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Men Can Do It, Too!

Take care of their skin, that is! And according to Ask Men, it’s as easy as 5 simple steps, [although, we think that the last two are just extra bonus steps if you guys are willing to go that far!] But do remember, there are approximately 19,000 skin cells per square inch of the human body!

1- Cleanse

If you do nothing else, cleansing is the single most important thing you can do for your face. It should be the basis of your skin care regimen, but that doesn’t mean reaching for a simple bar of soap (which can overcompensate and leave your skin dryer than a desert). Men’s skin typically has large pores and very active sebaceous glands. While these glands are critical for keeping the skin naturally moist, they can often produce too much sebum, leaving your skin feeling greasier than an oil slick. Neglecting to wash away the excess oil and dirt can clog pores, which leaves the skin prone to breakouts. A basic gel works just fine, but not all facial cleansers are created equal. Look for one that is strong enough to cut through the grease and yet gentle and affordable enough to be used at least once a day.

2- Exfoliate

Sometimes cleaning the skin with a simple face wash just isn’t enough. A cleanser washes away oil and dirt on the surface, but what about all that nasty stuff deep down in your pores? Even religious use of a face wash will still leave the most men’s skin feeling like a bumpy mess. That’s where exfoliation should make an appearance in your skin routine (just two to three times a week). It helps dislodge debris that normal washing can’t touch. A good scrub should have granules to help smooth the skin and eliminate the dullness that results from normal pore clogging and dirt build-up. Exfoliation also softens hair follicles for a closer, less-irritating shave and allows the skin to better absorb moisturizers.

3- Moisturize

Skin care for most men starts and stops with a basic bar of soap or cleanser. But washing is the absolute least you can do to prevent your face from turning into a big blackhead. Even if you happen to live in a sauna, skin can get dry after showering and, over time, that godforsaken process known as aging makes it lose elasticity. Add all that to the horror of placing a sharp blade next to your face everyday to appease rigid HR standards for clean-cut wholesomeness, and you have a recipe for irritated skin that’s parched and taut. Showering and shaving open up pores and allow precious water to escape, but a light moisturizer can fix everything. It replenishes the skin’s moisture content and prevents razor burn. A moisturizer with SPF will also provide a critical shield against the sun. Harsh UVB rays cause the skin to burn, but it’s the UVA rays that lead to long-term damage like deep lines and skin cancer. A moisturizer with multispectrum defense takes care of it all.

4- Protect your eyes

There is one place on the face that men almost never touch: the eyes. But the skin around the eyes is the only area that actually deserves special attention, because men don’t age the same way that women do. Instead of a slow progression of fine lines and wrinkles, men’s aging occurs in quantum leaps, and one of the first visible signs of aging comes from the skin around the eyes. The soft, thin layer of skin that surrounds the eye is especially prone to developing creases and crinkles long before other parts of the body begin to show their age. All of this can be prevented with regular use of an eye cream. It smooths and protects the skin, but requires serious commitment and proper usage. Applying eye cream once in a blue moon does nothing, and against all common sense, it shouldn’t be put on the soft skin underneath the eye. Instead, eye cream needs to be dabbed gently on the edge of the bone around the eye to maximize effectiveness and prevent irritation. It will slowly absorb and spread to the fragile areas that need it most.

5- Protect your lips

A close second in fickleness to the skin around the eyes are the lips. The skin here is incredibly thin and prone to severe dryness, cracking, bleeding, and burning from exposure to the elements. That’s because the lips lack both oil glands to keep them naturally moist and melanin to provide protection against harmful UV rays. Regular application of lip balm with a hint of SPF once a day can help you avoid a life of being benched.

So get to it, men! You have no more excuses, it’s as simple as 3, maybe 5, steps to keep yourself looking younger and fresher—always a good thing.

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Skin Dream Team

Just like our body, our skin needs to be fed properly to make sure it looks its best. But what exactly should we feed our skin to make sure it’s healthy and full of life? Below are three essential nutrients that you shouldn’t be living without! 

Green Tea Extract- Green tea extract can actually decrease wrinkles and also makes you look younger. It is useful to incorporate green tea extract into your skin care product to possibly slow down skin aging.

Green tea extract is a good anti-inflammatory agent thereby reducing inflammation in the skin, and most importantly having an inhibitory action on collagenase (a collagen-reducing enzyme that breaks down collagen). Since green tea extract helps to inhibit collagenase, the topical use of green tea helps to promote the health and quantity of collagen, thereby maintaining a firm and elastic skin. In one clinical study is was shown that the skin had measurably more elastic tissue content after continuous application of a product containing green tea extract.

