LAB SERIES: The Science Behind A Great looking Complexion

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Regardless if you’re a man or a woman, skin changes happen and it’s important to be ready for them. LAB SERIES, an Estée Lauder brand, introduced a new line of men’s grooming products guaranteed to change the way you take care of your skin. Incorporating these five essential skincare products will help to recharge, brighten, and energize your skin for decades to come.

Wash it Up: Clean and Clear

Whether your skin type is dry, oily, or a combination of the two, adding a high-performance face wash is essential for a clean and healthy looking complexion. This multifunctional All-In-One Face Cleansing Gel ($18) deeply cleans, refreshes and balances the complexion without over-drying or irritating the skin. This product also works well for guys with facial hair due to its rich and clean lather. Use morning and night for optimum results.

Moisture Lock

If you haven’t been introduced to the extreme hydrating benefits of a Solid Water Essence ($47) you’re seriously missing out. This bamboo and ginseng infused ingredient powerhouse helps to maintain the moisture and structural balance in the skin and is an innovation in men’s skincare. Use directly after cleansing for best results. Follow with your favorite LAB SERIES products to complete the regimen.

Recharged Now for Later

As we age, our skin becomes drier and less resilient, making it prone to wrinkles and unsightly sagging. Treat a dry and aging complexion with a Water-Charged Gel Cream ($50). This deeply hydrating, lightly scented gel cream maintains the moisture balance in the skin while protecting it against further signs of aging. Apply to the face and neck twice daily for optimum results.

Future Rescue and Repair

If you’re looking for an intense burst of hydration, look no further than Future Rescue Repair Serum ($60). Facial serums are well known for their high-quality ingredients and their ability to repair and benefit the skin. Brightness and skin vitality is restored. Highly concentrated to protect against environmental pollutants, stressors, and aging skin. Use twice daily for optimum results.

Intensely Hydrate

This All-In-One Face Hydrating Gel ($30) gently nourishes and cools the skin while protecting it against further signs of aging and environmental damage. This unique and multifaceted hydrating gel deeply moisturizes the complexion without leaving an oily or heavy residue. Light in texture, it dries with a smooth matte finish and is suitable for all skin types. Use as often as needed for the best results.

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7 Deadly Skincare Sins Men Make

TEXT: Peter Minkoff

The standard of male beauty today can be best described as rugged and bearded. But that does not mean that you are allowed to commit skincare sins. Achieving the perfect rugged look requires a lot of work and taking care of your skin will pay off tenfold in the future. We are all guilty of committing a few skincare sins, but the time to start taking better care of our skin and ourselves is now! Keep reading if you want to make sure you never sin again.

Not using SPF

Everybody loves having a great tan, but the costs of getting one can be too great. We are all well aware of the harmful effects sun rays have on our skin, but somehow that golden glow you get after spending an afternoon in the sun seems to be too enticing. No one can deny that tanned skin looks amazing; you can achieve that and still stay safe if you use a great sunscreen. Sunrays affect your skin even during cloudy days and winter, so applying sunscreen to your face should be a part of your year-round morning routine. Also, you should protect your entire body if you’re going to be exposed to sunrays for a longer period of time or if you are planning to go sunbathing.

Going to tanning salons

If there is one thing worse than exposing your unprotected skin to the sun, it is regularly visiting a tanning salon. Spending ten minutes in a tanning bed is equal to spending a whole day in the sun unprotected. Every time you lie in that bed, you increase the risks of getting skin cancer and making your skin look older. There are no excuses for visiting tanning salons, so stop it right now. If you do need to get some tan, there are great self-tanners available today which are way less harmful.

Not drinking enough water

I know what it sounds like, but hear me out. Fifty to seventy percent of our bodies is made up of water, so it is essential if we want our bodies to function properly. Drinking enough water prevents dehydration and cleanses our bodies of toxins. Water also hydrates our skin, making it look soft and glowy. It is also essential for proper skincare. Start your every day with a big glass of water, and make sure you drink at least six more glasses before you go to bed. You will notice a big difference in a few weeks.

Ignoring the signs of aging

There are many factors that affect our skin and its aging. However, ignoring the signs of aging is probably even worse than exposing our skins to those harmful factors. If you notice any signs of aging think about the factors that might have contributed to it and try eliminating them from your life. Unfortunately, when the damage is already done there is not much you can do but you still have options. Getting anti-aging skincare, for example; some of the Aspect products are a great way to counteract the damage your skin suffered. It is effective with great results and is rising in popularity fast.

