Develop Your Hair & Skin Care Routine Using Natural Products
As Winter Approaches many of us may not be aware of how the cold weather can affect the skin. Especially our faces. In many places in the world winter can be cold and windy. We bundle up to ward off the cold yet our faces many times are the only thing left unprotected.
Cold winter weather can be harsh to your skin. Cold air, wind, and low humidity outdoors dry your skin out. Similarly, warm and dry air indoors steals moisture from your skin. Without the proper care, dry skin can lead to redness, itchiness, chapping, and cracking, and even other skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
Some men shy away from skin care because they either think it’s unnecessary or they don’t think it’s manly, But developing a chemical-free skin care routine is about more than just looks. Its about keeping your skin clean and moisturized and healthy. And women don’t seem to mind a well groomed man.
Developing a simple routine
Dermatologist seems to agree that cleansing and moisturizing are the two most important steps in your skin care routine. If you like to keep your morning and night routines quick, you can narrow it down to 3 simple steps:
1. Cleanse: You want to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. The oil is there for a reason! If your skin tends to be on the oily side, use a cleanser like our Frankincense & Lavender Foaming Face Scrub to remove dirt and balance your skin. If your skin is dry, stick with a moisturizing cleanser.
2. Moisturize: This is the best way to keep your skin looking young. We’re huge fans of using oils to moisturize for a few reasons. Oils penetrate into the skin, bringing with them their nutrients (and the nutrients from any herbs infused into them). Making a lotion or cream requires water. Because water causes products to spoil, preservatives (usually chemical) must be added to ensure their shelf life. Try Our Moisturizing Oils
3. Make it a routine (Once in the A.M, Once in the P.M)
For some men, skin care can be just about solving problems: oily skin, clogged pores, dryness, etc. When those problems aren’t there, they forget face wash ever existed. Good skin care habits can help prevent future problems, and using nourishing products can improve your skin over time. Why settle for “not dry” when you can have “touch-ably soft?” Not having clogged pores is cool, but having healthfully glowing skin is even better. Clogged pores and oily skin, can stress a guy out. The causes of clogged pores are complicated and it really differs person to person. A few things that can help besides skin care products. Make sure to wash your pillow cases regularly. Oil and dirt from your hair can show up here and clog your pores. A good skin care routine can work wonders for your face and body.
Diet also plays a major part in skincare. The best way to keep your skin supple and soft is to moisturize from the inside! Your skin needs fat to stay pliable, flexible, and healthy. Eating whole foods naturally filled with fats will help dramatically: eggs, nuts, chia seeds, avocados, lean meats like fish, turkey, chicken, or beef, some whole yogurt and cheese, even butter, and maybe a little milk (not a lot of milk as the lactose can be difficult on skin, and of course not milk if your body disagrees with it). Even lactose intolerant people should be able to handle a little bit of yogurt and cheese that are well-fermented, which reduces the amount of lactose (in general: solid yogurt and sharper/aged cheeses will have less lactose than creamy yogurt and younger, sweeter cheeses). Especially make sure your milk and beef come from 100% grass-fed cows. Consider small fish too, not just salmon. Sardines and anchovies are loaded with healthy fats and vitamins and minerals, and at the same time can be less expensive than other fish and contain less mercury than larger fish (and are far more sustainable). Other good sources of fats are oils; coconut oil and olive oil can be consumed with everything, and several doses of cod liver oil can be taken each week.
Eat Lots Of Veggies And Fruits
Your skin (and body) also needs the vitamins and minerals in vegetables, such as Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, and selenium, to stay healthy and moisturized. The salts in vegetables and fruits will also help you retain more water and stay hydrated. Furthermore, the antioxidants in fruits and veggies help fight free-radical damage and aging. Base your diet on vegetables, but limit the fruit, as the sugar in fruit can cause inflammation and be hard on your body and skin. Of course, organic vegetables and fruits are usually preferable. Keep sugar and caffeine under control. Caffeine stimulates your bodily systems, including those that produce oil. So while you heroically accomplish tasks that would normally take you years to complete, your skin gets oily and can potentially break out. Sugar is a stimulant as well.