Green tea extract appears to exert a sun protective effect by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. Therefore, it could apply a green tea formula under the sunscreen. It is best to combine green tea extract with zinc oxide-based sunscreens because zinc oxide is chemically inert and should not react with green tea extract.

Cucumber Extract- Cucumber extract has been used for many years to treat problem skin including acne and eczema. You can find cucumber extract in many natural skin care products that are specific for your face and body.

Cucumbers are rich in amino acids. They also contain vitamin A, C, E and K. Vitamin E is a vital ingredient as it helps repair your skin if you suffer from acne or any other sensitive skin issues. Cucumbers and cucumber extract also contain various minerals including magnesium, potassium and silica. Silica can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The cucumber’s nourishing, astringent and hydrating properties provide only positive skin and health promoting benefits to your body, which is something that is extremely important to you on a day to day basis.

Copper PCACopper PCA is another multi-tasking antioxidant.  Copper PCA is a component of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant naturally occurring in the body that declines with age.  Superoxide Dismutase helps protect cells from free radical toxicity.  SOD is one of the most effective anti-agers in the antioxidant class because of its ability to reduce free radical damage in the skin, therefore preventing wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, while offering protection from UV rays.  Superoxide Dismutase serves as an anti-inflammatory as well, and can also prevent precancerous cell changes.  Supplementing the skin with topically applied Copper PCA may help the skin more effectively utilize available Superoxide Dismutase.

Now what if you can apply these amazing skin savers with a swift wipe— no bottles of serums and supplements clogging your countertops? No bags of skincare having to travel with you, taking up precious space in your luggage? Debuting in Spring 2014, Damone Roberts AM/PM will make this dream a reality! 

Trust us, you can’t wait for this life changer! 

XO!

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Because You Deserve It!

You make sure you’re taking the time to wash your face, use the right skin care, stay out of the sun [hopefully!], so what are you missing to make sure you’re putting your best face forward? Facials! Even with the best morning and night regimen, facials are still so vital to your skin’s health. Skin and Celeb fab, Renée Rouleau, got down to then nitty gritty with Refinery29, explaining why you, and your skin, deserve facials. 

1. Expert Skin Analysis
Wherever you go to buy your skin care products — department stores, pharmacies, beauty boutiques — chances are, the consultant sees your face with makeup on. The benefit of getting your skin analyzed through professional facials is that the esthetician sees your skin without makeup. This allows the esthetician to cater to your skin’s unique needs — whether you struggle with enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, or dehydration — through advanced treatments and suggest the best products for your home care routine. In addition to his or her ability to identify and treat skin, your esthetician works with your skin for an hour so they can achieve a real understanding of your true skin type. This is something that a consultant or department store salesperson is usually not trained for. 

2. Professional Advice
An hour of one-on-one time creates an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice, skin tips and tricks. And, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions you may have. Part of getting a facial is learning how to care for your skin properly. Most importantly, this “lesson” will include which products or ingredients work best for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.

3. Professional Strength Exfoliation
Most facials include a professional form of exfoliation using ultrasound, microdermabrasion crystals, enzymes or acids. Some of the exfoliating ingredients mentioned can be spotted in ordinary skin care products but during a facial you will experience the treatment at a professional strength. The exfoliation is specifically catered toward your skin type so that it will smooth the skin, increase cellular turnover, soften lines, and break up skin discoloration to promote more even-toned skin. 

4.Clean Out Blackheads And Clogged Pores
With proper preparation and skin softening techniques, your esthetician will use a skilled method to gently extract clogged pores, blackheads, and impurities without causing harm to your skin. People usually have a difficult time eliminating blackheads at home because home care products can only help to reduce the surface oil in clogged pores. It takes a professional esthetician to properly prepare and soften the skin before manual extractions can take place in a safe and effective way. Though you may experience some redness after a professional extraction, this should not leave any marks on the skin. 

5. A Scope For Skin Cancer 
Skin cancer is on the rise, so it’s increasingly important to regularly check your skin for changes to moles and to look out for abnormal skin growths. Usually, these changes are so subtle and develop at a slow pace so over time you may not notice them. A benefit of having a professional esthetician work with your skin is that he or she will analyze your skin and bring to your attention any potential abnormalities that they feel you should check out with a medical doctor. An esthetician is also a new set of eyes that may notice skin imperfections that you have been blinded to over time. 

6. Problem Solve
Whether it’s dry skin, brown spots, redness, irritation, or inflamed acne, a good facial is always customized to focus on what your skin needs to help solve your skin problems. If your skin is prone to brown spots and discoloration, your esthetician will use skin brightening or lightening treatments. If your skin is dry, then they’ll use lipid-increasing ingredients to repair your skin’s protective barrier to reduce dryness. Facials are always geared to problem solve, and the level of your facial’s intensity is contingent on the severity of your skin’s problem. By using the right combination of ingredients and high-tech tools, an esthetician can really create change in the skin over time to improve its appearance to achieve your greatest complexion.

