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New In Skincare Mania

Skincare is a constantly evolving industry. It reaches out and looks for novel ways to help improve your skin and prolong the apparent youth of your skin. This generally works out with its share of failures along the way as false hopes come up and legitimate new sources of skincare are found. Most of the time it isn’t something we actively pay much attention to as the real work goes on out of view of the public with only some of it appearing in the news. Admittedly, that doesn’t stop there from being skincare and beauty trends every year when the barest hint of a new technique might have been discovered. Some of these are inherently appealing. Others are…a bit strange. Sometimes these latter ones don’t get the time they deserve in the spotlight. We’re going to take a quite look at some of this year’s odd, but effective skin care treatments. It is entirely up to you whether you try some of these or not.

Wait, don’t go yet! That’s “urea” not “urine”. Admittedly, urea is in urine for mammals and actually is part of what gives it its particular scent in some cases. Products that uses urea though aren’t pulling it directly from urine. We can make urea in labs and it is actually a surprisingly good ingredient to include in some products. Surprisingly, it is really good at storing moisture for use later. That’s why you’ll generally see it in lotions and creams more than anywhere else. It simply works to help the product deliver the moisture effectively. Admittedly, it is also a surprisingly decent exfoliant as well when used appropriately. It isn’t particularly harsh either. This has led some companies to incorporate it into cleansers for just that extra boost. The combination effect of helping to exfoliate and moisturize the skin means it works well with other products by clearing the way and ensuring the skin is healthy. You should probably expect to see more of it even if it won’t exactly be advertised.

woman getting face treatment
Snails aren’t exactly everyone’s idea of good company. Admittedly, not everyone thinks of them as good cuisine either and yet they are. The snail itself isn’t actually the important part of the equation, though. Their mucus is. That rather icky feeling residue they leave behind them is actually surprisingly good for your skin. It needs to be in the right concentration to do you much good though. When used appropriately, though, it is a nourishing antioxidant rich compound capable of providing light exfoliation like urea. That makes it really quite good for anyone working on utilizing a good anti-aging product. You can expect the compounds that make up mucin to help boost your skin’s repair function as it helps clean up the skin. There really are no downsides beyond the origin of this compound and we can overlook that for better skincare, right?

There are only a handful of people in the world who could honestly say that getting hit with pepper spray to experience it is a life goal. Even fewer people would be willing to spray themselves with it. Interestingly enough, capsaicin, the compound primarily responsible for the burn in peppers and pepper spray, is actually useful to your skin. It is a little bit more appealing than some of your other options, but that doesn’t make it any less daunting. The entire purpose of the compound is to burn. It just happens to increase blood flow because of this effect. Capsaicin products aren’t the most widespread but are generally used to help give a healthy, natural glow to the skin from stimulated blood flow. The concentration of the compound also isn’t typically high enough to do much more than tingle on contact, but you’ll want to be careful with any product that actually dares to use capsaicin in a spray. You’re better off sticking with a lotion or cream. Some lip glosses and similar products also use it to temporarily plump the lips and improve color.

Skincare is an… interesting industry. There’s a reason we don’t hear about every potentially useful ingredient in skincare: we don’t always want to know. These ingredients are just a bit out there are far as standard skincare goes. It isn’t something we’d necessarily think of on our own as being good, but it turns out they can be used in products we enjoy. Let’s just agree to not think about it too much?

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Our Most Commonly Shaven Body Parts

Shaving is something people have done practically since civilization began. It didn’t always involve metal razors, though. In fact, evidence suggests that people used various natural materials to shave when metalworking wasn’t involved. Humans did eventually move towards using metal razors though as metalworking became more widespread and common. Culture played an integral part in what parts of the body would be shaven, however. Some people would ritually shave their heads, others would only shave their faces, and still yet other cultures would remove all of their hair. Various cultural shifts have made hard lines in practices somewhat harder to pick out these days along with globalization spreading practices among various cultures. Taking a broader perspective, we can still pick out what the most commonly shaved body parts in the world are and that generally means there a plenty of techniques available for doing it well.

