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January 21, 2018

Easy Skincare Tips For Men

Easy Skincare Tips For Men With Harry's Grooming Limited And Barbie's Beauty Bits

If you're a guy that merely washes your face with soap and water and think that counts as your skincare, it’s time for you to reconsider your skincare game. While I am not suggesting going out and purchasing all kinds of skincare products to have a successful regimen in place, it is essential to implement a routine. So, if you want to find out how to up your skincare routine continue reading.

Easy Skincare Tips For Men

A Smarter Shave
Although shaving does exfoliate the skin, you want to make sure to add some additional exfoliation to help remove any impurities and dead skin cells. An excellent skincare approach is to exfoliate your face with a Sonic Cleansing device before a shave. This will allow you to get a tighter shave which equals smoother skin. Also, cleansing and exfoliation before you shave will cut down on the likelihood of ingrown hairs.

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Additional Prepping Of The Skin Before You Shave
Now that you have exfoliated your face, you want to prep the skin/hair, and that doesn't mean just splashing water on your face. At the same time over prepping can also be problematic.

For starters, you want to use a hot towel (but not hot enough to irritate the skin) or plan to shave after a shower. If you have a thicker beard or long stubble, use an electric razor on its lowest setting to trim the hair first, before beginning to prep for your shave.

Water Temperature
Whilst we did mention using a hot towel, the temperature of the water you use while shaving is essential. Thus, you want to avoid exposing your face to very hot water! Why? Because heat causes inflammation and this can break down collagen and elastin making you age more quickly, and no one wants that, not even a man!

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Razor Tips

You want to always shave with a sharp razor (blades usually last 6-8 shaves). A dull razor can cause you to apply too much pressure which, in turn, can irritate the skin as well as leading to unwanted cuts and nicks. The amount of pressure applied when shaving, seems to be the most common mistake people make, but it’s the easiest to avoid, according to Harry's Grooming. Instead, you want to gently glide the razor across your skin for the best close shave.

Furthermore, you do not want to cheap out, hence investing in a quality razor is a must to avoid nicks, razor burns, and other skin problems.

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Products To Use When Shaving
Although soaps and shaving creams feel and look like they have comparable properties, soap removes dirt & oil from the skin, working against your shave. On the other hand, some shaving products provide excess moisture and slip agents to decrease friction. Therefore, you want to stick to quality shaving products to find a happy medium. Furthermore, you want to be using shaving products that also provide hydration, like Harry’s Shaving Gel.  This gel has natural ingredients to include aloe and cucumber which are great at hydrating and refreshing the skin.

Your Skin May Be Clean But Is Your Towel
After shaving your face, it’s best to pat dry with a clean towel, but is your cloth clean? Washcloths can become an ideal nesting place for the mildew, bacteria and more. The last thing you want to be doing it putting this back on your clean shaved face and opened pores. Yes, this may seem simple, but it is imperative that you are using a clean, fresh towel after each shave as aside from infections and blemishes, bacteria can cause inflammation which too can lead to premature aging!

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Skincare Tips For Men

Men usually prefer to keep their skincare routine a bit simpler than women, and that is okay, but no matter what YOU NEED A ROUTINE! Some men do not, hence developing and maintaining a daily skincare habit is the first tip in skincare for men.

Skincare Products
Look At The Ingredients
You want to be mindful of your skin type and your skin’s needs as the skincare products you choose will depend on your skin type. For example, if you have sensitive skin you want to stay away from products that have artificial fragrances and synthetics in them as these ingredients can cause your skin to become irritated and dry.

When To Apply
The best time to apply a skincare product is after you have shaved as shaving has sloathed away any dead skin cells, so there is not any bearer to block the absorption of a product.

Products To Use
A toner is a must and the first you should use. By adding the right toner to your routine, you can really up your skincare regimen as toners are great for helping to prep your skin for anti-aging treatments and serums

After using a toner, you then want to apply your treatment focused serums, moisturizer, and antiaging products.

