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Guy Grooming– Tested & Approved

5 Mar

Getting guys to take care of their skin can be as tough as trying to put mittens on kittens (It’s Always Sunny anyone?!). But after many nights of research and some actual product testing (only on my boyfriend Ray, not on any pets) it’s possible that Green Tex has found some seriously stellar- and green- products that will not only make a guy enjoy taking care of his skin, but also help give him a beautiful complexion! So pass this post on to your boy friends, guy friends, home boys, papas, brothers or even Justin Beiber wannabes, cause they’ll want to read it!

This post is important because men’s skin may require some extra gentleness. Most men, unlike women, do not put their face through the routine of makeup everyday so their skin is a little more sensitive and requires some extra TLC. Their face is also not used to having globs of lotion slathered on, so the actual process of having a ‘de-puffing’ eye cream put around their eyes can actually bring them to tears!

Like it or not, guys are used to having their skin irritated due to the massive amounts of chemicals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances in typical products like Axe, Old Spice, Head & Shoulders, and all of the other crappy products out there. Time to toss out those old products and try some of these great skin friendly products listed below that are formulated without all of the junk! As always, none of these products are tested on animals, and oh ya they actually work! Enjoy!

Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave, $16

The product that started it all! For a new internship, Ray had to lose the grizzly beard and actually shave every morning “like a big boy”. He tried the Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave at a friend’s house and actually raved about it (discussing beauty products is not usually part of our everyday convos!). Can be found at Sephora.

Jack Black All-Over Wash, $15. Face, hair and body, all taken care of with one product!

Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub, $18. Great for guys with alligator or dull skin. Also helps with ingrown hairs in the beard area!

Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20, $27

What’s better than a product working double duty? SPF for sun protection (and wrinkle/age spot prevention for down the road) and a moisturizer! Don’t believe the buzz on these Jack Black Products? Read the comments on each product– they speak for themselves!

Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm, $3. Let's be honest, this stuff ROCKS! It works wonder and leaves your lips with a slight tingle so you know its working.

Method Marine Naturals Refreshing Body Wash, $6.50. I know I've mentioned this before, but this body wash is fav for guys, especially the marine naturals scent!

Avalon Organics Peppermint Lotion, $12. Great lotion and can be found at the grocery store!

Burt’s Bees, Avalon Organics & Method Body was can all be found at most grocery stores! Method’s full line is also sold at Target.

Ready for My Close-Up!

29 Jan

Taking care of your face is something to start off doing young– make it your routine, learn that giving a little extra TLC to your face can really go a long way. The three things you should always do is clean, protect and moisturize your face!

  • Clean– find a mild cleanser according to your face type (dry, normal, oily or combo) and use it first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
  • Protect- always use SPF! even if it’s SPF 15 or 20, the protection will go a long way to help prevent wrinkles and sun spots, as well as more serious issues like melanoma and skin cancer
  • Moisturize- the skin on our face is fragile and incredibly sensitive and we put it through a lot! Replenish your skin with some moisture, a serum or day cream during the day and a night cream for PM, as well as a dab of eye cream for all hours! Your face will both feel and look refreshed!

While the previous 3 steps should be something you incorporate into your daily routine, there’s other steps to take to keep your face in tip top shape!

  • Exfoliate- use a gentle scrub every few weeks to get rid of dead skin and to make your face look seriously refreshed– for even better results slab on a rich cream so your healthy skin can absorb some much needed moisture
  • Masks- face masks are an instant dose of moisture. There’s all sorts of masks out there– ones with clay will cool any redness in your skin while moisturizing.
  • Facials- facials are a great way to get a professional examination of your face. While there’s lots of pampering involved (cleanse, toners, moisturizers, masks, extractions and lots of relaxation!) your aesthetican will also give you their opinion of your skin type and the things you can do to keep it in great shape!

Whether you’re interested in high-end face products or products you can find at a local drug store, there are plenty of green options to choose from! The best thing to keep in mind is to stick to what is good for your face– if scrubs usually make you turn bright red for hours, then it’s probably best not to use scrubs. But here are some of my favorite products, both expensive and non-expensive! Enjoy!

Cleansers:

Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, $32. My favorite face wash-- gentle and cleanses without leaving your skin feeling dry!

Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser, $10. Green, clean, and cheap this creamy formula is perfect for dry skin.

Burt’s Bees found at Target.

Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser, $25. Acne-prone or just really looking for a deep clean? This formula is perfect for you! Not sure if it will work? Try out their travel size version for $10

Clarisonic Mia, $149. Looking to give you face wash a boost? This tool helps clean 6x better than with cleanser alone. Comes in 6 colors.. love it!

Found at Clarisonic.com!

SPF:

Alba Facial Sunblock, SPF 20, $10. This sunscreen skips the greasy residue, feels very light, and is so great that it can also double as a moisturizer! Comes in plenty of natural fragrances and different levels of SPF!

Found at Alba.

Moisturize:

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum, $65. Absolute favorite product for my face! The serum feels oily at first, but then dries and has a silky/powdery feel! It's fabulous and packs some serious moisture

Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer, $65. Love this extra moisture for when my skin really needs it! Also a favorite of my sissy, Eve!

Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil, $14 or $48. Not only is Argan oil the hottest product on the market right now, but this product is ORGANIC and purchased through a women's co-op in Morocco (where it's grown) in order to support their social & economic welfare. Good for you, good for the people growing it.

Found at Sephora.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, $38; Word on the street is that a well-known reality star who has 8 kids, started using this gel, and the tabloids went crazy saying it was Botox. The truth? Not sure about her, but this gel must really do some good!

Found at Sephora.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, $30. It's award winning and can do some work on dark circles/puffiness.

Aveda Green Science Firming Eye Creme, $45. Created with Aragan oil from Morocco, this eye cream delivers some serious nutrients to your lids!

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins, $36. A night cream to help with discoloration and combo skin!

Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Night Cream, $25. Extra-gentle, non-sticky and seriously does work on wrinkles.

This green gem is found at Target.

Scrubs:

 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate, $85. This product is what Kate Somerville is known for and will give you immediate results!

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Gentle, $65; The gentle (and cheaper!) version of her signature scrub.

St. Ives Apricot Blemish Control Scrub, $3.30 at Target; Budget friendly and seriously great product! Scrubs away dead skin to reveal healthier skin!

Found at Target!

Masks:

Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque, $29. This mask recharges my skin with nutrients and moisture. A must-have during the summer for recovery after long days of sun!

Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask, $21. This mask literally sucks out the dirt, toxins, and debris sitting underneath your skin. Put a warm moist towel on your face beforehand to open your pores, then apply this miracle worker!

Facial/Intro Kit:

Kate Somerville Discovery Kit, $90. Great kit to try out all these KS products. Warning: you may become addicted!

A little info on these brands:

Aveda is basically the pioneer of beauty companies going green. They don’t test on animals, their formulas are created without the nasty stuff, they use renewable energy to create their products and this company is also the largest purchaser of organic ingredients among all beauty companies. Now thats green!

My go-to brand, Kate Somerville, not only makes great products that your skin will love, but the brand also refuses to test on animals, and their products are made without the crap usually found in other beauty items (parabens, sulfates, synthetics dyes & fragrances, phthalates, and GMOs).

Origins products are not tested on animals, made with renewable resources, and made from organic and natural ingredients. Basically doing good all over!

Found at Target and/or Walgreens: Burt’s Bees, Alba, Jason & St. Ives.