Shaving facial hair is one of the most common practices because almost everyone needs to do it at some point. Most men will need to do it as they’ll strive to maintain a healthy, groomed appearance regardless across their lifetime. Others, including many women, will need to shave due to hormonal shifts in their lives causing facial hair to darken and require tending in some way too. Shaving facial hair is largely a process of figuring out the direction the hair is growing in and shaving with it. Most of the time lip, chin, and cheek hair all grow downwards at relatively slight angles following the contour of the face. Anyone dealing with neck hair will need to carefully watch while the hair grows in to find the growth pattern to shave with as neck hair tends to grow in at least three different directions at once depending on the section of the neck.

Body hair encompasses a broad category of potential hair on the human body and that makes it difficult to highlight as a single category. Leg hair, in particular, receives a lot of attention as in many cultures around the world women are constantly motivated by cultural ideas of aesthetic beauty to remove their leg hair. This leads to them being among the first areas that many women begin to shave or wax. Men are beginning to remove their leg hair as well though in the face of aesthetic trends as well. The main difference in shaving legs is governed by hormonal differences. Anyone with higher testosterone generally has thicker leg hair and that’s that. Shaving legs simply requires that you remember to shave with the grain of the leg hair. Don’t forget to shave lightly on your legs though. The contours of the knees and upper thighs can make it hard to shave cleanly. The knees, in particular, are prone to getting cut if you’re too forceful with your shaving.

Torso hair is another favorite for shaving. It is generally the domain of men and anyone else with higher levels of testosterone though. This is because it takes those levels to make torso hair darken and thicken enough to be obvious. Shaving torso hair is also a difficult thing similar to shaving neck hair. It grows in a variety of directions all at once depending on the area of the torso. Hair growing on the stomach, in particular, tends to grow in a radial pattern out from the navel. Growth on the upper chest tends to be a little more directed with a downwards flow if it isn’t particularly prominent, but prominent enough torso hair can end up thick enough to make it hard to determine this natural pattern of growth. As a result, care needs to be taken by anyone removing torso hair. Find and stick with the growth patterns. Anyone removing hair on their upper chest will also need to be mindful to avoid harming nipples in the process. Torso hair removal is increasingly popular for a truly sleek and sculpted look among men, but it can be difficult when first starting.

woman shaving armpits

The armpits are another common area where people shave. This is far more common among women due to it being weighed as a heavy positive when it comes to aesthetic choices. Admittedly, much of women’s fashion also tends to expose the armpits as well to help further drive home the idea that they need to be shaved. Much as with torso hair removal, men are beginning to consider shaving their armpits more often as well for a carefully groomed appearance as well. It is not as popular among them though. Shaving the armpits requires similar considerations to shaving around one’s knees. Shave carefully and lightly with the grain to minimize potential issues. Remember that the skin is prone to sensitivity and you may experience discomfort afterwards if you haven’t shave your armpits before.

Where humans remove hair can say a lot about them. We tend to only remove the hair we can see and think those are the only places that we grow hair. In truth, we have a light covering of hair over almost all of our body with only a handful of place not actually growing hair. It is part of the nature of humans as mammals. There’s no getting away from our hair. We can choose what hair we want to display and embrace though.

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Three Alternatives To Shaving

A lot of us feel the need to shave to look out best. It is an annoying, repetitive task that frequently leaves a lot of us wishing that we didn’t have to do it quite so often. We then remember what we’d look like if we didn’t and then promptly get back to the business of shaving. There are other options out there that you can use beyond shaving, however. Most of them offer longer lasting results than shaving, but the catch is that they often have a degree of physical pain associated with them. Waxing, for instance, is well known as an alternative to shaving and the potential pain involved is frequently played for laughs on televisions or in other forms of comedy. Waxing, threading, and epilating all offer the same kind of freedom as shaving in that they’ll remove the unwanted hairs. The question of which to use is generally one of precision and your overall pain tolerance.