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Check the Expiration Date On Your Skincare Products
Unlike women, most men are not on top of their skincare and can neglect an essential aspect of it, which is to make sure to check the shelf life on these and don’t hesitate to discard any outdated products. Skincare products are always evolving, so when you get rid of older products, you make room for formulas that contain the latest advancements in the beauty industry. So, if you have wanted to indulge in some great skincare products, this is an excellent time to go and splurge on yourself.

Wear A Sunscreen
Men are usually more physically active outdoors than women thus to help prevent sun damage that can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer, before going outdoors, always apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin.

In conclusion, just like women, every man’s skin is different, but when it comes to skincare, there is not a one size fits all. But what is for sure is that if you don’t have a skincare regimen in place, hopefully after reading this you will!

January 2, 2018

What The Heck Is A Toner And Why Should It Be Added To Your Skincare Routine

What The Heck Is A Toner And Why Should It Be Added To Your Skincare Routine By Barbie's Beauty Bits

With so many skincare products out there is hard to choose and more importantly, know what product is best for what.

Today, I am going to share with you the importance of adding a "Toner" into your skincare regimen and ...

Why the heck do you need to use a toner?

When it comes to skincare, toner does seem to be one of those products that get missed, I know as I did it for years. I thought it was a waste of time as I had already cleaned my face. Furthermore, from experience toners were way too astringent, drying and were focused more on treating acne and oily skin, but over the years they have changed to be quite the opposite.

By adding the right toner to your routine you can really up your skincare regimen as toners are great for helping to prep your skin for anti-aging treatments and serums and being a woman in her forties, I sure as heck need this!

So, if you want to find out a bit more about toner, continue reading.

When Should You Use A Toner
Toners should be used immediately after cleansing as they help to thoroughly clear away makeup, dead skin cells and any other grime that may be left on your skin.

After using a toner, you then want to apply your treatment focused serums, moisturizer, and antiaging products.

Formula's To Avoid
There are many great toners out there, but it is essential when searching that you select one that does not have artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. You also want to stay away from a toner that has drying alcohol in it as it can be damaging to the skin. Not only can the harshness of the alcohol cause irritation and harm your skins protective surface, but it is also aging, and the last thing you want to do is to make your skin appear older.

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Formula’s To Try
As I mentioned, it wasn’t until recently that I started adding toner to my skincare routine. I have been using Itcosmetics Miracle Water, which is a 3 in 1 Tonic that transforms your complexion and maximizes the results of your skincare routine.  I could see a difference in my skin after just a few uses and realized; I’ve been missing out!

Why Toner Is Great For Everyday Use
Our skin is exposed to tons of environmental aggressors that are continually assaulting our skin. Factors, like pollution, dirt, oil, debris and even makeup can settle into our pores, dulling our skin's radiance and blocking our serums and creams from absorbing correctly. Hence, having a product like ITcosmetics Miracle water is a forty-year-old's skincare savior. This lightweight no-rinse Micellar cleanser helps to balance the complexion and boost the look of radiance. Plus, it helps rid your skin of those pore-clogging impurities.

This toner is also infused with their Secret Sauce™ Fermented Complex, a clinically advanced combination of penetration-enhancing fermented ingredients that work to increase absorbency and maximize the efficacy of your moisturizers and serums!

Itcosmetics Miracle Water, which is a 3 in 1 Tonic  By Barbies Beauty Bits
What makes this a 3 in 1 formula?  Well simply put it delivers 3 products in one…

  • Skin-brightening radiance booster
  • Anti-aging treatment essence
  • Skin-softening micellar cleanser 
Overall Benefits Of Using A Toner
1. Wipes away any residual impurities left behind by your cleanser.
2. Improves the appearance of uneven tone, texture, and enlarged pores.
3. Aids in promoting the PH balance for a healthier looking complexion.
4. Adds a layer of protection to the surface of the skin.
5. Helps to provide hydration for a firmer look.
6. Can help your other skincare products to absorb and penetrate more quickly.

So as you can see, there are many reasons as to why a toner should be part of your daily skincare routine. So, now the question should be "Why The Heck Are You Not Using It."
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