Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fall Skincare Routine – Part Two

Here we bring you the second, and last, part of our “Fall skincare routine” articles.

Personalize

When in doubt, consider all your personal factors together—age, the climate you live in, skin type, etc.—and then decide what works best for you. An 37-year-old in the northeast will likely need a more intense cream, for example, while a recent college grad living in a temperate climate could get away with a serum (the new SPF serum from Supergoop is excellent) and a lightweight moisturizer. If you’re unsure, check with a dermatologist for individualized recommendations. “I’m getting older, so my skin needs a little more attention. Things I wasn’t using 10 years ago, I definitely need to use right now. I like a much richer face moisturizer in the winter because it’s luscious and luxurious and penetrating,” says Goetz. “But for a younger person that might be way too rich.”

Fall Skincare Routine – Part One

A lot of the time people think, “I’m going to use this one product all the time.” But not only does the weather change, seasons change and hormones change. You have to pick out the right products for the right time. Here are some top tips for transitioning you beauty regimen from late summer heat to crisp autumn chill.

Get Your Scrub On

Though you might think that exfoliation would exacerbate dryness, a skin-sloughing agent is actually the best way to treat parched, flaky skin. Fall is a great time to introduce a face or body scrub once or twice a week, to treat all those different dry areas. For your face, try a gentler option like Dermatologica’s Microfoliant, and for scaly tough spots like elbows and the bottoms of your feet, try a peppermint body scrub, which gives you a deliciously cool sensation.

Change Up Your Moisturizer

People who tend to be a bit oilier don’t have a need to moisturize as much in the summer. But it’s typically much drier in, say, New York during the fall, so if you live there, you need a little more hydration than you do in the summer. Brisk temperatures and occasionally biting wind means it’s a good time to reach for a power-packed, slightly thicker moisturizer. If you were using just a serum when it was hot out, swap in a heavier duty cream.

How To Prevent Razor Burn – Part Three

The third and final part of our “How To Prevent Razor Burn” article series is finally here! Don’t miss to check out our first and second article before reading the part three.

  1. Use the Razor Properly

Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth (“with the grain”). Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.

Do not apply too much pressure & use short strokes
Let the razor do the work- do not press too hard. The weight of your razor is sufficient to cut the hair. You should also try using shorter strokes to help prevent you from pressing too hard (as guys sometimes do when using long strokes).

Rinse the blade frequently
Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk that could interfer with making a clean cut. The use of hot water here is to help lubricate, has nothing to do with “killing bacteria.”

Do not over shave the same area
After the first pass, you may want to reshave certain areas – but be cautious. Too much shaving over the same area is a contributing factor to razor burn. So here’s what you do if you want to achieve an even closer shave: apply some more lather from your brush (add more cream if necessary) to the areas you wish to shave again. Keep everything moist. This is one of the extra advantages of using a brush. For most guys, re-shaving certain areas with the grain should do the job. Professional barbers, by the way, usually first shave with the grain, and then re-shave going sideways.

  1. Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving

Clean your face properly after shaving
After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash) and witch hazel (for its soothing, healing and astringent properties).

Rinse with cool water
Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable to help close the pores and pat dry with a clean towel. (Don’t rub! Just pat)

Finish off with an Aftershave Moisturizer.
Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave moisturizer, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys – these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn’t look shiny. Typically mositurizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oiler skin than women due to men’s larger sebaceous glands. The best aftershave moisturizers not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.