This technique is generally reserved for fairly small scale hair removal and shaping. That’s because it utilizes a literal thread to achieve its ends. Threading used a twisted thread rolled across the skin to pluck hairs in the area being threaded. As a result, it is most frequently used to pluck and shape eyebrows. The technique is comparatively painless next to waxing due to the smaller scale of the treatment though. There is noticeable pain when multiple hairs are plucked, yes, but it is seldom enough to make you cry out. Threading is largely only useful for the face because it is suitable for plucking finer hairs, but relatively useless for dealing with coarser body hair. Men will also not get much from threading except when it comes to the eyebrows as facial hair for men is far coarser than it is for women. This specialization is the main downside when it comes to threading as it also tends to last a long time for most people with a month and a half being the outer edge for a full return of the threaded hairs.

Back in the day, men reached into the medicine cabinet for a razor and standard can of shaving foam to achieve a smooth face. Now, the male grooming climate has evolved, and a new crop of best electric shaver has entered the fold, becoming an essential shaving tool for the modern man.

Waxing hurts and then the pain stops as it comes all at once. Epilating is a harrowing experience for anyone new to it and is moderately painful. It involves using a device that, in essence, is made of rotating tweezers the pluck hairs and pull them from your skin at high speeds. Yes, it is about as painful as it sounds. Fortunately, the pain does lessen substantially the more often you epilate as your skin will get used to it until you hardly notice it. The fact that epilators pull hairs out at the root also means each time the hairs you epilate will grow back weaker and be all the more easily pulled free helps too. Epilators, in many ways, offer the same kind of benefits of threading to the whole body. They can also lead to situations where it takes up to a month and a half for hair to return to the body. It makes them far better than shaving at keeping hair away at the expense of dealing with pain. Epilating also takes more time with it taking up to an hour for some to do both legs thoroughly. You’ll want to apply a soothing cream or moisturizer after epilating to help minimize skin irritation though.

Woman getting her legs waxed
Most of us are acquainted with the idea of waxing, but we’ll go over it as a refresher. Waxing is a technique for hair removal that involves applying warm, but not hot wax to an area of skin either directly or after adding it to a removable strip of material for easy removal later. The wax is allowed to sit on the skin and then quickly removed in a single motion before it becomes brittle. This forcibly removes the hairs caught in the solidifying wax and leaves the skin irritated, but comparatively smooth and hairless. Waxing is fairly painful for most people when they first begin to use the method, but the level of pain can subside some over the course of regular treatments. There is no guarantee for this lessened level of pain, though. Waxing generally leaves the skin relatively clean for two to three weeks. The downside is that waxing is often messy and a residue can be left on the skin.

There are options for hair removal beyond shaving, but the good ones all involve a little pain. Fortunately, your body can and will adapt to most sources of pain. Waxing, threading, and epilating the same areas repeatedly will also make it easier to remove the hairs over time. You don’t have to worry about using a razor a couple of times a week if you don’t want to deal with the hassle. The catch is that you must simply be willing to experience just a little bit of pain for your beauty.

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Men’s Skincare Routine

Culturally speaking, men generally don’t learn how to properly care for the skin. It really is a shame too. A well-kempt man with good skin is sure to draw eyes wherever he goes. People just don’t value teaching men these things as much as they value teaching them to women. You don’t need to just accept this oversight in culture though. Anyone can learn to care for their skin rather quickly. Men can even learn relatively quickly simply because there are fewer concerns for their skin much of the time for a few reasons. One of the big ones is that men don’t wear much makeup, if any, most of the time. This means fewer concerns about managing the potential effects on their skin. Similarly, men’s skin is slightly thicker than women’s skin due to different hormone levels. It makes their skin a little more resistant to things on average. As a result, guys can generally get away with a simple routine.

Rinse and Cleanse
No one gets to skip this step. The rinse and cleanse is good for anyone trying to take care of their skin. It may be slightly more important for men though. The same hormonal differences that make their skin thicker also mean their oil glands are a bit larger and produce more oil. Cleansing regularly helps break this up to prevent breakouts. In general, men will in general want to look for a decent cleanser with oil control options. Some men swear by using bar soap on their faces, but do yourself a favor and skip this mistake. Bar soap is a bit harsh for even the skin on a man’s face. A simple cleanser is all you need. Favor cleansers using glycolic or salicylic acid and that will often be enough to keep your skin clean and healthy in the mornings. A hydrating cleanser is recommended for any men whose skin gets too dry from a normal cleanser. It will do the job without hurting your skin.

