Men’s Skincare: Simple Ways to Get Men to Add Skincare to Their Daily Routine

In today’s society, not only women are purchasing skin care products. More and more men are concerned about the appearance of their skin and are seeking ways to find informative solutions to common problems like breakouts and sun damage. Everyone feels better when their skin is smooth and clean and it is never too soon to begin suggesting simple ways to add skin care as a daily routine.

As a mother and beauty specialist, I began buying products to help teach both my children (daughter and son) to cleanse their skin before they became teenagers. I will admit, even though I approached the subject of proper skin care and maintenance with thoughtful consideration, my son was a little apprehensive about having more products on his bathroom shelf to try and figure out. My daughter was easy; she likes to read about beauty products so for me, the suggestion part was taken care of.

I first purchased a variety of well known brands. I now know that, staying within one product line helps clear up skin more efficiently because all the products are designed to work together. When bigger issues surfaced like hard to manage acne, I sought out the advice of a licensed dermatologist who recommended easing into a different formula, or backing off of a certain product that might be drying, like too much benzoyl peroxide.

Grown men and young men alike want to learn ways in which to take care of their skin, but are often too intimidated to ask. My husband asks me what to use as a daily maintenance skin care regime as he still goes through periods of adult break outs. I helped him tailor his shower routine with his skincare routine and he was able to better correct and balance his skin, without hassling with too many things to do in the AM. Fortunately, skin and hair care companies have realized the need to target men and boys, and are creating great products that answer their specific hair and skincare needs.

As of late he has asked me about those little lines that are showing up around his eyes and mouth when he smiles. I showed him the products that I use and how to use them. So far, he seems pleased, and although he doesn’t go through the routine that I do each night, I find he is taking much better care of his skin, and he remembers to use an SPF dermatologist approved sunscreen.

My suggestion for anyone who has a child or significant other who are reluctant to ask about skin care products is to be open minded and suggestive with them when explaining their options. This way you have an equal exchange of information and get a good idea about what they are looking for.

Ask them if they would like to try certain products that you already have or if they are interested in talking with a skin care professional in order to develop a routine that would work best for them. Remember, not all skin types fit into a cookie cutter mold for skin care and one product may not work for everyone.

I do suggest a visit to a licensed skin care specialist, and when you are there; ask about scheduling a mini-facial with a skin analysis. This way, you have the undivided attention of someone who is excited about sharing their knowledge about skin care with you. If you have problems with your skin that they feel might be beyond their control, every professional will recommend a visit to a dermatologist.

In some circumstances you may need a more intense therapy in the form of a prescribed medication or a topical cream. In today’s society more and more males are beginning to understand the need to take better care of their skin. Proper skin care routines including the use of sunscreen are not just for women. There are simple ways to suggest to the men in your life to add a skin care as a daily routine to help improve their overall appearance.

Six Best Winter Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

The harsh winter cold has a tendency to leave our skin looking dull and drab. Acne prone skin is no different; it still breaks out in the winter even though it may feel a bit dry and tight. My skin especially has these problems. It feels dry in spots, but is still oily and acne-prone in other spots. And without great skin care products, it starts to look pretty dull and drab. Here are my top skincare products that help my skin look great and feel great.

Mark Skin Care. Admittedly, I was skeptical of Mark products because Mark is a division of Avon, and Avon was not my favorite company. However, Mark products are very on trend, and Avon is a large, longstanding company which means they have plenty of research – and research dollars – to back up their products. So I finally tried the Mark Skin care line, hoping it could help my acne prone skin this winter. What did I find? I love it! I use That’s Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser, and every couple of days I mix it with a little bit of Berry Grand Super Exfoliating Beads to exfoliate my skin and get rid of that dull complexion. It works! The beads are actual pieces of pomegranate and cranberry. They are surprisingly gentle and easy to use.

