Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

7 Men’s Beauty Tips Guys Need to Know But Are Too Embarrassed to Ask For

Sometimes we guys are a little shy about asking for men’s beauty tips. I get that they fear it will make them feel a little less manly to have a bathroom full of “beauty” products, but who doesn’t want to look their best?

Tip #1: Get a Safer Shave
Most men I know aren’t going to trade in the regular razor and shaving cream for an epilator (ouch!), and there’s probably not a depilatory cream on the market that I’d recommend even if it seemed like something men would want to use.
A lot of the ingredients in your typical drugstore shaving cream have been linked to cancer (like TEA and DEA) and hormone disruptions. You don’t have to give up the razor as your hair removal method of choice, but do choose safer, natural ingredients.
You could make your own shaving cream. For example:

4 Tbsp unrefined, raw shea butter
4 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
3 Tbsp sweet almond oil or olive oil
6-7 drops of the essential oils of your choice (totally optional, but they smell great, and you could use a citrus or peppermint scent to help wake you up in the morning)

Melt the shea butter and coconut oil at a low temperature in a double-boiler, then add the sweet almond or olive oil and stir it up.
Pour it into a large bowl and let it firm up in the refrigerator. Then use a mixer to whip it up into a consistency more like that of a shaving cream. Store it in an airtight container.
If all that sounds like too much of a pain, there are some options you can buy: Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Gel or Pacific Shaving Company’s All Natural Shaving Cream.
Little House Living has a great recipe for a natural aftershave lotion that only calls for two ingredients, and her husband uses it, too.
Tip # 2: Heal Dry, Rough Skin
Okay, so maybe you love your “rugged” good looks, but you’d still like to find a safe and effective way to moisturize your dry, rough skin. You don’t need an elaborate skin care regimen for that. Just warm up a little unrefined coconut oil or jojoba oil in your hands and apply that anywhere you have dry skin.
Give the absorption a boost by removing the top layer of dead, dry skin cells first. Sprinkle a little baking soda into your regular cleanser (add it to the washcloth or your hand each time instead of putting it directly into the bottle).
If you’d prefer to have a designated face cream, try Bubble & Bee’s Certified Organic Face Cream (for Men).
 
Tip #3: Minimize Wrinkles
Keeping your skin exfoliated and moisturized will do a lot to minimize and prevent wrinkles. The real key to youthful skin, though, is your diet (and hydration, of course).
What not to eat:

Cut back on meat and dairy products, which can age your skin. If you don’t think you’ll ever completely give up your “meat and potatoes” type of diet, you don’t have to. Just eat less meat (no more than once per day), and look for grass-fed, organic options.
Skip coffee and caffeinated tea because they can dehydrate your skin, among other problems.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use Stevia or raw honey instead.
Fried foods (this one’s a no-brainer, right?)

What to eat more of:

Cabbage. It contains tons of vitamin C and some vitamin A, too, both of which help erase lines. It also detoxifies the blood and the fiber helps push waste and toxins out of the body. Too many toxins in your body can actually show up on your face, making you look older than you are. Try eating some raw sauerkraut before dinner a few times per week.
Eat (or drink, in your GGS) pears to get rid of nasolabial folds. Just be sure you use organic pears and eat the skin, since that’s where most of the anti-aging nutrients are.
Watery vegetables or fruits help with hydration, which in turn will make your skin look more youthful and radiant.

 
Tip #4: Whiten Your Teeth Naturally
One of the biggest beauty concerns, right after smooth, clear skin, is a gorgeous bright smile. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. Michelle Phan has a DIY recipe that uses strawberries to whiten teeth.
Here’s another reason to lay off the coffee and black tea. They stain. Avoiding them will help you maintain your bright smile.
 
Tip #5: Lose Weight with an Alkaline Diet
To lose weight, you need to give your body the best fuel and eat foods that will help push the toxins out. You could be walking around with pounds of “sludge” that latched on inside your body as a result of the Standard American Diet.
Avoiding the skin-wrecking foods I mentioned in the wrinkles section will help a lot because they’re clogging to the body. Once you start to focus on whole, cleansing foods, your body will begin letting go of the fat that’s there to protect you from the chemicals and toxic waste you’ve accumulated.
Eat more foods that steer your body into a more alkaline state, which will help you drop the pounds more rapidly. Be sure to get more of these in your diet:

Leafy greens (including sea vegetables)
Ripe fruits
Sprouts
Non-starchy vegetables
Alkaline-forming grains, like quinoa and millet

You may also want to consider having a gravity-centered colonic to remove some of that old, acidic waste (never use laxatives for this purpose).
 
Tip #6: Dump the Baggage (Under Your Eyes, That Is)
Under eye problems can be a result of fluid retention or stress (in addition to the more obvious lack of sleep), so to flush out what you can, munch on celery. Celery works in two ways: it acts like a mild diuretic to encourage excess fluid to leave the body and it reduces stress hormones.