Any man who takes the time to care for his facial hair should probably consider taking the time for his skin too. Just like facial hair can use products to keep it healthy, moisturizing your skin is a surefire way to keep it looking youthful and smooth. The trick is to make sure that you match the moisturizer to your skin type to make sure you don’t cause more problems than you solve. Many already know what a pain dry skin can be to take care of, but any men new to skincare should commit that to memory too. If you’ve got dry skin, you need to reach for the thickest moisturizing cream you can find. This will settle into your skin over time and provide a better seal against the outside world. Go for lighter products if you’ve got normal or oily skin though. Lotions are a safe bet for men who don’t know their skin type. Those products are middle of the road and can be used to gauge which way to go with your skincare.

Man applying sunscreen.

The final universal truth of skin care that men need to remember is to apply sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if your skin and its protective layers are a bit thicker, guys, you still have to worry about sun damage. Men tend to be hit hardest by sun damage because the attention to caring for the skin is downplayed and they are allowed to age more than women. Don’t mistake that for total leniency though. Men should be applying sunscreen or they’ll end up looking akin to the grandfathers in classic films who were baked by the sun all of their adult lives. The shriveled, crinkled, and hard skin look can set in faster than you’d like to think without proper care. Fortunately, this isn’t a hard rule to follow either. A broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen or moisturizer is really all you need to help protect your skin from the sun effectively.

That’s it. Three quick and simple rules for skincare can be all it takes for any man to start a simple skincare routine. It isn’t the most complex, but it hits all the necessities. You can learn more from there through research if you have particular skincare issues. Dermatologists are also a good resource if you’re fighting a chronic skin condition. Distinguished men recognize that luxury is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, but they should also remember taking care of themselves is also part of it.

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Applying Skin Care In the Right Order

Skin care products sometimes seem more than a little finicky. We see all sorts of promises for what they can do to our skin, but they don’t quite seem to measure up. High-quality products we were hoping would solve a particular problem end up seeming like a waste of money. It isn’t always the products that are at fault, as part of learning how to have an amazing skin care routine is learning how to apply products in the right order. It varies a little depending upon your personal group of products, but the order is still there. If you want to give your products the power they need to help you, then read on as we’ve put together a really quick primer on how to do things properly. In truth, it all relates back to the overall thickness and weight of your products after cleansing.

Clean and Healthy
Ideally, you start your routine with a quick rinse in lukewarm water to help start breaking up grime on your face. This will help your cleanser do its work more effectively by giving it a prepared area to work with instead of the accumulated mass of oil and grime your skin tends to build up. Your cleanser is likely to always be your first product after the rinse for this very reason. It takes this prepped area and helps to clean it thoroughly. Every skin fortifying product you have works better when it has a clean area to work with instead of having to fight through your body’s natural protective layers. Of note, you should exfoliate after cleansing on the days when you exfoliate, but remember that exfoliating every day can be hazardous to your skin in some cases. Any further cleaning products such as toners should come after exfoliation.

Building A Better You
Fortifying products should start going on once your skin has been thoroughly cleaned. This provides a comparatively blank slate that makes it easier for products to get into your skin to provide their effects. Serums in particular benefit from this as their lightweight nature means that any resistance is likely to notably diminish its potential to help your skin. Keep in mind that serums are absolutely full of compounds to help your skin and getting in their way means you’re not getting the most you can out of them. Your routines will likely start varying after applying the serum. You then need to work upwards in product weight and thickness from serums. This helps layer in lighter products close to the skin to give them time to be absorbed while letting heavier products seal them closer to the skin so you get the most benefit. In general, you’ll work up to lotions and then creams as you go through your particular products. Remember “lightest first, thickest last” to give you a quick mental reference point.

