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A men's online Blog Magazine offering the best collection of online tips and advice for men.



Updated: 2012-10-18T20:01:43.601-07:00

 



101 Beauty Tips and Tricks for Men: The Total tips!!

2011-12-02T21:26:54.998-08:00

Think beauty is only important for women? Not in today’s world where more and more men are discovering the benefits of maintaining a healthy and attractive look. If you’re a man who is in need of some quality beauty tips, we have more than enough advice to offer throughout this guide of 101 beauty tips and tricks for men. 101 Men's Beauty TipsFace: Shaving, Skin Care and more Tip in Total #1There is something mysteriously intriguing about a man with a five o’clock shadow, but for some men, it’s more like a five o’clock disaster. If your hair grows back in a weird way or is different colors, try to maintain your facial hair by keeping a clean-shaven face. Tip in Total #2Don’t be afraid to use concealer to hide any imperfections on your face - it’s not like you’re using lipstick, eye shadow, or blush. Everyone gets pimples, and everyone wants to hide them. Tip in Total #3Start using moisturizer every day to maintain healthy skin. Men and woman both get wrinkles, so there is no reason not to take care of aging skin. Tip in Total #4Start using facial cleansers for your face instead of using the soap you use on the rest of your body. You’ll have healthier skin as well as fewer breakouts. Tip in Total #5Having bags under your eyes is a sign of not getting enough rest, so get a full 8 hours of sleep to look fresh and bright in the morning. Tip in Total #6If you still have those irritating bags under your eyes, dab a little Preparation H under them. It works like magic! Tip in Total #7When you’re going to be exposed to the sun, wear sunglasses. Sunglasses prevent you from squinting, and potentially causing more wrinkles on your face. Tip in Total #8If you’re bold, you can wear a subtle oil-free foundation or translucent powder to keep the oil off of your face. Tip in Total #9When you are shaving your face, use a razor with a moisturizing strip so that you are less likely to have irritated skin when finished. Tip in Total #10While you want to keep the hair on your head growing, it’s preferable to keep hair from growing out of your nose. Use a specialized trimmer to keep your nose hair at bay. Tip in Total #11Your eyebrows are two separate patches of hair, and you should keep them apart by tweezing regularly. Just remember, unibrows are only attractive on dogs. Tip in Total #12Trim your eyebrows if they are big and bushy. Sometimes all you need to do is use a small pair of scissors to trim them down a little. Tip in Total #13While blackheads might be harder to notice than acne, they’re still noticeable close-up. So use nose strips to rid yourself of unsightly blackheads. Tip in Total #14Since you’re already using the trimmer, you might as well trim your ear hair in the process. Tip in Total #15The old saying, "Never stick anything bigger than your elbow in your ear," is completely wrong! Clean the wax out of your ears with a q-tip every few days. Tip in Total #16Eye cream moisturizers are great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. When applying eye cream, make sure to use your ring finger because it’s the weakest, and too much pressure causes more wrinkles. Tip in Total #17Get the blue eyes you’ve always wanted with colored contact lenses. Contacts have become some of the best accessories to this day, so don’t be ashamed to use them! Tip in Total #18Eye liner is becoming very popular in the male community, and it’s not considered gay anymore! Just a little liner can make your eyes pop. Tip in Total #19Using toner is a good way to rejuvenate your skin, and keep it oil-free. It comes in spray form, so all you need to do is spray a little on your clean face. Tip in Total #20If clean-shaven isn’t your look, at least maintain your beard or goatee. Before trimming it, use conditioner to soften the hair, dry it off, then begin trimming. Tip in Total #21After shaving, sometimes you’ll develop razor irritation - a.k.a. ingrown hair - that looks like acne. Obviously you want to prevent ingrown hairs, so be sure to shave with the hair instead of against it. Tip in Total #22In addition [...]