Not getting enough sleep

Lack of sleep leads to stress and it can affect our skin in different ways — from bags under your eyes to acne, the effects are bad. On average, people need about eight hours of sleep a night. However, if you are constantly feeling tired during the day and are having problems waking up, you are not sleeping enough. Try going to bed earlier or taking naps during the day if that works better for you.

Smoking

Smoking is out, but if you are still holding on, it is time to let it go. Smoking is bad for your overall health and it is bad for your skin; it reduces the blood flow to the skin, causes wrinkles, and makes the skin look lifeless. Smoking adds years to your face — quit and rejuvenate yourself.

Using the wrong product

Using a bar of soap and water is not taking care of your skin. Determine your skin type and get the appropriate products to clean and moisturize it because they won’t irritate your skin. If you are not sure what to get, ask the shop clerk to help you out or you can even try a few samples before making a decision. Just do it as soon as possible.

Peter Minkoff is a men’s lifestyle writer at Gentleman Zone & Men-Ual magazine from the U.K.. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips. And continue following our arts & culture coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Skincare 101: Five Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Consider

 

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Age is a funny thing. It’s something that can’t be avoided. And yet, it’s fought against vigorously until the bitter end. And although using a high quality face cream is a great way to maintain the moisture balance in your skin, it can only do so much; after all the empty promises, it’s still just a face cream, not a magic wand. So when its time to step-up your game, these five skincare treatments are guaranteed to keep you looking like you, longer.

Botox: Complexion Perfection

I am a big fan of Botox, and for good reason: it can knock off a few years in a matter of a few days. Botox is a neurotoxin protein that temporarily freezes overactive facial muscles. It can be applied to various places in and around the face. The most popular areas for treatment are the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows, the lower jaw (for jowls), and the ‘tree rings’ around the neck.

The treatment is quick, painless, and requires no down time. The procedure is moderately inexpensive and usually costs between $8, on the very low end, to $12 per unit. Men typically need to apply more Botox due to the thickness of their skin. The majority of patients notice improvements in their skin in as little as three to four days and the full treatment lasts three to six months depending on location.

Peel the Years Away

It’s rather pointless to spend a small fortune on Botox and other time-erasing procedures if your skin is riddled with discolouration. A chemical peel is a great way to improve sun-damaged and wrinkle prone skin. The treatment uses a light acid to safely remove the upper layers of the dermis stimulating collagen and elastin. The skin is left revitalized, smooth and spot-free.

Although relatively painless, there may be some redness, light peeling, and mild tingling after the treatment. Results will vary and the procedure typically costs $140 (figure from NewDermaMed) per session. Peels can also be applied to the neck and hands.

Blastoff With Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is far lighter than a chemical peel and is often included in many of the super facials that have gained popularity recently. Tiny crystals are sand blasted onto the face to buff away the outer most layer of the skin. After the treatment, the skin will be brighter and smoother, and will appear more youthful. Although there may be a bit of redness after the treatment, it will subside quickly. An average microdermabrasion treatment will cost around $140 per session.

Laser Where it Counts

If you’re looking for a relatively quick procedure with highly noticeable results, opt for a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers are used to remove layers of the skin at a far more precise and deeper level than your average chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment. Your skin will look younger, tighter, and be more resilient.

You can have your youth back but it will cost you. A typical micro laser procedure will set you back at least $600 (figure from NewDermaMed) and will only go up from there. Four or more sessions are recommended for optimum results.

Hard at Work: The Super Facial

The super facial ($118 Blitz Body Bar) is a relatively new hybrid of skincare that combines a little bit of everything. These high quality oxygen infused facials deeply clean and exfoliate the skin but with an added kick. Think of your regular facial treatment on steroids.

Super facials often include a mix of microdermabrasion, facial steaming, blackhead extractions, a mask or two, and lymphatic facial massage. The results are immediate and will leave your skin incredibly hydrated, smooth, and polished.The treatment works well on various skin types and is ideal for monthly maintenance.

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How to Wear Fashionable and Protective Eyewear

Ray-Ban Round Double Bridge $235

Most people buy sunglasses because they look good and keep the sun from blinding them while they sit by the pool or sip beers on a patio. But, little did we know, there are a lot more benefits to wearing sunglasses than just the “chic” factor.