Sealing It All In
Before getting to anything beyond skin care, you’ll want to seal all your products closer to your skin. This is where moisturizers come in. Not only do they help provide your skin with the moisture they crave, but they also tend to be the thickest product most of us use. The thickness makes it ideal for providing the final seal for both protecting and fortifying your skin. It doesn’t need to compete with the fortified products. The form your moisturizer takes will vary. Some of us favor thick creams because of our skin types while others favor lotions. Notably, some makeups are hybrid moisturizers and makeup. You should make the decision based on your skin’s needs. Remembering to end with moisturizer will help your skin retain a healthy amount of moisture for longer throughout the day while helping you to avoid the trap of accidentally making your other products less effective.

Applying products in the right order isn’t the most difficult part of skin care. You can break it down into three easy steps: Cleanse, Fortify, Moisturize. The fortifying section is the only one that requires a little thought to ensure the products get their appropriate chance to help your skin. Those who learn to apply their products in the right order will benefit by having their product be more effective. Never forget that products can only do as much for you as you let them.

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Daily Skin Needs

Everyone’s skin has varying needs. It depends on your skin type, any particular history of skin issues, and the climate you’re in, but the needs are there. These varying needs are attached to the needs that all skin has regardless of any other factors. There are ways for anyone to nourish and pamper their skin wherever they’re from and wherever they are. Many are likely familiar with this idea as many of us build our skin care routines around the most basic needs that skin has and slowly specialize from there until we’ve catered a routine specifically to our skin. Not everyone has started from the beginning though. We’ll be taking a brief look at your skin’s daily needs to help you return to basics if you need to recreate your skin care routine and to help anyone just getting started on their skin care journey.

Woman cleansing skin.

Your skin needs to be cleansed at least one per day and perhaps more depending on your skin type. Skin naturally renews itself through a process of shedding old skin cells that gradually fall away from the skin. The uppermost layers of your skin are actually composed of those layers of dead skin. Flaking dead skin eventually comes off on its own, but it can end up getting caught in the natural oils of your skin and clumping. These oils also catch other bits of dust and dirt over time that likewise build up on the skin. Natural shedding can only do so much to help get rid of these issues. Rinsing and cleansing your skin daily helps your skin take care of itself. Using lukewarm water and a cleansing products helps break up the oil and grimes on your skin so that it remains clean, healthy, and receptive to other products.

Woman applying moisturizer

Another thing all skin needs is being properly moisturized. Those with oily skin may scoff at this, but the fact is that even oily skin needs to be moisturized to be healthy. A lot of oil control products have a habit of drying out the skin. Skin that gets too dry begins to produce more oils to combat the unexpected dryness. This increased oil production, in turn, makes oily skin even more problematic by making the fight to control the oil all that much harder. These rules apply to people with normal skin as well. Properly moisturizing your skin helps it remain healthy, firm, and youthful. We all gradually lose the ability to retain as much moisture in our skin as we age. This makes proper moisturizing crucial to working against the signs of aging. You should moisture at the very least once per day, but if you’re using targeted products that dry out areas of your skin then you may wish to follow up with a little moisturizer to prevent those areas of skin from getting too dry.

Woman applying sunscreen

Sun Protection
Never forget to protect your skin from the sun daily. A lot of skin care routines help focus on boosting skin health so that it can protect itself effectively. You should take an active hand in protecting your skin in other ways than boosting its natural defenses. Sunscreen applied every day goes a long way towards preventing premature aging from sun damage. Additionally, it can guard against other problems caused by overexposure to the sun. Try to find sunscreens that utilize zinc oxide or another physical block to provide the best results. These sunscreens should also offer broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30. This will provide you the best level of protection for your skin all year. Don’t skimp on utilizing sunscreen or a moisturizer with sunblock in it during the fall and winter either.

The daily needs of skin are fairly universal. Some do apply a little more heavily to different skin tones, but everyone benefits from remembering these basic needs. Taking proper care of your skin helps keep it looking youthful and healthy for a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it is relatively easy to cater to all of these needs without it taking an excess amount of time. Making sure to take this small amount of time will help you on your way to cultivating lasting beauty though.

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