7. Intensive Hydration
Every skin type needs hydration. It doesn’t matter if you have oily, acne-prone skin, or dry, flakey skin. Your skin cells are like fish and need water to survive. In order to maintain healthy skin, it is imperative to keep it hydrated. With oilier skin types, the face tends to produce more oil when moisture is lacking — the opposite of what you’d guess. Oily skin needs moisture, but keep in mind that the moisture it’s seeking is water, not oil. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and a facial will help regulate the proper moisture level your skin requires. 

8. Increase Circulation To Encourage A Glow
There is no doubt that when blood circulation slows, the skin’s health is impaired. Aging leads to slowed circulation, which inevitably results in dull, tired looking skin. Facial massages and steam help to increase blood flow and circulation to bring new nutrients to the skin. This will encourage a youthful radiance.

9. Stress Release
Aside from the various skin benefits facials can offer, they are extremely relaxing and immediately de-stress you physically and psychologically. Studies show that stress can lead to unhealthy skin, so what’s a better way to eliminate stress and promote healthy skin than a face, neck, and back massage complete with dim lighting? And, if you think the $100+ price tag of a luxury facial will just stress you out even more, consider seeing a student at your local esthetics school. Basic facials start usually at $20. Teachers with years of experience supervise the student estheticians, so this can be a great option. 

10. Because You Deserve It!
Women tend to spend an exceptional amount of time caring for the people in their lives. Caring for the people you love is rewarding, but, at times, it can be mentally exhausting. Take just a couple of hours to yourself to do something that you won’t be required to share with anyone else. A facial is just for you and will give you time to re-energize and clear your mind. Nourish your soul and pamper your skin in just a few blissful hours at the spa.

So what are you waiting for? Why haven’t you booked your Pumpkin Enzyme peel yet at DRBH? 

XO!

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Monday Morning Musings

It seems so simple, but often we get caught up in life, and the negativity that comes along with it. We forget what beautifully, unique creations we are. Never forget that. Don’t let what others say or think bring you down. Be good to yourself. Tell yourself that you’re wonderful, that you’re beautiful, that you’re special and loved. Spread that goodness around. Watch a change happen.

XO!

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The Magic of the Multi

How boring is it when you buy something, and it only does… that one specific thing? Incredibly! With today’s advances in nearly every field, you should not longer have to settle for single purpose items— skincare included! So, Daily Makeover looked high and low to find the best “multis” for you! Read on, you’ll be happy you did. 

1. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Not only will this cream ($19.50,elizabetharden.com) provide all-day hydration, but it can keep eyebrow hairs and smooth dry cuticles.

2. OLEHENRIKSEN Perfect Truth CC Eye Créme Instead of getting moisturizing eye cream, anti-aging eye cream and a tinted moisturizer, just get this CC Eye Créme ($26, olehenriksen.com) instead.

3. Orico London STREETWISE Hydrating Make-Up Remover Unlike most makeup removers, this Orico London version ($25, oricolondon.com) leaves skin moisturized and decongests skin, so you don’t have to worry about breaking out afterward.

4. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream This coconut cream ($18, rmsbeauty.com) can be used as a moisturizer for the face, body and even help with dry scalp issues. Just apply to your scalp, leave on for 10 minutes, then shampoo out.

5. The Organic Pharmacy Rose BalmT his balm ($50, theorganicpharmacy.com) can be used on lips, hands, hair and face. So basically, it’s the only product you need.

6. Egyptian Magic Celebrities like Kate Hudson swear by this balm ($25.80, egyptianmagic.com). She told us she uses it as a moisturizer when on planes, as well as on her son’s diaper rash. The uses for this all-purpose skin cream are endless.

7. Jack Black EpicMoisture MP 10 This multi-purpose oil ($32, getjackblack.com) is made with marula, argan and grape seed oil for the ultimate in moisturizing. It can serve as a shaving oil, a leave-in conditioner or a face/body moisturizer.

8. Lush Fun It may look like Play-Doh, but Fun ($6.95,lushusa.com) is shampoo, soap and bubble bath all rolled into one. If you have little ones, it will also double as a bath-time toy.

9. Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil If you haven’t yet experienced the amazing results argan oil can give you, then grab a bottle ($48,josiemarancosmetics.com) immediately. Use it as a facial moisturize, apply it to frizzy hair and rub into dry cuticles. You’ll never look back.

Now, if one thing can do two or three things, just imagine when we get to the point where one thing can do 10 things! It’s happening, be sure to stay tuned!

XO!