Toner. After I cleanse, I use the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner. It contains salicylic acid and helps keep my breakouts under control. I also use it on my back to prevent any blemishes from forming there, since heavy layers of clothing in the winter can trap pore clogging dirt and moisture other places than just our face.

Moisturizer. I really like Mark’s Break Out Plan Acne Gel Moisturizer. It comes in a cute little jar with a clever pump, too. These Mark acne products are great because they contain real fruits and herbs, such as Apple and Willow Bark, to keep skin clear, along side of tried and true salicylic acid, which is acne fighting and age fighting. The only down side was the slight smell from the natural ingredients, but I did get used to it. If my face still feels dry, I follow up with a little Mary Kay Timewise Age Fighting Oil Free Moisturizer, just on my cheeks. It soaks in, but doesn’t clog my pores or make me shiny.

Eye Cream . Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night is a very heavy cream that delivers serious results. I never would have tried it because it is pretty costly at over $100 an ounce, but I received a free sample. My teeny little jar of Un-Wrinkle Night makes the perfect eye cream. This cream would probably be too heavy for my entire face, but is great for just around the eyes. I’m not sure what I’ll do when my little jar runs out!

Of course, skin care is very personal. You have to find which products work for you. For some people, results are better when they stick to a single line of skin care products. For others, like me, with acne prone skin, it works best to mix and match. A little trial and error, and a little bit of recommendations from others, and you will be well on your way to skin that is clean, clear, and glowing.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Skin After a Long Winter

Winter’s ice-cold temperatures and dry air may have made your skin flaky, irritated and looking dull. Even if you were moisturizing your skin every day to protect it from the elements, the harsh weather and cold climate could still severely dry out your skin. As the weather warms up and you prepare for spring, you’ll need to make some changes to your skincare routine and work on bringing out your natural, healthy glow. Here are five ways to freshen up your skin after a long and cold winter season:

1. Give yourself a head-to-toe exfoliation. Use a buffing cloth and exfoliating tools to get rid of dead skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface. You have probably accumulated a lot of dead skin cells from head to toe over the winter months, and can “shed” this layer easily by buffing it away. Use face and body scrubs to loosen dead skin cells and a body-buffing tool to work on tougher areas of skin.

2. Use petroleum jelly to keep skin soft. Petroleum jelly is still one of the best – and most affordable — skin moisturizers available, and is especially helpful for getting rid of rough patches of skin on your knees, elbows and heels. Apply a layer of petroleum jelly to these dry and rough areas, and wear socks or gloves overnight so that your skin softens up quickly.

3. Choose a body wash with glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliating agent and can be very effective for smoothing out rough and untoned skin all over your body. Look for a quality body wash or scrub that contains glycolic acid for the ultimate exfoliation in the shower. If you have sensitive skin, choose a body wash with a lowest concentration of glycolic acid.

4. Use a moisturizing body scrub at least once per week. A natural body scrub infused with essential oils, moisturizing oils, brown sugar or white sugar can be particularly effective for smoothing out rough patches of skin and reviving your skin after a long winter. Applying a body scrub using a vigorous, circular motion can also increase circulation to the skin’s surface, bringing out your natural glow.

5. Get a faux tan. If your skin is looking especially pale after a long winter, pick up some sunless tanning products and work up a faux tan! Your fake tan will look more natural and last longer if you exfoliate your skin thoroughly before application. Most sunless tanning products last between five to seven days, depending on your natural skin tone.

Top 5 Natural Organic Skincare Gifts

The holidays are approaching and you owe it to yourself to get into the game. When it comes to natural/organic skincare gifts for that special health fanatic in your life, there is so much to contemplate. It is 2008 and today people prefer the essence of naturalism more than ever, as opposed to artificiality. Although you cannot put a value on your skin, you can look like a million bucks at anytime. I have narrowed down an array of amazing natural/organic skincare inspired products to only 5 of the best natural/organic skincare gifts.

