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All About The Boys: The Art of Shaving

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Today I am talking about shaving. I personally love my husband to have a clean, smooth, well shaven face. Some of you might love a little stubble or even a beard – but for those of you who are with me, this is the article for you.

What type of razor should he use?
There are a couple of choices – electric, disposable, straight edge, safety. It’s best that a good quality multi-blade safety razor is used rather than a disposable razor, and a straight edge is definitely for the professionals. Multi-blade razors provide the closest possible shave. The only drawback can be that the closeness of its shave can cause the hair to grow back with a slight curl, which can ultimately lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. A good multi-blade razor is the Mach-3.

Double-edged safety razors are classic with a single, well-sharpened double-edged blade. They don’t cut as close as razor cartridges, but they still shave well, and they prevent bumps and irritation. Their one disadvantage is a tendency to cause shaving nicks. It is important will all safety razor cartridges and razor blades is for them to be sharp. They should be replaced at the most every four weeks.

Electric shavers are convenient, fast, long-lasting and no cuts. A rotary shaver has a series of blades organized in a circular pattern on anywhere from one to three wheels. As you move the shaver across your face, the spinning wheels cut the beard like a lawnmower. Rotary shavers excel at cutting longer beards. A foil shaver contains a thin sheet of metal perforated with hundreds of tiny holes. Underneath this metal sheet are one to four horizontal rows of tiny cylindrical blades. As the shaver moves around your skin, the whiskers enter the holes, whereupon the spinning blades cut them off. The latest in sonic technology, the Braun Pulsonic is a leader for electric shaving.

I decided to ask expert Wendy Cocchia, owner of the Absolute Spa Group for her tips to the cleanest shave:
1. Anti-oxidant pre-shave is essential (will perk up the hair follicles in preparation for shaving)
2. Use warm towels or steam to soften the area to be shaved
3. Always use moisturizing shave lather or shave cream
4. Shave in the direction of hair growth and apply shave lather a second time and shave in the opposite direction of hair growth, this will give the closest shave (do not apply pressure at any time when shaving).
5. Finish with an alcohol free after shave balm, alcohol will cause skin irritations and ingrown hairs.

Here are some suggested products that he can use:

Anthony Logistics For Men Pre-Shave Oil
Blend of lightweight essential oils, softens the beard and prepares the skin for shaving. Helps prevent razor burn, especially good for those with heavy beards or those prone to razor bumps and in grown hairs.

Sabon NYC Shaving Cream
With white tea oil, coconut oil, aloe, shea butter, olive oil, grapeseed oil and jojoba; this one-of-a-kind cream is the ideal pre-shaving salve.

Kiehl’s Close-Shavers Shaving Formula
Formulated for men with sensitive skin, ingrown hairs, razor burn, or a tough beard, our dual-purpose formula is ideal as a pre-shave hair softener or for creative shaving. Blending some of the most efficacious natural oils, this shave oil protects, comforts, and moisturizes skin for a smooth, comfortable shave.

Sabon NYC Aftershave
The ultimate skin protector: With white tea oil, chamomile, aloe and shea butter. This aftershave will calm and condition your sensitive skin and leave a gentleman’s face dangerously smooth.

Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Post-Shave Soother Beard Control Formula
Helps make beard hair softer and finer over time so shaves are easier, smoother. Last longer. Soothing formula comforts just-shaved skin. Encourages healing of minor nicks, cuts. For all skin types.

The Art of Shaving Ingrown Hair Night Cream
Effectively accelerates the relief of ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Pure, unrefined African shea butter softens the skin, allowing ingrown hairs to break free, as jojoba oil moisturizes and unclogs pores. White willow bark and meadowsweet extract, containing salicilin, gently exfoliate and release the trapped hair. Therapeutic essential oils reduce inflammation, while botanical extracts rich in fruit acids improve the skin’s texture.

All About The Boys: Feet

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Why should he look after his feet? Well for one thing, his feet with look better to you. But also he can prevent odor and issues like calluses, corns and cracked skin.

By following a few easy steps be can ensure that his feet are healthy and happy:

  • Keep toenails cut nice and short. And remember to cut straight across.
  • Remove dry skin and calluses with a pumice stone – these can find these at any drugstore.
  • Moisturize those feet. In addition to it feeling good it will stop the skin from drying out.
  • Problems such as odor or fungus? Use products for these issues on a regular basis.
  • Regular pain of the toes or feet is a problem. See a podiatrist.

Suggested Products for his feet:
Hansen For Men Deodorizing Severe Dry Foot Repair Cream
Advanced Foot Repair Plus Odor Control!
Soothes and deodorizes dry, callused feet and heels with Vitamins and Shea Butter.
Fast acting and fast absorbing.
Deeply penetrates even the toughest skin.
Works great on dry knees and elbows.
Dermatologist Tested – Podiatrist Tested.
Special Ingredients:Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and Vitamins helps moisturize and protect skin. Tea Tree Oil helps to control odor.