Besides the obvious benefit of helping you see on a sunny day, sunglasses help protect you from permanent eye damage. “Sunglasses are important because they filter out UV and visible light,” says Dr. Janet Prystowsky. Both UV rays and visible light in the blue spectrum are what can cause permanent eye damage. “Sunglasses can also help minimize photodamage to the skin around your eyes.” Photodamage, the deterioration of sun-exposed skin, can cause wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

Dr. Prystowsky’s moral of the story: anytime you should be wearing sunscreen, you should also be wearing sunglasses.

What to look for

With so many eyewear options out there, it’s hard to know what exactly to look for when shopping for sunglasses. According to Dr. Prystowsky, there are two major factors to keep in mind the next time you’re looking to purchase some new shades.

  1. Look for sunglasses that say they block 99-100% of UV rays
  2. Those that claim absorption up to 400nm

Make sure your sunglasses come with UV protection, because not all sunglasses do! When trying on different sizes and shapes, keep in mind that wrap around shades or wide temples will offer additional protection around the periphery as well. You can find proper protective sunglasses online or in many sports stores or sunglasses shops. Don’t let the prices fool you! Just because the price tag is high, doesn’t mean your shades will be doing you any favours. You can find a good inexpensive pair of sunglasses for under $15!

Having trouble finding some fashionable and protective sunglasses? Here are a few to help!

Quay Australia Paradiso 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses $69

Tom Ford Sean Sunglasses $525

Review: Caudalie Vinoperfect

As I’ve mentioned in other skincare reviews that I’ve done, my skin is a rather tricky thing. More recently my skincare routine has graduated from a mediocre and lazy 2-step wash and moisturize system to a more advanced regime of makeup removal, cleanse, tone/peel, and moisturize. So things are looking up. But just when I thought I had finally mastered the art of skincare, things like essence and serum were thrown into the mix.

I discovered that a Korean skincare routine could involve anywhere from 10 to 30 products (which is completely mind boggling to me because who on earth has that much spare time to wash their face). Anyway, most North Americans, including myself, are accustomed to a 3-step “cleanse, treat, and moisturize” system. Simple. It only begins to get complicated when there is an attempt to throw in a few Korean skincare steps, particularly the essence and serum part.

Let me break it down for you in the simplest of terms. An essence is a highly enriched, lightweight formula to be applied to the entire face, traditionally after washing and toning, to prepare the skin for oncoming products such as a serum. A serum is a concentration of nutrients to be applied for a particular purpose such as brightening, anti-aging, or to combat specific problem areas of the face like dark spots or acne.

Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

To be completely and 100% honest, I had no idea what an essence was when I started using this product. Is it a toner? Micellar water? Cleansing milk? Serum? Do I drink it? Pour it on my face? What? I didn’t understand. Essence is a somewhat vague and pretentious word to describe skincare if you ask me. Once I did some research and discovered what I was supposed to do with it, it began to make more sense to me.

This stuff is like citrusy, magic water for your skin. Applying it feels like you’re infusing your face with refreshing spa water. The soothing formula includes white peony to brighten and grape water to moisturize. Don’t worry, it’s not another product that feels good but does nothing for you. The Glycolic acid gently exfoliates and eliminates dead skin cells without the need for rough cleansers or harsh deep cleaning face masks. Did I mention it smells incredible?

Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

I’ve used a couple of serums in the past and they never really made a huge difference to my skin, so I kind of lost faith in the power of serums. I think the combination of the essence with the radiance serum is what restored my faith. If this product is used solo, the results take longer to show, and the effects are less noticeable. I think that to really notice the benefits it should be used consistently and hand-in-hand with the essence. This product is great for help correcting dark spots and evening out your overall complexion to give your face a more healthy and glowy appearance if it is used after the Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence.

Final Thoughts

I don’t have a lot to say. This stuff is like my new skin care crack. I’m addicted. I can visibly see and feel the difference in my skin’s tone and texture. My face looks healthier and glowy, and because of this I feel more confident not wearing makeup. If you’re going to add any of these Asian inspired skin care steps into your routine, I recommend adding the Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence. It is definitely worth a try if you’re struggling to get rid of your dull, vitamin deprived skin.

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