Men's Skin Care - Solutions to Common Men's Skin Care Problems

2011-11-22T07:20:59.128-08:00

Men's skin care - Avoid embarasing blemishes and other unsightly men's skin problems by using these solutions to common issues men have with their most public feature. Does your skin nick easily, burn and/or get red and bumpy after you shave? Many men, including myself, find that shaving goes more smoothly when using a glycerin or aloe-based shaving cream or gel. Not only will these types of products soothe your skin, but they will allow your razor to glide across your face. For best results massage the cream or gel into your beard. And, of course, always shave with the grain first then, if necessary, you can shave against it. Finish with a soothing aftershave balm or your daily moisturizer. Note: stay away from alcohol- based aftershaves; they will only irritate your skin. Do the dark circles under your eyes make you look like a raccoon? Dark circles under the eyes, which are actually broken blood vessels under the skin, are caused by several things. Most of the time it is an issue of heredity. Other causes are booze, cigarettes, and caffeinated drinks. But it can still be contained with topical products. One of my favorites is vitamin K cream (such as DDF Nutrient K Plus) and there are other creams that contain caffeine (such as ZIRH Restore Herbal Eye Cream that are also effective. So if you have tried everything then it could very well be an iron deficiency, in which case you would want to see a doctor. Do you know your skin? Get a facial. Go to a reputable spa and ask the esthetician (the gal who is giving you your facial) to analyze the type of skin you have as well as the condition it is in. She will be able to make recommendations specifically suited for you. I will say that this was invaluable to me since I now have a regime that is perfectly suited for my skin type. Blackheads anyone? Again, get a facial. Or you could try a cleansing mask. The more effective products are typically made of clay. Be sure to follow the instructions for best results. You don't have to use these masks all over your face either; you can target your problem areas. If you have a more persistent problem with blackheads, check out my aticle Blackheads - Battling This Common Skin Problem. Do you have oily, breakout prone skin? If you use regular soap to cleanse your skin--stop. Soap strips your skin of natural oils, and your glands react by producing even more oil. Try a gentle foaming cleanser or milk cleanser if this problem is mild. If you need something stronger you could always try a cleanser or spot treatment with salicylic acid and beta hydroxyl. You may also want to use an oil free moisturizer. Note: although benzoil peroxide is a common and effective treatment for breakouts, it is also drying to the skin and can increase oil production. Listen, we all like to go out now and again and throw a few back. So what can you do to keep your face looking fresh even though the rest of you doesn't feel that way? It should be no surprise that drinking (alcoholic beverages that is) takes the moisture right out of your skin, which is why you look sallow the morning after. One way to avoid this is to keep up on your daily skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. It will help keep your skin soft and replenished. And make sure to use a stimulating eye gel in the morning to keep the bags at bay. At least once a week use a facial scrub or exfoliant. This will slough off dead skin and help you look more radiant. Are you keeping those lips kissable? No woman wants to smooch a couple strips of sand paper. Keep those things moisturized. My favorite lip balm is Jack Black Lip Balm SPF 25, Intense Therapy. Click here to view original content..[...]



Skin Care Tips: Men's Daily Bible to Better Skin

2011-11-22T01:00:06.220-08:00

Good skin care tips can affect your entire life! The first thing people notice about you is your face - then your hair and clothing. Healthy-looking skin puts your best face forward. External skin care tips• Set up and stick to a daily cleansing routine• Determine your skin type (if you don't already know what it is.)• Remove dead skin cells (exfoliate) once or twice a week. Exfoliating involves a scrub, so use it gently enough to invigorate your skin, not hurt it. • Cleansing, moisturizing and shaving products need to be as chemical-free as possible - AND made for your skin type.• Before you buy any product, check for harmful ingredients and read unbiased skin care product reviews.• Exercise regularly to help clear skin pores.• Shaving can be beneficial and avoid ingrown hairs if it's done the right way. After shaving, you need to moisturize with a product that has absolutely no alcohol in it because alcohol and heavily fragranced after-shave products are known to irritate skin.• Avoid overexposure to the sun. Wear a hat or use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher .• Climate and season can influence your skin, so moisturize if you''re outdoors in winter - or are in a dry, desert-like climate. Heated and air-conditioned rooms and cars count as very dry areas.• Understand what a moisturizer is and buy a good one. To add moisture to a dry plant you give it water, not oil, yet many people contact me to ask about olive and coconut oils as moisturizers. These products are excellent for helping to seal moisture in skin AFTER it has been moisturized.• Don't forget your lips. Use a lip balm (or lipstick!?) that is chemical free because ears and lips are especially vulnerable to skin cancer. External tips• Drink lots of water.• Avoid sugar and sodas.• Eat a balanced diet and stay away from excessive alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress which can lead to prematurely aging skin and also decrease facial circulation, making you look older.Following the above skin care tips for men will leave your skin healthy, smooth and touchable, as well as looking and smelling great. Click here for the original content.[...]