5. Lavanila Healthy Lip Shine Trio. I first discovered this product when watching television. I was very intrigued, as it was so natural and healthy. Exclusively available at Sephora, this startling natural/organic lip shine trio only produces the best results. Made with powerful antioxidants and 100% pure ingredients, this skincare gift makes only the best gift to that natural fanatic in your life. Because it is free of ingredients such as menthol and phenol, this brilliant product is ultimately worth your inquiry. The set includes: Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, and Vanilla Grapefruit lip shines. If you don’t own this lip shine trio, you are truly missing out. It is one of the best natural/organic skincare products in the world today.

4. Lavera amp; Lavere 21st Anniversary Gift Set. Love the skin you are in. There is just no greater feeling. If you haven’t heard of this miraculous product, you definitely need to discover it. This gleaming and astounding natural/organic skincare set includes: Lifting Serum, Hydro Sensation Energy Cream, Eye Cream, and Hand Cream. You can purchase this directly from Lavera amp; Lavere. For one who appreciates affluent products that possess only the best ingredients and produces only the best results, this is your product.

3. L’Occitane Ultra Comforting Skincare Regime Kit. Don’t let your skin feel weighed down. Allow it to come to life with this brilliant natural/organic skincare product. Formulated for every skin type, including sensitive skin. The set includes: Ultra Comforting Cream, Shea Ultra Comfort Milk, Shea Ultra Comfort Mask, and White Skincare Pouch. You can purchase this at L’Occitane directly. If you don’t own this amazing product, the time is now to purchase it today. You won’t regret it.

2. Juice Beauty Organic To Go. I first discovered this set, when it was given to me by a good friend of mine. She looked at several gifts, before she chose this gift. Knowing I am a vegetarian who appreciates holistic methods, she knew this organic inspired skincare kit was destined to attract me on several wavelengths. Available at Sephora, this 6-piece organic skincare starter set is truly a force to be reckoned with. Imagine a $45 value for only $29. This surprisingly elite skincare regime contributes to healthy skin. The set includes: cleansing milk, antioxidant serum, green apple peel, hydrating mist, oil-free moisturizer, and an organic bamboo washcloth. If you are looking for the ultimate natural/organic skincare gift, this would be it.

…and the hottest natural/organic skincare gift is…

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1. Origins Skin Care Starter Set. Skincare is as universal and diverse as the individual that uses it. When it comes to this amazingly fluent skincare set, anyone experiencing the need to own a marvelously healthy part of a skincare line, you are destined to love this. This amazingly immaculate set includes: Purifying Tonic, Foaming Face Wash, and Nourishing Face Lotion. You can purchase this amazing natural/organic skincare set through Origins website or at your local Origins counter. I love this and I just know that you will, too.

Organic Bath and Body Products on Etsy

Etsy is an awesome website for sellers and buyers of handmade and vintage goods, and many of the sellers on Etsy choose to sell organic, earth-friendly items. One of the biggest categories of organic items on Etsy is organic bath and body products, and these are some of the greatest shops for buying organic skincare items on Etsy:


Herb Friend is a wonderful shop that features natural bath and body products, many of which organically grown herbs and herbal infusions. Some of their products include natural artisanal soap, such as clementine lavender, citrus forest, and spiced organic apple soap, natural lip balm, in flavors like lemongrass tea tree, organic icy lime, and organic vanilla, and other herbal body products, including organic calendula salve, organic whipped shea butter, and rosemary and mint herbal bath salts.


Mirasol Farm is a great shop for organic bath and body products on Etsy. They create handcrafted skin care, including creams, lotions, and balms – all of which are made from scratch. Their skincare products are made using raw organic ingredients, including pure, essential oils and botanicals, and they also take care in their packaging, making sure it’s eco-sensible, as well.


At Green Springs Body Works, they focus on creating natural and organic products free of synthetic chemicals, parabens, and artificial colorants. Some of their eco-friendly bath and body products include soaps, scrubs, salves, butters, balms, lotions, and perfumes – all of which have been created with the consumer and the earth in mind.