To attack problems from the outside, you can freeze spoons overnight and then apply them to your eye area every morning. Chilled raw potato slices placed under the eyes for around 20 minutes can help reduce dark circles because they contain catecholase, a skin-lightening enzyme.
If you’re especially worried about aging and dry skin around your eyes, you can try an all-natural eye cream like Blissoma’s Lift Intelligent Energy Eye Cream.
 
Tip #7: Healthy Looking Skin Without Bronzer
This tip isn’t an instant fix, but it’s one of the perks of following the principles of Kimberly Snyder’s nutrition plan, The Beauty Detox Solution, and eating lots of vegetables that contain carotenoids. These foods, like carrots, cantaloupe, oranges, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and even dark, leafy greens, can give a “tan” appearance to lighter skin tones that makes you look and seem healthier (and honestly, with a diet focused on fruits and vegetables, it probably won’t all be an illusion).
Choose Natural Products
There are a lot of men’s beauty tips that involve diet or at least things you’re likely to already have in the kitchen. When you do want to purchase a product for a specific purpose instead of raiding the fridge or pantry, always be sure to look for products made with natural ingredients.

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Know Your Skin Type

 

 Rethink What ‘Skin Type’ Means
When it comes to finding out your skin type, the first thing you need to do is forget everything you’ve heard before! What you’ve been taught by cosmetics salespeople, aestheticians, fashion magazines, and even some dermatologists, is likely incorrect, confusing, or designed to simply keep you buying more and more products—it all ends here!
While the typical categories of oily, dry, and combination skin are good basics, they don’t address the wide variety of other problems or nuances that can affect skin type. If you have rosacea, acne, sun damage, or eczema, then these categories don’t strictly apply. Plus, your skin type can change with everything from the weather to your stress levels (even your period). Why is recognizing all these factors so important? Because different skin types require different product formulations. Even more important is to realize that you can have more than one skin type: sensitive and dry, oily and blemish-prone, sun damaged with acne. The more you know about everything that affects skin type, the more you’ll be able to help your skin finally look and feel as normal as possible!
What Influences Your Skin Type
Almost everything can influence skin type—both external and internal elements can and do impact the way your skin looks and feels. To effectively evaluate your skin type here are some of the factors that need to be considered, because it’s possible that your skin is simply reacting to influences that are easily isolated or are within your control.

Hormones
Skin Disorders
Genetic Predisposition
Smoking & Secondhand Smoke
Medications
Diet
Your Skin-Care Routine
Stress
Unprotected/Prolonged Sun Exposure
Pollution
Climate

What’s Your Skin Type?

Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin.Your skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type.Skin types vary depending upon factors such as:

Water content, which affects your skin’s comfort and elasticity
Oil (lipid) content, which affects your skin’s softness
Sensitivity level

Normal Skin Type
Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:

No or few imperfections
No severe sensitivity
Barely visible pores
A radiant complexion

Combination Skin Type
A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which  may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.
Combination skin can produce:

Overly dilated pores
Blackheads
Shiny skin

Dry Skin Type
Dry skin can produce:

Almost invisible pores
Dull, rough complexion
Red patches
Less elasticity
More visible lines

When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

Genetic factors
Aging or hormonal changes
Weather such as wind, sun, or cold
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
Indoor heating
Long, hot baths and showers
Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers
Medications

Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:

Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily.
Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps.
Don’t scrub while bathing or drying.
Apply a rich moisturizer right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot.
Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents.

Oily Skin Type
Oily skin can produce:

Enlarged pores
Dull or shiny, thick complexion
Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes

Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Oily skin can be caused or made worse by:

Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
Stress
Exposure to heat or too much humidity

To take  care of oily skin:

Wash your skin no more than twice a day and after you perspire heavily.
Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. This prolongs healing time.
Use products labeled as “noncomedogenic.” They tend not to clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Type
If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.
Sensitive skin can show up as:

Redness
Itching
Burning
Dryness

The Basics of Skin Care
These tips will help your skin stay healthier no matter its type.

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid direct sunlight and wear a hat and sunglasses.
Don’t smoke.
Stay hydrated.
Wash your skin thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
Moisturize your skin.

 

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16 Beauty Hacks Your Skin Will Thank You for

 

 
Skin is the largest and arguably the most beautiful organ of your body. It reflects your health with astounding accuracy, so treat it right by pampering, cleaning, and feeding it safe and healthy nutrients. You don’t need to go out searching cosmetic counters or order expensive creams, lotions, and exfoliates when you have a wealth of do-it-yourself treatments and tricks that can take care of your skin at home.
 
Most can pinpoint the culprits of their dull or oily skin from certain unhealthy habits. Whether it’s a lack of broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection or sleeping with your makeup on, it causes harm to your body.
 
The top layer of the skin is dead, so blockages, such as old makeup, dirt, and sweat can accumulate and make it harder for the lower layers to flourish with the necessary oxygen and nutrients, although most derive from what the body digests. That’s why what you eat and drink is just as important as what you’re putting on your face.
 