Drink Lots Of Fluids
Water of course will help you stay hydrated, and drinking more will especially help if you don’t usually drink enough. Drinking tea will also help you stay hydrated. But water alone isn’t enough. It needs to be consumed in combination with plenty of vitamins and minerals and salts and healthy fats, from vegetable, fruits, nuts, etc., so that your body retains the water.
Keep The Heat Low In Winter
Don’t crank up the temperature too high (keep your house and office a little cooler and wear more clothes), and turn the heater off at night. To stay comfortable, simply wear more clothes during the day instead of turning up the heat, and use more blankets on your bed at night. The other side benefits of a little lower indoor temperature are being more alert during the day and sleeping better at night.
Cover Exposed Skin
This may be obvious, but clothes, gloves, scarfs, hats, etc. should cover as much exposed skin as possible when it is very cold, protecting you from the elements that sap valuable moisture from your skin.
Don’t Over Exfoliate
Don’t over-exfoliate your skin. One time per week should be more than plenty, especially if you normally lightly wash your face with a wash cloth (with very light rubbing of course, not scrubbing). Exfoliate with our refreshing blend of Rosemary, Lemongrass and Peppermint for glowing skin. Designed to help reduce acne, moisturize ,and promote healthy, glowing, smooth skin.
Moisturize With A Natural Oil
If your skin is dry, rub some coconut oil or Shea Butter onto your skin for hydration. You can apply it to your face, hands, feet, etc. Make sure you use a natural product like coconut oil, Shea Butter or another oil like Sweet Almond or Avocado oil instead of industrial lotions filled with synthetic ingredients. Using harsh products that strip your face of its natural oils will often just exacerbate problems. Even if your skin reacts okay to these toxic “solutions,”Your pores absorb what you put on them, so choose your ingredients carefully! If your skin is dry, moisturize immediately after taking a shower or washing your skin–while your skin is still damp–to help seal in moisture. Buy Yours Today, From All Natural Now
Grooming Facial Hair
For those with curly or coarse hair, beard hairs can sometimes grow back into the skin, causing irritating bumps. These ingrown hairs are both painful and embarrassing. How can you avoid them? Shave in the direction that your hair naturally grows, and shave the same way everyday. This can also help train some of the rebellious hairs so that they grow in the same direction.
If you’re growing out your beard, you may need to brush it to prevent ingrown hairs. When curly hairs get to that length where they can curl back into your skin, brushing your beard can stop them in their tracks. Boar bristle brushes seem to be popular beard tamers. What’s important is that the bristles are close together.
You can make brushing your beard part of your normal shower routine. Do it at the end, when your hair has softened from the warm water. Apply your Beard Oil and massage thoroughly throughout your entire beard then simply brush your hair in the direction that you want it to grow.
Proper wet shaving techniques, quality products and post-shaving skin care can help you look and feel your best and help avoid razor burn, razor bumps and irritation. A good, close shave followed by the right facial wash and after shave moisturizer products go hand in hand to achieve optimum skin health. And, it can turn a chore into a pleasant morning ritual.
Make Sure Your Beard is Thoroughly Wet
One of the keys to a great close shave without irritation or razor burn is to make sure your beard is thoroughly wet. Facial hair will absorb moisture up to 30% of its volume. Hair swollen with water becomes quite weak and therefore easier to cut. Showering before shaving is the ideal way to ensure you beard is properly moistened. If a shower is not possible, rinse your face and then apply a warm moistened towel to your face for at least a couple of minutes. This is the technique that barbers use. Never shave cold or apply shaving products to a dry face – this is one of the leading causes of razor burn and shaving rash.