Raw Element is another one of the awesome organic bath and body care shops on Etsy. All of their all natural skincare products are free of parabens and other synthetic preservatives, pthalates, artificial colors, sulfates, propylene glycol, and petrochemicals (like mineral oil). Some of their offerings include body and face moisturizers, body oils, exfoliating scrubs, lip balms, and bath salts and bombs.

Be sure to check out these awesome, eco-friendly Etsy shops full of organic bath and body products, as well as the many others on the site.

Velvet Skin Coat & Matte Cream: DHC Skin Care Products Reviewed

My first experience with DHC products was at my dermatologist’s office. My doctor was offering free samples of DHC Velvet Skin Coat and DHC Matte Cream, and I gave them a try. I was so impressed with both products that I had to buy them.

Velvet Indeed!

DHC Velvet Skin Coat is a primer that you use before applying make up. This is a great product that keeps your foundation color even while controlling oiliness. It also helps your make up look fresh throughout the day.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat can also be used by itself. The gel gives my skin a healthy, even glow without making it appear oily. It also has a noticeable softening effect on your skin.

Application of this product is simple; you apply the colorless gel with your fingertips and give it a few seconds to set.

Shiny nose? No problem!

DHC Matte Cream is a great product to have on hand if you live in humid climates. I live in the Midwest and deal with humidity every day of the summer.

This cream absorbs excess oil and minimizes shine. You can use it under make up or alone.

DHC Matte Cream has made me forget about having a shiny nose. I no longer do mirror checks to see if I need to get out the powder. If you live in humid areas or have problems with oily skin, this would be a great product for you to try.

Guilty Little Splurges

I am usually quite frugal. I love DHC products so much that I let myself splurge a little when it comes to them. I bought DHC Matte Cream on sale for $19.50. It normally runs $28.00 a bottle.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat is not cheap either. I ordered a .52 ounce bottle for $20.00 and paid $5.00 in shipping.

Is it Worth It?

Since it is almost the end of summer, I probably won’t buy any more DHC Matte Cream unless I see it on sale again. I will continue on purchasing DHC Velvet Skin Coat though, because I love how it makes my skin feel.

Free Samples

With every DHC purchase you can choose 4 free samples.

If you have not purchased anything from DHC, you can request a catalog by calling 1.800.DHC.CARE (342.2273) or going to their website at The catalog will have 4 free samples included.

Where to Find It

You can find DHC products at .

Skincare: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer Versus Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer

My mom told my sister and I several things about our skin when we were young. My sister had rather oily skin. Mine was extremely dry. One thing she said to my sister when she was a teenager was, “You might be having problems with pimples now, but when you girls are older, you will not age as quickly as your sister.” That may have made my sister feel better, but it made me feel like the pits.

I did make some decisions about my skin because of my mom’s words way back then. I decided to try to stay as young as possible, by using good products and caring for this dry skin properly. Today at 50, I still strive for a smooth, soft face. Clinique gives me that.

I have been using Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care Program for about 20 years. Not only does this cleanse, but also it exfoliates my skin. The Clarifying lotion helps with this after I wash with their facial soap. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is the icing on the cake. It soaks into my face and makes it feel as soft as a baby. It is really the key for me.

About a year ago, I decided to save some money. Who knows why? I am working toward paying for my son’s college among many other things. I ran out of my Clinique and decided to buy something less expensive. I bought Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer, Along with it, I bought their other skin care products, for my skin. I purchased the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, and even some Anti-Aging Crème. I wanted and must have a good moistuizer.

I don’t really know why I chose Neutrogena. I was walking down the aisle of the store and trying to decide which one to choose. This is not a very practical way to choose your moisturizers and skin care regimen. The blue container kind of just popped out from the rest. I liked the packaging. It looked fresh and clean to me with the white lettering. The advertising people did a really good job designing the packaging. I bought it and took it home thinking I would be saving money and helping my face.

