Archive | May 2013

Should Men Use Skincare?

Why not??  Who doesn’t have an extra little spring in their step when they know they’re lookin’ good?  Regardless of gender, taking care of ourselves on the outside can affect how we feel on the inside.  Dryness, wrinkles, and lack of elasticity are signs of aging.  Men want to improve their skin and combat the signs of aging.  For that reason, it is very important for men to keep their skin moisturized and give it all the vitamins that it needs.

Today I will be reviewing BeautiControl’s BC Man Skincare collection (19616) , which is pH balanced for a man’s skin.  BC Man is an easy to use 3-step regimen that easily fits into every man’s shaving routine.  The BC Man collection also includes BC Man Cologne (18766), which has a zesty citrus scent.  I recommend it for men of all ages who love a clean, modern fragrance.

BC Man Collection

STEP 1:  RENEWING FACE WASH

Step 1 in a daily skincare regimen for men of all ages is to prepare the skin each morning by cleansing.  Renewing Face Wash (18946) is a lightweight gel cleanser that removes deep-down dirt, sweat, and oil without drying out the skin.  This gentle formula is non-comedogenic – it does not block the pores, thus it may help to reduce acne.

Key Benefits:

  • Exfoliates the top layers of dead skin cells, making it easier to shave and giving skin a healthy glow
  • Works to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps
  • Effectively cleanses skin without drying it out
  • Soothes and calms skin
  • Potent antioxidants protect skin from environmental damage
  • Leaves skin feeling clean, clear, and smooth
  • Preps skin for a comfortable shave
  • Ophthalmologist, dermatologist, sensitivity, and allergy tested.  Non-comedogenic.  Oil-free
  • Paraben-free

Key Ingredients:

  • Beta Hydroxy Acid ~ Provides mild exfoliation with substantial moisturizing and soothing peptides that also help regenerate skin cells.
  • Antioxidants ~ Protect skin from environmental damage.
  • Aloe ~ Helps to soothe, moisturize, and soften skin.
  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract ~ Helps soothe skin and stimulate cell renewal and rejuvenate skin.

STEP 2:  COMFORTING SHAVING CREME

Comforting Shave Creme (18945) is a lightweight shaving lotion that contains botanical oils to help soften the hair prior to shaving and allow the razor to glide effortlessly over the skin.  This formula also contains Jojoba oil, which is an excellent moisturizer and emollient.  It helps to improve skin elasticity and suppleness, and protects skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.  It is a natural oil that is the most similar to human sebum.  It contains vitamin E, which is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.

Key Benefits:

  • Formula helps razor to glide effortlessly over the skin
  • Soothes and calms skin
  • Potent antioxidants protect skin from environmental damage
  • Lightweight formula won’t clog your razor and rinses easily
  • Dermatologist, sensitivity, and allergy tested.  Non-comedogenic
  • Paraben-free

Key Ingredients:

  • Botanical Oils ~ Help soften the beard and prep the skin for shaving.
  • Antioxidants ~ Help protect skin from environmental damage.
  • Jojoba Seed Oil ~ Helps prevent moisture loss and cell damage, promoting a soft, smooth, and healthy appearance.
  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract ~ Helps soothes skin and stimulate cell renewal and rejuvenate skin.
  • Creatine ~ Energizes skin and protects from environmental damage.

STEP 3:  TRIPLE DUTY MOISTURIZER

Triple Duty Moisturizer (18947) is ideal for daily use.  This lightweight, oil-free, enriched moisturizer acts as an after-shave balm, anti-aging serum, and moisturizer, all in one easy product.  It satisfies the 3 basic components of healthy skin (Maintenance, Repair, & Prevention).  For more information about MRP, see my earlier post “Healthy Skin 101.”  My husband recently started using Triple Duty Moisturizer.  After only using it for a few days, he went to get a haircut from his stylist for the past 15 years.  She immediately commented that he looked about 10 years younger!  Needless to say, he came home beaming.

Key Benefits:

  • Provides lasting hydration to skin without feeling oily or heavy
  • Soothes and calms shaving irritation
  • Potent antioxidants protect skin from environmental damage
  • Fights common signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven texture, and loss of firmness
  • Leaves skin with a healthy, matte appearance
  • Dermatologist, sensitivity, and allergy tested.  Non-comedogenic.  Oil-free
  • Paraben-free

Key Ingredients:

  • Antioxidants ~ Protect skin from environmental damage.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate ~ Helps increase the skin’s moisture retention.
  • Panthenol ~ Helps to protect skin from irritation.
  • Peptides ~ May have anti-aging properties.

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Jojoba Beads are a Natural Exfoliant

Jojoba beads are a gentle, natural exfoliant made from the jojoba plant.  They naturally polish the skin’s surface for a smoother complexion.  The beads are a popular ingredient in exfoliating soaps and body washes because they act as a mild, allergen-free alternative to exfoliating scrubs that use artificial ingredients or nutshells.  Jojoba esters are also a natural emollient that closely resemble the natural oils produced by the human skin, which aids in hydration.

Jojoba Beads

Photo credit: www.bathbomb.biz

BeautiControl’s Exfoliating Polish (16283) is gentle enough to use every day.  Unlike harsh scrubs containing ingredients with irregular shapes that scratch the skin’s surface and provide an opening for bacteria, this gentle formula polishes away dead surface cells with natural jojoba beads, revealing healthier, brighter, and smoother-looking skin.  Jojoba beads also leave a microscopic layer of natural moisturizing agents that mimic your skin’s own lipids to protect your skin’s delicate moisture mantle.  This invigorating scrub also includes resveratrol, acai berry, and green tea extract to protect skin from environmental damage, and a skin-brightening complex that helps reduce the appearance of age spots.