Use a Quality Shaving Cream
Use a shaving cream that has a high concentration of lubricants and moisturizers. ( Try All Natural Now’s Shave Oil) The best shaving creams create a rich creamy lather and do not foam up like the cheaper drug store brands. The less “foaming” in the shave cream the better, as it is what is in contact with the skin and beard that matters – all else is wasted. Less resistance, less irritation and less nicks also mean a longer lasting blade! While the primary function of the shaving cream is to lubricate your face so that the razor will glide smoothly and effortlessly across the surface, it also serves to lock the moisture into the whiskers, keeping them soft and upright, primed for the cut. The ideal scenario is to leave the shaving cream on your face for at least a minute before you begin cutting, so that the beard is as soft and wet as possible.
Use a Quality Razor and Change the Blades
Always use a good quality sharp razor blade. Be sure the blade is sharp. You’re not just cutting off hair, you’re also scraping off up to two layers of surface skin when you shave. A dull blade is more traumatic to the skin, making your face feel scratchy and look blotchy – a dull razor is one of the contributing factors to razor burn and shaving rash. Depending on the toughness of your beard, change the blade somewhere between every three and every ten shaves, if you shave every day. Two weeks is too long to go without changing blades. Regardless of the number of shaves, if the blade becomes dull, ditch it.
As to which brand of razor to use – we think you can’t go wrong with any of the Gillette Mach series. Of course there are very high quality and expensive razors available at specialty retailers that you may want to try.
Rinse your blade under hot water before you begin to shave and after every few swipes. This removes the accumulated shaving cream, whiskers, and skin gunk. The use of hot water here is to help lubricate, has nothing to do with “killing bacteria.”
Use the Razor Properly
Ideally shave in the direction of the beard growth. Start with the sides, then the moustache area and last the chin. The chin hairs are the toughest, so this allows them the most time to soften under the shave cream.
Shaving against the direction of hair growth gives a closer shave, but has two drawbacks:
A. It’s a good way to donate blood, and
B. You run a high risk of cutting off a hair below skin level, causing an ingrown hair (razor bumps) – the whisker grows into the surrounding tissue instead of out of the pore, resulting in inflammation and possible infection.
direction of facial hair beard growthTo avoid these shaving problems, again, shave “with the grain” (that is, in the direction your hair grows). Each person’s facial hair has its own growth pattern. If you are unsure of the direction of your beard, let it grow for a day or two and you’ll see it.
You also need to let the razor do the work – do not press too hard or it will cause razor bumps (ingrown hair)and razor burn. By the way, you do NOT need special razor bump products – 99% of the razor bump problem will be solved by not pressing too hard, shaving with the grain and using a good shaving cream.
If you want an even Closer Shave
If you wish to achieve an even closer shave (as many barbers do) apply some more lather from your brush (add more cream if necessary) to the areas you wish to shave again. Keep everything moist. This is one of the extra advantages of using a brush. For most guys, re-shaving certain areas with the grain should do the job. Professional barbers, by the way, usually first shave with the grain, and then re-shave going sideways – but they’re trained professionals!
But, don’t overshave. Too much shaving will cause skin irritation and the dreaded razor burn and shaving rash.
Cleanse and Soothe After Shaving
After shaving, when the skin is most vulnerable, rinse the face with warm water and use a facial wash that has a high concentration of tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic that is ideal to help cleanse and protect from spots and shaving rash) and witch hazel (for its soothing, healing and astringent properties). Try After Shave From All Natural Now
Rinse with the coolest water that is comfortable and pat dry with a clean towel. (Don’t rub! Just pat)
Finish off with an After Shave Lotion or Balm.
Shaving can remove up to two layers of skin. There is no other regular activity that does this, which is why it is so important to use a good quality moisturizer after shaving. An after shave lotion, designed as an after shave balm and moisturizer in one, is the ideal way to replace lost moisture and soothe the skin. And, be sure to use one made just for guys – these formulas are designed so that they are not greasy, absorb quickly and dry with a matte finish so that your face doesn’t look shiny. Typically moisturizers made for women are too greasy as men tend to have not only thicker skin but also oilier skin than women due to men’s larger sebaceous glands. The best after shave lotions not only replace lost moisture and soothe, but also have ingredients that will cool and refresh the skin.
Following these shaving tips should help you achieve optimum skin health, avoid shaving problems and help you look and feel your best.
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