The Art of Exfoliation: The Secret To Healthy Skin

2011-11-22T00:05:38.828-08:00

You hear about it on commercials. You see your wife do it at night. Drugstore shelf after shelf is lined with products singing its virtues. So you, "Mr. Perplexed Male," might be asking: What the hell is exfoliation? why men should exfoliate Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to reveal and expose "younger," fresher skin. The shedding process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. It's usually the first step in cleaning your face, to be followed by washing your face with soap (preferably one with hypoallergenic properties) and finally, moisturizing. Unfortunately, many men wash exclusively with plain old, hotel-grade soap. It's certainly enough to keep you clean, but it's not the best bet to keep your skin healthy. Indeed, bar soap dries out your skin, its ingredients sometimes clogging pores and leading to rougher skin in the long run.  Exfoliation also specifically helps men in a huge way: It exposes the face's hair follicles, allowing for a better shave. And we all know that a smoother shave is practically the holy grail of a man's morning routine. exfoliate part by partMen have hair all over, and hair traps oil, dirt and grime. For men, there are three major areas in need of regular exfoliation: face, back and chest (exfoliating your feet and hands is great, but not essential). FaceThe skin on your face is quite different from that of a woman's. It contains larger pores, whiskers, more collagen and elastin (fibrous proteins that help hold everything together), a denser supply of blood vessels, and it produces more sweat. Put all these factors together and a guy's face can attract a fair amount of dirt. So, the most important component of any good facial exfoliation routine is the cleanser/foamer. Brands that sell top-notch affordable cleansers include Clinique, 4Voo.com, Baxter of California, and Nivea for Men.  Most of these products contain some combination of granulated pumice, sea salts, fruit seeds, salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, and beta hydroxy acid, all of which serve to loosen and slough off dead skin cells. Some even aid in the formation of collagen.  To get the most out of your exfoliating cleanser -- and to help work it into a good lather -- you should use one of the following methods of application. Exfoliating gloves: Okay, these reusable nylon gloves are more suitable for women, but they work. Just put them on and gently rub the cleanser around your face. The gloves' massaging motion will also improve circulation and open pores. Just keep in mind the fact that you use them on the down low... Sponge: An abrasive sponge, or loofa (a sponge made from the dried fibrous part of the loofa plant), works the same way as gloves, but it has the advantage of whipping the exfoliating cleanser into a richer lather that gets deeper into the pores and the skin's upper layers.  Other Facial Exfoliants Exfoliating mask: This is a plaster-like concoction that goes on your face as a liquid goop, hardens, and then peels off to remove dead skin cells, dirt, whiteheads, etc. It can be pricey (not to mention girlie), but its thoroughness more than makes up for it. Pumice soap: This is an inexpensive exfoliation classic -- it's a bar soap that includes granulated volcanic ash that really scrubs hard. The only disadvantage is that pumice soaps require a fair amount of scrubbing to get a good lather going. Note: However you choose to exfoliate, don't forget to moisturize. Exfoliating can dry out already dry skin, but a moisturizer will help stabilize your skin and "feed" the new, young skin you've exposed. Chest/Back Exfoliating your back or chest is not nearly as complicated as your face, but it does require you to be in the shower. The first step is to shampoo your hair and flush out all dirt and grime. Next, grab a loofa sponge (one with a wooden handle), apply some of your exfoliating cleanser/foam on the loofa, a[...]



5 step to get better and good looking skin

2011-11-21T19:25:39.847-08:00

What You Need To Know Face skin requires three core products:  1) A cleanser 2) An exfoliant 3) A moisturizer Skin around the eyes exhibits the most drastic signs of aging -- use an eye cream. Lip balm is the most overlooked tool in maintaining a great face. Men’s skin care has come a long way from the days when your father would wash his face with a withered bar of soap and cover up shaving nicks with bits of toilet paper. Today, there are an overwhelming amount of products specially formulated to meet the needs of the stubborn (and stubbly) male epidermis. But navigating your way through the glut of grooming goods out there doesn’t have to be intimidating, and it shouldn’t be fussy either; a winning skin care regimen should be swift and simple to ensure that you'll actually follow it. You can check your 12-step program at the bathroom door, because achieving better skin takes just 5 tips. 1- Cleanse If you do nothing else, cleansing is the single most important thing you can do for your face. It should be the basis of your skin care regimen, but that doesn’t mean reaching for a simple bar of soap (which can overcompensate and leave your skin dryer than a desert). Men’s skin typically has large pores and very active sebaceous glands. While these glands are critical for keeping the skin naturally moist, they can often produce too much sebum, leaving your skin feeling greasier than an oil slick. Neglecting to wash away the excess oil and dirt can clog pores, which leaves the skin prone to breakouts. A basic gel works just fine, but not all facial cleansers are created equal. Look for one that is strong enough to cut through the grease and yet gentle and affordable enough to be used at least once a day. 2- ExfoliateSometimes cleaning the skin with a simple face wash just isn’t enough. A cleanser washes away oil and dirt on the surface, but what about all that nasty stuff deep down in your pores? Even religious use of a face wash will still leave the most men's skin feeling like a bumpy mess. That’s where exfoliation should make an appearance in your skin routine (just two to three times a week). It helps dislodge debris that normal washing can’t touch. A good scrub should have granules to help smooth the skin and eliminate the dullness that results from normal pore clogging and dirt build-up. Exfoliation also softens hair follicles for a closer, less-irritating shave and allows the skin to better absorb moisturizers. 3- MoisturizeSkin care for most men starts and stops with a basic bar of soap or cleanser. But washing is the absolute least you can do to prevent your face from turning into a big blackhead. Even if you happen to live in a sauna, skin can get dry after showering and, over time, that godforsaken process known as aging makes it lose elasticity. Add all that to the horror of placing a sharp blade next to your face everyday to appease rigid HR standards for clean-cut wholesomeness, and you have a recipe for irritated skin that’s parched and taut. Showering and shaving open up pores and allow precious water to escape, but a light moisturizer can fix everything. It replenishes the skin’s moisture content and prevents razor burn. A moisturizer with SPF will also provide a critical shield against the sun. Harsh UVB rays cause the skin to burn, but it’s the UVA rays that lead to long-term damage like deep lines and skin cancer. A moisturizer with multispectrum defense takes care of it all. 4- Protect your eyes There is one place on the face that men almost never touch: the eyes. But the skin around the eyes is the only area that actually deserves special attention, because men don’t age the same way that women do. Instead of a slow progression of fine lines and wrinkles, men's aging occurs in quantum leaps, and one of the first visible signs of aging comes from the skin around the eyes. The soft, thin layer of sk[...]