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Light My Fire!

Stay safe this weekend!

Don’t light too many houses on fire, remember, it is illegal. 

XO!

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Scrub A Dub Dub: Why Wash?

For some reason or another, people still ask if washing their face is necessary pre slumber. Even worse yet, some people don’t even ask and just do it! So, The HuffPost pinned down two of New York’s top dermatologists and got the dirt, literally. Read below and be afraid, be very afraid.

What are the side effects of sleeping in makeup?
"Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in the environment, which the makeup holds on to," says Dr. Schweiger. "Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Additionally, makeup can clog the pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of acne."

But what about just one night? Will it still clog pores or cause breakouts?
"One night of sleeping in your makeup is unlikely to cause long-lasting damage to your skin," says Dr. Schweiger. "However, each night you sleep in your makeup, your pores become more clogged. Eventually, this can result in the formation of a microcomedone, which attracts the acne-causing bacteria to your pores."

What about wrinkles? Will it cause skin to age prematurely?
“During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.” Schweiger concurs, noting that “free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”

If you just sleep in eye makeup (mascara, eyeliner), is it still as bad?
"Sleeping in your eye makeup will not cause fine lines or acne on the skin, but it can still lead to problems," says Dr. Schweiger. "Mascara and eyeliner can be rubbed by your pillow and end up in your eyes, which can lead to significant eye irritation. I recommend keeping makeup remover pads by your bed, to wipe across your face and eyes on those nights when you don’t have time to properly cleanse before getting into bed. Sleeping in eye makeup repeatedly may result in the clogging of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids. When these areas become clogged, bacteria can build up and cause inflammation. As a result, small bumps called styes or hordeolums can form. These bumps may resolve spontaneously, but many require treatment from your doctor."

Is sleeping in foundation the worst thing you can do, or is there a bigger makeup culprit?
"Foundations and thick, oil-based primers are often the worst offenders," says Dr. Gilbert. "They prevent the skin from renewing itself naturally at night, causing blackheads, acne and dullness."

Washing your face is so easy [and really is about to get EVEN easier] so don’t skimp on the soap. 

XO!

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Fake It Til You Make It- Instagram Edition

If you haven’t seen this clever photo floating around your internet, then enjoy it for a moment… now get ready to learn how to make your skin actually look like it’s been filtered, but without the use of a camera! Skin “blurring” products are hitting the beauty market by storm, and Refinery29 has rounded up the top 10 most coveted beautifying, blurring products for you to learn about. See which ones address your concerns, or go for them all! You can’t go wrong with a little extra perfection. 

1. Enlarged pores and uneven texture are gone in a nanosecond. Mix it with your moisturizer for an unbelievable glow; Indeed Laboratories Nanoblur, $19.99, available at Drugstore.com.

2. This lip balm protects, primes, and erases imperfections on and around the mouth with its genius green tint; Ardency Inn Boom Base, $24, available at Sephora.

3. This corrects skin-tone imperfections while leaving the visage soft and even. It’s perfect for weekends with just a touch of concealer under your eyes; Cargo HD Picture Perfect CC Cream, $39, available at Macy’s.

4. This leaves you with softer, more-perfected skin and SPF 30 to protect the results. Use it alone or under foundation for a flawless face; L’Oréal Revitalift Miracle Blur, $24.99, available at Ulta.

5. This anti-aging skin perfector instantly smoothes the texture and appearance of your skin while it goes to work on fine lines and imperfections; Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, $55, available at Lancôme.

6. A favorite of makeup artists everywhere, this silky lotion has special-effect silicones that essentially erase redness underneath tinted moisturizer, foundation, or powder; MAC Prep + Prime Skin, $30, available at MAC.

7. Enlarged pores are no longer an issue with this oil-free definer that helps lessen their appearance in a flash; Dr. Brandt Pores No More , $45, available at DermStore.

8. If you want an airbrushed look for a big event, this foundation is the ticket to getting that flawless finish; Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation, $26, available at Sephora.

9. This powder is how you get that soft-focus effect with the glowing complexion to match, day or night, no matches required; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, $45, available at Sephora.

10. The radiant glow from underneath your perfected complexion has to be seen to be believed — this miracle worker imparts pure radiance; Garnier Skin Renew 5 Second Blur Instant Smoother , $14.99, available at Target.

And now you’ll never need to use another Instagram filter again!

XO!

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Digital Beauty

Tuesday, March 11th, be sure to #SpringForward with me at the @IdeatoScreen #Digital #Beauty and the best of the best to learn how to grow your business, your audience, and your craft! Haven’t picked up your tickets yet? Be my VIP Guest. RSVP & save 20% http://bit.ly/1n4l0nd

Can’t wait to see you there!

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