I began to put water on my face to clean with the Deep Clean Cream Cleanser. When I took it off with the water, I felt that I was a little “too clean” or something. My face was tight and dry. I was hoping the moisturizer was going to take the feeling away. I put the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer all over my face. It felt OK. An hour later, my face felt dry again. I reapplied the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer. My face felt a little sticky but not soft.

I did continue to use these products because I wanted to give them a fair chance. After three weeks, I began to have little bumps under my eyes. I stopped applying the moisturizer close to my eyes and the bumps faded. When I squeezed the last drop out of the Neutrogena Illuminating Whip Moisturizer (I do not know what was whipped into this moisturizer), I went as quickly as my little car would take me to get some more Clinique 3-Step Skin Care Program.

I found my yellow bottle of lotion with the pump at the Clinique display in Belk. I even got it on sale. That was unexpected. Clinique is known for giving tote bags or makeup bags, and I got one each of those. With packages in tow, I was headed home.

I quickly washed my face with their facial soap. This time I decided to try the liquid facial soap. It was just as wonderful as the bar soap. The bar has no smell, and the liquid has a slight smell; however, it was the same clean soft feeling on my face. The Clarifying lotion exfoliated gently, yet my skin still did not feel dry. I was ready for the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I applied it to my skin and it slowly sank in. It seemed as if my skin was smiling. That soft, supple feeling was back once more.

I made myself a promise. I would never run out of my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer again. It was simply not worth it.

This is the truth. The next day, two of my co-workers asked me if I had a new haircut or if I was wearing new makeup. They all know I only wear eye makeup. They asked if I had a facial. I smiled and said no. They said I looked really good that day. I knew it was just my face because it finally had the moisture it had been lacking from Neutrogena. Moisturizer is the key to healthy, beautiful skin…even at 50.

It is worth the extra money. We only have one face, right?

Essential Summer Skincare Tips

Whether you’re hitting the beach or relaxing by the pool for hours on end this summer, make sure you’re taking steps to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and maintaining that youthful glow! Keeping skin radiant during the warmer months is easier than the rest of the year, but too much fun in the sun can dry out your skin and also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Taking preventive measures to protect your skin from UV damage, dehydration and other effects of scorching heat can ward off skin damage signs of aging. Update your summer beauty regimen with these essential summer skincare tips:

Slather on the Sunscreen
Sun protection is a top priority during the summer months, especially if you are planning to be outdoors under the sun’s rays for more than an hour. Make sure you apply sunscreen from head to toe every day, and use makeup that’s infused with SPF for even more protection. If you’re not sure whether your makeup has any sunscreen in it, use a lightweight formula under your makeup instead. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, $25.56 – $31.95, is a fast-absorbing product that protects skin from both UVB and UVA rays.

Exfoliate at Least Once Per Week
Dry and flaky skin may be preventing you from maintaining a healthy, radiant glow this season. Shed that layer of dead cells by exfoliating and buffing the skin at least once per week. A pair of exfoliating wash gloves are a great addition to your beauty regimen, and can be used year round to smooth out rough patches of skin and keep your skin looking healthy. Use these in the shower once or twice per week with a brown sugar body scrub like the LaLicious Moisturizing Body Scrub, Brown Sugar and Vanilla Sugar Souffle, $25.60 – $33.30, for even more skin-smoothing benefits.

Keep Skin Hydrated with Moisturizing Gel
You can do away with shea butter and heavy moisturizers during the summer season, and replace your daily moisturizer with a lightweight, scented lotion. Try a moisturizing gel to keep skin cool after a hot day in the sun, and also to infuse it with much-needed moisture. Vaseline Moisturizing Gel with Aloe, $5.03 – $18.27, is a clear and light formula that sinks deep into the pores within seconds and will give your skin a refreshing boost of hydration. If you tend to burn easily during the summer or just want to avoid heavy moisturizers this season, stick with a gel like this to keep skin soft and to restore lost moisture.


