare is a trial and error journey. A product that works for your brother or best friend may not work for you!

Smoother Skin = Better Shaves

Consistently shaving over sensitive skin can cause razor burn, redness and severe irritation. The gentle exfoliating process during a facial helps remove dead skin cells and deep-cleans your skin – leading to a smoother surface.

Also, throw out your old razor. It’s not helping!

Increase Circulation

When your blood’s circulation slows down, your skin’s ability to repair itself weakens. What’s the big deal? AGING. Aging is the big deal. Skin needs oxygen and nutrients to restore itself! The good newsbetween the exfoliating process and massage included with your facial, blood flow will increase and flow to the skin cells. This will give you a clean, healthy glow.  

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New Year. New Habits.

Cheers to 2019! Out with the old, in with the new. Let’s let bygones be bygones, and move forward into this new year with hope, courage, and BRAND NEW skin care habits.

WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE BED. This charts our list at #1 because it is and should be a major component to your DAILY skincare routine. Not only is makeup clogging your pores, but the dirt and oil grime that collected throughout your day are as well.

Not washing your face, is not letting your skin breathe and regenerate itself while you sleep. Not to mention, the chemicals found in most makeup products (10 Toxic Ingredients) are causing harm. Not only could this be the reason for breakouts and blackheads – but could potentially add to signs of aging….like we need any help with that!

THROW OUT YOUR OLD MAKEUP AND APPLICATORS. While we’re on the topic, why not take a look through your makeup bag and decide what you can get rid of? If you’ve been using the same applicator for months now, chances are you’re ready for another one. Start off the year with fresh, clean products!

SUNSCREEN. For God’s sake, this isn’t the 70’s! If you haven’t hopped on the sunscreen in your moisturizer train – THIS YEAR is the year to do it. Even if you’re happy with the way you’re aging, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is also about protecting yourself from cancer.

GO TO YOUR DOCTOR. Once again, while we’re on topic, go see your dermatologist this year. Get your entire body scanned – not just the weirdo mole that may (or may not) be changing shapes. If I can’t, hopefully they can convince you that wearing sunscreen everyday is important.

SLEEP AND DIET. Start 2019 off with a plan to get more sleep and eat more fruits and vegetables. If you feel good – you’re going to look good, so make these a priority in your life. Annet King, Director of Global Education Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute states: “If you’re not getting enough sleep — an average of seven hours a night — you are depriving your body of its requisite downtime. This accelerates the skin aging process and, as King says, “If your body is chronically deprived of sleep, the effects become physically and visibly noticeable.”

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HOW TO: Relieve Dry Eyelids

This is the first winter in years my eyelids (of all things) are dry, irritated, and peeling! Could it be the weather? Could it be the new eye cream I’ve been applying? Have I been drinking less water than usual? Maybe the older I get, the harder it is for my skin to adjust to dry weather or trying new products.

Like almost all unannounced skin conditions, the heart-wrenching fact is that there’s no immediate conclusion to be made about your irritated eyelids. There’s a number of factors to consider, as well as remedies to try solving the problem. If you don’t have time to see your dermatologist – consider the following:

Have I started using a new skin care product?

It’s hard finding the perfect skin care products! Building and maintaining a daily routine can take months to master, and yet you STILL may have issues along the way. Not to mention, as we get older, our skin changes again! Products that used to work for us in our teens – probably won’t suffice in our 20s and 30s.

With this being said, trying new products can either bring fantastic results or cause irritation. If your eyelids (or skin in general) are drying out, getting flakey or irritated – try removing this product from your routine to see if the condition stops.

Did I recently buy a different brand of makeup?

A particular foundation or mascara may work for your friend – this doesn’t mean it will work for you. It doesn’t matter that you spent your entire paycheck at the Chanel makeup counter….if your skin doesn’t like it, it doesn’t like it. Makeup is meant to be fun and expressive! However, just as with skin care products, it can take time to narrow down the brands that work well with your skin’s chemistry.

Did I switch laundry detergent brands?

Our faces spend about half our lives on our pillow cases! If you’re skin is irritated, the new detergent you’re using could be a factor.

OTHER FACTORS: fake eyelashes, sunscreen, perfume, contact lens solution, washing face with really hot water, allergies, contact solution

If you can’t pinpoint the cause and this issue continues, make an appointment with your doctor. Until then – try a couple of simple, at home remedies to see if you can bring some comfort to your peepers.

TRY TREATING AT HOME:

  • Moisturize. Use lotions without fragrances.
  • Humidify. Try adding moisture to the bedroom by investing in a humidifier. 
  • Compress. Throw a clean, damp face towel in the freezer for about 10 minutes. The idea is not to completely freeze the towel, but to lay it over your eyelids for a cooling comfort.
  • Hydrate. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of H2O!  
  • DON’T TOUCH. This is challenging, but keep those fingers away from the irritation.
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