Exfoliating Polish (16283) is recommended for people with normal, dry, combination, oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin.  It’s amazing how something so gentle can be so effective. Exfoliation is the key to anti-aging, so don’t skip this vital step in your skin care regimen!

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Exfoliation, Exfoliation, Exfoliation!

Exfoliation is the most important process in your skin care regimen.  Unfortunately, it is the most often skipped component in a person’s beauty routine.  It’s become my personal mission to increase awareness about this vital skin repair step!

Why exfoliate?  Imagine the epidermis (outer layer of skin) divided into 3 sections (see picture of jar below).  The grapes represent new skin cells (round, plump, fully hydrated).  As grapes push toward the surface, they lose hydration and start to shrivel, like a raisin.  As raisins continue to move toward the surface, they become flat and compacted on the skin’s surface, like cornflakes (dry, dead skin cells).

Grapes, raisins, cornflakes

Skin tends to become dryer as we age.  Skin hangs on to compacted surface layers to prevent moisture loss.  But when skin hangs on to old cells, the production of new skin cells won’t occur.  Exfoliation of cornflakes is necessary to improve cell turnover.  How does this affect our appearance?  Think about trying to put foundation on dry cornflakes.  What is that going to look like?  Eeew!  In contrast, what would foundation look like on nice plump grapes?  After reading this post, you will likely start noticing cakey cornflakes on other people’s faces and have to resist the urge to tell strangers to get rid of their cornflakes!

So now that we’ve discussed the “why” of exfoliation, let’s talk about the “how.”  Skin can benefit from the synergistic strength of two powerful exfoliators:

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation rapidly breaks down the “glue” or bonds that hold dead skin cells together on the surface, which will stimulate collagen and elastin, creating firmer, younger skin with continued use.  BeautiControl’s Multi-Acid Resurfacing Peel (14644) is a clinical strength multi-acid formulation that provides gentle, powerful exfoliation, revealing smoother, younger skin in minutes.  The pads are pre-soaked in a combination of alpha, poly, and beta-hydroxy acids and willow bark extract that encourages skin cell turnover.  This potent formula reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, hyperpigmentation, sagging skin, and pore size at a fraction of the price of a med-spa treatment.

Multi-Acid Resurfacing Peel

Physical Exfoliation

How would you like to look like you’re wearing foundation when you’re not?  Microderm abrasion does that: it lessens fine lines and age spots.

Traditional microderm abrasion is an expensive process ($150 for one time at a day spa) provided by a trained aesthetician or nurse, who uses a small vacuum containing a stream of aluminum oxide particles to exfoliate skin.  This process can cause stretching, broken capillaries, redness, and swelling of the skin.  BeautiControl’s manual version of microderm abrasion has less chance of skin irritation.  Microderm Abrasion For Face (10737) contains professional-grade aluminum oxide crystals that deeply exfoliate the skin’s surface to dramatically increase skin firmness and restore clarity.  These are the exact same crystals you will find at your dermatologist, a day spa, or a med spa.  But BeautiControl’s hand-held facial buffer enables you to gently exfoliate while controlling the amount of pressure applied to your skin.  The facial buffer shaves the skin of surface cells that have been loosened by the Multi-Acid Resurfacing Peel.  TIP: Concentrate on the line-prone areas of the face (forehead, crows feet, around the mouth, 11’s between the eyebrows).

Microderm Abrasion Facial Set

Why do microderm abrasion?  For the results: smoother-looking skin, reduced appearance of pores, age spots, skin discolourations, acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles.  You’ll see younger-looking skin in just 1 treatment.  This process opens the skin to accept products better, which can now work faster.  I will discuss additional skin repair products in upcoming posts.  Now go do something about those cornflakes!

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Healthy Skin Needs Daily Maintenance

A good daily facial regimen involves keeping the skin cleansed and hydrated (twice a day).  At a bare minimum, it includes cleanser, toner, and moisturizer every day.  Scrubs and masques can be used a few times each week.  I will discuss each product in the order of application.

Cleanser:  Cleanse away oils and the impurities of the day.  Nothing will impact the quality of your skin more than simply maintaining its cleanliness.  Because skin repairs itself overnight, it must be cleaned and treated with essential vitamins and moisturizers before you go to bed.  That’s why it is important to remove all traces of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and makeup both morning and night.  No matter how tired you are, you should NEVER fall asleep with your makeup on!

Scrub:  Gently exfoliate dead surface cells to reveal healthier and smoother skin.  BeautiControl’s Exfoliating Polish (16283) is gentle enough to use every day.  I will say more about chemical and physical exfoliation in an upcoming post.

Exfoliating Polish

Masque:  Choice of masque will vary depending on your need (see chart below).  I personally love the luxurious self-warming Green Tea Masque (3587),which is phenomenal for blackheads.  First, I spritz on some Herbal Hydrating Mist (15198), which replenishes moisture.  Once my face is a bit damp, I massage the Green Tea Masque onto my face for a few minutes.  It puts you at ease with its soothing aromatherapeutic properties.

BeautiControl Skincare Masques

Toner:  Refine your skin’s pores, remove left-over makeup hidden deep in the pores, and restore your skin’s moisture barrier.

Moisturizer:  Moisturizer always goes on last.  TIP: The deeper a product goes, it goes on first.  You’re never too young to start taking care of your skin!  It’s much easier to prevent damage than repair damage.  At 18 years old, we stop producing moisture around the eyes.  Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?  Stay tuned to find out!

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