Homemade Masques, Scrubs and Toners for Moms and Teens

When your teens go through those pesky troubled-skin phases, go straight to the kitchen and cook up dual-purpose beauty masques, scrubs, and toners. All 10 natural skincare products are made by you and your teen, are edible (safe around infants and toddlers), skin-tightening, exfoliating, anti-acne and anti-aging, while infusing your skin with potent anti-oxidants and other nutrients.

1. Ground old fashioned oats mixed with honey to create a basic skin-tightening, toxin-removing masque.

2. Granulated sugar, sea salt or baking soda will create natural scrubs to remove dead skin cells.

3. Olive oil (Biblical) mixed with either vanilla, cherry, banana or walnut extract for a natural moisturizer, with heavenly scents.

4. Apple cider vinegar (watered-down), aloe juice, or witch hazel makes great anti-bacterial skin toners.

5. Egg whites tighten the skin, and according to Dr. Oz television show (spring, 2010) contain pure protein to stimulate natural collagen growth, and leaves skin smooth and soft.

6. Sunflower oil, plain yogurt and lemon juice, also on the Dr. Oz show (spring, 2010) balances ph levels.

7. Cucumber slices, green or black (moistened) tea bags will soothe tired and/or puffy eyes.

8. Ground pomegranate seeds are packed with anti-oxidants and vitamin C, for a potent anti-aging, skin-softening scrub, as cited in Fitness Magazine online.

9. Mashed strawberry makes a skin rub which will polish surface skin, while infusing it with vitamin C, as seen in Fitness Magazine online.

10. Yogurt and mashed blueberries will repair UV damage, when prepared as a mask, infusing skin with vitamins C and E, while lactic acid peels and repairs surface-skin damage, as cited on Fitness Magazine online.

Mix all individually-listed masque ingredients in a food processor or blender, before applying to skin, and refrigerate left-overs in a separate container. Leave masques on face (not around eyes) until dried or ultra-sticky, and then rinse off with clear water, or a wet washcloth. No more than two masques per week are necessary for optimum anti-acne and anti-aging results.

New Video Game Keeps Your Skin Healthy

The Nintendo DS is already popular all over the USA and Japan, with all types of games available. Shooting and racing games are popular with the traditional video game target audience of young males, but recently Nintendo has released virtual pet and brain teaser games for the DS that has opened up the market to include older people and women.

The Nintendo Corporation who brought us the Super Mario franchise and Pokemon, has just released a new game for the DS that seeks to broaden their target audience even more. “Dream Skincare” is a new DS game designed for women, young and old, who seek skincare, aging and beauty tips.

The software created by the Konami Corp. allows players to input information about themselves via the DSs touch screen. Body temperature, skin tone, amount of sleep, skin smoothness, and exposure to sunlight among others, are all tracked daily on the DS and the game will automatically tell the player what things they can do to help preserve and better care for their skin.

The game gives advice like what foods to eat, how to keep a good hormonal balance, and what type of daily skin care regime should be used to help women keep their skin beautiful. The game also includes videos of Chizu Saeki acting as a virtual skin care consultant advising women on how to apply makeup, skin care products, and facial massage. The game will also feature recipes designed to keep women healthy and beautiful as well as advice on manners and being womanly.

“Dream Skincare” due out October 18, 2007 in Japan, has been met with mixed reviews. Some people praise Nintendo for trying to expand their audience with innovative games like “Dream Skincare” and making such an innovative console as the Wii released in 2006. Other gamers think that “Dream Skincare” and other games like it are laughable at best and will do nothing but hurt Nintendo’s profits and image. But with over 40 million DSs sold and sales still strong, Nintendo does not seem concerned that their new and untraditional approach to gaming will have any negative effects.

It is still unknown if “Dream Skincare” will be released in the USA or Europe, the reception of the game in Japan will probably dictate whether or not it gets to debut in any other countries. But for those of us women who don’t have access to our own personal skincare advisor via the DS, there’s always the salon, or if nothing else, the skincare aisle at Wal-Mart.