O’Keeffe’s Working Feet
Different than other foot care crèmes and lotions, this unique formulation creates the perfect microenvironment for damaged, split and cracked skin to repair itself and regain its integrity.

Swissco Natural Pumice Stone
Gently removes rough or callused skin from hands and feet.

Philosophy Soul Owner, Exfoliating Foot Cream
Soul Owner was created to exfoliate dry, cracking skin. this foot treatment is an extra-rich emollient cream super-charged with salicylic and glycolic acids to help reduce rough soles and nasty knees. When used on a regular basis, Soul Owner will help reduce dry, flaky skin.

Kerasal Exfoliating Pumice-Paste
Removes dry rough scaly and callused skin revealing healthier softer feet. The unique formula combines finely ground natural volcanic pumice with moisture enhancing oils for unparalleled exfoliation while restoring your skins natural softness.

All About The Boys: FRAGRANCE

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

All my life I have adored men’s cologne. It just smells so…manly! Today as part of this week’s Men’s focus I share with you ‘Fragrance’…

A little background:
At the beginning of the 18th century, Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina created a new fragrance and named it after his new residence, Cologne. Since then the men’s fragrance market has been growing leaps and bounds and was estimated to exceed $2.5 billion in 2006. “In 2006, a men’s scent was actually the top selling prestige fragrance for 9 out of 12 months,” said Karen Grant, senior beauty industry analyst, The NPD Group. “This appears to be a more recent trend, picking up momentum each year. For example, if you look back to 2003, there was only one month when a men’s fragrance was the number one seller. By 2005, a men’s fragrance was number one 5 months out of 12,” said Grant.

The basic difference between perfume and cologne is in their strength. While both perfume and cologne are made from denatured ethyl alcohol and essential oils, perfume and eau de parfum contain between fifteen and twenty-two percent essential oils; eau de cologne contains only between four percent essential oils.

How to wear cologne:

Less is more is always the best motto when applying a scent – whether you are female or male. If you have a traditional bottle of cologne without a spray nozzle, simply place your finger over the opened bottle and tip it over to wet your finger. Apply to your pulse points: wrists, neck, and behind the ears.

If you use aftershave, do not use a different brand of cologne. It is okay to layer scents as long as they are the same brand. Layering scents would consist of using the same brand of lotion and shower gel as your cologne.

Please note that Cologne typically has a shelf life of 3-5 years. It’s best to let it go after that – no keeping that signature fragrance for decades!

Here are some suggested products for making him smell delicious:
Lacoste Elegance
The captivating new male fragrance from Lacoste, captures the stops-you-in-your-tracks charisma and utterly mesmerising style of the contemporary gentleman. Combining a woody, spicy masculinity and distinctive dry down with an oriental fougère bouquet, Lacoste Elegance is simultaneously deep and bright, bitter yet sweet.
Intimately Beckham
Intimately Beckham projects the edgy, sexy side of David. A modern woody-spicy accord radiating warmth and sensuality. A heady mix of energy, vibrancy, comfort and warmth.
Happy for Men
A men’s version of Clinique’s classic fragrance. Cool and crisp with a hint of citrus. Designed to be worn every day, this fragrance is light with Jamaican ginger, citrus and amber undertones.

This scent is a more mature re-interpretation of the irreverence of HUGO, modernised with the emphasis of the mint and basil heart notes which create an aromatic green bouquet.

All About The Boys: HANDS

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I always look at men’s hands. Clean, well groomed nails and soft skin make a good impression on me.

If your man is constantly working with his hands, he may be at risk of cracked, chapped and sore skin – ouch! With just a small amount of attention spent each day he can keep those ever important hands in great working order.

Here are some suggested products for keeping his hands healthy:

Hansen For Men Medicated Cracked Hand Repair is powerful relief for dry, cracked hands and provides long-lasting protection against wind, cold, water and daily wear and tear. Shea Butter, Collagen and Soy provide deep moisture to hands. Penetrates deeply to relieve and protect dry, chapped hands, split cuticles and fingertips.

ClarinsMen Active Hand Care
Powerful skin-repairing benefits and protection in a non-oily formula specifically adapted to men’s skin. Helps calm irritations, nourish and fight calluses with pro-vitamin B5.

Caswell-Massey Newport Mariner’s Hand Cream
Take it from an old salt, this Newport Mariner’s Hand Cream soothes, moistens and refreshes even the craggiest of hands.

Anthony Logistics For Men Glycerin Hand & Body Lotion
With sea kelp to strengthen skin, shea butter to soften, aloe vera, chamomile to smooth and a nourishing bunch of vitamins, this hand and body lotion will moisturize and improve elasticity.

Where he can read up on Men’s hand care:
Chris Rovny over at shares the best tips for Male Hand Care – check it out.

Where he can get a manly manicure:
The Men’s Power Spa in Toronto

The Boardroom in Edmonton
Nickel Spa For Men in New York
Bode Spa in Ottawa
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