Natural Beauty Tips for Men
Look, guys, "beauty" may be a scary word to some of you, but that doesn't change the fact that our bodies, especially our skin, benefit from a little routine maintenance now and then. Many of these beauty tips utilize natural, age-old secrets of skincare. Women have used some of these methods for thousands of years, while others relate solely to men. This wide range means that just about everyone can find something to use here. Nothing looks better on a human being than healthy, happy skin dressed up with a smile. Many of you grew up in a world where a candid discussion of appearance amongst men was uncomfortable. Well good news: this discussion of beauty tips is between you and me, and I won't tell a soul!
Men, you can go to a store and buy hundreds of dollars in fancy chemical products that promise ease, or you can walk into your kitchen or grocery store and find the same results, sans chemicals, with much the same or better results. This article sums up some of the best natural beauty tips for men. So suck it up, try something new, and thank me later!
One of the greatest sources of male frustration with their skin comes from shaving. Though not always a daily task, shaving requires both time and concentration to get right. Many men end up with nicks or sore and dull-looking skin.
The number one cause of shaving problems, however, is lack of preparation for the chore.
To instantly experience fewer nicks, comfier skin, and a glowing expression, try these tricks below:
*Wash your face first. For many men, a little stubble holds plenty of this and that, including crumbs, bits of dirt or mud, and even some stray hairs from your head or a significant other. Likewise, the uneven distribution of oils over your skin can wreak havoc with the blade. A clean face makes a safer surface for the blade.
*Shave in the shower. Softening up the stiff hairs and skin before shaving helps to limit ingrown hairs and nicks. A splash of water won't accomplish the same thing; softened hair and skin require a little time, water, and warmth. For those in a hurry with no time to shower, try dampening a washcloth with warm water and laying it over your face until it cools.
*Use a sharp blade. My husband would use the same razor for shaving until it wore down to the nub or rusted off the handle, but he appreciates when I stick a new one in the shower for him. Why? Because a new, sharp, clean blade avoids ingrown hairs, uneven cutting, and damaged skin.
*Know when to go with or against the grain. Most men should go against the direction of their hair growth when shaving. This ensures the closest possible cut. However, those with sensitive skin should experiment with doing otherwise. For most men with sensitive skin, certain parts of the face rather than the entire face may be prone to irritation. At these points, try shaving with the direction of the hair. While the shave may not be as close, it will reduce the amount of friction and irritation caused by stubborn little hairs. For those whose beards grow any which way they please, shave downward for several weeks. Gradually, the hair should begin to grow in the same direction.
*Glide, don't scrape. Most men find it tempting to press the razor while shaving. Most razors have protective designs that prevent nicks in this scenario, but the harder you press, the more skin you remove. Sensitive skin or not, men who scrape will experience greater irritation, sensitivity, and dry skin. And don't think for a moment that scraping helps with oily skin: the sudden removal of so much skin stimulates the oil glands to produce additional oil to compensate.
oil to compensate.
-> 2. Wash Your Face Daily and Naturally :
Men, I understand. You use the bar soap on the rest of your body, so why not your face? Here's the factual answer: different parts of your skin have different pH levels, bacteria, and oil. Your skin maintains a delicate balancing act at all times, which standard bar soaps, many of which contain oil-stripping sulfates, disrupt. Additionally, men tend to have larger pores and oilier skin. Men need to wash their faces daily, but standard soaps clog pores, leading to breakouts, irritation, and uneven skin tone. Sulfate-based soaps strip oils altogether and expose the body to unsavory chemicals.
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*Oil. No, really! Oil dissolves oil, and a 1:1 mixture of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil will do wonders for your skin. Those with oily skin should use a bit more castor oil (2:1 or 3:1), while those with dry and sensitive skin should use more olive oil (again, 2:1 or 3:1 is sufficient). Those with severe acne should add a drop or two of tea tree oil. You can make up a little bit of the mixture at a time, or enough to last you a month.
*DIRECTIONS: Start with dry hands and a dry face. Put some of the oil mixture on your hands and then massage it into your face very gently for a minute or two. Now take a cloth and wet it with warm water (not too hot!). Lay the wet washcloth over your face and wait until the wash cloth cools. This allows the oils to penetrate and cleanse your pores. Rinse the washcloth and gently wipe away any excess oil.
"For Once in a while" :
*Aloe and Cucumber. I bet you have each of these lying around somewhere. You know the Aloe Vera gel you buy for sunburns? Use that, unless you have the real stuff at your grocery store. If you do, just open the plant near its base and scrape out the gel. Be gentle: you don't want any of the yellow stuff from the stalk, just the gel. Aloe is moisturizing and nutritious for skin, while cucumber soothes inflammation.
* DIRECTIONS: Take about 2 TBS of Aloe and half of a washed, peeled, seeded cucumber. Throw it all in a blender or food processor until it makes a nice, smooth paste. Spread it over your face. It will feel quite chilly at first: this is a good sign! Let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm or cool water and pat your face dry with a towel.