By combining protection practices with nutrition and hygiene routines, your skin will feel cleaner and healthier as time goes by. Start taking care of yourself and applying and ingesting natural products and foods to your body. It takes 26 seconds for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream. Read these 16 natural beauty hacks for the everyday person:
 
1. At-Home Burn Accidents
 
Burn yourself with your hair iron, saucepan, or tea kettle? Instead of applying ice to minor burns, reach for some raw honey and slather on a thick layer. It will immediately cut the sting of the burn but also provide antibacterial protection while keeping skin hydrated.
2. Feet in Need of TLC
 
If you have rough, dry, or cracked feet, you need a tougher exfoliator than your face does. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to half a cup of coconut oil and apply the blend to your feet in a circular motion. Then wash off with a warm washcloth. It will help to get of a lot of the dead skin off in a gentle but effective manner.
 
3. Hair Removal Without the Razor
Shaving legs, underarms, and backs can hurt the skin if done too often without the proper moisturizer or shaving gel. Instead, mix together 1 tablespoon of iodine two percent with 1 cup of baby oil and rub it into the desired removal area. Let it set for only five minutes without water flow. Then, gently wipe away with a damp cloth, and with the mixture will come the hair without the pain or possible injury.
 
4. All-Natural Self-Tanner Remover
 
Skin cancer is far too prevalent, with one in five Americans developing skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. Avoid getting too much sun exposure by staying out of the sun and trying a self-tanner instead. Removal can be tricky, so try an all-natural approach by mixing water with lemon juice and baking soda. Then, use a toothbrush to gently help exfoliate away any dark spots left over.
 
5. Fix Morning Eyes
 
Waking up with puffy eyes doesn’t help anyone look like a morning person. Place a spoon in the freezer the night before and in the morning hold under or on top of the eyelids to decrease puffiness and inflammation. Cool cucumbers or teabags work as well. The caffeine constricts blood vessels and, when applied to the under-eye area, decreases puffiness.
 
6. Cure-All Herbal Treatment
 
Witch hazel is an herbal remedy that also helps with under-eye bags, but it’s also a cure-all astringent that works as a toner, serves as an excellent spot treatment, and a natural deodorant.
 
7. Summer Salt Scrub
 
Exfoliate summer skin with Epsom salt, which is the go-to bath ingredient for post-gym workouts to soothe sore muscles. Add half a teaspoon into your favorite cleansing cream or lotion and gently massage the face in small circles once or twice a week. The mineral’s compound of sulphate and magnesium helps flush toxins and calm inflammation.
 
8. Skin-Soothing Aloe for Acne
 
Acne is aggravating. The leaves of aloe vera plants are known to reduce facial acne flare ups thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help heal existing acne, prevent future breakouts, and soothe sunburns. Simply break open an aloe leaf and apply directly to the problem areas for a natural acne fix, or squeeze into ice cube trays, let freeze, and rub cubes onto skin for an easy, clean application.
 
9. Bug-Bite Baths
 
For bubble bath lovers, add half a cup of baking soda Arm & Hammer to hot water for a soothing soak. It will neutralize acids and skin irritants such as sunburn and bug bites.
 
Feed Your Skin’s Needs:
 
 
10. For Dark Under-Eye Circles
 
Vitamin K found in pears, avocados, plums, and kiwi fruit help to heal the damaged capillaries and arteries in the thin skin layer around the eyes.
 
11. For Uneven Pigmentation
 
Vitamin B found in fish and garlic will help to combat redness by boosting circulation in the body, leaving behind a radiant complexion.
 
12. For Wrinkles
 
Vitamin A found in dark leafy greens and cantaloupe is the key to rejuvenating your skin and smoothing out fine lines and uneven skin tone, making it particularly helpful for those who have acne.
 
13. For Dull Skin
 
Vitamin A from carrots will keep your skin healthy and vibrant from their high beta carotene levels, which is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun’s harsh rays. Cooked carrots deliver even more skin–friendly beta carotene than raw ones.
 
14. For Dry Skin
 
Vitamin E found in mangos, almonds, broccoli, and spinach help to balance the skin’s moisture levels and work as an effective antioxidant to help fight free radicals in the body. Vitamins A, C, and E encourage cell and tissue growth to help the body repair itself throughout its constant shedding and growing cycles.
 
15. For Sun-Damaged Skin
 
Vitamin C found in oranges, strawberries, and kiwi can help reverse some sun damage and prevent wrinkles and sagging, as well as brighten the overall skin tone due to the fact that it stimulates collagen production.
 
16. To Protect Against Future Sun Damage
 
Omega–3 fats found in fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and rainbow trout help fortify skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage, and may also reduce the risk of certain forms of skin cancer. The fats allow water and nutrients into the skin while keeping toxins out, and can also help fight inflammation.
 

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Kelvin Ngabo is a fashion writer, entrepreneur, IT expert and model manager based in Kampala, Uganda. He is also a professional web designer and online marketing consultant . The urge to be successful is what keeps him motivated.